If you really want to put some zen back into your life, walk around one of the 12 lush gardens at the 120 acre San Marino Ranch. You can easily spend a day on these grounds, and you should, because in addition to the gardens, there’s a library with over 400,000 rare books, art exhibits featuring European and American art, a rose garden tea room and a dumpling and noodle house brought to you by chefs Kajsa Alger and Susan Feniger. One whiff of the greens in these gardens and your blood pressure will plummet back to normal. Psst. Take advantage of their free days on the first Thursday of every month (reservations required).
If you are looking for a spa with all the fancy bells and whistles (but not, like, actual bells and whistles, which wouldn’t be relaxing at all), then Burke Williams is your spot. The husband-and-wife team behind the brand have been able to maintain the five-star service and experience you would expect from a hotel resort at each of their infamous city-centric spa locations. Spoil yourself with one of their massage treatments like the Pure Relaxation Massage (their version of a Swedish massage) or a facial. But wait, there’s more! Your treatment gives you access to all their spa amenities so you can chill all day in the steam room, sauna, and whirlpool while you sip on strawberry water, walk around with cucumbers on your eyes -- and then repeat.