Nestled among the trees and hills of Marin County, Stellar Spa brings a beach house feel to a 100-year old livery stable residing in the historical square of Corte Madera. This 4,500 square foot day spa gives both Marin residents and tourists a departure from the usual cramped quarters of a “day spa,” providing large amenity-filled locker rooms and a spacious well-designed relaxation area.
When I first entered the spa the first thing I saw was a Coola Suncare display. I had recently written about Coola on my blog after I fell in love with it at the stunning Four Seasons Biltmore Santa Barbara. Good start. After checking in, I was led to the locker room where I found rows of redwood lockers, well-appointed showers, delicious-smelling lavender body products, and comfy robes and slippers.
Once I was cocooned in my fluffy robe I shuffled out to the co-ed relaxation area, which looked like a living room from a gorgeous beach house in Malibu or Montauk. Dimply lit, high ceilings, decorated in muted greens and neutrals, the room had a half-circle banquette of couches around a large wood coffee table with tons of great magazines (not just spa and yoga magazines, but the fun ones like Us Weekly and Vogue). My favorite part of the room was the Tiki Bar in the corner stocked with water, various teas, and large bowls of nuts and dried fruits.
Massage therapist Will Yturriaga picked me up as I was chomping on my third dried kiwi (delicious!) and thumbing through W. I had to adjust my eyes when Will led me to the Seawater Negative Ion Inhalation Room for our massage. Painted midnight blue, illuminated only by black lights diffused by hippy tapestries and flickering lanterns, the room smelled of the ocean and gave an “under the sea” vibe. Will showed me the Negative Ion Emitter and Sea Water Generator and explained that there has been tons of research proving that when people are exposed to a high concentration of negative ions it creates an anti-depressant like effect. The room was definitely therapeutic, but I’m pretty sure Will’s magical touch is what gave me the “anti-depressant like effect,” lulling me into a deep state of relaxation with a combination of several different massage techniques (60 minutes for $100).
After my massage, Esthetician Shauna Vizcarra took me to her spacious treatment room for a 60-minute facial ($120), using the spa’s own line of skincare to give me a gentle, cleansing facial. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved the Stellar Spa products (I ended up buying the Cucumber & Aloe Soothing Facial Toner for $28 and the Soothing Antioxidant Face Cream for $42.50), and the facial itself was full of extras like a foot scrub and extended massage.
Stellar Spa is the perfect day spa for a girlfriends’ get-together (the large relaxation area makes it ideal for such occasions), a day of beauty for a deserving wife (hint, hint husband), or just to treat yourself to a relaxing spa treatment after a day of sight-seeing or long day in the office. There is no extra charge to book your massage in the Seawater Negative Ion Inhalation Room, but there is only one so make sure you request it early.
Stellar Spa, 26 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925 Phone: 415.924.7300 Website: http://www.stellarspa.com/index.html