The fit and beautiful flock to Santa Monica like bees to honey, which is no surprise considering this Californian beachside city’s endless array of organic eateries, hip yoga studios and one-of-a-kind workouts. The following pre-vetted wellness offerings make a healthy retreat to this beachside city easier than ever before.
VICEROY SANTA MONICA
Viceroy Santa Monica blends elements of classic sophistication with contemporary chic to achieve an overall modern and luxurious feel for the hotel. In addition to offering luxurious accommodation, Viceroy also provides exciting fitness programing to its guests including: poolside yoga, stretch sessions, poolside Pilates, a guided run and personal/tandem training sessions.
HOTEL OCEANA SANTA MONICA
With a prestigious address directly adjacent to the sweeping Pacific Ocean, this Santa Monica hotel offers visitors calming views and a contemporary, elegant atmosphere. Inspired by the azure calm and bright sun native to the French Riviera, Hotel Oceana’s colorful surroundings inspire and provide a welcome haven from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.
Truly embrace the Santa Monica lifestyle with the hotel’s fantastic wellness options, such as: daily yoga classes in Palisades Park, guided hikes through Temescal Canyon, and surfing lesions during the summer months.
FAIRMONT MIRAMAR HOTEL & BUNGALOWS
Supercharge your workout routine at the new Exhale fitness center at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Take your health to a whole new level with its personal training session led by Life Force Performance gurus. These experts will tailor exercises that are on trend and ideal to strengthen your body. The Fairmont also offers Mind Body Classes that incorporates Core Fusion techniques into a yoga class designed to create lean and flexible bodies.
SANTA MONICA FARMERS MARKETS
Named the best in the country by Travel + Leisure, the Santa Monica Farmers Markets set the tone for Santa Monica dining. With nearly 200 different growers and food purveyors at the beach city’s four weekly farmers markets, Santa Monica continues to attract famous chefs who value locally grown food, celebrities and foodies who want to explore the diverse culinary offerings.
FOLLOW THAT CHEF
The Gourmandise School of Sweets and Savories and Santa Monica Farmers Markets has teamed up to form free events where the public can learn how to shop and cook sustainably from renowned chefs in sunny Santa Monica. Follow the expert chef of the week through the farmers market for ingredients then head back to the school where he or she will make 2-3 delicious dishes for the class to savor. Get a taste of the Santa Monica lifestyle through this interactive event and learn how to implement these tips in at-home cooking.
SIX TASTE FOOD TOUR
Six Taste Food Tour is an exciting adventure where guests are led through six Santa Monica eateries. Start at Tender Greens and continue on to Bay Cities, Locanda del Lago and N’ice Cream. Tender Greens serves fresh, healthy cuisine where ingredients come straight from the farmers market. Bay Cities is home to the most popular sandwich in Santa Monica, the Godmother, which was featured on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” The stop at Locanda del Lago allows participants to taste the delicious homemade Italian pasta. Finish the tour at N’ice Cream where the restaurant serves organic homemade gelato and sorbet made fresh daily. Six Taste can accommodate for any special diet restrictions per request.
Santa Monica is home to many fantastic juiceries. Main Squeeze, located on Main Street, offers fresh organic juice and vegan smoothies. Rejuice offers organic beverages and is also a vegan food café that only uses local and organically certified produce. All juices are organic, cold pressed, and hand crafted and all food is made to order made from scratch everyday. Renovo is a smoothie and juice bar that prides itself in having 1/3 less sugar of commercial smoothie chains. All drinks are sweetened with natural agave nectar only. Nektar was created as an all-natural juice bar wher people could jumpstart their morning with the perfect juice. This idea still stands today at this all vegan juice bar where their cleanse programs and juices are pressed daily. Try Santa Monica’s newest superfood café, Beaming. This juice bar offers every health food imaginable including their nutrient rich smoothies, elixirs and superfood cleanses.
Santa Monica’s sunny weather, stunning beaches and active atmosphere has been attracting fitness innovators for decades. Known as the birthplace of the international fitness boom in the 1920s, Santa Monica continues to stand at the forefront of wellness trends by creating innovative ways to stay fit.
If you’ve already cracked stand up paddleboarding, why not add a downward facing dog pose into the mix? Stand Up Paddleboarding Yoga involves just that: a yoga class upon a paddleboard in the Santa Monica surf.
The original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica is a beacon for serious trainers and toned bodies. The latest influx to this exercise playground is ‘Acro Yogis’, who blend yoga, acrobatics and massage while practicing AcroYoga. This form of yoga is a popular discipline for many Cirque du Soleil performers and is guaranteed to improve flexibility.
TRAPEZE SCHOOL ON SANTA MONICA PIER
TSNY Los Angeles is a flying trapeze school dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness, or just a couple hours of unique fun. Their mission everyday is to create a safe, fun, challenging environment where the students strive to surpass limitations and enjoy their lives. TSNY Los Angeles uses state of the art equipment and procedures to assure the safety of clients from the time they walk into the school until the time they leave.
Experience Santa Monica like a local with one of the many self-guided bike tours available on www.santamonica.com. On the website, you will find a wellness bicycle tour through Santa Monica, a sustainable Santa Monica bicycle tour, a vintage Santa Monica biketinerary, and an artful cruise through Santa Monica. Rent a bike and use the biketineraries as your guide to explore the city.
If a self-guided tour seems to daunting and you would prefer a guided bike tour, Perry’s Legends Beach Bike Tours and Pedal…Or Not Electric Bike Tours are great alternatives. Perry’s Legends Beach Bike Tour is a guided tour with easy riding for all fitness levels. Each tour has a four person minimum and comes with a bike and bottled water. This two-hour tour is perfect for families and people of all ages.
Pedal…Or Not Electric Bike Tours gives bicyclists an easy ride beach cruiser that is equipped with full suspension and comfortable seats. Each bike allows you to choose between pedaling, electric motor power, or both. This tour is designed for those 13 years old and up and who are confident bike riders. The tour lasts anywhere between two and a half to three hours.
ORGANIC BEAUTY ESSENTIALS
Unlike the rest of Los Angeles, Santa Monica is known for organic treatments that bring out natural beauty.
Alchemie Spa is a local spa retreat with their mantra being “the outer beauty of inner peace”. This green boutique spa uses organic products whenever possible in addition to its environmentally-friendly packaging. This spa offers massage therapy, organic facials and the ultamodern Hydrafacial.
TIKKUN HOLISTIC SPA
Tikkun Holistic Spa is designed to heal and rejuvenate guests’ mind, body and soul. Their treatments are designed to restore health and create a relaxing environment. For the ultimate relaxation, Tikkun offers therapeutic massages that range from acupuncture to deep tissue massages. Certified Tikkun healers are available to repair the body with their experience in sports medicine and acupuncture. Feel the stress melt away with a Jade Spa Journey that gives guests: a relaxing soak, an invigorating Mineral Body Scrub, Clarifying Body Wrap and a 90-minute hot/cold Jade Stone Massage.
About Santa Monica Travel & Tourism
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT), formerly Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, is a non-profit organization designed to increase visitor expenditures, tourism revenues and local employment opportunities through the promotion of Santa Monica as a travel destination. For travel and accommodation information or a free copy of the official Visitors Guide, the public can write to the Santa Monica Visitor Center, 2427 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405; call 800-544-5319 or 310-393-7593; visit santamonica.com; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow SMTT on Twitter @GoSantaMonica or become a Facebook fan at facebook.com/visitsantamonica.
Contact: Jackie Alvarez
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism