Best Spa - 2006
Readers' Choice: Kabuki
Aside from the fact that Kamalaspa looks like it's straight out of an Arabian Nights fairy tale, it's singular among its S.F. cohorts for specializing in the ancient Hindu practice of Ayurveda, an across-the-board wellness practice that means "knowledge of life" in Sanskrit. Launched by self-professed spa junkies Christopher and Amber Marie Bently, whose treks across India's Rajasthan informed their slew of hedonistic appointments sumptuous ottomans, sari-draped settees, and tea services fit for a maharani the spa boasts a delectable array of treatments and a salon that regularly coifs the manes of local luminaries like Gavin Newsom. Choice treatments include the Abhyanga Four Hands, a body massage supplemented with herbal oils to soothe your tissues and remove toxins administered simultaneously by two practiced massage therapists. The spa's motto is "Inner Peace, Outer Beauty," but we like to think of it as just "Mmmmm."