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The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco Unveils Spa L’OCCITANE by the Bay

Dec 19, 2016 11:22AM ● By Fran Miller
Fans of L’OCCITANE en Provence boutiques can now experience the brand’s indulgent body care products as never before. The purveyor of natural beauty, fragrance, and lifestyle items from the south of France has recently opened its first stand alone stateside spa in a more-than-fitting home – The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The new Spa L’OCCITANE by the Bay invites guests to experience a Mediterranean art de vivre within a luxe hotel environment – making it a destination favored by both tourists and locals alike. Located on the first level of Nob Hill’s most beautifully tailored hotel, the spa and its décor evoke a Hamptons-meets-Provence aesthetic, providing an inspiring and refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle just beyond the hotel’s Stockton Street entrance.

The new 6,200 square foot spa is a beautiful extension of the L’OCCITANE brand, now found in 3,000 boutiques worldwide. Every treatment, ingredient, and ritual is drawn from a page of the L’OCCITANE grand herbarium – a resource of hundreds of essential oils and natural ingredients. Each treatment entails an olfactory journey that begins with soothing and energizing aromas. Sensorial textures, relaxing music, and herbal teas complete the voyage within each of the 30 treatments offered. 

Founded by Olivier Baussan more than 40 years ago, the L’OCCITANE en Provence brand delivers Provencal-like immersion; each scent and each skincare and body care formula delivers pleasure through beauty and well-being. In the hands of trained spa professionals, those same formulas now deliver the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ve not truly experienced the benefits of L’OCCITANE’S Immortelle products, for instance, until you’ve had this customer favored line applied by a L’OCCITANE expert, of which there are 12 at the new Spa. (Try either the Immortelle Divine Secret or the Immortelle Secret of Youth facials; each will leave your skin glowing.) Their iconic Lavender and Verbena products are even more alluring and enchanting when incorporated into proprietary professional treatments and techniques. And the brand’s intensely nourishing Shea products take-on transportive qualities when incorporated into a Shea Nurturing Massage. Three world-exclusive treatments are also offered: Jet-Lag Revival, Micro-Climate Healing, and Tech Tension Relief.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Spa L’OCCITANE by the Bay to The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco,” says Bruce Gorelick, the hotel’s General Manager. “L’OCCITANE’s award-winning history of luxury and service dovetail so well with The Ritz-Carlton brand by creating unrivaled, authentic spa experiences using the highest quality ingredients. This makes them an exciting addition to our Nob Hill landmark hotel which will inspire new memories for our guests.”

Spa L’OCCITANE is open daily from 8am to 8pm. For a full menu of treatments, click here.

Spa L’OCCITANE by the Bay at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, 600 Stockton St., San Francisco

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