Tru Spa

Tru Spa

Tru Spa is consistently named one of San Francisco's top day spas in beauty publications. This elegant oasis, near San Francisco's Chinatown, is a shrine to minimalism with an all-white decor and shiny bamboo floors. A unique feature is the Tropical Rainforest Room with sprinklers for a warm waterfall shower pre-beauty treatment. This San Francisco spa has a serene but modern ambience, perfect for the stressed-out visitor or San Francisco local looking for a spa escape.

While the traditional spa is designed around the idea of extreme pampering and all-day treatments once or twice a year, Tru Spa on Kearny Street is a "New York" style establishment with modern customers in mind, who want specific services and don't usually have more than an hour or two to spare. Tru's treatments surpass the ambience, but the place is still "aesthetically interesting without the weight of the normal spa pretensions or attitude." Modern and plush, Tru's treatment rooms come in an assortment of relaxing monochromatic shades. Bamboo flooring is everywhere, and Tru donates a portion of its proceeds to environmental organizations. Some of the spa's treats include its superior deep cleansing facials, particularly the Crystal Blast, which uses tiny crystals and an enzyme mask to break up dead skin cells and diminish wrinkles.

- Excerpt from review by Nirmala Nataraj