240 Stockton St 7th Fl, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410837.790943 -122.408500
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Northeast
Best Day Spa in Bay area!!! – Kamalaspa is with out a doubt the best Day Spa I have ever been to, from the moment you enter till the moment you leave you feel completely pampered! The staff are very friendly and knowlegable. I had a first time facial with "Daphne" , first she sends me off to a private "steam" & shower ( which each room has) which put me right into the relax mood I was looking for. Having never had a facial I did not know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised and will add that to my very relaxing massage, everytime I go in!
There should be a sign on the door saying "Beware", very addictive area!
Even if you were were only going in to buy some of the many wonderful products they have, you will feel like you have gone to another country, the place is beautiful!
Stinson Beach, Ca
Worst Brazilian EVER! – I was hurriedly ushered towards the back & assumed that she was showing me where the robes were. I was taken to the room she would be waxing me in. I wondered where the champagne & relaxation room were, as I had arrived 30m early to indulge in that. She explained the she would be doing half of my Brazilian in hard wax & the other half using strips since clients had expressed to her that the hard wax hurt the least. I was confused because I've never heard of anyone using 2 different types of waxing processes before. She continually put scalding hot wax on me, which would cause her to have to exhale to cool it down on me both of which were uncomfortable to deal w/, over & over again. She switched to the hard wax & she couldn't remove it all. She left it up to me to clean up & handed me some tea tree oil to remove a 2 inch long chunk of wax. I was shocked that not only did I have to suffer through the scalding of my skin repeatedly, but she left most of my hair intact. I went 2 the front desk to locate her to ask her to do it again. Her excuse was that she was use to the hard wax. I explained whatever would get the job done. We went back through the process again, burning wax & her exhaling on my skin. I was still very disappointed, to have such horrible service & then to still come out not only in excruciating pain, but not get the service I requested. By this point I was in such pain & extremely perturbed by the lack of expertise employed at the spa. Then when I got out to the front desk the three front desk ladies did not even know how to use the gift card. Saturday, Sunday, & part of Monday it hurt to urinate, I could not use soap on the skin, putting on undergarments was painful, & I was in pain as a whole no matter what position I was in. My dr. told me to put a salve on it to keep it from getting infected. Now, I have little abrasions on my skin from this. I'll not be frequenting this establishment EVER again and have informed my friends, as well.
Ursula does amazing brows and blowout! – I have tried many stylists in SF, and I have to say it is my pleasure to go to KS, it's such a luxury! Not only is the spa amazing and truly stunning, but the services hold up just as wonderfully as the decor. It's not cheap, but as they say, you get what you pay for and then some! I always love, love, love my hair and brows when Ursula does them and the converstaion is always fun. She makes everyone I have seen her work on, look extreemly sultry and beautiful. Hair and brows just go together;-) and she is an expert with both, such a rareity in a stylist! Love this place.
Indulgent but Pricey – I'm a Spa Connoseur and Kamala rates among the top 5 I've been to internationally. I've been here a few times and I rarely escape with spending less than $500. The last trip cost me over $600 including tips and I spent an additional $100 on products. Although it was a great day I did a lot of soul searching over what else I could've done with $700. And don't forget the $50 I had to drop for parking at Union Square all day. OK enough about the price, let's get to the services.
All services are extremely pricey but only a few are well worth the money.
MASSAGES are heavenly - good value. Skip the steam bath unless you just want a special somewhat romantic extra few minutes with a loved one after the couples massage.
FACIALS - average, I'd recommend that you save money and go elsewhere.
NAIL treatments - average/overpriced. They have a comfortable chaise lounge with nicely appointed pillows which is cool if you want to impress a friend or family member but there was nothing overly special about the service.
SALON services - I've had my hair done here twice and loved it. Ursula is my favorite but Kat is also really good. I haven't had the chance to work with Edgardo yet but eavesdropping on his conversations is always entertaining. ;-) The only disapointment is that there seems to be a huge variation in pricing. Kat did my hair one day and I thought she did a great job and the price was very reasonable. Only $40 for a nice color glaze, wash & dry. I went back for a full day of services and met Ursula who did a fantastic job but I was shocked when I checked out and saw that she charged $80 for the glaze in addition to the $80 for a wash, cut, & dry. I liked Ursula a lot and thought she did a great job but did not undertsand why it cost $160 vs. $40 when the only difference was adding a simple trim and a different stylist. I questioned this and got some stock reply about my long hair but my hair didn't grow that much in 2 months! :-)
Opulent and luxurious – My husband got me a Swedish Massage and manicure/pedicure for as a Valentine's Day present. The moment you walk off the elevator you feel as if you have been transported back to the time of the Rajas and Ranis (kings and queens) of India. The staff is exeptional, the surroundings opulent with the maroon and gold cloth covering the ceilings and walls with glimmering chandeliers above you. With all this said, though, my massage was OK. I have had better. My manicurist was a delightful person, but the actual manicure and pedicure end result also only OK. I have to say the ambience is to die for, and the staff warm and friendly, but the actual services may not be worth the price.
How many times can you get the best massage ever? – How many times can you get the best massage of your life? And then have it happen again and again? It seems to happen with each visit to Kamalaspa.
While the place is certaintly lavishly decorated, does that really matter when your eyes are covered by a heated eye pillow (nice touch)? I swear they put something in that cucumber water that transports you into another world.
I raved so much that my wife decided to check it out for herself and she agreed with me.
Next time im taking some of that cucumber water home with me!!!
If you are a local, not worth the price – I had a great massage therapist but...for $130 for an ayurvedic massage I expect it to 1) start on time and 2) if not on time I expect to get a full 60 minute treatment. I think it ended up being about 50 minutes, music is too loud and it is too expensive. I think this is another Union Square tourist trap and not intended for SF spa coniseurs. I had a gift certificate so didn't feel too bad upon leaving but wouldn't go back. The other odd thing is that the toilet is outside in the hallway and I did feel odd in teh reception area in my robe with other fully clothed waiting for something else.
Great hair-I'm impressed! – I'm a seasoned hairdresser and when I want to be a customer and excape, I go to Kamalaspa. The staff is highly qualified and I love the tranquility of the space set above Union Square. I recently booked an appointment for shine enhancing color and a trim by stylist Cary Thomas Carter-I got exactly what I asked for-this guy is a pro.
Ayurveda-inspired day spa provides an exotic sanctuary in Union Square. – In Short
This luxurious spa features sumptuous Indian furnishings, settees and cushions in rooms tented and enveloped by deep, rich textiles. Six massage and treatment enclaves feature personal shower and steam rooms for maximum privacy. A full-service couples suite is a lavish space for simultaneous treatments; the nail suite features plush chaise lounges. Modern skin, body and massage services are rooted in ancient ayurvedic principles emphasizing balance, healing and inner peace.
Spa without the amenties – The setting could have had potential for a relaxing place. The problem was it didn't. The reception area acts as the 'relaxtion' room after the massage. The problem was that it also was the reception area for people waiting to get their haircuts and kids waiting for their mommies to finish getting their haircuts. I was lathered up with this oily oil and saw that there were showers in each massage room, but I was never offered the option to take a shower. What kind of place doesn't let you take a shower after a massage? Lastly, you change in this tiny space and you are suppose to shove all your clothes into a canvas bag and hand it to the receptionist. For the price I paid for a 60 minute massage, $115, I should at least expect to feel clean when I leave the place. Very disappointing.
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