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Step Inside Monastery's Chic Modern Skincare Spa in San Francisco

Inspired by the architecture and wild flora of Greek islands.

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Step Inside Monastery's Chic Modern Skincare Spa in San Francisco

Inspired by the architecture and wild flora of Greek islands.

Monastery, the San Francisco skincare spa founded by esthetician Athena Hewett, is finally reopening this month.

The newly renovated space, which originally opened earlier this year before the pandemic struck, is probably one of the most tastefully designed beauty studios you’ll find on the West Coast. Hewett worked with New York City-based designer and stylist Jacqueline Sullivan (protégé of designer Charles de Lisle) to create a space inspired by her Greek heritage. Much like the brand’s aesthetically pleasing packaging for its organic skincare products, the interiors of the Monastery spa are simply stunning — think elegant archways reminiscent of the buildings in Cyclades, or ceramics, plants and dried floral sculptures strategically placed at different corners of the shop.

Playful furniture, such as a pastel chartreuse table designed by LA artist and furniture maker Shin Okuda of WAKA WAKA, and light fixtures by NYC’s Rich Brilliant Willing and In Common With, add character and a modern feel to the otherwise clean and minimalist space. Take a look inside the tranquil spa in the gallery above.

To book one of the brand’s luxurious pampering treatments, including its Signature facial (starting at $120 USD) utilizing in-house recipes for exfoliation, as well as The SuperGlow (starting at $150 USD) featuring dermaplaning, microcurrent, gua sha and AHA peels, head to Monastery’s website.

Monastery
4175 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA 94114


Safety Measures

In response to COVID-19, the Monastery spa will reopen with safety measures in place. Following local and state requirements, the team will be wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) including gloves, masks and protective eyewear. Staffers have also taken additional BARBICIDE certification courses and COVID-19 courses.

Fewer appointments will be scheduled, allowing more downtime in between sessions for cleaning and preparing the space for a new client. HEPA filters have been installed in the treatment rooms, while the use of steam will be omitted for the time being.

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