3 Things We Love about Tenaya Stone Spa at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

Luxuriate in a thoughtfully designed space inspired by nature and Californian heritage.
Photograph courtesy of Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

The award-winning Grand Californian Hotel is known for its Craftsman-style architecture, fireside lounge, Californian sensibilities, and being home to Disneyland’s finest restaurant—Napa Rose. Adding to its many amenities is Tenaya Stone Spa, an oasis located right next to the hotel’s park entrance that takes inspiration from nature and indigenous culture. The spa’s emphasis on the healing powers of nature makes it the perfect haven during your staycation.

The Design
The 6,000-square-foot spa was designed with earthy elements to ground guests during their experience. In contrast to the six-story lobby which reminds guests of the grandeur of nature, Tenaya Stone Spa uses elements such as cross-cut wood round floors and a root chandelier in the lobby/retail boutique to set an inward tone. “Much of the Craftsman architecture has you look ‘out and up,’ such as looking out across landscaping and up at the trees,” says Katrina Mosher, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “In the spa, you literally do the opposite to look ‘down and in.’ The translation of that into nature is going down into the earth, into stone, and into roots. We took the cue from Mother Nature in order to inspire the design.” Other noteworthy aspects include the east-facing stained-glass window in the relaxation lounge which beautifully filters sunlight. Throughout the spa, you’ll find artwork from a Native American artist made with minerals and foraged items found in nature.

The Inspiration
The heart of the spa is the Tenaya Stone, the emblematic, namesake stone sourced from indigenous ancestral lands. Dawn Jackson, a Native American cultural advisor, worked with Imagineers to honor and showcase the indigenous cultures of Yosemite Valley. “As a cultural advisor, I was able to connect with tribal elders to look at California heritage,” says Jackson. “This Tenaya stone went on a journey. We were looking for it with a Miwok elder and her family, who are descendants of Chief Tenaya of the Ahwahnechee people. The stone revealed itself and this Miwok family blessed it and gifted it to us. This stone has been shaped and formed over eons of time on earth. It is the center and the heart of the spa—and a place to reflect and set intentions.” Jackson also worked with Mosher to develop this idea of wellness and balance with “the natural order of four.” Throughout the spa, you’ll find four main colors (white, red, black, and yellow), four stones (white magnesite, red pumice, black obsidian, and gold pyrite), four medicinal plants (sweet grass, sage, cedar, and tobacco), and four directional points of the spa. It’s the idea that you should have social, spiritual, emotional, and physical balance in your life.

The Services
While facials are not available just yet, the spa offers an array of full-body treatments, from the Tenaya River Stone massage with heated river stones and aromatherapy oils to an avocado, lime, and honey foot treatment. The bright and airy salon also offers manicures and pedicures. 

Book your Spa Service
Tenaya Stone Spa, which officially opens September 16, is now taking reservations for guests staying at any of the three Disneyland hotels. It is set to open for non-hotel guests at a later date.

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