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Skylonda Lodge has a rich history of providing a blissful and luxurious getaway in the Bay Area. Referred to as Shangri-la In The Redwoods by the SFGate, celebrities such as Barbra Streisand and Robin Williams frequented our enchanted property in the late 1990s to indulge in gourmet food, delicious massage therapy treatments and breathtaking hikes.


Skylonda Lodge was built of Ponderosa logs and river rock in 1994 by the Resort Design Group, and won international awards for design, hospitality, and environmental stewardship. Reimagined in 2009 as a spiritual sanctuary for learning, inspiration, and personal growth, Joan Porter transformed Skylonda Lodge into Stillheart Institute with millions in renovation including several “tree-house” structures, placed strategically in the tree canopy to maximize views while minimizing impact on the forest.


In 2018, Skylonda Lodge is returning to her roots as the destination for all-inclusive retreats with focus on nutrition, fitness and relaxation. Current owner, Ray Blatt, restored the unique combination of indoor and outdoor activities, pampering spa services and impeccable cuisine in a setting of perpetual tranquility. Featured in Travel+Leisure as one of The Last of the Lodges: 25 American Greats,  this “nirvana in the redwoods” is a destination experience not to be missed.


Skylonda Lodge offers both single and double private rooms in the main lodge as well as unique treehouses surrounded by Redwood canopy. All rooms are invitingly outfitted to create a soothing and restful retreat for your stay.


The main lodge has an intimate dining room, a welcoming library and several cozy corners for reading and relaxing.


We hope you’ll take advantage of the 16 acres of tranquil forest that surrounds you. Our woodland trails offer miles of walking paths that meander through the redwoods. With their massive turns and shallow root systems, they are the tallest living things on earth. Redwoods have existed along the coast for at least 20 million years and are related to tree species that existed 160 million years ago.


The trails include hundreds of wooden steps, meditation benches, and bridges over La Honda Creek, statues from a variety of beliefs and many areas for quiet reflection. You will see diverse wildlife including deer, squirrels, rabbits, and over a 100 species of birds.


Revitalize your mind and body in our spa facility. Steam in the sauna, swim in the saline pool, soak in the hot tub or schedule a massage treatment with one of our experienced therapists. The Spa is the heart of regeneration at Skylonda Lodge. It’s your personal recharging station to relieve mental congestion and physical tension.


There are several filtered water containers around the building for your use—one on each floor and one in the spa. You will be provided a reusable water bottle.

wellness retreats Redwood City, CA


wellness retreats Redwood City, CA



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