Give back to yourself and become a better you. When it comes to giving the gift of tranquility, fluffy robes and steam rooms at a great spa can go a long way. Master the art of escapism and get to know the splendor behind LA's most dazzling scrubs and rubs.
Spa by La Prairie
701 Stone Canyon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90077
www.hotelbelair.comSoak in sunbeams poolside at the very location Marilyn Monroe posed for her last photo shoot. From the Nixons to the Rockefellers, Hotel Bel-Air has an iconic and rich history money can't buy. Its newest addition includes a decadent spa powered by luxury Swiss beauty company La Prairie. As one of only three La Prairie spas in the U.S., take advantage of a coveted opportunity to receive the Oscar in skincare.
For an ultimate couples retreat, try its Just The Two Of Us package for $550 per couple. Taking place in the Enclave, a glamorous 570-square-foot private couple's suite, receive a 60-minute couple's massage, use of private hydrotherapy bathtub, shower and private garden patio. Relax in its woodsy canyon setting as you enjoy a delivered Bel-Air Picnic Basket lunch served on your private patio.
ONE, The Spa
Shutters on the Beach
1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
www.shuttersonthebeach.comEscape to the Hamptons without leaving LAX. Richly appointed but never pretentious, Shutters on the Beach evokes the beauty of life by the sea, embracing an historic era reminiscent of a 1930s yachting scene. Leave feeling whole again by making a stop for serenity at its renowned spa, ONE.
Draw deeply into the power of the ocean and its natural healing properties by experiencing a treatment using its celebrated, all-organic red flower collection. Try the detoxifying treatment – red flower hammam. A steam ritual deeply detoxifies through an intensely therapeutic healing red flower massage. A rich rhassoul clay wrap draws out impurities followed by a stimulating lemon-coffee exfoliation. Unravel even further through the aromas and skin nutrition of rich shea butter, olive butter and fig received through a deep tissue massage.
The Spa at Terranea
100 Terranea Way
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
www.terranea.comWorlds away but just south of Redondo Beach, discover what life is – enriched. Mesmerizing panoramic views of the Pacific unfold as you step onto its 102-acre private peninsula sanctuary. Even Disney couldn't replicate its unveiling natural beauty in its most popular fairy tale. With Mother Nature a high priority, Terranea stands green with its Destination Earth environmental initiatives.
Give both body and mind a much-needed polish and prepare for a soul reawakening. The Spa at Terranea boasts 50,000 square feet of oceanfront bliss: 25 treatment rooms, three VIP spa suites, private adult spa pool and cabanas, movement studios and more. Try one its recommended three-part treatments - Flickering Embers, set against a private oceanfront backdrop. Designed to balance and detoxify, bask in the pacifying warmth of a nutrient-rich volcanic ash body wrap. Say bye-bye to toxins as mud draws them away, leaving skin with a re-mineralized glow. Follow with a plunge into a copper tub steeped with essential oils and magnesium. End with a massage to seal in all healing benefits.
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The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Four Seasons Westlake Village
2 Dole Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91362
www.fourseasons.comIf 41,000 square feet of tranquil spa bliss, 28 treatment rooms, 30 face and body treatments and 12 types of massages don't inspire your inner spa buff, nothing will. Voted one of the top spas in America by Conde Nast Traveler, The Spa at the Four Seasons Westlake Village has the clout to turn any couple's retreat, girlfriend getaway or solo staycation into one of your most memorable.
Unlike other spas, you can take care of both cosmetic and restorative dentistry wishes and receive sound nutrition and exercise support through its California Health & Longevity Institute. Perfect for small groups, reserve one of its four luxury spa suites for a private patio and plunge pool, day bed, private changing area, whirlpool tub and private entrance from the garden. With 42 unique treatments and massages and amenities galore, you'll never fall short on ways to become a better you.
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Montage Laguna Beach
30801 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
www.spamontage.comWhile you could spend all of your time floating in its over-sized, heated mosaic pool atop a 50-foot bluff gazing at the Pacific, you'd miss (hands-down) the most remarkable spa in the OC. Greeted by only warm smiles and kind hearts, set the entire day aside to revel in what feels like the land of Oz: Spa Montage Laguna Beach.
Just a short drive south, enjoy any 60-minute treatment and receive complimentary, all-day access to its expansive facilities. Begin your spa day by first cleansing mentally through a yoga class. Gently stretch to the sights of sun-gazed waves while taking deep calming breaths to clear away fatigue. Give yourself plenty of time before treatment and take part in its recommended 'art of spa' therapy by soaking in both hot and cold hydration pools. Clothing is optional in its women-only (or men-only) separate indoor-outdoor relaxation rooms. Think tropical palms, warm waterfalls, eucalyptus steam rooms, chilled hand towels and cozy fireplaces. The best is yet to come with your actual spa treatment. This is where deep relaxation and true healing takes place – through nourishing, careful upward massage strokes lifting every inch of your face and neck. Antioxidant-rich serum and a personalized marine algae mask reduce fine lines, firms, lifts and contours – resulting in a noticeably renewed glow.
Jessica Blotter has 10 years experience in the advertising industry and is founder of Publicly Loved - at the heart of brands, causes and events. As an author of two regional travel blogs with CBS Local and Examiner.com, she has produced more than 30 published articles covering regional getaway destinations and charitable events. Follow her onTwitter @publiclyloved.
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