Destination Discovery: Los Angeles


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Destination Discovery: Los Angeles

We love the whole L.A. vibe: From the always-on-trend attitude to the celebrity culture, we hold a certain fascination for the City of Angels. And the spa scene here is no different—we’re star struck by its wellness approach that tends to mix luxurious pampering with results-oriented techniques in effortless fashion. Whether you’re looking for a hydrating facial following a long beach day, or a relaxing massage before hitting the red carpet, Los Angeles has an all-star cast of leading locations to try.

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best of los angeles spas, the peninsula beverly hills

The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills, CA

First on the L.A. spa scene is The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Expect classic Hollywood glamour with a touch of French countryside elegance at this southern California hotel, positioned at the crossroads of Wilshire and South Santa Monica Boulevards. Accompanying this stylish hotspot are VIP amenities like a spa that resides on the hotel roof garden. We recommend indulging in one of the exclusive Shiffa Precious Gem Treatments—The Peninsula Spa is the first hotel spa in North America to showcase Shiffa gem-saturated oils brimming with diamond, emerald, ruby, and sapphire properties.

Read more about The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Beverly Hills here.

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best of los angeles spas, Bliss Spa at W Los Angeles

Bliss® Spa at W Los Angeles – Westwood – Hollywood, CA

Secondly, we highlight Bliss® Spa at W Los Angeles, which takes its name seriously, granting clients with an ample amount of amenities to keep them forever entertained. Some of our favorites include the rhythm and blues soundtrack, the mod interiors, movie-while-you-manicure nail stations, and, of course, the signature brownie buffet (a majority of these are trademark touches of the Bliss brand. Also a cute touch? Treatments with clever names like rhythm & bliss massage, no “zit” Sherlock, and the love handler™.

Read more about Bliss® Spa at W Los Angeles – Westwood.

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best of los angeles spas, Spa del Rey at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

Spa del Rey at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey – Marina del Rey, CA

We love Spa del Rey at the AAA Five Diamond waterfront Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey for its eco-conscious devotion. A member of the Green Spa Network, the seven-treatment-room spa presents a Spanish-nautical motif and a menu of personalized treatments using organic, vegan brands like ilike, wHet, Golden Path Alchemy, and Pure Fiji. Even the snacks in the tranquility lounge keep consistent with the green-friendly effect, as they’re organic and sourced from a local farmer’s market.

Read more about Spa del Rey at The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey.

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best of los angeles spas, Ciel Spa & Robert Vetica Salon at SLS Beverly Hills

Ciel Spa & Robert Vetica Salon at SLS Beverly Hills – Los Angeles, CA

We give two thumbs up to Ciel Spa & Robert Vetica Salon at SLS Beverly Hills for its A-list amenities: Philippe Starck-designed interiors—the white hues reflect a celestial dream—plus, cuisine by famed chef José Andrés and custom massage beds with music therapy technology. Skin-care services use Ling products, or you can opt for heavenly treatments like the Nirvana four-hands massage (60/90; $290/$365).

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best of los angeles spas, Spa at Terranea at Terranea Resort

The Spa at Terranea at Terranea Resort - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Terranea Resort sits on 100-plus acres along the southwestern tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Sounds spectacular, right? That’s just one phenomenal aspect here. Another is The Spa at Terranea, where treatments/activities emphasize “time” and “place,” balancing the body’s natural bio-rhythms with nature’s rhythms, i.e., changing of the seasons and hours. As well, only indigenous organic products are used at this Mediterranean-meets-California spa, which encompasses luxe amenities like indoor/outdoor lounges housing heat and cold facilities and fire pits.

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best of los angeles spas, Spa by La Prairie at Hotel Bel-Air

Spa by La Prairie at Hotel Bel-Air – Los Angeles, CA

Whether you’re walking the red carpet or simply walking to your office cubicle, you may very well feel like a star following a visit to Spa by La Prairie. The Forbes Five Star property features a couple’s treatment enclave with a private patio and a mosaic steam area, as well as the main focus: Swiss luxury brand La Prairie’s collection of advanced, anti-aging skin-care and body treatments. After a service, head to the oval-shaped pool, a signature of Hotel Bel-Air for 65-plus years.

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best of los angeles spas, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village – Westlake Village, CA

Next on the L.A. spa scene is the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village.  This über-spacious facility near Thousand Oaks totals 41,000 square feet, comprising 28 treatment rooms—four of them with fireplaces and plunge pools; all open up to outdoor gardens. Holistic treatments combine ancient eastern therapies with present-day western techniques (there are 30 body and facial services and 12 massage modalities), and you’re welcome to visit the on-site California Health & Longevity Institute for dermatology services, nutritional consults, fitness offerings, and more.

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best of Los Angeles, Spa Montage at Montage Beverly Hills

Spa Montage at Montage Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills, CA

Steps from Rodeo Drive, Montage Beverly Hills is home to the lovely Spa Montage. A mesmerizing fusion of nature and water elements can be found throughout every space of the two-story, Moorish-designed spa, from the co-ed mineral pool and the wet treatment rooms to the mud rooms with Montage Affusion showers and designated locker areas. Finely refined holistic treatments include Surrender (120 mins minimum, starting from $500), where, following a consultation with one of the trained “Surrender therapists,” you’ll indulge in a unique—and completely customized—wellness experience.

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Steps from Rodeo Drive, Montage Beverly Hills is home to the lovely Spa Montage. A mesmerizing fusion of nature and water elements can be found throughout every space of the two-story, Moorish-designed spa, from the co-ed mineral pool and the wet treatment rooms to the mud rooms with Montage Affusion showers and designated locker areas. Finely refined holistic treatments include Surrender(120 mins minimum, starting from $500), where, following a consultation with one of the trained “Surrender therapists,” you’ll indulge in a unique—and completely customized—wellness experience.

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best of Los Angeles spas, The Ritz Carlton Spa at The Ritz Carlton Los Angeles

The Ritz-Carlton Spa® at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Ever want to feel like a celebrity? Head to The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, residing within the 54-story hotel and residential tower of the downtown L.A. Live.  With glamorous, cosmopolitan interiors that reflect the city locale, the adults-only spa mingles gold and silver hues with crystal and glass accents—and presents a signature champagne welcome and a treatment menu that includes the Caviar and Mimosa scrub and massage (50/80 mins; $150/$210). The Red Carpet Ready experience (3 hrs, 30 mins; $450) is another popular option.

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best of los angeles spas, Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Exhale Mind Body Spa at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows – Santa Monica, CA

We think residents of Los Angeles are lucky to be located near Exhale Mind Body Spa at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, especially if they’re wellness buffs. The intimate spa and studio features an extended list of treatments—acupuncture, facials, energy therapies, massage, nailcare, and waxing (many of which can be taken poolside!)—and daily Core Fusion and yoga classes. Locker rooms sport steam, sauna, and shower fixtures.

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