Best spas in LA: Your guide to the top 10 spas in the city
Check out the best spas in LA for ultimate relaxation, rejuvenation and well-deserved pampering from head to toe.
If you're an Angeleno, you probably treat your body well by working out and eating right, so take it one step further—relax and get pampered with our list of the best spas in LA. We've been scrubbed and rubbed all across the city to bring you our list of the top spas. Our 10 picks range from notable hotel spas that focus on luxe beauty treatments to smaller organic spots, ideal for getting away without really leaving LA. You're sure to find a few popular celebrity hangouts among the list, plus spa reviews, tips and exclusive discounts for Time Out readers.
- Price band: 4/4
- Critics choice
The Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie may just prove once and for all that nature and nurture can co-exist in equal measure. Set deep within the iconic hotel’s woodsy Bel-Air canyon setting, the spa evokes a tranquil indoor-outdoor vibe with lily pad–like sculptures, hand-painted florets on the walls, and warm woodwork and dappled light in the relaxation lounge, where there are no glossy-trashy magazines, just velvety lounge chairs, cashmere throws and a collection of pretty picture books on nature, travel and fashion. There’s also the Enclave, a ginormous private treatment suite (hello, couples!) with its own plumeria-studded outdoor patio. The nurture quotient here is evident in the spa’s chic nail salon (with individual mani-pedi pods), the his and hers locker and steam rooms stocked with the Swiss company's luxe skin products, and the seven treatment rooms featuring warm, waterbed-style pads on the tables, temperature controls to keep you cozy and a variety of music menus (from R&B and classical playlists to nature sounds and string instruments composed with feng shui in mind). But let’s face it: You to go a La Prairie spa for its coveted—and, yes, they’re really that good—facials and skincare treatments. You may be tempted to splurge on the White Caviar Illuminating Facial ($1,000/90 mins) said to brighten complexions, hands and feet. But we think you’ll be just as pleased with a La Prairie Signature Facial ($210/60 mins; or $270/90 mins) in which the therapist first examines your skin under magnified light to determine the best course of action. What follows is a relaxing and yet thoroughly nourishing series of hydrating potions, warm steam, extractions, exfoliation, a cleansing mask, gentle massage, deep moisturizing and so much pampering your face will feel soft as butter. The prices are steep, but you can expect a world-class facial in one of the prettiest spa settings in all of LA.
• Good for: Staycation, girls getaway, men
• Amenities: La Prairie retail shop, Joseph Martin hair and beauty salon, fitness room, outdoor pool, on-site dining
• Tip: Splurge on the Enclave room, a 570-square-foot private suite with its own shower, bath and outdoor patio and waterfall. Kick your legs up and order in lunch from Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air without having to leave the suite. The Enclave accomodates treatments for up to 10 people at a time—perfect for your next spa party.
- Price band: 3/4
Whether you're a globe-trotting rock star, silver-screen starlet or dream of being either one, get polished, primped and pampered at Sunset Tower Hotel's spa hideaway. Tucked away on the Strip, a stone's throw from the original Riot House where rock 'n' roll legends used to carouse and play, you feel as though you've entered another time and place—Old Hollywood, perhaps—the moment you pull up to the Art-Deco building. Past the understated glam (and decidedly masculine) lobby and down a flight of stairs you'll find the main reception/salon where the town's most famous tresses are tousled and tamed. Another flight down takes you to a dimly-lit haven of four private spa suites, each which can be booked all to yourself and outfitted with everything you need: shower, over-sized tub, toilet, sitting area with telephone and wifi, flat screen TV, Arcona face products, Brazilian Blowout hair products and in-room dining. Services are extensive from massages (ask for Mohammed) to add-ons such as LED light therapy ($60, 30 minutes)—yes, the same sun-simulating therapy used for seasonal depression is great not only for your mood, but also for your skin—to a Cleopatra-worthy milk bath ($40 for 20 minutes). Couples and groups can book the larger oversized suites or alfresco cabanas for packages such as Cupid's Arrow ($280)—the duo treatment includes a champagne toast, 50-minute couples massage, rose petal herb bath and 25 minutes in the private marble Turkish steam hammam—and Bridal Bachelorette Party, a full-day of beauty which includes mani/pedis, full-body spray tans, sugar scrubs or massages, along with bubbly and strawberries. Of course, for the real rock star treatment, opt for the Rehab package ($200) of 25 minutes in the hammam, a detoxifying seaweed wrap, 10 minutes of oxygen—a hangover cure from last night's boozing.
• Good for: Rock stars (and wannabes) seeking privacy, couples
• Amenities: On-site dining, Turkish hammam, outdoor cabanas, med spa
• Tip: Take a break in between rub downs to the outdoor patio for city views.
- West Hollywood
- Price band: 3/4
Escape the traffic on La Cienega Blvd at the SLS hotel's Ciel Spa. Enter the 5,000-square-foot sanctuary, where every detail has been thought of for the ultimate day of pampering. Take the elevator and pass the full-scale gym and enter the frosted-glass door to the spa, where you're immediately drawn in by the sparkling white setting. A freshly-squeezed agua fresca will be poured for you before you're led down the long, narrow hallway to the locker rooms—keep an eye out for Philippe Starck's design details, such as the somewhat eerie row of hands holding flowers along the walls. The locker rooms are smaller than you'd expect, but do the job regardless. There's a hint of French-inspired decor here, including a stack of high-fashion Assouline books for your perusal. Open your locker and you'll know that everything has been thought-out—there's a small drawer for personal belongings and draw-string bag provided for jewelry. However, don't waste your time in the quaint locker room; instead slip on your ultra-plush robe—you'll feel like you're wearing silk—and head to the co-ed lounge. Indulge in a special blend of spa tea or agua fresca and delectable treats (fruit skewers and white chocolate chip, dark chocolate and matcha green tea brownie bites) prepared by the hotel's notable chef, José Andrés. While the food is enticing, the best part about the lounge may be the white curtains blocking off the personal lounge beds from one another, ideal for a little escapism. Depending on your choice of treatment, your therapist will guide you to one of the five treatment rooms or the couple's suite. Opt for the Eve Lom facial (90min/$225)—this is the only spa in LA that carries the luxury UK brand's beauty products—for immediate, visible results. Your esthetician starts the personalized treatment by asking you about the music selection, comfort of the bed (the custom massage beds are equipped with music technology and can fit to your body with a touch of the remote control) and explains the seven steps of the treatment. The relaxing facial uses a thick layer of warm paraffin wax to open the pores, rather than traditional steam—expect light extractions and a lymphatic acupressure massage. Never thought you can fall asleep to a facial? Try this one and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
• Good for: Privacy-seekers, groups (spa party), men, staycation
• Amenities: Free valet parking for spa guests, juice, tea, fruit, sweets, Robert Vertica hair salon, fitness room, rooftop pool, on-site dining
• Tip: Bring the office with you—the hotel provides free WiFi for three-hours. Venture to the lobby lounge post-treatment to get some work done while enjoying small bites at Tres by José Andrés.
- Mid-City West
- Price band: 3/4
Shutters on the Beach's freestanding spa is so close to the beach, you can almost feel your toes in the sand as you begin to unwind. Enter the nautical-themed retreat—you'll feel as though you've walked onto a boat or a swank yacht—whose understated sophistication (a lá wainscoting galore) keep in theme with the hotel's Cape Cod style. Lay your head in one of the seven treatment rooms and indulge in a signature Red Flower body treatment. Our favorite is the Hammam Detoxifying Retreat ($240) which starts with a coffee and lemon scrub followed by a clay wrap, Vichy shower and heated, deep-tissue massage. The result: glowing (and sweet-smelling) skin. Don't miss the facials, which feature top-rated Omorovicza products such as Hungarian Moor mud and gold serum to lighten, brighten and refine. Post- and pre-treatment, relax in the gorgeous, comfy lounge—the dimly-lit, votive-filled living room-like space is decked in seashells and has refreshment such as warm herbal tea. Other details that make your spa experience feel special: Havaianas flip-flops, bobby pins and hair elastics and Red Flower products stocked in the locker rooms.• Good for: A beachside escape, out of towners
• Amenities: Fitness room, on-site salon services (waxing, tinting, spray tan, manicure/pedicure including gel), hotel
• Tip: Check for regular seasonal specials on spa packages.
- Santa Monica
- Price band: 4/4
Enter the Ritz-Carlton Spa at LA Live and you'll feel like you're in a swank loft in the heart of the city. Upon entering the spa, you're greeted with a glass of Champagne or the beverage of the season—in spring it's the mint-lemonade, freshly made with lemons from the hotel's rooftop garden. Follow the “yellow-brick-road” that guides guests to the lockers, since the 8,000-square-foot hideout is a little tricky to navigate. Looking to get glammed up before heading out? Popular signature treatments include Red Carpet Ready (3 hours and 30 min/$450), a 50-minute boozy Champagne and Shimmer body treatment (the shimmer being a crème infused with 24K gold) and Ageless Beauty facial, plus manicure, pedicure, hair styling and make-up application. Make sure to set aside enough time to enjoy the facilities when visiting the spa—the men’s and women’s lockers include private relaxation areas, eucalyptus steam rooms and cold plunge showers. Once you’re ready for your treatment, leave some time to unwind in the co-ed Sanctuary where flat screens overhead are playing nature shots and the spread in the middle of the room surrounded by individual beds and reading lights includes a selection of dried fruits, nuts and teas. Experience seasonal treatments depending on what’s in season with the spa’s Garden to Glamorous treatments. In the spring, opt for the Lemondrop Body Treatment (50 min/$140 or 80 min/$200) a head-to-toe pampering using freshly picked products—the treatments incorporate herbs and produce from the hotel’s rooftop garden and match top-of-the-line products to that season’s treatments. The Lemondrop starts with that welcoming pour of mint-lemonade to the treatment of an exfoliating lemon-sugar scrub using fresh zest, followed by a Jurlique citrus mist and mini-massage using a blend of lemon crème and lemon-infused massage oil. Ask for Russell, who is highly requested and whose hands are strong and skilled enough to open those pesky shoulder knots. Following the treatment, which you’ll never want to end, sip on a special blend of lemon tea brought to you in an individualized glass teapot in the Sanctuary. The cherry—er, lemon—on top is the crumbly house-baked lemon butter cookie given to you at checkout to savor the treatment well after you’ve left the spa.
• Good for: Groups (spa party), massages, men
• Amenities: Gift shop, tea, fruit, dried nuts, nail salon, make-up application and hair styling services, eucalyptus steam room, cold plunge showers
• Tip: For just $30, add a treatment enhancement including hot oil scalp massage, micro-current cellulite treatment, lavish foot treatment and anti-aging hand treatment.
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