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The Hotel Bel-Air Spa 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. The nurture quotient here is evident in the spa’s chic nail salon (with individual mani-pedi pods), his and hers locker and steam rooms, and the seven treatment rooms, including the couples-friendly private Enclave Suite. The prices are steep, but you can expect a world-class facial in one of the prettiest spa settings in all of L.A.
As soon as you walk into the Raven, your muscles begin to relax. The entire room has a relaxed vibe with Thai-style decor and thick wood, and sun streams through skylights and open windows, giving the spa an outdoor feel. Massages here are decadent, but be sure to tell your therapist if she’s pressing too hard—if you’re shy about communicating with your masseuse, this may not be the spot for you. After your treatment, you can lounge on one of the woven chairs and enjoy fresh cut apples, oranges and dates along with hot tea and cool water. You’ll leave feeling soft, relaxed and refreshed (and if you’re a bit oily, there are showers here for an extra $5)
Escape the traffic on La Cienega at the SLS Hotel’s Ciel Spa. Enter the 5,000-square-foot sanctuary, where every detail has been thought of for an ultimate day of pampering. In the lounge, indulge in a special blend of spa tea and delectable treats prepared by the hotel’s notable chef, José Andrés. But the best part is behind the curtains in the private suites. Never thought you can fall asleep to a facial? Try one here and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Shutters on the Beach’s freestanding spa is so close to the ocean, 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—where the understated sophistication keeps in theme with the hotel’s Cape Cod style. Rest your head in one of the seven treatment rooms and indulge in a signature body treatment. Our favorite is the hammam detox, 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.
You’re greeted at the Ritz-Carlton Spa at L.A. Live with a glass of champagne or the beverage of the season. Once you’re ready for your treatment, leave some time to unwind in the co-ed Sanctuary, where flat screens overhead shuffle through nature photography. The spa also offers seasonal Garden to Glamorous treatments, incorporating herbs and produce from the hotel’s rooftop garden with top-of-the-line products. You’ll savor the treatment long after you’ve left the spa.
Spa Montage is the Disneyland of L.A.’s spas. This bi-level, 20,000 square-foot beauty sanctuary is Moorish-themed; red-tiled roofs, earth-colored stones, mosaic tiles and grand arches set the mood inside Beverly Hills’ Montage hotel. The subterranean spa (take the elevator down from the lobby) features 17 treatment rooms and an aqua-therapy centerpiece: a sky-lit mineral pool where couples, groups and co-eds can plunge, lounge and relax.
The sprawling 50,000-square-foot spa facility at Terranea is a destination in and of itself. It has a boutique, pool, cafe and gym, with free fitness classes. Open-air spin, anyone? Make sure you enjoy the steam rooms, women’s and men’s lounges as well as outdoor cold plunge pools and Jacuzzis on the grounds. Opt for the Ocean Prelude, a full-body treatment that incorporates elements from the sea and takes place in an airy room with a bronze-cast bathtub, two treatment beds and the pièce de résistance—a balcony with a stunning ocean view.
If 40,000-square feet of 28 treatment rooms (each with a private terrace) and four luxury suites (decked out with private plunge pool, day bed and whirlpool) don’t wow, then the fully-equipped, holistic wellness program is sure to impress spa snobs and feel-good gurus. For those in need of a diet overhaul, nutritionists and dietitians are on-hand as well as a Wellness Kitchen to school you on DIY clean eating.