Find a top spa in Los Angeles
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 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, said to brighten complexions, hands and feet. But we think you (and your bank account) will be just as pleased with a La Prairie Signature Facial, 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.
Whether you're a globe-trotting rock star, silver-screen starlet or just dream of being one, get polished, primped and pampered at Sunset Tower Hotel's spa hideaway. The exterior exudes classic Old Hollywood with the art deco to match. Past the understated glam (and decidedly masculine) lobby and down a flight of stairs is the main reception area and a salon where the town's most famous tresses are tousled and tamed. Another flight down is a dimly lit haven of four private spa suites, each outfitted with everything you need: shower, oversized 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 to add-ons such as LED light therapy—yes, the same sun-simulating therapy used for seasonal depression is great for your mood and your skin—to a Cleopatra-worthy milk bath. Couples and groups can book the larger suitesor alfresco cabanas. Prep for your massage with a 25-minute Turkish hammam, a steam-heated room for detoxing the body and warming the muscles pre-treatment.
As soon as you walk into the Raven, your muscles begin to relax. A covered stone and tile patio leads you to the quiet, calm front desk area, which is also outside, surrounded by lanterns, wild greenery and colorful walls. As you check in, you may notice the adjoining Raven yoga studio; it's usually just as tranquil over there, except for a minor flurry of activity as classes begin and end. Once you check in, you'll be taken through a set of carved wood swinging doors to the changing area, where lockers and a soft robe await you. The main spa area has comfortable woven chairs for hand and foot treatments, as well as a row of massage areas separated by soft curtains. 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. (We're not sure how this is possible, but somehow you can hear birds chirping outside, but not the traffic on nearby Rowena Avenue.) There are also private treatment rooms, decorated similarly, for more privacy. Massages here are decadent, but be sure to tell your therapist if she's pressing too hard—Thai massage digs deep, and if you're not careful you could leave with a bruise or two. 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 (if a bit oily—there are no showers here).
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 an ultimate day of pampering. 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 drawstring bag provided for jewelry. In the lounge, indulge in a special blend of spa tea 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—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-step 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.
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 (a lá wainscoting galore) 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 Red Flower body treatment. Our favorite is the Hammam Detoxifying Retreat, 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 out in seashells and offers refreshment such as warm herbal tea. Other details that make your spa experience feel special: Havaianas flip-flops and Red Flower products stocked in the locker rooms.
You're greeted at the Ritz-Carlton Spa at LA Live with a glass of champagne or the beverage of the season (in spring, it's 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. Make sure to set aside enough time when you visit to enjoy the facilities—the men’s and women’s locker rooms 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 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.For $30 more, add a treatment enhancement including hot oil scalp massage, micro-current cellulite treatment, lavish foot treatment or anti-aging hand treatment.
Spa Montage is the Disneyland of LA'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 is where couples, groups and co-eds can plunge, lounge and relax. There are also separate men's and women's mineral tubs, alongside an herbal steam room, dry sauna and whirlpool. Groups that want privacy or VIP service can book a Spa Soirée, which hosts six to 15 people for a 60-minute service and day-use of the facilities, while men can beautify with a Gentleman's Executive Facial or a proper shave. Fitness enthusiasts can take advantage of the gym, complete with pilates and yoga studios and rooftop salt-water poollined by private cabanas for hire. Other highlights include a full-dining menu with low-cal, spa cuisine items and old-meets-new services from aromatherapy—try the Anointing, a 90-minute massage using custom blend of aromatherapy rose essence along your chakras and Vichy shower rain therapy—to lymph drainage massage; it's how the 90210 does holistic.
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? We can guarantee the spa's oceanfront terrace is an improvement on the poshest of spin studios in LA. 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. Large parties are welcomed—the spa even has a group spa menu and wedding party packages. Follow your therapist to the second floor—the spa boasts 25 treatment rooms and three VIP suites—to the first door on the left. Opt for the Ocean Prelude, a full-body treatment that incorporates elements from the sea and takes places in an airy room with a bronze-cast bathtub, two treatment beds and the pièce de résistance—a balcony with a stunning ocean view. The soundtrack to your treatment will waft in on a salty breeze. We can't imagine you'll want to leave the spa afterward, so relax in one of the lounges for the rest of the day.
Nestled in the midst of the shops and eateries on Beverly Boulevard lies this upper-level boutique spa (it's connected to Privé Salon downstairs). A veritable urban oasis, the East-meets-West spot is more intimate than most spas, which just adds to its charm, and its dark-wood and brick decor has a quieting, calming effect. Change into a heavy, plush robe in the cute, private locker room and then grab a seat on a daybed in the chic waiting area off of the lobby to sip tea and relax. The treatments here cover the usual range, from facials to Swedish massage, but also the more exclusive: Wellness treatments like reconnective healing are on offer, as well as acupuncture—a specialty—designed to get your mind, body and spirit in harmony with one another. Try the Ona Stoned, a low-pressure hot stone massage that uses soothing heated basalt stones and bindi oil for sore muscles and succeeds in making you completely forget the busy world just outside the door for 80 minutes. Rinse off in a roomy private shower afterwards and then head back into the hustle and bustle of the city, the better for your visit. The spa is understandably a celebrity favorite; you'll find stars here to unwind or prep for an upcoming awards show.
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. The one-of-a-kind California Health & Longevity Institute is a one-stop-shop med-spa: Get your teeth whitened and skin tightened and peeled the same day that your chi is unblocked with acupuncture and energy healing. 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. The East-meets-West theme continues with a Chinese footbridge and bamboo floors throughout the spa and a towering pagoda in the meditation garden. Couples and groups up to ten can pamper themsleves in one of the four luxury spa suites complete with a private patio, plunge pool and whirlpool tubs; or rent an enclosed, poolside cabana where a light fare menu of smoothies, salads and wraps can be served. Unwind (and splurge) on signature body treatments—we love the Westlake Signature Treatment, inspired by a Balinese pre-wedding ritual that involves a foot bath, tumeric body scrub and coconut cream massage—and space age-y facials from Anti-Gravity to DNA Growth.