When it comes to pampering and relaxation, Los Angeles knows a thing or two about the finer things in life. After all, the city is home to sought-after salons, hotels, restaurants and bars that fit the bill for high-end living. And while the beaches and Hollywood may get all the hype, the best spas in Los Angeles make a strong case for one of the best things to do in L.A. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long work week or release tension after sitting in traffic on the I-405 (the culprit of many a stiff neck), you can find all of your decompressing needs at these stunning, top-rated spas. The luxury hotels and day spas not only impress with high quality, experienced masseuses and treatment offerings, but also feature serene interiors that set the scene for some well-deserved “me time.” Of course, a gift card for mom is always a good idea.
Treat yourself to everything from a Swedish massage in a plush greenhouse to a rosemary foot soak, a CBD sports massage, a traditional Thai massage or a Japanese-style couples massage, complete with sushi from Sugarfish delivered straight to your suite. Top off the pampering treatment with hydrating facials, manicures, pedicures or other wellness offerings. And if you’re going to book an hour or two at any number of these spas, make sure to take advantage of the additional features for guests like steam showers, pools, Himalayan Salt saunas, small bites menus and Champagne. Go big or go home, right?
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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 plush 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, 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.
Enter this sanctuary off of South Beverly Drive and be whisked away to a quiet Japanese-style spa for extensive pampering from head to toe. Privacy is key, here—the treatment rooms feature all the amenities you could think of, meaning you don’t have to leave to go to a locker room to change before or after your treatment. The spa offers intriguing treatments, including one that brings you fresh sushi from Sugarfish post-treatment, and another in which hot sake is poured onto your back to release tension. Throughout your stay, sip tea and enjoy traditional Japanese treats.
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 looking for a wellness overhaul to bring with you outside of the spa, you can sign up for a cooking class with the hotel’s registered dieticians who walk you through clean eating and demos.
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.
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 Renewal Massage, a full-body treatment that incorporates elements of the sea with a Laminaria Seaweed Oil, rich with minerals to revitalize the skin.
Shutters on the Beach’s 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.
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. 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.
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 fruit 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)