Ultimate Pampering Summer Weekend: Spa, Aah
For every Angeleno who's stressed to the max, put the script down, step away from the T.V. and try a weekend that will truly relax and restore.
This story first appeared in the July 19 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Begin the big wind-down by immersing in the hot and cold tubs at Koreatown’s Beverly Hot Springs (308 N. Oxford Ave.). Called balneotherapy, the heat (100 degrees!) stimulates circulation, while the cold fights off inflammation. Next, indulge with a Body Scrub/Body Care Combo ($110, including admission fee) — a tough-love seaweed treatment that leaves your whole body feeling like a baby’s butt — followed by a skin conditioning massage with milk, oil, cucumber and yogurt. You can add on a hair and scalp massage ($40) and a foot massage ($40). Fans include Eva Mendes and Malin Akerman. After this, your entire being will feel like jelly, so head to the nearby The Larchmont (5750 Melrose Ave.) for kale salad, shaved white asparagus and pan-seared local halibut. Retox (just a little) with an artisanal cocktail like a gin cucumber soda.
In the morning, invigorate your system at the body-shaping spa Iobella (507 Wilshire Blvd.) in Santa Monica for a customized workout with one of their trainers (ask for Fabiana Erica Mora), who guarantee a leaner, more toned look after a series of private sessions. Protein up at Sugarfish (212 N. Canon Drive), now open in Beverly Hills and 20 minutes away. The Trust Me/Lite lunch is a bit of palate pampering at $17 and includes edamame, several pieces of sushi and a toro handroll. Then treat your feet and hands to the luxe new nail studio across the street at the Montage Beverly Hills (225 N. Canon Drive). Your private mani ($60) and pedi ($100) can include Italian mandarin oil or Indonesian ginger. Send your little ones to the hotel’s kids spa, Paintbox, where they can have mani-pedis of their own ($40 each). Afterward, bring a group to enjoy the 90-minute spasensory experience at A Taste of Beauty by Natura Bisse at the Beverly Wilshire (9500 Wilshire Blvd.); enjoy a seven-course, specially prepared private meal by chef Gilles Arzur ($1,500 a person). You’ll feel so relaxed, you’ll want to get a room (a Beverly Suite starts at $1,050 a night).
Rev up by grabbing a C Splash (carrot, pineapple, orange, grapefruit, lime and ginger) at Liquid Juice Bar (8180 Melrose Ave.), then submit to a serious jade-stone massage at the day spa Le Petite Retreat (311 N. Larchmont Blvd.). It combines Swedish and deep-tissue massage with hot and cold stones and reflexology ($135 for 60 minutes, $175 for 90). Reward yourself for good choices with “dessert”: a chocolate oxygen facial, starting at $150, at Le Jolie Medi Spa (13041 Ventura Blvd.). Then, of course, you'll want food: How about a tofu scramble or granola with fresh cashew milk at the organic SunCafe (3711 Cahuenga Blvd.) in Studio City?
Finish your beautification with “the most relaxing, delicious body treatment in all of L.A.,” says Ole Henriksen of his African Red Tea Spa Ritual at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa (8622A W. Sunset Blvd.), which includes an African red tea sugar scrub (from $195; do a nonscrub if you had Friday’s combo). Charlize Theron, Halle Berry and Blake Lively are fans of the West Hollywood spa. If you can still walk to your car (and you skipped the chocolate facial earlier), drive to Ronit Falevitch Skin Care (414 N. Camden Drive) in Beverly Hills for the Signature Facial ($300), which includes microdermabrasion, a peel and a collagen infusion. You’ll be refreshed — and gorgeous — by Monday.
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