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Top-tier Los Angeles spas and beauty destinations

The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie

Ready for your close-up? If the answer is no, then hurry and book your appointment at the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie. Hollywood's A-listers have this spa on speed dial, not just for the seclusion offered by the pink hideaway in Beverly Hills, but because of La Prairie's cutting-edge anti-aging technology. The spa's menu includes more than 40 treatments, from the Advanced Marine Biology Youth Protection Facial (60 minutes, $200) to the Caviar Massage (60 minutes, $215), with private cabanas and two couples' suites.

Pre-Emmy prep: A week before the big night, try the Cellular Resurfacing Facial (60 minutes, $200), which uses alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids to retexturize the skin, minimize the appearance of pores and even out skin tone. If you have just a few days to prep, opt for the Diamond Perfection (60 minutes, $215; 90 minutes, $275), a head-to-toe treatment that includes exfoliation and pampering with La Prairie's Skin Caviar Luxe Body Cream. Web site

Bliss Los Angeles

Interminable construction delays mean that Bliss Hollywood still isn't open. Does that stress you out? Not to worry: Thankfully there's Bliss Los Angeles, located in the W Hotel in Westwood. Have your inner calm restored during a new R.E.S.T. Intentions massage (75 minutes, $160) or the revered Triple Oxygen Treatment Facial (75 minutes, $160). You can even take in a movie during your mani-pedi.

Pre-Emmy prep: Bliss aestheticians recommend the Youth As We Know It Facial (60 minutes, $185), which includes a mushroom enzyme peel, a moisturizing cell-regenerating cocktail and a collagen mask. Because it involves no extractions, it won't leave any irritation or redness. And it's not just for your face. The treatment includes the decollete area, making it the perfect preparation for strapless and V-neck Emmy-night gowns. Web site

Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts

Tucked away on Melrose Place, Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts employs a team of doctors, registered nurses, aestheticians and -- of course -- Kate herself, so it's no surprise that it caters to some of Hollywood's most famous faces. The airy bungalows are the place for fabulous facials and, among many other results-oriented treatments, DermaLucent light therapy, Titan laser applications and dermal fillers.

Pre-Emmy prep: Of all of the treatments, the most requested before photo shoots and red-carpet events is the Ultimate Kate (80 minutes, $370). Designed to create a flawless complexion, it includes enzymatic exfoliation, light extractions, saturation of the skin with vitamins and Kate's signature DermalQuench serum, and finally, a DermaLucent light treatment that stimulates collagen and elastin production. Web site


Its name means "on the edge" in Hindi, but Kinara is where industryites go to take the edge off. With an interior that melds French, Balinese and Eastern Indian influences, it's the perfect place to banish those pre-Emmy jitters. So relax and put yourself in the hands of co-founder and expert facialist Olga Lorencin-Northrup, who created or customized all of Kinara's treatments to combine natural ingredients with the latest technology.

Pre-Emmy prep: For silky Emmy-night tresses, book Kinara's Shelee Hair Treatment (30 minutes, $85). First, liquid soy-protein is massaged into the hair shaft then bonded to the hair as you sit beneath a dryer. Next, the hair is rinsed, moisturized and steamed, allowing the protein and moisture to seep into the open hair cuticle. A cool rinse then closes the hair shaft, meaning the paparazzi won't catch you with any fly-aways. Web site

Ona Spa

Ona Spa is right in the middle of town, just a hop, skip and a jump from CBS Television City, but with its soothing contemporary Balinese decor and tranquil vibe, it will make you feel like you're a world away. Designed with the help of a feng shui consultant, Ona is a full-service medical day spa offering everything from customized facials and body treatments to collagen, Botox, Restylane and teeth-whitening. It boasts massage rooms outfitted with private balconies and outdoor showers.

Pre-Emmy prep: Before squeezing into that figure-hugging Emmy gown, try the Ona Slim Cryo-Thermie body slimming treatment (75 minutes, $150; series of six treatments, $750). Consisting of five phases of cellulite-reduction therapy, it was originally created by a French pharmaceutical lab and in the States, it's only available at Ona. Web site

Spa Montage

Emmygoers have a new state-of-the-art spa to turn to this year for all of their preshow pampering needs. Spa Montage, an opulent two-story 20,000-square-foot oasis located in the new Montage Beverly Hills hotel, was inspired by 9th century Andalusia with rich Moroccan- and Moorish-influenced decor. Water features are everywhere; especially striking is the co-ed mineral pool surrounded by intricate mosaic tiles.

Pre-Emmy prep: Before your long night of celebratory champagne toasts, detox your system with Spa Montage's Elements of the Earth Wrap (60 minutes, $195; 90 minutes, $255), which includes a full-body dry brushing (which stimulates circulation), customized mud application and relaxing scalp and foot massage. And it's not just any mud: Your therapist will customize your treatment with nutrient-rich elements to address your body's specific needs. Web site