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Hidden Gems and High-End Treatments: The Best of Los Angeles Spas



Many times in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Stars need a place relax and hide-away. Whether you are a famous celebrity or just want to be treated like a VIP, here are 10 of the best places to find spa serenity. Ready to feel like royalty? Have a massage at the Hotel Bel Air in a room with a private outdoor patio and Spa tea. Having a luxury hotel experience that feels like a sanctuary is perfect at The Ritz Carlton, Beverly Hills Hotel, Sunset Marquis, InterContinental Hotel and Luxe Sunset Boulevard. After just one Spa Massage at these hotels, you may feel that you have had a multi-day vacation. If you want to stroll in the sand immediately after your treatment, choose Casa Del Mar. If you prefer your celebrity moment to be in a private hideaway, choose Skin and Body Retreat where you will be the only client luxuriating in Los Angeles. To steal a relaxing spa hour during the daytime downtown, enjoy The LA Mart Day Spa at the Reef. For one of the best professional massages available in Los Angeles, experience bliss at Bechtel Physical Therapy. You can be a star in your own life with your choices. Enjoy ten of the best places in Los Angeles for treatment tranquility and choose to put your need to relax in the hands of these caring spa specialists.


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The Sanctuary at the Sea Wellness Spa feels like an upscale living area with the Zen fountain you always wanted your house to have. Tea, fruit, and water are available so you can relax and read, before your heavenly treatments. Casa Del Mar was opened on May 1, 1926 as a beach club. It was a recreation center for US service personnel during World War II and was again a beach club in the 1950s. It reopened as a luxury hotel in October 1999. It is a member of both the Leading Hotels of the World and on the National Register of Historic Places and sits on a stunning section of Santa Monica Beach.

Recommended for Spas because: Casa Del Mar has an incredible location on Santa Monica beach. After your relaxing Spa treatment, stroll along the sand for even more serenity.

Lisa's expert tip: Ask for Catherine at the Spa for a great massage and stay to eat at Terrazza with Chef Sven Mede's two course Sunday brunch with a spectacular view of the sea. My favorites were the Minestrone, and Grilled Branzino.

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The LA Mart Day Spa at The Reef is an ever-changing and always evolving Mini-Spa and Unique Boutique which offers signature spa services and a variety of gift ideas. The spa's menu includes Relaxing Massage, Organic Facials, and VIP Manicures or Pedicures, with all services including the luxurious delights of aromatherapy and hot steam towels plus a complimentary spa gift for every guest featuring products locally made in California, in the USA & products featured by Women-Owned Businesses. The LA Mart Day Spa at The Reef has a Mini-Spa Services Menu for busy clients on the go, to get a quick treatment in while on lunch or after work, while traffic in LA rushes on. Guests are asked to phone or email The LA Mart Day Spa at The Reef for reservations or information on spa parties, treatment specials, gift giveaways, and invitations to VIP spa events.

Recommended for Spas because: The LA Mart Day Spa at The Reef is a place to get a quick spa treatment while on lunch break or after work downtown.

Lisa's expert tip: Jackie Hesley of The Reef Day Spa is available to help you relax downtown. Sign up for a Mini-Spa Boutique treatment or arrange to have Mobile Spa servicing in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Her trendy spa products will put a smile on your face or any of your downtown LA clients. Ask for a demo of VIP spa treatments.

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The Spa InterContinental on the Avenue of the Stars is close to all major Los Angeles tourist attractions. If you are looking for rest and relaxation, the central location in Century City could be the answer to your hotel prayers. Enjoy the Phalaenopsis Orchids, African Violets, Tillandsia Bromeliads and Vanda Floating Orchids in the lobby lounge. You may recognize this distinctive property from Gone Girl, the critically acclaimed thriller. The Spa is located near the pool and has outdoor space for relaxing before or after your treatments. Choose to have your spa treatment in one of the private villas which is especially lovely for two.

Recommended for Spas because: The Spa InterContinental in Century City has treatment villas with outdoor space next to the pool.

Lisa's expert tip: Chose the Ess aromatherapy oil with Bergamont, Peppermint, Orange, Lime, Spearmint it has a warm citrus spice. Massage therapist, Jessica Quiles, also makes the soy candles in the Spa store which can continue your relaxation by their light and also be used for massage. Ask for one of the villas with a private outdoor space for your treatment.

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Skin and Body: A Private Retreat
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Skin & Body: A Private Retreat is a private retreat, you receive one-on-one service from the owner Robin Janashak who personally evaluates and guides her clients through the ever-changing skin treatment industry. Each new client receives an in depth consultations to review the client's goals, past skin care regiment and products used. Robin has been and in the skin care business for over 15 years, both as an educator and practitioner. She works with industry leaders in the skin care including PCA, Is Clinical, Intraceuticals Oxygen, Epicuren and Yon ka. Robin works closely with dermatologists and plastic surgeons in order to stay abreast of the latest developments in Anti-aging, Acne and Advanced Skin treatments. Skin cancer prevention is a personal passion having been affected in her family.

Recommended for Spas because: Do you prefer a hideaway where you are the only customer? Robin's Skin & Body is the place for privacy and special treatment.

Lisa's expert tip: Try Robin's Signature facial with a blend of clinical and relaxing facials using "Clarisonic" Deep cleansing and gentle exfoliations, you may want to add the microderm or anti-aging infusions.

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The Spa at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel feels like a retreat center. Choose your treatment from the menu and choose your location. You can have your massage in your room.This exclusive hotel is just off the 405 hotel but feels miles away from the commuters just outside its doors. You will find the Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel at the intersection of Brentwood and Bel Air. This urban hideaway has seven acres of peaceful property and an outdoor pool. On Sunset, the restaurant, has tasty creations and the Spa is a serene hideaway. The location is close to the beach and the excitement of Brentwood village. As they say at the Luxe Hotels, "chic is not a style, it is having style."

Recommended for Spas because: The Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel at the intersection of Brentwood and Bel Air is an urban hideaway with a serene spa.

Lisa's expert tip: Choose the Swedish massage and take therapist Josie's suggestion for argan oil with lavender aromatherapy essences. At this spa, you will start with a hot towel and enjoy deep relaxation from the strong massage. After your treatment, you can relax in the outdoor area with a soothing fountain and Zen inspired design.

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The Spa at the Sunset Marquis has large private rooms where you will be comfortable for multiple treatments. Start with Champagne or water and enjoy the orchids and the art which just might make you feel you are in a James Bond film. Over the last 50 years, Sunset Marquis has been a hotel home for entertainers from actors to comedians to fashion designers and can be for you as well. Want to party like a rock star or just live like one, this is your place. This 3.5 acre Mediterranean oasis is on a hill adjacent to the Sunset strip. If you have ever wondered what does casual luxury look like, stop here to find out. You can relax, dine and luxuriate at this West Hollywood Hotel.

Recommended for Spas because: The serenity just off the Sunset Strip at the Spa at Sunset Marquis was a truly enjoyable surprise.

Lisa's expert tip: If you want a hideaway adjacent to the Sunset Strip, this is the place for you. Discover top quality massage in a stunning setting. Let Hina, Lydia, Christina take care of you in the Spa and stay for dinner and drinks by the pool before you head out to the strip for a top concert.

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Bechtel Physical Therapy is staffed by 6 DPTs (Doctors of Physical Therapy), licensed massage therapists, and athletic trainers. Physical Therapy services include orthopedic evaluations; movement analysis; soft tissue, joint and neural mobilization; Graston assisted myofascial release; Class 4 hot laser; electrical stimulation; ultrasound; traction; taping (including Kinesio taping); and therapeutic exercise. BPT is the only Physical Therapy clinic in LA to offer Class 4 laser treatments that speed healing and quickly reduce pain and inflammation without drugs. Swedish, deep tissue, sports and hot stone massages are available. Most importantly, all massages are prescribed and designed by highly trained DPTs to address the specific musculoskeletal needs of each client. The beautiful private treatment rooms are all equipped with state of the art equipment. Parking is ample and free. Bechtel Physical Therapy's motto is "Relax! We will take care of you!" They will.

Recommended for Spas because: The team at Bechtel Physical Therapy are highly trained professionals who offer top quality massages and physical therapy services.

Lisa's expert tip: Bechtel Physical Therapy is one of the top physical therapy offices in the United States. While most clients are referred here by physicians due to an injury, anyone is welcome to visit for a massage. Terri Bechtel has a Phd in Physical therapy and is a wonderful healer. Her entire team is available to help you feel better.

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Enjoy the lush, tropical gardens and exotic flowers at The Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills. The Pink Palace has luxurious rooms, spacious suites and secluded bungalows. Bar Nineteen12, The Cabana Cafe and the Polo Lounge welcome you for your eating pleasure and the experience at The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie is remarkable. The Spa in partnership with Yada Yada Yoga provides an opportunity to transform your life with pilates, yoga with AJ, fitness assessment with Russell, a private healthy cooking session with executive chef Kaleo Adams, and finished with a world class spa treatment with Brian. As Chef Kaleo says, "People think about what they wear, and who it is designed by, what car they drive, and who they associate with but don't always give as much thought to what they put in their mouth for sustenance." Spend your day choosing carefully!

Recommended for Spas because: This Spa program allows you to check-in with your goals and find the tools to make them come true.

Lisa's expert tip: Explore a spa day for your body, spirit and mind with the Beverly Hills Balance program which includes Pilates or yoga, a fitness assessment, a healthy cooking lesson and a spectacular massage. As the masseuse, Brian O'Reilly reminded me you can either follow someone else's way or create your own. Choose to create your day in a way that works for you.

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The golden tiles of The Ritz Carlton Spa encourage you to relax, rejuvenate and restore. Wondering where to prepare for your red carpet experience or just want to feel like you belong on the red carpet? Choose to indulge at this urban oasis. From the signature Champagne to unparalleled personalized service, each of the nine treatment rooms will allow you to unwind from the moment you begin to smell the eucalyptus in the steam room to your time in either the co-ed Sanctuary, or private men's and women's relaxation rooms. While the NEST at WP24 offers garden to table herbs from the rooftop garden, the spa offers Garden to Glamorous treatments featuring fresh ingredients grown on site. The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, is a luxury hotel located downtown in the vibrant center of the city's emerging L.A. LIVE Entertainment District.

Recommended for Spas because: Entering The Ritz Carlton Spa is like entering a cocoon on serenity

Lisa's expert tip: Enjoy the Fire and Ice Body Treatment Experience with Raquel which includes some of the rarest elements on earth from Iceland's Blue Lagoon. The white silica mud mask will hydrate and re-mineralize skin. Your journey to tranquility concludes with a relaxing full body massage incorporating hot and cool stones.

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Hotel Bel-Air Spa
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After spending a day at the Hotel Bel Air, you might believe you had a much longer vacation. As you walk over the bridge, the swans are immediately visible in the water and it seems like a pristine oasis. The grounds are beautiful and the spa feels like its own resort. The sanctuary waiting area has an outside patio and the snacks are plentiful and divine. The couple's treatment room opens up to an outside patio where you can enjoy a special spa tea after your treatment and bath. Enjoy the Hollywood style and 12 acres of gardens in the Bel-Air Estates neighborhood. Originally built in 1922, the hotel currently has a restaurant operated by Wolfgang Puck.

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