Whether you’re visiting from out of town or live nearby, you deserve to treat yourself to a day at the spa. Soothe your muscles—and your mind—with a visit to a relaxing retreat along the Pacific. You don’t need to be a hotel guest to experience the amenities available at these five luxury hotels. So, what are you waiting for? By Elizabeth Jenkins
Tucked away inside the beautiful Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, you’ll find Exhale, an intimate, full-service spa. Beauty enthusiasts come for the facials, body scrubs, waxing and nail treatments, while those in need of some TLC book acu-healing services, such as cupping, Reiki and traditional acupuncture. For a mix of relaxation and healing, massages—from sport to craniosacral to pre-natal—are available as well. Bonus: Exhale doubles as a fitness studio, with barre, cardio, yoga and HIIT classes (high-intensity interval training) on offer.
OCEAN SPA & FITNESS
The eco-conscious Ocean Spa, at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, features organic treatments, pure products and eco-friendly design elements. Visitors can enjoy the eucalyptus steam rooms or dry saunas before or after their appointment. Men in need of some pampering should try the Gentleman’s Sea Escape Facial or the Aroma Massage. Women will want to test out the oxygen spa services, which are said to produce immediate, medical-grade results without invasive injections or chemicals. Try the Atoxelene Age-Defying Eye-Rejuvenation or Ultimate Radiance Infusion.
Choose from the extensive menu of innovative services, such as the Sun Relief Hydration Quencher or the Mediterranean Hammam Ritual at ONE Spa, the luxurious spa inside Shutters on the Beach. Customize a massage to your liking by choosing your style (Swedish, deep tissue or therapeutic), length (60 or 90 minutes) and blend (rosemary, lavender, eucalyptus, muscle comfort or fragrance free). In addition to the standard facial options, there are advanced facials as well. There’s even a polish-free pedicure designed just for men!
SEA WELLNESS SPA
Step into the richly-adorned Sea Wellness Spa at Hotel Casa del Mar and you’ll instantly feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of the city. Boost your body with the Magnesium Wellness Massage, designed to nourish the skin and remove tension, or the Hot Stone Massage, which utilizes heated basalt stones. Try the LightStim Anti-Aging facial, which combines amber, red and infrared lights to stimulate collagen and promote circulation, or the Organic Aloe Wrap, which combines algae and lavender to hydrate the body.
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SPA LE MERIGOT
The Quiet Room at Spa Le Merigot, inside the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot, features slipcovered sofas, zebra rugs and hanging crystals, creating a homey environment to unwind before or after your treatment. If you’re in a hurry and just want a quick pick-me-up, try the Express Facial or Shiatsu Massage, both of which last 25 minutes. The Clarifying Acne Facial attacks stubborn pores, while the Repairing Back Facial combines resurfacing microdermabrasion and Retinol. Also, don’t miss the Espresso Mud Body Treatment, which removes impurities.