Winter can wreck a girl’s complexion. We may not have snow out here in Los Angeles but winter can be cruel nonetheless, with bone-chilling Santa Ana winds that rip right through you, wreaking havoc on body and spirit alike. If you’ve been singing the colder climate blues, cheer up. Let these top 5 spas help you warm up and chill out over the holidays.
1 Ciel Spa at SLS
Those who adore decor will love Ciel Spa at SLS's Phillipe Starck designed "dreamscape". Of course, health and well-being doesn't take a back seat to the environs. Travelers who are laying their heads at the SLS Hotel and Angelenos alike will want to take advantage of Ciel's full spa menu which includes signature treatments such as the Spun Glass facial, the Balanced Body black moor mud brush-and-wrap, and Poolside Cabana mani/pedis. Oh and if you and your loved one knocked a little too much back at Bazaar's bar last night, recover with Ciel's Rejuvenate for Two: a soak with a Bloody Mary in hand followed by a scalp massage and custom facial.
2 Dtox Spa
East-siders lamenting the lack of a luxe day spa can finally relax. Literally. With lush asian-inspired environs, Dtox Spa is prepared to pamper in a serious way. Spa-goers can take advantage of Dtox's full spa menu which includes three new organic custom facials. Eco-warriors can also take it easy at Dtox. The day spa is fully committed to reducing their carbon footprint with eco-friendly building materials, bio-degradable cleaning products, recycled paper products, corn cups, and sugar cane plates. Impressive.
3 La Prairie Spa at the Beverly Hills Hotel
La Prairie Spa at the Beverly Hills Hotel has already made an appearance on our top 5 treatments list and it's easy to see why they're getting another heads up. La Prairie Spa is the ultimate haute haven for rest and relaxation. A visit to La Prairie Spa is like a dip in the fountain of youth. Except you get to keep your wisdom and then some. Party people looking to throw a spa party (bonjour brides) should book their soirée at La Prairie Spa pronto.
4 Thibiant Beverly Hills
Founded over 38 years ago by Aida Thibiant, her eponymous spa has built up legions of dedicated followers over the years. So, when Mme. Thibiant sold the spa a few years back, her fans were worried that the spa would suffer. Thankfully, they stayed to Thibiants vision. Thibiant Beverly Hills is a luxurious retreat from the bustling Beverly Hills street it inhabits. While they sport a full spa menu, the specialty of the house is creating and maintaining crystal-clear skin at their European Skin Clinic. The aestheticians are no-nonsense. Listen to what they tell you to do and you'll find your visage fresh, clear and looking noticeably younger. And oh yes, that was whatever Oscar winning actress you think you just saw.
5 Voda Spa
Old world souls looking for a good schvitz and a platz need look no further. Voda Spa is the place for you. The full service luxury spa also happens to sport a proper banya. Talk about sweatin' with the oldies. Add a platz (a beatdown with eucalyptus leaves soaked in oil) for some really rigourous relaxtion. And hey, if this too much, you can always chill with a cocktail at Voda's V Room bar.