The 10 best luxury spas in Los Angeles

Living the rich life up on the Hollywood hills calls for a spa retreat of the highest quality, aiding your recovery after several tiring days touring celebrity boutiques and lazing on dazzling Cali coast beaches. Experimental treatments and new age experiences bring something new to the scene, fast making LA the ultimate place for luxury wellness in the US and beyond. So, tie up your towelling robe (or leave it wide open) and come with us to explore the 10 best luxury spas in Los Angeles.

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1. The Peninsula Spa Beverly Hills

Our first swoon-worthy spa in Los Angeles is The Peninsula Spa Beverly Hills, a hotel resort featuring roof garden, outdoor pool and a spa equipped with electronic massage beds. Customising the spa experience to meet each guest’s needs, the therapists at Peninsula conduct light therapy and unique treatments, the top among them being the ‘Liquid Surgery Rejuvenation’, a non-invasive facial treatment said to tighten skin and give a more youthful appearance. Thankfully the rest of the spa gives plenty of reasons to flash your wrinkle-free smile, coming decorated in Hollywood glamour across its seven treatment rooms, nail suite and serenity lounge.

2. The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village

A pinnacle spa resort with as many as 28 treatment rooms spread through its 40,000 square foot wellness setting, The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is where LA’s ‘it crowd’ comes to detox. Besides its four luxury suites kitted out with private plunge pool, day bed and whirlpool to fit up to 10 people, the hotel’s shared facilities will no doubt get you into the community spirit. The holistic wellness program (run by the California Health & Longevity Institute) helps guests fully immerse themselves in clean eating and mindfulness, moving from teeth whitening to skin peel with a break for energy healing under the meditation garden’s pagoda. For a diet plan, nutritionists and dieticians can help overhaul your eating habits, teaching you how to cook healthily in the Wellness Kitchen and serving up light smoothies and salads by the poolside cabana. Namaste or what?

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The very meaning of luxury, La Prairie has long been known as the best spa in Los Angeles, fitted with top-notch facilities that offer famed five-star services in utmost calm

3. La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Another from the city’s prestigious chains is La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The very meaning of luxury, La Prairie has long been known as the best spa in Los Angeles, fitted with top-notch facilities that offer famed five-star services in utmost calm. Caviar, the signature ingredient of the brand, is used in a number of the top treatments, including the Caviar Lifting and Firming Facial said to boost a bright complexion. With Forbes also rating the spa five stars, La Prairie is certainly the Waldorf Astoria’s crown jewel.

Photo: La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

4. Tomoko Japanese Spa

Bringing a spot of east Asian spiritual healing to proceedings is the Tomoko Japanese Spa, another Beverly Hills favourite. Enter into the resort’s minimalist tea room to get your first taste of Japanese hospitality, indulging in a foot bath and complimentary snacks beside the sleek fireplace. From there, guests take an ofuro bath and Tomoko massage all from the comfort of a private suite. For lunch is Tomoko’s quality sushi and detoxifying green tea followed by Japanese sweets for dessert at Sugar Fish. Priced for its unique and expert energy healing treatments, Tomoko blends eastern and western practices to spellbinding effect, based on the principles of founder Tomoko Kurono whose mother was a village healer in Osaka, Japan.

Tomoko Japanese Spa | Photo: Lexus Gallegos

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5. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles

Not just any chain, this is The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles; the red carpet spa resort at the heart of Hollywood. Stretching across 8,000 square foot and nine treatments rooms, the Ritz-Carlton Spa sanctuary centres itself on the concept of Hollywood glam, allowing each guest to feel like a star. A luxe affair throughout its eucalyptus steam rooms, couples’ suite and on-site hair and nail salon, the spa also gives the very best of luxury treatments, with masseuses that leave your skin sparkling, thanks to their use of 24-karat gold shimmer powder. Though urban, the Ritz-Carlton Spa goes back to basics with farm-to-table scrubs and lotions procured from the rooftop garden. Anyone suffering from back problems should also try the muscle recovery massages, such as the 80-minute Marula Body Ritual.

6. One Spa, Shutters on the Beach

Edging the sandy shores of Santa Monica, One Spa, Shutters on the Beach is one for all those in need of some beachside healing. The nautical-themed retreat lies within earshot of the ocean waves, complete with an outdoor pool deck, selection of private cabanas and chaise lounge seating around the main building. Art is also a strong feature of the hotel, highlighted by the Lichtenstein and Hockney pieces in the lobby alongside elegant furnishings. Towards the water, guests can take surfing or yoga lessons before retreating to the massage huts for Kerstin Florian and Omorovicza treatments, including hot stone massage, hammam detox body wraps and detoxifying facials made extra special with Hungarian moor mud.

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7. The Spa at Terranea

Providing everything all in one spot, The Spa at Terranea is 50,000 square foot of convenient heaven. In addition to fulfilling your boutique shopping and fitness needs, Terranea also boasts a dreamy location along the Palos Verdes coastline on the Pacific Ocean. In fitting with its tranquil setting, Terranea focuses on bringing R&R to new levels through its transformative spa facilities. Within the grounds, you’ll find steam rooms, lounges, plunge pools and Jacuzzis, plus an endless list of treatments available from the cliffside massage rooms. The Ocean Prelude is a popular choice, lasting 120 minutes and inclusive of a seaweed ‘mylar caccoon’ body wrap and saltwater soak to prep you for the total body massage.

8. Larchmont Sanctuary Spa

Understated and all the better for it, Larchmont Sanctuary Spa gives its counterparts a run for their money with its no-fuss approach to wellness. Based in a near-century-old building beneath a tree in Larchmont Village, Larchmont Sanctuary Spa has the blessing of nine Tibetan monks and a design focused on wooden tones to create the utmost feeling of zen. Feeling both homely and professional, Larchmont offers organic treatments from its cabana-style massage rooms, split between both indoor and outdoor areas. Two of the favourites here are the 4-hour Head to Toe Indulgence massage and the relaxing Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, with the CBD Pain Management Massage perfect for achy customers.

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9. Ciel Spa, SLS Beverly Hills

Keeping it minimal with its wellness program and whitewashed decor is Ciel Spa, SLS Beverly Hills. Despite being located on one of Los Angeles’ busiest streets, Ciel Spa can provide an escape from it all, within its modest 5,000 square foot facility. As well as your usual massage services, you’ll also find the place kitted out with a stylish salon, tea lounge and high-tech fitness centre, playing feel-good music to match the vibe. If you get peckish between treatments, order healthy finger food from Chef José Andrés, digesting before undergoing the Ultimate Detox Package which comes complete with an algae wrap, a 90-minute lymphatic drainage massage and anti-oxidant IV therapy to finish. Beauty experts are also on hand throughout to help create long-term skincare routines for each guest.

10. Glen Ivy Hot Springs

Lastly is Glen Ivy Hot Springs, known for both its heritage and hot springs. Founded way back in 1860, Glen Ivy lies just 90 minutes’ drive from downtown Los Angeles on a system of natural mineral springs. A firm favourite among Angelinos, Glan Ivy sees 180,000 guests make the pilgrimage here each year for therapeutic mud baths, mineral tubs and beauty treatments, alongside meditation sessions, art classes workshops and more. If that wasn’t enough, the springs also lie close to a number of other regional attractions, including Newport Beach and Cleveland National Forest, perfect for giving yourself up to nature. After enjoying top treatments such as the Sublime Skin Solution facial and the Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage, refuel with health food from either Goco Café or Café Solé.

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Tomoko blends eastern and western practices to spellbinding effect, based on the principles of founder Tomoko Kurono whose mother was a village healer in Osaka, Japan

Tomoko Japanese Spa | Photo: Tessa Neustadt

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