Los Angeles offers more than glitz, glamour, and celebrity spotting. With its 75-mile-long coastline, temperate climes, and scenic canyons, spa-goers can also experience top-notch spa pampering with a view, with price tags ranging from the affordable to the astronomical.
Read on for our three top picks:
Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel
Body ETC European Day Spa within the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel is an intimate eight-treatment room facility featuring a couples' suite, locker room, and dry sauna. Its location on the hotels second floor is adjacent to the pool deck and Jacuzzi where the splendid views span the marina and the Pacific Ocean. Redondo Beach is only 8 miles from LAX and is known for its popular pier and numerous activities, which include kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, biking, fishing, and whale watching. Their spa package starts at $238/night and includes ocean-view accommodations, two desserts, 2-for-1 breakfast, and a European facial along with a body massage (or, a couples' massage for two). www.cpredondobeachhotel.com
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Active types can walk, bike, or Rollerblade on the beachfront Strand and flock to the fitness facility at the recently renovated Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The Ocean Spa is staffed with specialists including exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and lifestyle coaches. Through windows in the soaring atrium and from the pool deck, there are spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the famed Santa Monica Pier. An overnight spa package (from $329) offers both a $75 spa credit and a late (6pm) checkout. Mention ShermansTravel.com to receive a Signature Ocean Facial for $99 for 50 minutes (normally $125). www.santamonicaloewshotel.com
Set just a mile north of Sunset Boulevard on winding, estate-flanked Stone Canyon Road, the sprawling Hotel Bel-Air sits amidst a serene, 12-acre, flower-filled, and canyon-backed oasis. After a two-year closure to refurbish the 65-year-old 103-room hideaway, the hotel reopened and launched The Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie in October 2011. This newly constructed building mimics the Spanish Colonial architecture; inside, theres a state-of-the-art fitness center and a spa with seven treatment rooms. The Enclave, its most extraordinary retreat, has a private patio and can service seven spa guests at once. The appetizer to the offerings here is the Perfect Manicure ($60, 30 minutes), while the over-the-top indulgence is the 3-night Suite Experience package: B & B rates start from $1,100/night and include a $200 dining credit, $100 spa credit, and two La Prairie gifts. www.hotelbelair.com