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The 13 Best Spas In Los Angeles

If the rigors of life have you feeling a bit tense, perhaps a day spent at the spa will help you reset. Whether you're looking to have the kinks worked out of your back or wanting to relax in soothing baths, Los Angeles probably has a spa to fit both your whims and your budget. Here are 13 of our favorites. Feel free to leave your own, as always, in the comments.

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AMY RAE AESTHETICS

Amy Rae Aesthetics on Beverly Boulevard opened this past spring, with a mind for holistic, organic treatments. It's a peaceful space with a lovely assortment of products, which are selected based on your individual skin and body concerns. This spa is best known for their facials, and one of the most popular treatments here is the Oxygen Facial with LED Light Therapy. Owner Amy Rae says this treatment is most favored by people with a looming special occasion in the next 72 hours or so—a wedding, or a stroll down a red carpet, perhaps. Other treatments include massage, acupuncture, allergy testing, and the spa also has an infrared sauna.

Amy Rae Aesthetics is located at 7257 Beverly Boulevard #110 in Los Angeles, 323-424-7808.

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WI SPA

You can't make a spa list without Wi Spa, the longstanding, 48,000-square-foot, 24-hour Korean day spa located on Wilshire Boulevard. You could probably live in this spa. It's got a gym, a restaurant, locker rooms, saunas and rooms where you can hang out and answer your emails while lying on a warm onyx floor or a room full of small clay beads. They also have a wide variety of treatments, including their famed body scrub, during which you will be efficiently relieved of your dead skin and emerge as smooth as a baby. It's $25 to spend the day there, though extra fees do apply if you intend to stay the whole 24 hours.

Wi Spa is located at 2700 Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, 213-487-2700.

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The Conservatory at Burke Williams in Hollywood (Photo via Burke Williams)

BURKE WILLIAMS

Burke Williams is an obvious choice, and we’d be remiss not to include them. They have nine locations in California, but the one you’re least likely to have visited is their new Hollywood location, which replaces their West Hollywood spot with a much larger spa. Guests may linger in the Conservatory, decorated with peacock feathers and skylights that show a tropical scene, where mini-treatments are performed. For guests in between services, there’s also a whirlpool, which can be found behind a shimmering curtain just inside the entrance to the locker rooms. Their Custom Blend Alchemy Bar allows guests to mix up their own lotions and scrubs using a variety of criteria, including health concerns, numerology and simple preferences. Treatments at all Burke Williams spas include the usual massages, pedicures and facials, though their new Ayurvedic treatments may be new to Americans: for instance, the Shirodhara involves continually pouring oil on the body for the duration of a light relaxation massage. It concludes with a steady oil flow on the forehead, which is believed to have a calming effect. For those suffering a bout of winter dryness, it’s a warm and indulgent service that can be finished with a relaxing shower to rinse the oil from their hair and a blowout via the spa’s blow-dry bar (available at the Hollywood and Woodland Hills locations).

Burke Williams has locations in Woodland Hills, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange and Mission Viejo.

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Raven Spa's Silver Lake location (Photo via Facebook)

RAVEN SPA

This Thai spa has two locations: Santa Monica and Silver Lake. At each, their many regulars enjoy their soothing massages, facials and body treatments. Departing from the more clinical decor of the hotel spas, Raven chooses to decorate with mismatched vintage furniture, chandeliers, mirrors and statues. The Silver Lake spot has a beautiful lounge area and pretty tilework, and both are tranquil without feeling too uptight. The Rock Star is a signature treatment and includes a lavender salt scrub, a traditional Thai massage and an organic yogurt oat mask. Tea and fruit is provided following treatment, and guests should note that a shower pass, which provides access their private steam showers, is an additional $5. In Santa Monica, you can add on a soak in their Turkish hamam, while Silver Lake offers yoga at prices as low as $5 for community classes with recently graduated teachers.

The Raven Spa is located at 2910 Rowena Ave. in Silver Lake, 323-644-0240 and 208 Pier Ave. in Santa Monica, 310-399-4747.

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THE NOW

This breezy, clean spot is an uncomplicated way to get a reasonably priced massage. You can book online or they take walk-ins. Their massages are simply priced ($90/80 minutes; $60/50 minutes; $33/25 minutes), and you can choose among add-ons like heat therapy, aromatherapy, crystal healing or deep tissue. The desert-chic decor was inspired by a resort in Tulum, according to Vogue. Also, The Now tells LAist that they'll be opening a second location in Silver Lake in January.

The Now is located at 7611 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angles, 323-746-5525 and 2407 Main St. in Santa Monica, 310-3102914.

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THE RITZ-CARLTON

The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles has an 8,000-square-foot spa containing a tranquil lounge called the Sanctuary for all to use, plus eucalyptus steam rooms and cold plunge showers in the locker rooms. Treatments begin with a glass of champagne, and tea and snacks are available in the Sanctuary. In addition to your usual massages, facials and body treatments, they also offer a variety of seasonal treatments, and you can also get your nails or hair done here as well. Though this indulgent spa can be pricey, they also occasionally do small soirees where guests can familiarize themselves with the spa by getting a complimentary mini-treatment plus refreshments, with optional add-on mini-treatments available for $25 each. They also offer quarterly wellness retreats and, depending on the season, you could follow up your spa day with a poolside cocktail at WP24's rooftop bar for one of the best views in L.A.

The Spa at the The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles is located at 900 W. Olympic Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles, 213-743-8800.

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Yes. It's a v-steam. (Photo via Tikkun Holistic Spa)

TIKKUN HOLISTIC SPA

Tikkun is a popular Korean spa in Santa Monica where you, if you are so inclined, can get the infamous v-steam. Other treatments include traditional Korean body scrubs, massage, acupuncture, facials and more, which include access to the spa’s relaxing saunas, Hwangto clay room, ice room, heated Himalayan salt and jade rooms, and other amenities. The name Tikkun is derived from the Hebrew phrase tikkun olam, which means to heal the world.

Tikkun Holistic Spa is located at 1460 4th St. in Santa Monica, 310-319-1111.

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VODA SPA

If being lightly beaten with sticks sounds like your idea of a chill time, head to Voda Spa, a 15,000-square-foot Russian-style oasis in West Hollywood.

If you're not sure what you want, the "spa day" package is $99 and includes access to the amenities, a 25-minute facial, a 20-minute aromatherapy massage and a platza. The platza is when the guest is tapped using a bundle of oak and birch branches soaked in warm water. This is done in the hottest of the facility's saunas, and is believed to improve circulation and metabolism, as well as "refresh the spirit." Spa amenities include a big swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, wet and dry saunas, and a cold plunge. Note, the saunas are banyas, which are both warmer and drier than American saunas.

When you're done, you can head over to cafe for dinner or a martini.

Voda Spa is located at 7700 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, 323-654-4411.

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Get a couples package for a romantic evening. Or if you have a really, really good friend. (Photo via Larchmont Sanctuary Spa)

LARCHMONT SANCTUARY SPA

This Larchmont Village spa is a casual neighborhood refuge. Their common area is decorated like a pleasant living room, with a fireplace and fountain, giving a more hospitable feel than some of the more luxurious hotel spas. They are particularly known for offering couples packages, which may include a private champagne bath in their custom copper jacuzzi followed by massages performed in tandem. This could be an ideal gift for a partner—or a friend with whom you are extremely comfortable.

Recently, they began offering a series of Himalayan salt therapies including a hot stone massage and a scrub.

Larchmont Sanctuary Spa is located at 331 N. Larchmont Blvd. in Larchmont Village, 323-466-1028.

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PENINSULA SPA

Located inside the posh Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, this sumptuous spa is for those who really want to splurge. It has a minimal number of treatment rooms, making this a more private spa experience than one of the big day spas. Guests will find a charming Serenity Lounge to unwind, eucalyptus steam rooms, and a fitness center. Unique treatments at this Beverly Hills spa include their gem stone series, which, yes, incorporate precious stones including rubies, emeralds and diamonds during massages and scrubs. They're also known for facials, each of which will be specifically tailored to the guest's individual skin needs. The spa is located next to the hotel's rooftop garden, where one might also enjoy lunch of a glass of wine.

The Peninsula is located at 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills, 310-975-2854.

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BLOSSOM SPA

It's odd to think that one of the most popular places to relax would be on Highland, just south of Sunset, but it's true. Blossom Spa is a cute and calming spa where treatments include a variety of massages, including prenatal and couples, facials, waxing and scrubs. For an additional $25, you will gain access to the Lotus Lounge, where you can unwind in front of a tiled fireplace with juice, tea, water, cheese and fruit. This is a great spot to disconnect if you're particularly frugal, as Blossom regularly offers very affordable specials (we've seen hour massages for as low as $49), so be sure to check their website for deals.

Blossom Spa is located at 1354 Highland Ave. in Hollywood, 323-380-6252.

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RA ORGANIC SPA

This 4,000-square-foot spa can be found in downtown Burbank. They use products from Eminence Organics in their holistic treatments, including massages, facials, waxing, scrubs, and baths. Their baths are just that, though the water will be mixed with a variety of oils, flowers, milks and salts. Guests may enjoy fruit and tea in the serene waiting area, as well as the use of the spa's saunas and showers.

rA Organic Spa is located at 119 N San Fernando Blvd. in Burbank, 818-848-4772.

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DTOX DAY SPA

DTox Day Spa in Atwater Village offers guests a variety of soothing treatments in their serene, candlelit treatment rooms, which can be followed or preceded by an unwind session in their relaxation room. It’s quite pretty, with the ever-important white noise via twin waterfalls, and offers tea and snacks. Spa use is free with any 25-, 50- or 80-minute treatment, so plan extra time to use the sauna and steam rooms. (If you don’t want a treatment, but do want to use the spa facilities, you may purchase a $30 day pass between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays only.) Locker rooms come fully stocked with robes, slippers and everything you need to get ready and return to the world.

DTox Day Spa is located at 3206 Los Feliz Blvd. in Atwater Village, 323-665-3869.