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The Best Spas In Los Angeles
Here's a list of our favorite places to getaway, recharge and come out looking like a calmer, more relaxed version of ourselves. Whether you're interested in a Beverly Hills experience or you're on a budget, we've got you covered. As always, leave your own favorites in the comments.
A true getaway (Photo by Suzanne Danzinger via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
GLEN IVY HOT SPRINGS
Glen Ivy Hot Springs is the type of place where you can spend a full afternoon at with some of your nearest and dearest while sipping on a cocktail. It's definitely one of those spots that's more fun with friends than alone. With admission, you can use the spa's facilities all day, whether that be giving yourself a red clay mud bath outdoors, soaking in the many mineral baths (including the stinky sulfur one that is worth it because it sure softens your skin), and sweating out your impurities in the sauna. There's a restaurant with food and drinks, and we highly recommend lots of lounging on the chairs outside and on the floaties in the pool. Admission doesn't include other spa treatments like facials or massages though—that's extra. If you do purchase a treatment, it lowers the cost of admission, but book early because the spots fill up quickly. General admission costs $46 per person Monday through Thursday and $64 from Friday to Sunday and on holidays. —Jean Trinh
Glen Ivy Hot Springs is located at 25000 Glen Ivy Rd. in Corona, (888) 453-6489
Hankook's pink himalayan salt room (Photo via Hankook)
HANKOOK SAUNA & SPA
If you're not too modest, head to the spas of Koreatown. You strip down to nothing before relaxing in pools and rooms across a spectrum from chilly to steaming hot. Some of the rooms have different types of stones—pink Himalayan salt and green jade—that claim to have certain health benefits but are definitely relaxing. While this is a perfectly lovely way to spend an afternoon (for only $15!), I'd recommend springing for a body scrub for $40 that scrubs off an entire layer of skin (seriously, close your eyes if you don't want to see it). I like Hankook because it's a little bit more chill and intimate than some of the spas in K-town. It is ladies-only. And if Hankook doesn't work out for whatever reason, you're in Ktown where there's dozens of spas nearby.
Hankook Sauna & Spa is located at 3121 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 388-8899.
Pho Siam has an unassuming location in Westlake, but it's no longer a secret. It's grown over the years and prices have gone up a bit, too. But it's still one of the more reasonable, reliable spots in town to get a facial and a really, really wonderful Thai massage. Because which fancy-pants Westside spa will have a masseuse walk on your back to get out the really big knots for only $50?
Pho Siam is located at 1525 Pizarro Street in Westlake, (213) 484-8484
If you're looking to splurge, Burke Williams is a plush destination for some long-overdue unwinding. You'll be greeted with the enticing botanical aroma as soon as you get out of your car. They offer massage, wraps, facials, waxing and nail services. If you arrive early for any service, you can spend time soaking in a jacuzzi or sweating out the toxins in the steam room or sauna. Or you can simply sit in your comfy robe in the Quiet Room and sip on their cucumber and lemon water while you wait for an employee who'll speak to you in hushed tones and guide you by the arm to your room. —Sharon Knolle
Burke Williams has seven locations in SoCal, including West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena
CIEL SPA at the SLS
Though the Ciel Spa at the SLS doesn't have a massive communal spa area, you can go upstairs and enjoy the rooftop pool while you wait. The traditional massages are great, but if you indulge in the Serenity Lifts Spirits treatment, you'll get a coconut and vanilla scrub which'll be sloughed off in a soaking tub. Then your buffed bod gets a 75-minute massage. Like the name suggests, it's heaven. —Krista Simmons
Ciel Spa is located at 465 S La Cienega Blvd in Beverly Grove, (310) 246-5560
Wi Spa is quite a facility, and you'll often see entire families coming in for a spa day. Men and women each have their own floors that each have several pools that range from icy to steaming. As you're winding down, there's a co-ed area where you can relax in the salt, clay, jade, and ice rooms or even take a nap with some pillows on the heated floor. There's even a workout room if you really want to sweat it out, and restaurant if all this spa-ing has you working up an appetite. Entrance is $25, but it's waived if you buy enough services, including massage, facials or scrubs. Check for deals on daily discount sites—they always seem to have some kind of deal going. It's open 24 hours in case you need some middle-of-the-night pampering.
Wi Spa is located at 2700 Wilshire Blvd in Koreatown, (213) 487-2700
Spa Montage (Facebook)
SPA MONTAGE at the the Montage Beverly Hills
Walking into the Spa at the Montage feels like taking a step back in time to Spain's Alhambra. Their communal spa area is absolutely regal, with a massive hot tub and plenty of dried fruit and fresh fruit water for refreshment. There's also a separate men's/women's only area, where you'll find a salt-water jacuzzi, saunas, steam rooms, and plush relaxation area with great reads. The therapists are intuitive and attentive, and you'll leave feeling like a million bucks. The price tag is definitely worth it. —Krista Simmons
Spa Montage Beverly Hills is located at 225 North Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7840
Come in, the water's just fine (Photo via Voda Spa)
Voda Spa mixes some Russian old world techniques with modern ones. So you can get beat with a tree branch and jump in icy water (this invigorating service is called a platza), but afterward you can grab a cocktail in the lounge. There's a swimming pool, sauna and cold plunge, and everyone will be in bathing suits since it's co-ed. They've got a little bit of everything on the menu, whether you want a diamond facial or borscht. The services here can get spendy, but if you want to try a little bit of everything, you can get a package deal for $99 that includes platza, a facial, a massage plus entrance to the facilities.
Voda Spa is located at 7700 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, (323) 654-4411
Located on La Cienega, this humble facialist hasn't raised their prices (well, minus inflation) in the past eight years. They do great no-frills facials, offer massages, and also do waxing. Their products aren't bad either, especially given the price. —Krista Simmons
Raya is located at 533 North La Cienega Blvd in West Hollywood, (310) 652-2250
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