Some people splurge on vacations, some on clothes, and others on things like Rolexes, cars, or fancy dinners. Me? I choose to contribute to my own personal spa fund. While my friends will take themselves on shopping sprees or out for drinks to celebrate accomplishments or unwind after a long week at work, I beeline straight towards my favorite spot for a 60-minute massage.
Which, in my opinion, makes me a bit of an expert on the subject. After all, I’ve gotten massages everywhere from five-star resorts, to local reflexology shops, beaches, and spa chains; I’m equally a fan of the budget-friendly deep-tissue massage and the relaxation-focused luxury resort Swedish style.
To help share the love—and the results of my lifelong spa “research”—I’ve rounded up some of my favorite spas in LA, categorized by price point. Trust me, you’re going to want to check these places out.
Celebrities love this zen Beverly Hills hideaway, which focuses on treatments that heal both the body and the soul. Tomoko Japanese Spa is perhaps best known for its couples massages, but singles won’t miss out on the action; the therapists are trained in a variety of Asian-inspired massage techniques, including the energy balancing Iro Iro Massage and the oil-focused Oriental Massage. Designed in classic Japanese style, the spa serves as a relaxing sanctuary away from the glitz and glamour—as well as the hustle and bustle—of LA.
Steps from Rodeo Drive, the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and luxurious L.RAPHAEL treatments make Spa Montage a true exercise in decadence—both for locals seeking respite, and tourists hoping to take their vacation to the next level. The 20,000-square-foot space features Turkish steam rooms, dry redwood saunas, a mineral pool atrium, and 17 treatment rooms used for their extensive menu of anti-aging facials, hammam rituals, massages, body scrubs, wraps, and more.
Tucked inside the iconic beachfront Shutters on the Beach hotel, ONE Spa embodies the California spirit in both its location and ambiance. Though it may offer views of the Pacific Ocean, the menu reflects the Mediterranean; signature treatments include the Moroccan Hammam Ritual and the Turkish Salt Scrub. The full list of treatments includes massages, facials, nails, and specialty anti-aging selections that will have you red-carpet ready in no time. No, seriously, they even offer a “Red Carpet 3 in 1 Facial.”
For those on the East Side planning to treat themselves to a spa day, look no further than the Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington Pasadena. The spa offers a breadth of facials, scrubs, wraps, and hand and foot treatments rooted in traditional Asian techniques. But for the ultimate Chuan Spa experience opt for one of their signature massages, like the acupressure-focused Chuan Balancing massage or the hot stone Chuan Stone Therapy massage.
It’s no surprise that Spa del Rey, located in Los Angeles’ only AAA Five-Diamond waterfront hotel, the Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, is one of the most glamorous spots to post up with a robe and fluffy slippers. Guests can book a full range of treatments—including a series of signature facials and massages—at the spa, or scope the seasonal menu of “Quench” selections, each available by the hotel’s sprawling pool.
Located within the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, SoSPA is designed to leave guests feeling rejuvenated, reenergized, and ready to tackle their day-to-day with a heightened sense of purpose and patience. Guests of the French-inspired spa can choose from a diverse menu of holistic treatments, including the relaxing L’Aromatherapy Massage, the anti-aging Ideal Beauty Facial, and reparative Sunset Treatment.
It’s hard to describe Ciel Spa without using the word “heavenly”—not only because the treatments will transport you to another realm, but also because of the ultra-serene, all-white decor. Guests are welcomed by billowing curtains, oversized tubs, and immaculately clean treatment rooms, where they can experience a series of massages, Olympics-made-trendy cup therapies, IV rejuvenation therapies, hydrating treatments, facials, and beauty and hair treatments.
Get the five-star treatment at the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel’s onsite spa, which features a selection of ESPA and signature treatments. The spa is perhaps best known for its personalized selections, including the ESPA Personalized Massage, ESPA Personalized Aromatherapy Massage, and ESPA Personalized Facial, each of which includes a pre-treatment consultation to customize according to sensitivity, problem areas, and goals.
No elevator music here. West Beverly Hill’s colorful Bliss Spa features many of this brand’s renowned perks, including the brownie buffet and hip tunes. The menu—which offers a refreshingly fun and approachable tone—offers a range of Bliss treatments, including the signature Blissage, The Ginger Rub massage and wrap, and the Extreme Sports Massage for the uber-athletic.
With locations in Santa Monica, Woodland Hills, Pasadena, Hollywood, and Sherman Oaks, you have no excuse not to check out one of LA’s Burke Williams Day Spas. Far from your average massage chain (#shade), each Burke Williams Day Spa offers a secluded haven powerful enough to instantly dissolve even the most epic of 405 traffic frustrations. The menu, which includes a range of classic massages and facials as well as Ayurvedic, chiropractor, and spa bath treatments, embodies the spirit of LA perfectly.
A spa hideaway with locations both in Santa Monica and Silver Lake, The Raven Spa seamlessly blends day spa mainstays, like The Raven Swedish Massage, with traditional Asian techniques, including acupuncture, Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, and Thai massage. Guests can also opt to experience the spa’s infrared saunas, offered via therapeutic treatments known for their detoxification, circulation, and injury repair benefits.
As it specializes in traditional acupressure and body scrubbing treatments, this Koreatown spa may not be for everyone—but those willing to step outside of their comfort zone will be rewarded with relaxation, pain relief, and baby butt-smooth skin. For those a little less adventurous (no judgement), the spa also offers a killer foot massage, mani/pedi services, and tanning beds.
There are few spas in LA that as well known—or beloved—as Wi Spa. The budget-friendly Korean spa offers a series of treatments, but is perhaps best known for their hot and cold baths and five sauna rooms—each of the Bulgama, Salt, Clay, Jade, and Ice saunas is visited after one another in a progressive, designated order. Heads up: the pool areas are separated by gender, but the sauna rooms are co-ed.
Though this spa may not have as many amenities as some of the alternatives, Blossom Spa Hollywood is worth its reputation in gold when it comes to deep tissue massages. It’s also popular for couples massages, as the Lotus Couples Retreat includes post-treatment access to a private relaxation room.
This sprawling Koreatown spa features natural treatments as well as a series of rooms similar to those at Wi Spa, including a jade lantern steam sauna, a hot “mugwort” tea pool, a Binchō-tan therapy room, and a mineral sauna. Before or after visiting the baths area, guests can indulge in a body scrub, massage, facial, or shortened treatment from the “Spa Sampler” menu—and grab a bite at the onsite cafe.