November 10, 2014

Just a short drive from bustling downtown Los Angeles, Chuan Spa—the latest addition to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena—is bringing a new level of sophistication to the California suburbs. The luxury spa offers treatments inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine, which incorporates herbal medicine, acupuncture, tai chi, and more. 

A long hallway of keyhole archways lined with candles and incense leads to the spa entrance, which also features a fitness studio, a full-service salon, and 12 treatment rooms. For a side-by-side couples massage, book the VIP Suite with Chinese-inspired accents such as ornamental screens and antique wood panels, plus a private Jacuzzi.

Spa guests will also find all-time favorite beauty products, including brightening masks by Kerstin Florian; colorful polishes by Deborah Lippmann; and pure mineral cosmetics by La Bella Donna. Also at the on-site salon—innovative cold laser skin-care technology by Mistral LHE for anti-aging facials and laser hair removal. 

Treatment to book: the Chuan Stone Therapy, a 90-minute signature back massage that uses temperature-controlled stones—hot first to stimulate circulation; then  cold to relax—for an energy-balancing experience to get you in the laid-back, L.A. mind-set. 

Nicoletta Richardson is a freelance editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure 

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