Best Spas in Los Angeles
Given the citywide obsession with beauty, holistic wellness, and anti-aging, it’s no surprise that L.A.’s spa culture is a crowded field. Whether you choose an Eastern or Western emphasis, posh hotel property or intimate boutique spa, Zen massage or glamorous beautifying treatment, you’ll emerge from these top-notch spas looking and feeling your best.
Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie
It’s hard to decide which is the most pampering element at this luxe spa: the garden setting tucked into a lush canyon, the sumptuous relaxation lounge with velveteen chairs and cashmere throws, or the decadent facials by Swiss skincare experts La Prairie (the White Caviar Illuminating facial will set you back $1,000).
The Raven Spa
Intricate woodwork, jewel-toned walls and tiles, and flickering lanterns and candles set the mood for exotic relaxation at this bohemian spa specializing in traditional Thai massage and bodywork. After a turn in the infrared sauna or a soak in the scented hammam (Santa Monica location only), you’ll be putty in your therapist’s hands.
Moorish mosaics and therapies inspired by the lush orchards of southern Spain transport you to Andalusia at this large, light-filled spa. The stone mineral pool (co-ed—bring your bathing suit) honors the region’s ancient communal bathing rituals, and the aromatic Personal Journey body treatment will leave you smelling good enough to eat.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles
From the welcome glass of champagne to the glam white-meets-metallic décor to spoiled-rotten treatments like the Caviar and Mimosa body scrub/massage, this urbane downtown spa is truly a red-carpet experience. Chill out with perks like the eucalyptus steam room, or ramp up for a night on the town with full makeup and hair services.
This 24-hour multilevel spa takes the Korean spa tradition to extravagant heights. Separate men’s and women’s floors (patrons bathe in the buff) feature hot and cold tubs plus dry and steam saunas, while everyone gathers in the communal Jimjilbang space for specialty mineral saunas. You’ll shed layers with the traditional Korean body buff.