Get glowing in ’09 with the latest spa-tastic hideouts, feel-good treatments and shape-shifting classes.
Angeleno, January 2009
A crop of new, luxed-out spas is finally opening, the most anticipated of which is Montage Beverly Hills’ 20,000-square-foot Moroccan oasis. Its most talked-about feature will undoubtedly be the sky-lit, coed mineral pool, which can accommodate up to nine. Lined with hand-cut, geometric-patterned tile mosaics, it feels more like an out-of-town resort than a day spa. The retreat also boasts 17 treatment rooms, including a dedicated mud room with a shower that adjusts its spray according to your body type, and five wet rooms, one equipped for couples’ treatments. Celeb colorist Kim Vo (Kate Hudson, Kirsten Dunst) has also set up shop on the entry level of the two-story spa. A turndown mint’s throw away, lower-La Cienega-revivalist SLS is debuting its new, style-minded urban retreat: a Philippe Starck-designed, all-white answer to the Montage’s traditional, neutral palette. Its signature treatment includes customized massage oil, Reiki, a scalp massage and sonically enhanced tables where music is streamed through the actual massage bed. Don’t have a yen for New Age-y ocean waves? Send your personal spa valet to fetch your iPod and plug it into the in-room dock to enjoy your own playlist. And if you’re by the beach, check out the cut—but petite!—Exhale Spa at the newly renovated Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica. It’s mani-pedi heavy and has poolside possibilities, but it’s the much-requested “True” facial with mushroom enzyme that’s the winner.
Between Hollywood and the booming Bev Hills cosmetic-surgery industry, L.A. is no doubt the epicenter of beauty—real or otherwise. Lately, local beauty-bizzers have jumped on the skincare bandwagon en masse. One recent bottle bearing guru is DuWop cosmetics co-creator Laura LaRocca, who is transitioning from makeup to skincare with her 24-karat gold-based Rocca Line, claiming to bring “nature and science together.” Then there’s Venice-based Hourglass Cosmetics (founder Carisa Janes worked on developing Urban Decay in the ’90s), putting the focus on luxury and innovation with oxygen-infused concealers and marker-like liquid liners. Cashing in on his Extreme Makeover fame, plastic surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher is launching his own tech-focused skincare line—CellCeuticals—this month. “I have spent my career creating beauty and youth by redraping skin over the bony framework, shifting tissue back to more youthful locations and discarding extra skin. What I have not been able to change is the quality of the remaining skin,” he says. And lead American Idol makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy has taken her Simon Cowell-beautifying know-how and translated it into easy, coordinating palettes for Me by Mezhgan.
Workout warriors in the know have been giving their bodies a boost… literally. Aerial workouts are sweeping class schedules everywhere from Century City’s Equinox (10220 Constellation Blvd., 310.552.0420) and WeHo’s Crunch (8000 Sunset Blvd., 323.654.4550) to Madonna- and Gwyneth-trainer Tracy Anderson’s studio (12345 Ventura Blvd., 818.762.3133) in the Valley. Equinox’s TRX Suspension Workout utilizes a handled strap while Crunch’s Anti-Gravity Yoga goes more of the way of Cirque du Soleil. Anderson, however, has equipped part of her studio with both ceiling- and floor-secured elastic bands to build muscle tone. Bottoms up! —Alexis Johnson