Men and women alike, but females in particular, have long known that pampering isn't just for babies, but for adults' well-being, too. So day spas, with their therapeutic treatments, are the best places to self-spoil. A hotbed for actors, those who want to look and feel like stars, and others simply seeking a sanctuary, Los Angeles is essentially a repository of these rejuvenating refuges.
Described by one 'yelper' - a reviewer on Yelp - as providing 'affordable spa quality relief', Hankook is a budget-friendly Korean spa. '$15 gets you through the door' to use its general facilities, which include Jacuzzi tubs. A basic body scrub is only $40, but more expensive treatments are available for purchase.
Dtox Spa may sound like a drug rehab center (of which there are also notoriously many in LA), but the detoxification done in this Asian-inspired setting cleanses your body from over-taxation. Dtox has a variety of services for both sexes and is across the freeway from Griffith Park.
Two words: Thai massage. A 'bodywork and healing center' in Silver Lake, The Raven specializes in a popular massage technique that originated in India and incorporates yoga and acupressure. Get the two-hour 'rock star' treatment; no 'Guitar Hero' experience required.
rA, rA, sis-boom-ba! This serene spa in Burbank deserves a cheer for its use of organic products like oils, herbs and spices. Regular clients can string together a rA 'regimen' of treatments at a discount, and specials are listed nearly monthly.
Note: celebrity sightings may occur at Argyle Spa, since many of the stars' stylists reside here. If that isn't enough to grab your attention, perhaps the fact that it received a 'best spa treatment room' award from Los Angeles Magazine will. Come for massages, facials, whole body treatments, couple massages, pre and post natal massages, and more.
Beverly Hot Springs
A KCAL-9 'Best of LA' nominee, Beverly Hot Springs is the only natural hot springs spa in Los Angeles, with a 2200-foot deep, geothermally-heated well source. BHS exclusively offers a 'very special mineral rock' massage, and has separate men's and women's facilities on different floors of the same building.
It isn't the Wii Fit, but an afternoon at the Wi Spa will improve your physical fitness, if merely by lowering your blood pressure. With an array of amenities including a gym, hair salon, restaurant and juice bar, Wi boasts '48,000 feet of relaxation', and even contains a co-ed floor.
The Lounge Spa
At the 'ultra hip' Lounge Spa, you'll feel like a member (or wife) of the Rat Pack. This retro retreat's Elixir Tonic Bar serves up herbal, fruity beverages with no additives for a healthy kick-start. Find a facial, massage or 'fuzzy navel' hair removal service of your liking, or indulge in one of three 'happy hour' specials.
A big screen TV in the dry sauna? Sign me up! Wilshire in Koreatown is an upscale Korean spa with an onsite restaurant. Men's and women's spas are in separate suites for privacy, and if you enjoy your experience so much that you don't want to leave, a mat in its tranquil 'sleeping room' is just $6 a night.
Burke Williams Spa
This business chain promises you a journey 'beyond the spa', and its 'A Day Beyond' deluxe treatment=a combo (lunch included) of body wrap, bath, massage, facial, foot massage and more-sounds like a trip worth taking. A few of their signature treatments include: Hunter's Retreat, Savannah's Surrender, Salt Glo and Parafango Treatment. Sound intriguing?