With an ocean-facing tea terrace, a meditation garden, and a yoga studio, it's little wonder that clients such as Paramount, MTV, and Disney have used Creative Chakra Spa as a film location. Celebrities also frequent on the spot, with its steam room, infrared sauna, and cabana, to spend relaxing, paparazzi-free afternoons. But even if guests don't recognize this stunning oasis from America's Next Top Model or Millionaire Matchmaker, a quick glance around will make them glad they're there. Massages, facials, and ancient healing therapies share space on the service menu with a variety of green and eco-friendly skin care products. And if their facials, body wraps, and scrubs seem unique, it's probably because the Creative Chakra Spa aestheticians use products they formulate themselves.
Inside nestled inside a hip art gallery open from noon 'til midnight, Nitespa’s technicians augment organic facials, waxing, and mani-pedis with creative extras and complimentary wine that earned them a feature on Pop Sugar. The team lends an understanding ear during Tea and Sympathy, expediting the healing process with a basic manicure, foot massage or mini facial, and cooling mask for puffy eyes or burns incurred when setting old love notes on fire. They exercise extra patience in the wake of overindulgent nights, stepping lightly as they unleash the Hangover Helper treatment's emergency kit of detoxifying pressure-point massages and elixirs. Calming music adds a soothing soundtrack of the team’s work, providing a steady beat for relaxing massages or a chilled-out theme for postmanicure victory dances.
Walking from one treatment room to another inside Tikkun Holistic Spa feels like what walking through a rainbow might be like. The deep blue-greens of the jade room give way to the pink bricks of the Himalayan salt room, and arctic-imitating landscape in the ice room shines a pale blue. Besides exuding a calming atmosphere, Tikkun Holistic Spa has one main goal: to help heal the entire world, one stressed-out person at a time. To that end, reiki master and owner Niki Han Schwarz developed her signature Korean body treatments for clients. Among those treatments is the body scrub and hot oil massage, in which scrubbing mitts exfoliate and hydrate the entire body. The spa also offers a variety of other relaxing treatments that include massage, body wraps, and facials.
Tracy Lorin spent many years working in other spas before opening her own. And when she finally did, she plopped it in a chic boutique space close to the beach?a scenic and calming locale that befits the relaxing services offered inside. At Tres Tray Bodywork, Tracy and her team of handpicked massage therapists do what they do best?bring physical and emotional peace to their clients, one muscle at a time. They offer a number of modalities, including Swedish, deep-tissue, and pregnancy/infant massage. They also offer lavish couple's massage packages. During these sessions, therapists set out candles, rose petals, and sweets, and then they turn on soothing music so that partners can space out together without worrying about whose turn it is to do the dishes or take the dog in for an oil change.
Guests arriving to The Raven Spa may find themselves feeling like they've traveled a thousand miles away from their everyday cares. The aesthetic is both spiritual and indulgent, with stone statues that stand sentinel beside a plush purple couch and lush, sun-drenched drapes and glistening chandeliers holding court over an eastern-inspired communal massage chamber. A colorful patio overflowing with exotic flowers welcomes visitors to sit and soak in sunlight streaming between red and white umbrellas, creating a peaceful oasis for quiet reading or self-reflection. "Whoever comes here feels like it's their own," a front desk manager told LX TV's 1st Look, "Our whole goal is to take you away from whatever's out there."
The spa's international decor also mirrors its diverse menu of services, which includes acupuncture, facials, and hammam??a traditional Turkish soak that corrals plant extracts and herbs to nourish and detoxify the body. Therapists work out imbedded muscle kinks through seven varieties of massage including traditional Thai massage, which combines rhythmic kneads with yoga-like stretches and Hawaiian lomi lomi massage, which often sees practitioners using their elbows to nudge tension until it gets the hint and leaves.
During Couples Massage Class sessions, one instructor coaches five misty-eyed duos as they deliver easily mastered, Swedish-inspired strokes to their paramours. Teachers demonstrate beginner massage sequences from neck to toe before two-hour classes commence in a room ringed with mirrors, flickering candlelight, and soothing Norah Jones vocals. Clad in comfy, loose-fitting clothing, pupils de-stress while their fingers glide with provided oils and creams in an effort to fully soothe. Couples gain insight usually reserved for massage therapists and competitive jugglers, including how to keep hands moving without suffering from fatigue. Enlightened students leave with a handout that sums up all of the massage techniques necessary to easily reenact relaxation sessions at home.