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.
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.
After learning the art of hair design and safe beret removal from stylists in Paris, a young Barbara Abbasi discovered the kernel of an idea to develop her own meticulous coloring system. She honed her method throughout 25 years, and now the expert colorist and owner of American Beauty Hair transforms looks with highlights and all-over color sessions that incorporate this signature technique. She can't reveal the details, but will let slip that she focuses on perfecting the base color and blending hues for a natural-looking result.
High-quality products fuel the salon's broad selection of other services. Abbasi nourishes strands with fragrant and moisture-rich coconut-oil treatments, and she finishes looks with the Ferrum styler, whose fabric padding retains moisture and shine while allowing hair to breathe.
Sylvia Shapiro Skin & Body Care’s namesake aesthetician strives to help skin look its best and stay healthy without surgery. Though she specializes in acne care, her expertise has helped patients overcome the effects of rosacea and hyperpigmentation. In addition to using organic and therapeutic product lines, she makes use of up-to-date technology in her treatments, employing ultrasonic vibrations to break up impurities or streams of oxygen to enhance blood circulation. When not working with clients to improve their skin tone, Sylvia is also called on for massages, body wraps, sugaring, electrolysis, and waxing services.
It is Chef Juliano's passion for food and cooking that first brought him to the raw lifestyle. At age 19 he became vegan and shortly after started eating 100% raw. But there was one problem—where would he eat outside his home? With the inspiration for a restaurant forming, he called on his family for support and made his first RAW restaurant a reality. Today RAW is a popular destination for celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone and Woody Harrelson, as well as for any diner looking for a healthy meal. And with a menu full of cheeseburgers, sushi and pasta—all raw versions—every option is a flavorful one.