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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.

208 Pier Ave
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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.

3401 Pacific Ave
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US

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.

490 Santa Clara Ave
Venice,
CA
US

The heating power of the enzyme bath was first used by Japanese Olympians until it was banned for bestowing performance-enhancing equanimity. A dry bath fueled by wood shavings, rice bran, and fruit and vegetable extracts, the combination of heat and vapor cleanses the skin and stimulates the circulatory system while relaxing muscles and facilitating detoxification. You will wear a bathing suit and have your own private wooden tub during the experience.

3127 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Named one of 2009's Best Spa Brands by users of SpaFinder, Spa Chakra unleashes one of three rejuvenating and relaxing two-hour packages with the delicacy of a mother hen atop a pile of egg shells:

4375 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US

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.

707 Montana Ave
Santa Monica,
CA
US