The 2015 holiday season is upon us. Just a few weeks ago we were at the beach with unseasonably warm temperatures soaking up the last of what appeared to be an endless summer. Here in the San Fernando Valley, what felt like almost overnight, the temperatures became shockingly low, getting down into the mid-thirties at night! If you’re an LA native or have lived here for most of your life, this is definitely considered frigid for the area. Layering your clothes, wearing pure wool sweaters and scarves and making sure your tootsies are comfortably warm (especially at night) will help you stay healthy in the cold. Don’t forget there’s always Chicken Soup, not just for your soul, but for staving off the sniffles before they ruin your celebrations and festivities.
If you’re seeking a refuge from the unseasonably cool weather, traffic and hectic pace, you can escape to a new hideaway that is the best kept secret in the valley. If you’re in need of a warm, welcoming refuge from the chaos, a place where you can envelope your whole body/mind/spirit and feel cared for and pampered, then Burke Williams (Beyond the Spa) Woodland Hills is the place. Hands down, this is the tip top day spa beyond the rest. There’s no denying this is THE place to erase a few years from your face, relax your stressed muscles, and pretty up your look in one hour or spend the whole day! If you’re getting ready for a big night on the town and need to glam up for a special date, there is no question that this is the spot to target for all of your beauty needs.
Located in the hip, trendy new Westfield Village Mall, in the heart of Woodland Hills, right off the Topanga triangle of shops, theaters, food and fun, this is the place to see and be scene. For many city slickers, this may not have the glitz and glam of The Grove, but it is a festive, more relaxed paced place to hang out and enjoy the holidays without the hectic crowds and tumult. Don’t worry about all those rumors regarding the parking, you can save yourself some trouble by finding a spot a bit further away than the main entrance (Especially if you have good parking Karma).BW is an easy place to find, all you have to do is follow the escalators up to the second floor and you will arrive atThe minute you walk into this little gem you will feel the positive vibes, with everyone who works there. It is a special little hideaway where everyone is there to serve and pamper you. Step out of the cold and enter into the upbeat, trendy designed lounge with a selection of unique retail finds that will uplift your mood and make you feel great. Next, you will step into another realm when you stop by to meet with the Alchemists at the Custom Blend Bar. This is a totally unique process and the specialist will work with you to choose from over 10,000 aromatherapy and herbal recipes designed to insure that your service suits your needs perfectly. Take home a made to order (just for you) creme or scent to chase away the blues, calm your nerves, get you into the mood and dance the night away; smelling like a rose (or any other scented essential oil of your choice).
Moving into the unique garden room, many guests are lounging and some are receiving mini-massage treatments as they hang out with their besties or celebrate a birthday or even book a group hug for your feet! The toughest part of your experience here will be choosing the perfect spa treatment.
The most magical place is when you enter the ladies lounge (men have their own little man cave, too) and wander back into the secret hideaway spa room. Replete with steam, sauna, luxe showers and the new the state-of-the-art bath equipment and techniques, you can’t help but let go. Each of the spa baths promotes rest and relaxation. These tubs have a special patented technology that cleans and softens the skin and eliminates the need for soap, oil or creme. Choose a specialty blend from Mustard Detox to Moisture Revival and a few others. Bubble up and you will have a little tubside treat of sliced apples, carmel sauce, mini pastry puffs while sipping your healthy drink du jour, just a nibble if you are so inclined.
Moving along past the sauna, steam and baths, you walk up the steps to a giant jacuzzi large enough to fit your whole sorority or women’s group, but it’s usually not crowded. If you’re seeking solitude, there’s even another back room/private spa enclosed beyond the big one. Look up to the ‘night sky’ with it’s twinkly lights and is low lit so you can rest your world weary body alone, in solitude (with room for a few other souls who are seeking solace.)
The spa menu is replete with the most popular treatments, so each time you visit you can sample the buffet. If you’re new to the Burke Williams world, it’s best to try out one of the Signature Treatments.
“In Europe, regular visits to spas for special body treatments have been part of the lifestyle for generations. At Burke Williams this tradition continues in our Signature Treatments. Each is totally unique and can be found only at Burke Williams. We invite you to try one of these exhilarating experiences and discover the pleasures of the Wet Room, with our specially designed showerheads that cover your body in cascading streams of water. Not only does this process feel amazing, it also serves to open the lymphatic system to increase the health-giving properties of a massage.” With options such as Salt Glow, Sugar Glow, Parfango, a large selection of massages and body treatments to keep you occupied for the day “
At Burke Williams, the facials are the mainstay of this spa empire. From cleansing, exfoliation, hydration, deep relaxation, the treatment will be moving around from head, chest, neck, shoulders and face. The best for the boomerbabe is the Anti-Aging Facial.
“This results-oriented facial utilizes the newest technology in anti-aging. A personalized blend of stem cells and our illuminating concentrate regenerates and firms skin cells, brightening and evening your skin tone. H2V R3 Transform with Matrixyl Peptides lifts and firms skin, repairing damage.”
After this treatment, you will look and feel younger, your skin is flawless and plump, uplifted and glowing.
If you’re a spa-aholic, or wanna be, and have to have it at least once a month, then you are the perfect candidate to choose a membership. The Essential is $89 per month, where you will receive a 50 minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Style Facial, but beyond, you have access to the member only pricing and best of all, using all the amenities. Just think of it as your home away from home!