Hollywood Hip:Downtown Los Angeles' Ritzy Spa Indulgence

Lounging at the rooftop pool at the Ritz, downtown, Los Angeles

If you’re an urban warrior seeking a luxury pampering experience, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is the perfect escape from the daily grind. The city is a mecca of excitement, especially now that LA Live/Staples Center is the new hub. And this luxury hotel and residence has set the bar for luxe design and the spa is uber chic in style and treatments.

Aligning with the spa trend these days, to include natural resources, the spa menu is replete with a bouquet of choices. “As we developed our new menu, we focused on current trends that we are seeing in the spa,”said Kory Keith, Spa Director of The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles. “Guests are looking for more culturally-grounded, indigenous experiences with an increased interest on where and how products are sourced, while still seeking to capture the glamour and pampering of a Hollywood lifestyle.”

Here are some of the new offerings right from the spa menu:

Champagne & Shimmer – A revamping of the spa’s signature treatment inspired by
Hollywood’s Golden Era, now uses a fully organic product line that incorporates seeds of
locally-harvested grapes to exfoliate the skin before a final dusting of 24-karat gold
shimmering powder.

Marula Ritual – A new, multiphase treatment utilizing African Botanics, a Santa
Monica-based wellness line that was shaped to capture the exceptional beauty and pure
floral wealth of Southern Africa.

Garden to Glamorous – Seasonal treatments that embody the ‘farm to table’ philosophy of using freshly harvested, natural ingredients – many sourced from the hotel rooftop garden.

Now that urban gardening is becoming a passion, to include natural ingredients that is sourced from the hotel rooftop garden is definitely a noteworthy trend. This is going to be hot in the coming years. People are concerned with the quality of the ingredients, both inside and out, not just with the food they eat, but what they put on their bodies. After all, your skin is the largest organ of the body and it drinks in the ingredients you put on the outside. This whole body experience is taken seriously at the Ritz Carlton Spa, LA.

The goal is to restore natural balance and the experience of shutting out the stresses of everyday life. The Aroma Journey Massage as well as the Cloud Nine Massage are results oriented treatments to soothe your body/mind/spirit.

If you’re seeking something that is regenerating and revitalizing, the Vital Rejuvenation and Slim Wrap will leave you feeling more light, eliminating toxins and a noticeable slimming effect.

If you want the basics, the 8,000 square foot spa has something for everyone.

The best part is the head to toe service and the warm, friendly atmosphere. The favorite prep for a night on the town is the Red Carpet Ready package which will make you feel like a star, and includes hair and makeup. Just hanging out in the co-ed sanctuary with a shagadelic decor will make you feel like you’re in a movie set. This atmosphere is dreamy and a step above most luxury spas, especially in a big city. You feel as if you are whisked away into some alternate universe, with electric loungers that adjust your body so you can nibble on snacks while sipping tea. The best is watching video screens streaming the most perfect shots of tropical paradise. This is a memorable virtual reality experience, so give yourself the gift of time and not rush through your treatments. If you’re lucky you can sneak up to the exclusive pool bar and have a glass of bubbly. (They even have some at the spa.) However if you do go for the detox wrap, it is best to drink your fill of pure water to replenish your body. (After a good dose of water, then go for the champagne.) There is also a private men’s and women’s relaxation lounge to do some deep meditation and relaxation pre-and-post treatment. The water therapy includes a eucalyptus steam room and cold plunge showers, so make sure you take the extra time to indulge in all the five star amenities.

The end result is feeling more pampered and indulgent.

Take a peek at the exclusive pool with views of the tall skyscrapers and if you’re lucky you’ll spot the Goodyear Blimp floating above the spires.


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