Relaxing in L.A.: Insider's Guide

From massage and facial spots to waxing and mani/pedi combos, get insider tips on some of L.A.'s top spas and salons.

Updated: December 20, 2002

9 Tips to Use

L'ermitage Beverly Hills

9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Supplies are limited. Bring your own deodorant, hairbrush, shower soap and flip-flops--terrycloth slippers are provided, but they won't do any good in the shower.

Dubunne Day Spa

23725 Arlington Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

On Saturdays, get your car hand-washed for $11 while you get massaged.

Wellness Spa

9707 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Book your 55-minute Therapeutic Touch massage or European facial between 10am and 1pm, Monday through Wednesday and receive $10 off the regular price. Ask for the Soap Opera Special.

Beba Beauty

2041 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

The Day of Beauty Special is the perfect gift for a birthday girl or bride-to-be. Besides lunch, services include a facial, massage, body wrap, manicure, pedicure and makeup application all for $250.


8012 1/2 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Those who abhor waxing should try threading--a natural (and supposedly painless) hair-removal process.

Verabella Skin Therapy

301 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Ripsy's Nail Salon, located inside Verabella, is a one-woman operation offering unique nail services so popular she may be booked as far ahead as two months. Separate payment is required, cash or check only.

City Spa & Health Ctr

5325 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

Bathing suits or shorts are required on co-ed days: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The rest of the week, the all-male clientele opts for the spa's simple togas, or goes au natural.

Allen Edwards Salon + Spa

20855 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Don't leave empty-handed: Get a $10 gift certificate good for your next visit; facials include a sample pack of Bio Elements products to try at home.