We Just Chill'en

"Considering that our weekends are booked up with YOLO activities, Monday mornings can beckon that inevitable "oh, no" moment. And sometimes, those less-than-stellar consequences are so great that they linger well into the week. To borrow a hip-hop term — when we go H.A.M., our complexion, liver, and overall well-being are never pleased. 

So, as a sincere apology to our bodies (and yours), we're recharging the L.A. way, with visits to some seriously serene spas, long walks around breathtaking botanical gardens, and indulgent herbal remedies (referring to hibiscus and chamomile variety, of course!). Go on — recharge, and prepare for pure bliss."

International Buddhist Meditation Center 
Mark your calendars, because on the first Saturday of each month, this center hosts one of the most calming courses we've ever attended. Open to all levels of meditators, the retreat is perfect for those who consider themselves prosor for first-timers. If you're booked on Saturdays (perhaps your BFFs won't budge brunch plans?) swing by any Sunday for the weekly service at 11 a.m. After the 15-minute meditation session, there is always a 30-minute Dharma talk given by one of the IBMC teachers or a special guest speaker. 
International Buddhist Meditation Center, 928 South New Hampshire Avenue (near San Marino Street); 213-384-0850. 

Montage Beverly Hills
Truth be told, when we're massaging our temples after starring at our iMac screen for hours on-end, we close our eyes and image we're at this all-encompassing spa. We wish every shower was like the Vichy Rain Therapy (where showerheads are strategically positioned over areas of elimination and stagnation, dispensing warm and cool water) and we dream of daily orchard scrubs. Alas, those fantasies won't be coming into fruition anytime soon (unless that's a winning lotto ticket in our pocket!), so we tend to spend an entire Saturday soaking it all in. The day-long retreat is just what the doctor ordered. 
Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Drive (near Clifton Way); 310-499-4199. 

Le Spa by Sofitel
Unless you're in the know, you'd never realize such a relaxing spot existed within such proximity to the Beverly Center (just thinking about that traffic intersection alone makes our blood pressure rise!). Looking to overhaul your body, inside and out? The Pure Detox aroma ritual will go great with that juice cleanse, as it eliminates toxins with a clay mask of rare Ghassoul earth, seaweed, and grapefruit extract. And, everyone knows that when you're stressed, so are your strands — book a soothing head-and-scalp treatment, complete with nourishing hair mask. Head-to-toe tranquility, indeed! 
Le Spa by Sofitel, 8555 Beverly Boulevard (at La Cienega); 310-228-6777. 

Wayfarers Chapel
Whether or not you consider yourself a spiritual soul, a trip to Lloyd Wright's "tree chapel" will have you feeling divine in no time. (Fun fact: The famous architect felt as though the trees and plants were just as important as the building, so insisted the layout incorporate the natural surroundings.) Ponder deep thoughts at the reflection pool, and don't miss the rose garden, which tends to be in bloom year-round. Once inside the glass sanctuary, you'll be hard-pressed to find a single visitor without that look of awe splashed across their face. 
Wayfarers Chapel, 5755 Palos Verdes Drive (near Narcissa Drive); 310-377-1650. 

Ciel Spa At The SLS At Beverly Hills
What's better than one masseuse relieving all that tension in your back, neck, and legs? How about two masseuses, a full-body coconut-and-vanilla scrub, followed by a shower and a one-hour "Nirvana" massage? Yup, and that's just one of the many treatments offered at the hotel's Philippe Starck-designed salon. With an arsenal of Evelom products and cuisine provided by Chef José Andrés, you'll feel light as air when it's time to go — if you ever leave! 
Ciel Spa At The SLS At Beverly Hills, 465 South La Cienega Boulevard (at San Vicente Boulevard); 310-246-5560. 


Beverly Hot Springs
This gem boasts a celebrity clientele for good reason: Not only is the K-Town spot a stone's throw from Hollywood and Beverly Hills, it's also L.A.'s only 100% natural hot springs spa. With a natural-artesian well first discovered in 1910, this watery wonderland has been a go-to for stimulating circulation, relaxing muscles, combating fatigue, alleviating skin disease, and curing arthritis, anemia, neuralgia, high blood pressure, and certain gastrointestinal diseases. We're not Ph.D-certified, but the hot and cold pools, steam and herbal dry saunas, and massage treatments are the perfect antidote to a long week — or, the perfect day-trip for a BFFs birthday! 
Beverly Hot Springs, 308 North Oxford Avenue (near Beverly Boulevard); 323-734-7000. 


Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
When you're looking to indulge your inner starlet, grab a seat on the patio at the Windows Lounge. This swanky hotel is well-versed in the lingo of luxury, and this outdoor oasis is the perfect way to reward yourself. Snag a Young Hollywood Salad (locally farmed greens, strawberries, blueberries, avocado, cucumber, tomato, hemp seeds, drizzled in a Napa-wine vinaigrette), which will surely help you recharge. If you're on a health-kick, ignore the dessert menu — the cotton candy and ice cream sandwich have derailed many a dieter! 
Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 South Doheny Drive (near Burton Way); 310-273-2222. 




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