It was pure moments of Zen, an incredible hour of pure bliss being massaged with the most skillful hands in the business while blissing out at the posh Peninsula Beverly Hotels Spa. Talk about one of the best birthday treats a Pisces’ woman could hope for. A lovely, little sanctuary snuggled adjacent to the ritzy rooftop deck and pool, the spa welcomes you with warm arms. You are greeted cordially and escorted to the locker room where a fluffy robe and slippers await along with a steam bath, showers, and toiletries.
You can either change into your robe and go wait for your therapist in a lovely lounge, or do as I did, bring workout clothes and hit the nicely-equipped gym. After sessions on the treadmill, EFX, a few fit ball exercises and some weight lifting I hit the steam, slipped into robes and slippers and waited for Sid, the able-bodied masseuse to collect me and work his magic on my muscles, which he did with aplomb.
A native of Thailand who has been in the US for 30-years, Sid studied several massage disciplines: Thai, Shiatsu, Swedish and Acupressure and employed them my welcoming muscles. To say he’s talented at his job is an understatement, after all this the man who used to massage President George W. Bush when he stayed at the Century Plaza years ago (“Laura preferred a female therapist,” Sid said). After Sid was finished following one of the best scalp massages possible, I sipped some ginger tea in the lounge, took another steam and headed out to retrieve my car from the valet (the receptionist called down in advance to have my vehicle waiting for me, which it was).
The spa offers the gamut of treatments from what they call celebrity Red Carpet services to tailored made facials and massages and every piece of pampering designed to de-stress and please. You can also book one of their 25th anniversary specials for which you get a special gift if you go on the 25th of the month. In addition to face and body services the spa offers Red Flower nail care treatments that us antioxidant-rich berries packed with omega 3s and 6s, arctic white peat high in fatty acids and phyto-nutrients, collagen-boosting certified organic mushrooms, and pure plan hydrosols sourced directly from Finland’s phyto-power-filled summers of sunlight. Sample indulgences include:
- Nature Deluxe Hand Treatment with Manicure –that smooth, tone and brighten hands and fingers in antioxidant-rich berries, organic mushrooms and pure plant hydrosols. A wonderfully restorative treatment for the extremities crafted for an extraordinary healing experience. Price is $110 for 60 minutes.
- Nature Deluxe Foot Treatment with Pedicure—a nourishing treatment from Red Flower delivers a surge of hydration while firming and toning the skin using antioxidant-right arctic berries, white peat enzymes and omegas 3 and 6. This one’s $150 for 75 bliss-inducing minutes.
- Nature Deluxe Hand & Foot treatment with Manicure and Pedicure—a real blowout for $250 for two luscious hours.
For a full list of spa services click here. Do be advised that price are not for the budget-conscious at this celebrity-centric facility. The Peninsula Beverly HIll is located at 9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, 310 551 2888.