SPA LUCE AT RENIASSANCE HOTEL
A Serene Escape in Hollywood for Tourists and Locals
Photos and Story by Bonnie Carroll
Tucked neatly away near the pool of the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood is the beautifully appointed Spa Luce, which offers hotel guests and tourists the ultimate in dreamy body and skin treatments. The menu includes specialty spa offerings, a variety of massages including shiatsu and a special package for couples that is perfect for Valentine’s Day visits. Reflexology is done with pedicures to help restore overworked walking muscles.
The Spa Luce shop features the finest products for health and beauty including the full line of June Jacobs of New York, whose products are raved about by many spa writers and beauty aficionados. For relieve from jet lag or just too much stress the staff at SL has all the right stuff to make it all happen in a peaceful and beautifully designed facility where the finest amenities can be found, including a stunning steam room where guests can relax before a treatment. There is also a Zen looking waiting room that is softly lit where clients can enjoy herbal tea, delicious fresh fruit, almonds and dried apricots before their next appointment.
Guests are also invited to walk a few steps outside and enjoy a healthy lunch at the Wolfgang Puck Pool Café. The cafe menu offers sandwiches, healthy salads, delicious small plates and a full bar of beverages with or without liquor. This is located in the area where Wolfgang and his staff prepare and present the Governor’s Ball each year following the Oscar Awards Ceremony.
The massage therapist who worked on me was outstanding and at the end I again remembered what it is supposed to feel like to be relaxed and stress free….so wonderful. I love shiatsu massage and my signature Spa Luce massage included elements of this special healthful technique.
My best advise if you will be in Hollywood after traveling for hours, or if you are just stressed to the max from a heavy workload, is to book a stay at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in one of their lovely rooms with a view of the Hollywood Sign or the Kodak Center and take full advantage of this secret oasis of peace, quiet and relaxation. For a menu of divine treatments offered at Spa Luce visit: www.spaluce.com. For hotel reservations visit: www.renaissancehotel.com
THE RITZ-CARLTON SPA, AMELIA ISLAND INVITES VALENTINE’S COUPLES TO GET WRAPPED UP IN EACH OTHER
Romantic chocolate and pomegranate spa treatment draws couples closer
For an intimate Valentine’s Gift, call The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Amelia Island and reserve The Couples Chocolate and Pomegranate Wrap. This special two and one-half hour Valentine’s experience includes a Honey Vanilla Milk Bath, a Chocolate-Pomegranate Wrap, a Warm Scalp Oil Massage and a Body Massage. During the wrap, the couple is cocooned together in a thermal blanket to let the warm, chocolate mask penetrate the skin. The result of the entire experience says Spa Director, Tina Crawford “is soft, smooth skin with a hint of chocolate aroma, a natural aphrodisiac.”
At the start of this luxurious Valentine’s experience, the couple is escorted to a private spa suite where there is a one-of-kind treatment table for two. The treatment begins with a Honey Vanilla Milk Bath to relax the muscles and soften the skin. The bath includes underwater, chromatic lights designed to draw the couple into a deeper level of relaxation. After the bath, the couple returns to the treatment table where two therapists work side-by-side to apply a pomegranate sugar exfoliation and paraffin to warm the hands and feet. Next, comes the ultimate spa moment when the couples bodies are painted in chocolate and wrapped together allowing body heat to penetrate the chocolate deeper into the pores. While the couple is cocooned, the two therapists apply a warm oil scalp massage. At the end of the wrap, the couples use the in-room multi-array shower and return for an invigorating body massage.
Afterwards, it is a retreat to a co-ed relaxation lounge to linger fireside. They may also enjoy the spa’s facilities for the remainder of the day. Says Crawford, “When the couple departs from their day of unity, they feel as if they have been to another world. It is a world that centers entirely on them.” The two and one-half hour Chocolate and Pomegranate Wrap experience is priced at $650.00 per couple.
For thoughtful Valentine’s Day gifts and gift certificates call the spa at 904-277-1087 or visit the website at www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.