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SoSPA, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

by Kimberly Inlander

Jul 1, 2017
Editorial

THE GLOBAL TRAVELER TEAM often finds itself in Los Angeles, as the city hosts two of our awards events annually, but only recently did Katie Skrzek, digital director, and I start to take better advantage of our visits. In December we escaped on a girls’ weekend pre-event, and in May, while we celebrated our 2017 Leisure Lifestyle Awards at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, we extended our stay by one day to partake in some of the city’s activities we’d been remiss in visiting prior. Of course, that included a morning visit to SoSPA.

We started our morning with an arduous hike in L.A.’s famed Runyon Canyon. Novices to the trails, we ended up taking the more difficult dirt path directly up, watching and wondering how our counterparts ended up on the larger, nicely paved path to our left. Nevertheless, as we made our way down that same path and noticed the turn-off we missed on our way up, we were pleased we conquered the harder trail, feeling we truly earned our spa time and the leisurely day ahead.

This was my third time at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. And while I’d passed through the spa lobby many times on my way to the ample, on-site fitness center, this was my first opportunity to walk through the spa doors into the dark wood, Zen oasis of the spa. Katie was scheduled for the 60-minute So Rejuvenating Facial, while I was slated for the 90-minute So Detox.

The So Rejuvenating Facial is an aromatic treatment and one of the spa’s signatures, known for hydrating and restoring a supple, radiant complexion. My So Detox treatment included a full-body exfoliation with nourishing oil followed by a massage to release tension and restore vitality. Other available treatments include massages, such as the So-On-The-Go, So Jet Lag, So Powerful and So Hot Stone; body scrubs; facials, like So Red Carpet and So Got Your Back; enhancements, with options including a chemical peel, retinol booster and bio-cellulose restorative mask; and waxing. A salon is on site as well. SoSPA utilizes products from French brands Carita and Declour.

The SoSPA experience begins even before you enter the doors. Once I made my appointment, I received regular communication from the spa, confirming and reminding me of my appointment and welcoming me to the spa. The gentle reminders weren’t overbearing but rather a nice way to let me know they were expecting me. The thank you email I received post-treatment also proved a nice touch, and one that left a lasting impression beyond the benefits of my treatment.

Relaxation area PHOTOS: © SOFITEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS

Relaxation area © SOFITEL LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS

After a brief tour of the facilities, we changed into our lush robes and headed to the relaxation area, where my therapist found me. Katie and I separated, and she filled me in later on the details of her spa experience. She described her therapist as detailed about her recommendations, both for products and for skincare in general, and Katie enjoyed the moisturizing products used during the treatment. A neck/scalp and arm massage as the facial mask set was doubly appreciated. An added bonus: Katie’s skin felt hydrated for our evening flight, a red-eye through Detroit that left us both a little sleep deprived. You couldn’t tell by looking at Katie’s skin!

I started my treatment by selecting an essential oil to be used in the scrub and massage. Of the three options, I chose peppermint, known for its invigorating qualities. I wanted an oil that would energize me for the day while still relaxing and mellowing my muscles. A quick shower to wash all the granules away followed my 30-minute scrub. The shower was amazing; I didn’t take advantage of all of them, but there was a large overhead showerhead, and multiple showerheads covered two of the walls.

After rinsing off, I drifted into a state of bliss during a 60-minute massage. I’d noted a few problem areas prior to starting and noticed my therapist paying extra attention to those spots. She also discovered other areas in need of some work, and I felt my muscles respond to the pressure and movement. I enjoyed the scalp massage portion and appreciated that my therapist had checked in prior to ensure I was okay with oils being used in my hair.

It all ended far too quickly, as massages always seem to do. It was back to reality, but luckily we had more planned on our perfect L.A. afternoon, and we were now, thanks to SoSPA, in the perfect mindset for it.

SoSPA

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
tel 310 278 5444
sofitel.com

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