Steamy yoga studios and star-speckled green spaces pave the way for a calmer break in the clean-living City of Angels.
Wellness is a way of life in Los Angeles. Leisurewear-clad locals pinball between cult-like spin classes and HIIT sessions with a devotion most of us reserve only for ordering take-out, and many of the world’s clean-eating crazes took off right here – from cold-pressed juices to the keto diet. But among the fads and buzzwords, there’s ample opportunity to find truly healthy pastimes that will restore your sense of wellbeing. Here are some of the best ways to be cool, calm and collected in LA.
The retro rooftop pool is the crowning glory of this glitzy hotel – extra refreshing after a yoga class or Peloton workout at the swanky fitness center. The next priority should be the spa. The turmeric enzyme facial and essential oil-infused clay body wrap will leave you looking and feeling like a Hollywood superstar. Show off your new-found glow at the Comedy Store just opposite on Sunset Boulevard for a laughter-induced endorphin kick.
Despite the gimmicky name, this Santa Monica boutique is the real deal when it comes to planet-friendly, body-loving beauty products. All their wares have been through a rigorous testing process – so there’s not a paraben, sulfate or any other nasties to be found. Treat yourself to a scented candle, some organic tea or pillow mist. Your purchase will fund the owners’ eco-friendly efforts – they’ve planted over 600,000 trees and plan to reach 2.5 million by 2025.
With regular rooftop yoga classes, plenty of Peloton kit and a poolside smoothie bar, a stay at Santa Monica Proper Hotel is the ultimate wellness retreat. Spend the morning surfing off Santa Monica’s broad sandy beach before heading to the Surya Spa, where you can enjoy a private, chakra-balancing sound bath followed by a four-hand massage and Shirodara – an Ayurvedic practice where oil is poured continuously onto your third eye (forehead) to soothe your nervous system.
These aren’t just any fruit smoothies. Yes, some of the colors are a little odd – think jet black and baby blue – but the real magic behind these concoctions comes from the adaptogens within them. Ingredients such as goji berry, licorice root, turmeric and various species of mushroom help relieve stress, boost your mood and reduce fatigue. Already sold? Swing by the West Hollywood store to stock up on custom blends to take home.
Meghan Markle is said to be a fan of this sweaty, music-driven yoga style, where you’ll do your chaturangas to the likes of Lizzo and Lil Wayne in an infrared-heated studio, reaching up to 90F (32C). There are no mirrors, and lighting is limited to candles in order to minimize self-consciousness and encourage you to focus on the practice – which tends to be intense Vinyasa flow. Don’t forget your towel.
Looking for the perfect place to stay for you and your other half? Check out our pick of the most romantic hotels in Los Angeles, bookable on Culture Trip.
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