It's 10.30am on Wednesday morning here in Los Angeles and I'm pulling up to the entrance of one of the most luxurious hotels in Beverly Hills, The Four Seasons. I'm here to experience a rejuvenating and relaxing day at the spa, a day they call Wellness Wednesdays.
The package includes a full day of pool and fitness suite access, the choice of a 60 minute deep tissue or Swedish massage, and a signature manicure or pedicure at the Spa's new nail suite. A lunch at the poolside Cabana restaurant is also an option and complimentary valet parking is available.
I'm greeted by friendly staff at the spa who escort me out to the poolside and set me up on a lounger in the shade. My order of earl grey tea arrives immediately and I sit back, relax and enjoy the views. The pool area, which is located on the hotel's fourth floor, is surrounded by nature. A cool breeze, which is rarely felt in LA, is blowing in my direction. I want this moment to last forever but a quick glance at my watch reminds me of my massage appointment.
I opt for a deep tissue and request extra attention on my upper back and shoulders. Lack of sleep and excessive stretching has caused me to stiffen up. My experienced masseuse leads me to the treatment room and gets to work. My nose fills with the calming scent of ylang ylang and the calming music, my choice of traditional Indian sanskrit mantras, transports me back to my journey in the Himalayas.
Post massage, I float out to the relaxation lounge and recline with some fresh cucumber and lemon water before I meet with Shauna from the nail team. Shauna guides me to the nail suite, an intimate sanctuary comprised of a contemporary design with soothing tones and select splashes of colour.
My feet are in heaven as I sink them into a bath of steaming water to prepare for my classic pedicure. Shauna pays close attention to detail as she files my toenails and removes dry skin. She finishes by massaging my legs and feet with a hydrating Indonesian ginger lotion. I lounge back on the comfortable bench and appreciate the work of the nail suite's interior designer, Raad Ghantous, who's inspiration comes from the creativity and elegance of Hollywood.
I melt into my slippers and make my way out to the poolside restaurant, Cabana, where I have a lunch date with PR Director Kim Kessler. I delve into a seared salmon filled and quinoa salad while Kim indulges in an heirloom tomato, peach & burrata salad.
We discuss food, yoga and travel and form an instant connection. Kim fills me in on an exciting new project she is promoting, yoga in the sky. This concept originally made its debut for Global Wellness Day and after an overwhelming response, it will continue to run on the hotel's 17th floor, which offers bird's eye views of Los Angeles. Kim inspires me with her travel stories and plans for the future. We enjoy a delicious lunch and leave each other with the intention of keeping in touch.
I make my way back to the luxury changing room for a quick visit to the eucalyptus steam room then elevate down to the hotel lobby where my vision is taken over by the beautiful floral arrangements created by resident florist Eric Buterbaugh. Eric provides all arrangements at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.
Leaving the hotel is difficult after the incredible day I spent here so I decide to call into the Windows Lounge for coffee and dessert. I opt for a freshly baked slice of apple pie topped with vanilla bean ice cream which is as delicious as it sounds.
I'm tempted to run home, pack a suitcase and return to the Four Seasons Beverly Hills for the duration of my West Coast assignment. It's been the most relaxing day I have experienced here in Los Angeles and I look forward to visiting more Four Seasons locations around the globe as I continue my travels. I'll be back soon for Sunday Brunch which I have heard is one of the most elaborate and well-known weekly brunches in LA.
For more information on the hotel's #WellnessWednesdays spa package, visit http://www.fourseasons.com/losangeles/spa/
Four Seasons Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Drive