Any celebrity worth their weight in an Academy Award knows their camera-ready close-ups are only as good as the pampering, buffing, preening, and blasting treatments they receive to fade those tiny crow’s feet and firm up the derriere. And where do the celebrities go to maintain their flawless beauty? To the most exclusive spas, of course, where they are happy to drop big bucks in pursuit of cutting-edge beauty treatments.
According to Forbes Traveler, famous beauty expert, Ole Henriksen treats stars such as Charlize Theron, Prince, Cher, and Renee Zellweger at his Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. His spa treatment menu reads like a luscious dessert/cocktail menu: African red tea body cocktail, cucumber-honey-milk-total face/body, and the salt butter – mango scrub. The spa’s 8-step anti-gravity complexion treatment is recommended for those in need of lifting, firming, wrinkle reduction, and re-contouring. In other words, it’s a must for anyone within 10 feet of a movie camera.
And all that camera work, makeup, hot lights, and traveling can create havoc on A-list skin. Celebs such as Paris Felicity Huffman and Jessica Alba head to Kate Somerville Skin Health Experts in Los Angeles when they’re battling breakouts. One of the first of its kind, this media and nutrition center is named after its owner who set up shop in a bungalow along Melrose Place. Somerville’s $250 DermalQuench Facial Treatment pumps oxygen, mineral-essential vitamins, and hyaluronic serum into the skin using hyperbaric pressure.
In San Francisco, Spa Radiance features its glamorous Gold Mineral Wrap, in which a shimmering golden serum is used to create a soft and supple skin. Celebrities such as Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ashley Judd love the pampering here. Sharon Stone reportedly spent $750 for the Spa Radiance Grand Luxe treatment, a self-indulging combo of every facial available at this beautiful retreat.
Miami Beach is decadent but what could be more decadent than the Evian Experience at Spa V at the Hotel Victor? For $5,000, guests can experience a treatment that includes a soak in an infinity hydrotherapy tub filled with Evian water, followed by two hours of spa services, and a chef-prepared meal with a chilled bottle of Krug Cuvee Champagne. It certainly wasn’t too indulgent for tennis pro-Serena Williams who partook at this South Beach hot spot. Other A-list guests of the spa include Shaquille O’Neil and the Gabrielle Union.
Under the care of Sonya Dakar, considered Hollywood’s “Fairy Skin Mother,” no skin is too shallow. Consider the flawless glow of Gwyneth Paltrow or Drew Barrymore, who have benefited from this longtime Beverly Hills facialist. Her Beauty Boot Camp produces flawless results by addressing issues of diet, lifestyle, and skincare regimens. At the posh Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic, celebrities also treat themselves to LED light therapy, diamond peels, and oxygen treatments.
Private cars line the streets outside of Sava Spa, owned by famed esthetician Joanna Czech who welcomes the likes of Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, and Christy Turlington to her uptown Manhattan spa. Celebs flock to her services for amazing brow shaping and facial services. Czech’s fabulous $350 Ultimate Facial includes two hours of pampering, while the Ren Facial is an English treatment client can enjoy stateside.
If Jennifer Lopez raves about the Spa at Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cobos, Mexico, surely it’s good enough for just about anyone. The Mexican resort offers its guests spiritual solace through its Holistic Crystal Light Healing massage. Or for the true star treatment, guests may enjoy a spa treatment to fill their whims, along with private butlers in the luxurious spa suites.
Finally, Parrot Cay, site of the Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s wedding is also home to COMO Shambhala, a private retreat for those seeking rejuvenation through spa treatments, yoga, and meditation. Yoga masters from around the globe convene at this tranquil haven to conduct retreats. The spa’s most favored spot is the yoga pavilion which overlooks the island’s wetlands.
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