Visiting Ciel Spa at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, you embark on an ethereal, fantastical space akin to floating on a canopy of clouds. This is probably what designer Philippe Starck had in mind by opting for white as the sole color in this unconventional yet charming spa. Upon entering the 5,000 sq.-ft. area you are struck by the purity and originality of the white on white, which is a refreshing change–one atypical of traditional spa decors. Great place to start your luxury tour of LA. Undulating white ceiling drapes separate white chaise lounges against a backdrop of gleaming white floors and white postmodern furniture.
The actual Ciel Spa experience begins way before your massage treatment. As soon as you exit your car, a valet presents you with an envelope directing you to your destination. It’s these little things like a hand written welcome on hotel stationary that accentuate the hospitality shown to spa guests at every step of their journey. At check-in, you are approached like royalty and served with a crisp, mouth-watering shot of “agua fresca” in either watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple or honeydew flavors. The co-ed lounge is private, pristine and playful for individuals or couples. Make sure you sample some appetizing chocolates and yes, you are allowed to eat the melon berry skewers that look like pieces of artwork.465
South La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560. www.cielatsls.com