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Calming Cal-a-Vie Health Spa

There’s a reason Cal-a-Vie Health Spa has continually been voted the number one wellness retreat in the U.S. With numerous awards and adored by celebrities from Oprah Winfrey and Julia Roberts to Tom Ford and Uma Thurman, the French Provencal-style spa is a must to experience.

Located in Vista, California, in a secluded valley just 40 miles north of San Diego, Cal-a-Vie continues to envelop guests in its oh-so-comfy bosom of luxury to cater to each individual’s wellness needs.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the property set across 440 acres of colorful natural landscape has just 32 Mediterranean-style villas, each with a sun deck or private balcony, so you can enjoy the Cali sunshine without leaving your room.

Villas are designed with European antique décor, and the most divine triple-sheeted Frette linens swathe you in such comfort that you will not want to get out of bed. But you must because there are so many fun things to experience here.

The three-, four-, and seven-night packages include gourmet spa cuisine, exercise classes, beauty and spa treatments, mind and body awareness programs, themed weeks and nutrition lectures combining European spa philosophies with California health and fitness concepts. 

Days start off with a challenging group hike before a delicious breakfast is served using fare grown on the property, including honey from their own beehives! There are over 150 fitness classes to choose from and guests can also enjoy swimming in an Olympic sized pool, tennis and a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course.

And for places of solitude, find time to visit the 400-year-old chapel and l’orangerie that the owners imported from Dijon, France.

Cal-a-Vie is the epitome of understated luxury with amazing attention to detail, helped by having five staff members to every one guest.

The amazing programs, beautiful setting, focus on re-charging mind, body and spirit with experts in the field allows this spa nirvana to deserve every ounce of recognition it gets! You’ll love it here.


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Four Seasons DNA Facial

I’ve experienced the best facial of my life. I could just end there … but the DNA Facial at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills really is a game-changer, repairing skin at a deeper level for the very best results.

Created by leading facial plastic surgeon Dr. Moy, the DNA Facial uses his regeneration serum for cell renewal and growth leading to tighter skin, reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and skin discoloration.

Coveted by many celebrities to get them HD camera-ready, it works by targeting the skin’s natural DNA repair process, leaving you with a glowing and radiant complexion. After my treatment I couldn’t help but continually touch my face as couldn’t believe how smooth and soft it was. And who doesn’t want that?!

This incredible facial uses Dr. Moy’s OxyGeneo+ Machine with DNA EGF Renewal products to boost collagen production, plump skin and reduce DNA damage.

The process uses three skin-rejuvenating actions to gently exfoliate the skin with a vibrating wand, infusing it with essential revitalizing nutrients with delicious serums and natural skin oxygenation by its renowned technology.

The 60-minute DNA Facial is relaxing, invigorating, and very effective. So good!


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Playful Playa Provisions

“Top Chef” alum Brooke Williamson and husband Nick Roberts have taken the Playa Del Rey restaurant scene by storm with their multi-concept experience.

Playa Provisions is upscale leisurely dining done perfectly with four distinct areas under one roof at its trendy beachside location. “King Beach” is the casual market counter that serves breakfast and lunch until 4pm. 

With “Dockside” you can enjoy high-end fare for dinner with a particular focus on amazing seafood and delicious cocktails. Happy Hour dishes of deviled crispy skin toast and butternut squash polenta fritters are favorites. The lobster roll, crab claw pops, and weet plantains with tangy aioli are classics. Their desserts are just delicious too, including the bourbon milk & cookies and brioche donuts! But with “Small Batch” just a few steps away serving homemade ice cream, you’re really spoiled for choice!

And, to round out any great trip to Playa Provisions, a session in the back room at Grain Whiskey Bar will delight you with their collection of over 200 whiskey, scotch and bourbons.

The latest addition of Saturday Jazz Brunch gives you yet another reason to visit Playa Provisions. We can’t get enough of this place!


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LaserAway Your Skin Woes

LaserAway is one of the fastest-growing companies in the hair removal industry – and for good reason. As a popular way for ladies on the West Coast to de-fuzz and get rid of unwanted hair, this popular med spa offers everything from laser hair and tattoo removal to body contouring and anti-aging treatments.

LaserAway uses cutting-edge technology to give clients smooth skin without having to wax or shave, and is known for its impeccable results. Celebs including the Kardashians and Alyson Hannigan are big fans.

With multiple locations in California, LaserAway is now opening its first East Coast location in a beautiful 2,500 square-foot space in the FlatIron district this June so East Coast ladies will be able to join the smooth revolution enjoyed by the Cali girls.


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