The Boutique Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Review - "Indulge" Yourself in Marina Del Rey

MARINA DEL REY, CA - Sophisticated travelers will discover a new level of luxury in L.A.'s trendy Westside. The Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey has opened The Boutique Spa. The hotel celebrated the opening with a great party I attended and now The Boutique Spa is ready to pamper you!

The Ritz Carlton - Marina Del Rey

For guests seeking a quiet waterfront escape, the $4 million new spa provides an elegant setting for indulgent skincare and massage treatments using signature product lines from Prada. The event featured skincare, fitness and spa experts such as Dr. Howard Murad and Kimberly Fowler for VIP guest at The Boutique Spa opening and Poolside Lounge party.

Everyone having a good time at the Ritz!

Walking into poolside at the The Ritz-Carlton was a spectacle in and of itself. We were greeted by the friendly registration desk then Chandon Champagne, magical mojitos, were catered to guest as they were counting on chefs  from Kotosh Restaurant who prepared elegant and savory sushi for the VIP guests.

Sumptuous appetizers and sweets

The lucky invited guests were nibbling on spicy tuna in colored soy paper (instead of traditional seaweed) which is a bigger, crispier roll and sprinkled with sesame--very impressive.

Koto Chefs making sushi - spicy tuna in soy paper; tempura rolled with tempura crispys; California rolls

Other sushi included tempura rolled with crispy tempura pieces and the ever popular California Rolls. Kotosh is a Japanese, Peruvian Restaurant located in Lomita, CA

Eric Newton focuses on his routine

The sky was clear and the stars were bright while the guests were entertained around the pool watching Eric and Katia - the aerialist/acrobats who were performing magnificent routines above the beautifully lit pool. Flaring bamboo torches were spread out giving the ambiance an unbelievably sexy luau mood.

While guest were enjoying their aromatic appetizers by Chef Eric, the cameraman captured guests lust into fabulous chocolate covered almonds; chocolate covered strawberries; powdered chocolate almonds and more sinful sweets. 

The Boutique Spa registration desk at your service

The Boutique Spa will pamper you and wash away your stress

The Boutique Spa manicure table

PreCor workout equipment

Guest watch a plasma before their treatment

I took a tour of The Boutique Spa; as you enter, the aromatherapy invites you in to get a taste of rest and relaxation. To treat your skin, The The Boutique Spa offers the Murad skin care line. This prestigious beauty skin line has received awards from top editors of publications like Self, InStyle, Shape, Fitness and Allure. It's no surprise that Dr. Howard Murad has built a patient base of nearly 50,000 people. Over the years, his experience treating such a wide variety of individuals presenting every conceivable kind of skin condition, gave him direct insight into what his patients wanted and needed to care for their skin at home. This knowledge inspired him to develop his own line of skincare products, which will be used in signature spa treatments including Ocean Relief, Urban Rejuvenation, Posh Eyes, Red Carpet Ready and many more.

Relax in luxury

Prada Beauty products are made with the most pure, powerful ingredients available. Three luscious lines of spa products were created exclusively for a dozen Ritz-Carlton spas nationwide. Estheticians must complete a five-day training course to learn the "high-touch" techniques for the intimate, long-lasting Prada facials. The Prada Menu features the Exfoliant, Radiance and Reviving Visage Treatments. Mama Mio provides Super moms-to-be with deluxe pampering using their Mama's Touch Program, offered exclusively in the L.A. area at The Boutique Spa. The maternity Spa treatments are designed to address the main causes of discomfort in pregnancy, from skin stress to leg heaviness, tired muscles and water retention. Expectant mothers will feel refreshed and invigorated after any of the signature treatments: The Yummy Tummy, Free Loader, The Smoothie, Lighten Up, Free Your Mind and Maternity Massage. New moms also get to indulge with The 4th Trimester Healing Hour, a relaxing top to toe massage to help realign and restore the body as it naturally adapts and returns to being one person again
  • Eight relaxing treatment rooms for massage, skin care treatments and facials, plus two exquisite salons for manicures and pedicures
  • Couples suite for honeymoon massages or other intimate partner treatments
  • Waterfront fitness center with state-of-the-art Precor equipment with private entertainment systems
  • YAS Yoga and spinning classes offered on the weekends
  • Poolside cabana treatments for guests seeking an outdoor spa experience
  • Tranquil co-ed bunglo for guests to relax before and after treatments
  • Separate ladies' and gentleman's locker areas, each with their own steam room and shower facilities
  • An environmentally-friendly outdoor pool and whirlpool, with a saline purification system using only pure, natural salt from the ocean
  • Tantalizing spa cuisine menu to complement and enhance the spa experience
  • Spa retail shop featuring skin care lines from Prada Beauty, Murad, Payot and Mama Mio

Get jazzed with YAS -Yoga & Spinning

If you haven’t been YASed, you might want to come to the The Ritz-Carlton, to get jazzed. YAS stands for “yoga and spinning.”   This trendy workout is a one hour workout which consists of ½ hour of yoga and a ½ hour is spinning.  If you want your cardio, this is the place to get it.   The Boutique Spa offers exclusive YAS yoga and spinning classes on the weekend, which are ideal for guests eager to try the trendsetting workout.

YAS has been also called "Zen on Wheels." This trendy workout is a much buzzed word with countless celebrities and professional athletes.  YAS is a household word in the hip Venice neighborhood where Kimberly Fowler founded her YAS Yoga and Spinning® Studio six years ago. Triathlete, marathoner, rock climber, equestrienne, cancer survivor and international lawyer-turned yogi - - Fowler is more than your typical yoga instructor. Fitness giant Nike recognizes her talents and signed her on as their spokesperson-athlete as the "new face of modern yoga." The YAS momentum continues with plans to franchise and open several other studios in key California metropolitan areas.

Ritz Carlton server (wearing his spray-on shirt

Everything about the evening was fabulous--the shining moon, the sushi, the cocktails, the music. The Ritz Carlton has taught me that I can eat wonderful food, workout, and relax all at the same time. The ambiance was mesmerizing and the Ritz-Carlton knows how to provide lush, comfort, entertainment and relaxation--isn't this what life is all about?

General Manager - Robert Thomas - Adriana Davalos - LA Splash Journalist - Amanda Cortez - LA Splash Editor

The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey combine relaxation, retreat elements of a serene spa with the hottest trends in fitness to create an innovative guest experience that's not available anywhere else.

To learn more about The Boutique Spa click here

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