Prairies used to conjure images of wild flowers, gophers, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Their connotations these days are far more luxe: Swiss skin care company La Prairie famously maintains a gilded approach to turning back the clock, and its newly opened namesake spa at Hotel Bel-Air is no exception (climate-controlled treatment rooms, a 22-karat gold lighting installation in the relaxation lounge, and a private suite with an outdoor waterfall).
Unwind in the most decadent way with a signature massage on a heated table, where you’re rubbed down with Skin Caviar cream. Rejuvenating body treatments up the pampering ante with the Diamond Perfection (microcrystal microdermabrasion with diamonds, pearls, and quartz). Facials incorporate the line’s range of products, including the new Advanced Marine Biology collection.
For those with cash to splash, there’s the $1,000 White Caviar Illuminating Facial. It’s a quite a deal, considering you leave with a $1,500 White Caviar Illuminating System.
Talk about a Prairie home companion.
Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie, 701 Stone Canyon Road, between Capello and Tortuoso Ways, Bel-Air (310-909-1681 or hotelbelair.com), $50 and up.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air