Top Travel News from Los Angeles

There's no better place to immerse yourself in luxury than Los Angeles. Here's what's coming out of SoCal's high-end scene.

Still running on romance fumes, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has announced a “romantic escape”, dubbed “Surprising Someone Special” package. The Surprising Someone Special package allows couples to enjoy a gift certificate to the Pomellato jewelry store, credit to Culina, Modern Italian or Spa at Four Seasons, and cocktails at Windows Lounge, among others. More specifically, this hotel room package includes: plush, newly-renovated accommodations; a $200 gift certificate from the Pomellato jewelry boutique on Rodeo Drive; a $100.00 credit to Culina, Modern Italian or the Spa at Four Seasons; two specialty cocktails and one StrEAT appetizer in Windows Lounge bar. Couples will also enjoy a personalized welcome amenity, customized welcome video on the in-room iPad, as well as an engraved picture frame as a keepsake. The concierge team can also help arrange a romantic itinerary for two, to experience the best that Los Angeles has to offer. This Surprising Someone Special package valid through May 31, with a two-night minimum stay. This package requires a minimum stay of two nights.

From revitalizing body treatments featuring organic products to exclusive facial treatments, the full-service Spa Nautica brings Angelenos a new level of spa experience with its grand opening on March 1. The Westside’s newest spa, which soft opened on February 1, is located at Los Angeles’ only AAA Five-Diamond waterfront hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey. The Spanish nautical themed spa features seven treatment rooms, including separate rooms for couple’s treatments and wet treatments, as well as a full service nail salon. During the warmer months, the Southern California spa will offer its luxurious treatments outside on The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey’s pool deck. Spa Nautica offers customizable experiences with powerful results. Featuring superior products such as Natura Bisse, VIPs will be immersed in the latest spa therapies designed to stimulate the senses and cleanse the body, mind and soul. Guests can get ready for a date night or a red carpet appearance with Spa Nautica’s exclusive facial treatments such as L.A. Lift, Aroma Awakening and Diamond Experience Cryo-Repairing Lifting Facial. Environmentally conscious, Spa Nautica also utilizes organic and vegan products in a selection of treatments to renew a state of well-being while promoting balance and harmony with nature. Each of Spa Nautica’s refreshing and relaxing treatments can be enhanced with a variety of options, depending on the service, including: Aromatherapy; Hot Stone Infusion; Hand and Foot Polish; Reflexology; Hot Oil Scalp Treatment; Micronized Algae Mask and Glyco 3 Peel. Spa Nautica features healthy selections of Spa Cuisine that can be enjoyed while relaxing poolside. Each dish is crafted as a healthy, lighter fare combining the unique flavors of Southern California. Every Wednesday, Executive Chef Umit Kaygusuz sources local, organically grown produce at the Santa Monica Farmers Market for his creations. For any 60-minute spa treatment booked, spa VIPs gain access to The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey’s pool, Jacuzzi and eucalyptus steam rooms. From enjoying culinary delights poolside, to a refreshing eucalyptus steam, spa guests will experience a tranquil escape from the city.

Los Angeles International Airport’s modernization has been said to have reached a milestone with the unveiling the more than 60 dining and luxury retail shops – including 22 local L.A. brands – coming to the New Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT). Serving as the first and last impression of Los Angeles to millions of international passengers annually, the New TBIT is expected to “revolutionize the passenger experience in North America”. Westfield and its tenant partners are investing $80 million to develop the new dining and retail program at TBIT. The first phase of New TBIT, which includes a Great Hall and boarding gates on the west side of the terminal, is scheduled for arrival Spring 2013. The second phase – which includes new gates on the east side of the terminal, new federal security screening area, and upgraded customs arrivals area – is expected to be completed by 2014. The New TBIT is the largest public works project in the City’s history and one part of LAneXt, the $4.1-billion LAX modernization program comprised of nearly 25 individual projects. The modernization of LAX is creating 40,000 jobs and is funded without the use of taxpayer dollars. TBIT alone will support nearly 4,000 construction-related jobs and help support 1,700 permanent concession jobs.

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