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Lular Day Spa

Lular Day SpaIn the midst of all our hectic schedules, everyone deserves a break from work to treat themselves to a little decadence and pampering. At Lulur Spa, you are treated like a queen and walk out transformed and renewed by a royal experience. Tucked away in a secluded courtyard on Robertson Boulevard, the golden footprints atop the brick path lead you to Lulur's doorstep, where you can choose from a wide selection of facials, massages, dermatological services and body treatments such as wraps, tinting, Vichy showers, spray tanning and waxing, for both men and women. Owner Rene Andersen is a professionally certified practitioner with over 25 years of experience.

Not the cookie cutter spa you find everywhere else, this gem offers their signature Javanese Lulur ("lulur" means "coating of the skin"), an extravagant cleansing and luxurious body treatment originally intended for Balinese brides. Centuries ago in royal Indonesian palaces, the ritual of preparing the bride-to-be for her wedding night consisted of sweetening and softening the skin for 40 days before the wedding to guarantee absolute radiance on that special day. Still practiced today in Indonesia, Lulur Spa is one of the few spas in the world that can bring the luxury of Indonesia to you (80 minutes, $145).

As soon as you enter, you are instantly enveloped in tranquility, from the graceful waterfall to the high cathedral ceilings and the airiness of the space to the flora and fauna around you. The receptionist and the rest of the staff are extremely courteous and I was kindly lead to the restroom for changing. I always say you can get a feel for a place by their restroom and this one was simple, but impressive. The area was spacious enough for changing and the fresh plants and palm leaves in glass vases elegantly decorated against the towering walls added depth and solitariness. A table stocked with necessities was conveniently placed next to an opaque aquamarine glass sink. The lingering scent of fresh coconut and flowers prepared my body and mind in receiving the Javanlese lulur. I selected a plush cotton robe from the ones hanging on the stand and eagerly walked on into the "bathing room" next door.

This specifically crafted one-of-a-kind "bathing" room for the Javanlese lulur and Vichy shower treatments smelled deliciously of citrus, vanilla, and jasmine. Light marble tiling and fresh pink flowers floating atop a glass bowl, a mobile bamboo covered Vichy shower, tropical and exotic flowers and greens outside the window truly immediately transports your sense of being to Bali. Cynthia, the specialist for this treatment led me to a warmed massage bed and began by thoroughly massaging my entire body, from my toes to fingertips with a blend of jasmine and ylang ylang oil to relax my muscles. Next, she applied a rice, tumeric, and jasmine scrub to exfoliate and slough off dead skin cells to promote rejuvination. She followed by massaging warmed yogurt all over the body to pull out the yellow tumeric and to also soften the skin. Yogurt contains lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead cells and smoothes the skin, leaving it velvety smooth. Cynthia steps out, leaving me to relax for a while in tranquility as the yogurt works its magic. She returns for rinsing and moves the bamboo Vichy shower over my body as it shoots out warm streams of water to rinse off the yogurt and scrub. Once I'm fully rinsed, Cynthia massages me down with Lulur's own fragrant Jasmine Frangipani lotion to sweeten my skin. I walk out feeling like the Queen of Sheba and smelling like a rose.

Apart from the Javanese Lulur, the spa also offers other various body treatments such as Parafango Slimming Wrap, Intensive Hydration Body Drench with Azulene Vichy Shower, and Bali Sea & Flowers Scrub. The Buff & Bronze and spray tanning treatments have been selling like hot cakes. Since their bronzers not only tan, but also moisturize, you get a healthy, hydrated and natural looking tan without any risk of sun damage.

Hollywood celebrity Barbara Streisland and others are regulars at Lulur for microdermabrasions and facials. This full service spa has everything from deep cleansing, intensive hydrating facials to acne and antioxidant facials. Ladies, you can even sign your men up for the Gentlemen's Facial, specifically designed for the male skin by treating ingrown hairs and razor burns. The more popular facials are Japanese Gemstone Facial Massage and Acne Facial. My Deep Pore Cleansing Facial (60 minutes, $85) was an absolute feast for my skin. Pamela, a licensed aesthetician started by cleansing and exfoliating my skin in order to gently extract blackheads and impurities. After a facial and decollete massage, my skin drank in a custom blended mask with necessary nutrients and minerals to hydrate my skin. One week later my skin is still radiant and absolutely glowing.

Lulur has such a seductive selection of massages that it makes you want to try them all. The Bali Stone Therapy Massage uses heated stones on strategic muscles and pressure points to relieve pain or tension. The Pregnancy Massage and the Balinese Massage are popular as well.

Lulur has a great collection of gift packages for men and women. Reservations are recommended, but "walk ins" are always welcome. For more information or to book an appointment, call 310.659.4100.

642 ˝ North Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel: 310.659.4100
Fax: 310.659.4117

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