A Relaxing Start to 2018 in Los Angeles
The City of Angels seems to always be go go go. While it’s easy to get caught up in the fast pace of this lively metropolis, it’s also important to take a break. When you’ve reached that point where all you want is to take a step back and de-stress, there are a few little known places that offer a welcome respite from the daily grind. Relaxing spas, hidden gardens — whatever your favourite stress solution there’s a space to help you find that sense of zen.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
An architectural gem in the middle of Downtown LA, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels has become a popular sightseeing spot. Once you’ve spent some time appreciating the unique design on show, a touch of peaceful serenity will be just what you need. You’ll find a little-known space where you can find some peace – just go below the cathedral and into the mausoleum. With beautiful stained-glass windows in the style of the baroque revival, the silence and vast space will take you to a place of tranquility.
Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
This is a destination that you can lose yourself in for days, especially if reading is your escape. Take your time and wander around the library. With over 7 million books on offer, you’re sure to find a volume worth perusing. Bibliophiles will appreciate the rare manuscripts on display, including the first folio edition of Shakespeare’s collected plays and Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. There’s also the art collection to discover before the beautiful botanical gardens inevitably entice you in. Take a seat in the tea rooms and watch the world go by while sipping on an aptly named cup of ‘Garden of Eden’ tea. You’ll want to return the next day, and the next day, and the next…
As one of the biggest parks in North America, Griffith Park is a HUGE space to explore. It’s a great place for hiking and a great space to clear your mind. For those who can’t stand the thought of a vigorous hike, there’s plenty of non-active ways to unwind too. Watching the sun rise from the Griffith Observatory might be the best reason to get out of bed early. Once you’ve taken in the view, head to Amir’s Garden to surround yourself in the man-made flower gardens. You might even spot a hummingbird or two.
Beverly Hot Springs Spa
As the only totally natural hot spring in Los Angeles, this traditional Korean bath house won’t disappoint when it comes to relaxing sore muscles after a long day of sightseeing. The steaming mineral water will invite you to sink in and switch off, before you pamper yourself further with a tension-relieving massage to help you transport yourself to a space of blissful peace.
Self-realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Set on a hilltop with views of the city, there’s a temple, a shrine and a meditation garden at the Lake Shrine – just the place for forgetting the world outside. Join the guided tour of the temple every Friday at 2pm, attend a guided meditation workshop or simply discover the hidden nooks and gardens in the lovingly tended Meditation Gardens. However you choose to spend your time here, you’ll leave feeling fully content.
Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles
Newcomers to the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles, be sure to take a moment to appreciate this extraordinary and cultural landmark. The Biltmore’s historic lobby now goes by the name of Rendezvous Court and is full of gorgeous features, like the marble fountain and huge vaulted ceiling. Whether you’re here to people-watch the afternoon away, or catch up with a close friend, the Rendezvous Court is the perfect setting to take a seat, admire the opulent surroundings and sip away on an espresso.
A cup of joe might not be everyone’s route to total bliss. Luckily there’s more than one way to relax at the Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles. Take a dip in the pool or jacuzzi and take in the elegant gold details. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported through time, never mind escaping the noise of the city.
Whether you’re looking for a brief respite during an activity packed holiday, or just need an afternoon of me-time, there’s a space to relax in Los Angeles for everyone.