Okay, I admit the spreading crows feet around a sun bleached face comes from years of adventure travel, and with the new trend of males appearing at spas, it was time to check into Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa for a treatment.
The spa has a penultimate skin rejuvenation program for hardened outdoorsy types like me. New and uplifting treatments at the spa provide advanced defense against aging without botox! The mini-treatments support the trend of ‘layering’.
With the growing popularity of men’s treatments, a new services have sprouted up at the spa, such as Manscaping, which provides extensive waxing for gentlemen, including back, chest, shoulders, ears and nose, followed by a massage.
In a town where a vibrant appearance is as hot as the sun that bronzes the skin, celebrities flock to the spa for rejuvenation.
The progressive Spa recently (summer 2006) announced a series of new natural body anti-aging and renewal treatments to bring the glow back into the skin without cosmetic enhancements. With the strong southern California sun, I see many beachgoers and sailing enthusiasts with tough looking leathery skin, all candidates for the Spa’s skin vitamin enhancements without cosmetic surgery.
The Spa Le Merigot is located on the spa level of the hotel, adjacent to the pool. Beautiful hand-painted murals and tranquil fountains create a calm and serene atmosphere. Tea, water and fruit are served on a patio deck, or for fine dining check out Cezanne French cuisine. The spa has a new healthy spa menu, too.
Relax in a pool cabana.
Spa Manager, Kennett Marshall, informed me that the 6,500 square feet of spa and fitness space offers an array of massage techniques such as Aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Swedish and Sport/Deep Tissue and Hot Stone. The eight treatment rooms include a couple’s suite and a nail room for manicure and pedicure treatments.
The Spa is well suited for crows feet reduction and other skin problem treatments because after extensive research on natural ingredients, when combined, work to slow down the aging process. The spa team at Le Merigot developed the following new treatments to restore skin to its youthful and vibrant appearance. These treatments repair, nourish, and protect skin from the harsh elements of daily living:
Caviar & Pearl Lifting Facial — the most advanced defense against aging. Using a revolutionary manufacturing process that lavishes skin with 100 percent pure caviar extract, combined with precious Pearl Extract and Escutox, this facial is a natural alternative to Botox. Improving elasticity, the Caviar Pearl Lifting Facial increases skin oxygenation and suppleness as well as visibly resurfaces and reduces fine lines and wrinkles to bring back the skin’s natural softness and glow. The treatment begins with a face, neck, and décolleté cleansing using the Timeless Balm cleanser. The skin is then exfoliated with an Enzyme Peel mask, which is followed by extractions.
Unique skin cleansing.
A second cleansing, followed by Timeless Repair lotion is applied to ensure no enzyme residue remains. The “Filmo-Tech,” which is technology-advanced process preserving caviar at 100 percent purity without any altercation to its powerful components, is mixed with water then immediately applied to skin and massaged until completely absorbed for full ingredient efficacy.
The Myoxy-Caviar cream mask, which is a micro-emulsified mask enriched with shea butter, caviar extract and a selection of proven effective micronized vitamins such as Vitamin E (anti-oxidant), Vitamin C (wrinkle-smoothing), and Vitamin A (combats atrophy) is applied to the skin before the Myoxy-Caviar mask powder, which is deeply repairing and hydrating.
The mask’s innovative manufacturing technology is immediately activated by the skin's temperature.
A luxurious neck, shoulder, arm and hand massage is given while the mask hardens. Once the mask has hardened, it’s lifted off and an application of Timeless Repair lotion is used to remove any excess product. The treatment ends with an application of Evolutive eye cream and the Timeless Repair cream.
This 50 or 80-minute treatment will result in sublime relaxation and a youthful reflection.
Anti-Oxidant Facial — a unique treatment providing deep hydration to produce a vibrant glow. The skin is cleansed with a Pevonia cleanser for your skin type followed by Pevonia lotion. The skin is then exfoliated with an Enzyme Peel Mask, which is followed by extractions. The Phyto-Gel cleanser, followed by lotion, is used to ensure that no Enzyme Peel residue remains. An ampoule rich in vitamins and essential oils is massaged on the face before applying the lavender/mint thermal lift off mask. While changes of temperature in the mask occur, the body is treated to a hand and arm massage. Once the mask has hardened it’s lifted off with an application of lotion to remove any excess product. The treatment ends with an application of Evolutive Eye Cream and moisturizer for your skin type. This 50 or 80-minute treatment renews skin by protecting against premature aging and refines pores.
OTHER SPA TREATMENTS:
Facial services include European, Micro Dermabrasion, Caviar & Pearl Lifting Facial, Luminous “C” and “Sea” and the Epicuren Signature Facial.
The spa utilizes Kneipp, Epicuren, Pevonia Botanicals and Creative Spa for the products’ natural, gentle and soothing properties. There are a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, as well as manicures and pedicures including:
Signature Pedicure which is a luxurious, marine inspired “facial for the feet”;
Facial for the feet.
Silver Ion Masque Facial (the rage among Hollywood celebrities) utilizes ion electrons resulting in amazing radiance;
Tri-Crystal Micro Dermabrasion Body Polish uses Rosemary Lave and oils to ensure a smooth body;
Chai Soy Mud Wrap for its cellulite-fighting qualities;
Aromatic Moroccan Rassoul Wrap which consists of a luxurious application of brown micronized mud that is mineralizing, rejuvenation and smoothing;
Energy treatments including Reiki and Cranial Sacral;
Reflexology (a favorite of male clients);
Herbal Baths that help bathe away stress, strain and fatigue using natural herbs and essential oils such as Orange and Linden Blossom, Spruce and Pine, Almond and Juniper;
Signature manicures and pedicures, which provide a facial for the hands and feet.
For couples looking to share the relaxation experience, there is a couple’s room available for Couples Treatments.
Romantic couples' massage.
Other Unique Services:
Green Coffee Contour Slimming Wrap is an effective smoothing treatment that utilizes phyton-extract, found naturally in green coffee, aiding to eliminate water retention while visibly revealing more hydrated skin. The treatment begins with an exfoliation followed by application of cellulite activation gel and green coffee concentrate. An application of green coffee mud is then applied before the body is wrapped. The slimming and toning wrap stimulates the body’s ability to break down fat, increase metabolism and enhance the skin’s overall texture using proteins and essential oils. The body is then rinsed, massaged with Body-Svelt cellulite cream and tension relief gel is applied on the lower back and calves. This 80-minute treatment is recommended for all except those with sensitive skin.
Aromatic Moroccan Rassoul Wrap — an "uplifting" treatment that consists of brown micronized mud that rejuvenates and smoothes, relieving fatigue and exhaustion, resulting in a feeling of ultimate renewal. The treatment begins with a full-body exfoliation followed by the warm mud that’s generously applied to the entire body stimulating the release of impurities. As the skin absorbs the enriching minerals, the body radiates healthy purification and deep hydration for a delightful sense of revitalization. This 80-minute treatment is recommended for all skin types.
Litho-Cal Seaweed Peel — eliminates impurities, stimulates and invigorates while remineralizing and detoxifying at the same time, leaving the skin vibrant, silky and beautiful. This unique seaweed body peel acts as an exfoliant and promotes instant results for the entire body while the natural richness of the seaweed creates circulation and oxygenates the skin. The Litho-Cal, mixed with warm water and Anti-Stress Micro-Emulsified Oil is scrubbed on the body, rinsed with warm water, towel-dried and moisturized with the Anti-Stress Micro-Emulsified Oil. This Litho-Cal Seaweed Peel is a 25-minute treatment and can also serve as an upgrade to any 80-minute body treatment.
The spa also offers new add-ons to existing treatments, supporting the trend of layered treatments, such as a half-session Reflexology for $70 can be added to a facial.
An Express Facial can be added to an 80-minute body treatment for $70. Also added to the menu is the Bliss Package that consists of a full-session Aromatherapy Massage, Full Specialty Facial, Simply Classic Manicure and Signature Pedicure for $310.
Harmony Package — $250
Body Polish or Aromatherapy. Salt Glow and Deluxe Hot Stone Therapy.
Tranquility Package — $260
Pacific Paradise, half-session Swedish Massage and Express Facial.
Gentleman’s Vitality Package — $275
Full-session Deep Tissue massage, Scalp Treatment or half-session Reflexology, Fitness Facial for Men.
Bliss Package — $310
Full-session Aromatherapy Massage
Full-session Specialty Facial
Simply Classic Manicure
Serenity Package — $340
Anti-Stress Aromatherapy, Body Wrap, full-session Swedish Massage, Plantomer Facial.
Inner Peace Package — $420
Seaweed Smoothing Marine Body Masque or Moor Mud Body Wrap, full-session Swedish Massage, full-session Specialty Facial and half-session Reflexology.
Ultimate Indulgence Package — $640
Seaweed Smoothing Marine Body Masque or Moor Mud Body Wrap, Le Merigot’s Duet Massage, Scalp Treatment, Deluxe Specialty Facial and full-session Reflexology.
Le Merigot Beach Hotel & Spa
1740 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-9700 or toll free at
Spa Hours — The Spa Le Merigot is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for treatments. The fitness center is open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Fitness Center at the spa features challenging Cybex workouts, plus cardiovascular and strength building exercise machines, a eucalyptus steam room, a cedar wood sauna and an outdoor pool with private cabanas.. The health club offers classes of Yoga and Pilates. Personal training sessions with certified and licensed trainers are available by appointment. Group-led beach walks, bicycle rentals and private surfing lessons also are available.
Local membership — to the health club is offered and includes access to all fitness equipment. Also included is a 20 percent discount off spa treatments and food and beverage services as well as complimentary valet service for the first three hours of your visit, per day. Prices are: annual membership: $1,200 semi-annual membership: $800 and quarterly membership: $450.
Many of the products at the spa can be purchased such as Pevonia, Epicuren, Creative Spa, and Kneipp. Colorescience mineral make-up and Aroma Natural candles also are available for purchase in the spa.
Le Merigot Beach Hotel and Spa is centrally located within the heart of Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue. With the great Pacific Ocean in its backyard, the hotel is nine miles north of Los Angeles International Airport and a short drive to major Southern California attractions.
Read the Jetsetters Magazine feature about Le Merigot Hotel and Cezanne Restaurant.
Compiled by Kriss Hammond, Editor, Jetsetters Magazine, with the assistance of Blaze Public Relations, Santa Monica.