by Lee Rose Emery

When you think about it the whole idea of a spa day really is the antithesis to motherhood. Imagine a place that is quiet, pretty, where people are lounging and no children are allowed. The entire experience is designed to make you feel appreciated, relaxed, and pampered.  (Just like a morning at home — HA!)

But this is how I recently felt at luxury day spa Burke Williams in West Hollywood. And I highly recommend treating yourself to some time there. I had not been to Burke Williams in years. They have re-done the West Hollywood location and the vibe is very elegant. The lounge where you wait for treatments is adorned with photos of old Hollywood. Calming music plays. The whirlpool area is swanky looking and very clean.

I admit I also like Los Angeles’ more divvy Korea Town Spa experiences as well. But everything about Burke Williams feels like a treat. It is tastefully appointed, and feels like a truly decadent escape.  They think of everything to make your visit just perfect: all the toiletries and amenities you need to beautify when you are all done with your services, a quiet rooms for reflection, refreshments in the waiting areas. This is also the perfect spa to take your mom to when she is visiting in LA.

I sampled the hot stone massage, and an anti aging facial. The massage was excellent. The warmth of the hot stones slipping over your back provides for a deep relaxation that you will most certainly never feel at home (or probably anywhere) with your children. The weather in LA is so dry, that I do think a facial once in a while really helps your skin stay fresh. I found both services fantastic, done by by knowledgeable professionals,  and afterwards I really had the sense that I had been away from the bustle of the city and family life. Burke Williams also has special therapists trained to give a pregnancy massage. This is a great baby shower gift, as I remember how much strain on one’s back a full belly can produce.

Plan a special afternoon for yourself, or grab some mommy friends or your mom you will be in for a real treat. We all know how much you deserve it.

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