Have you ever wondering where to spend a day in Los Angeles that makes you feel so refreshed and renewed it is like a week’s holiday? Spend your Daycation at the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles and feel revived!
I toured around L.A. LIVE and Staples Center with my umbrella. I think it was 100 degrees in the shade, very surprising for September but it made the stunning lobby of JW Marriott Los Angeles L. A. Live all the more inviting. Later, The Mixing Room would become the site of not only people watching and star gazing but I would meet Bailey from the LA Kings!
As I take the escalator up to the Ritz Carlton Spa, I have no idea that simply entering the doors will be like finding a cocoon of peace and serenity. Elissa greets me with a glass of champagne and shows me the private relaxation area inside the women’s spa which is enveloped in the smell of eucalyptus from the steam room. I decide to relax in the co-ed sanctuary in my Ritz Carlton robe on one of the comfortable round loungers while listening to the music and reading. This is truly an urban oasis.
If you are already thinking about Valentine’s Day, choose the couple’s room which has a tub to enjoy after a treatment. Your room and tub will be scattered with rose petals and create a lasting memory from a spectacular experience.
Raquel soon escorts me to my treatment room, called Mercury; the entire area has a stars and sunshine theme. I love the golden tiles in the in-room shower which can be seen all over the spa. Today, I am discovering the “Fire and Ice” treatment.
From the Ritz Carlton Spa Menu: about Fire & Ice: “Take time to experience earth’s rarest elements from the depths of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. After a light exfoliation, a rare white silica mud mask is applied to instantly hydrate and re-mineralize skin. The journey concludes with a relaxing full body massage incorporating hot and cool stones.”
I selected this treatment as it is a combination of things found while traveling like minerals in Iceland as well as hot stone massage. I had never had a hot and cool stone massage and this experience was fantastic. I loved the heated table, the silky sheets, the white silica mineral mud mask and the smell of the oil. I can highly recommend this experience. After my treatment, I felt like I was walking on air and had been on vacation for days.
The Ritz Carlton is known for being a place to expect the unexpected and have first-class memorable experiences, every moment of my daycation proves that this is true. After my spa treatment in The Mixing Room, I was able to see the Stanley Cup in person and get a hug from Bailey from the LA Kings. The first preseason game is September 22 against the Arizona Coyotes and you can join Bailey’s Buddies and enjoy the newest PUCK&PLAY at the NEST and WP24 on the 24th floor. Enjoy Dim Sum before the game and have tasty treats without waiting while making it to your seats on time.
Look for more about my amazing dinner at The NEST coming soon in USA TODAY. Thank you to the entire Ritz Carlton team especially Elissa and Raquel at the Spa, Wagstaff Worldwide, Kalayana, Justin, Alonso and Klaus Puck at the NEST and WP24 for an amazing day and evening!
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Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is a speaker at the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Dallas Travel and Adventure Shows for 2023. Her podcast, “Make Your Own Map,” has been watched in more than 11 countries on 4 continents. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster.
You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have nearly 2 million views.
With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club.
As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries.
For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.
Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals
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