Relax at new community spa, the Larchmont Sanctuary

| December 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
SANCTUARY owner Tina Figueroa.

SANCTUARY owner Tina Figueroa.

When Tina Figueroa worked 90-hour weeks and traveled the globe as a tech executive she frequented world-class spas every chance she could.

“I got a lot of facials to detox from my job,” says the new owner of Larchmont Sanctuary Spa, 331 N. Larchmont Blvd.

The best of the products and treatments she found in London, France, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong—and which she attests to keeping her own skin glowing—are on the menu.

Vitamin-infused, medical-grade serums and creams developed by a South African plastic surgeon can be combined with the latest technology—micro-current, micro-channeling and LED light—to improve and lift skin tone and reverse rosacea and scarring, she says.

A member of the Green Spa Network, the Sanctuary’s organic facials feature locally sourced aromatherapy products.

Since she purchased the former Le Petit Retreat in March, its facade has a fresh coat of orange paint along with its new name and menu of services.

It’s a refuge, a place to unwind and disconnect. “I want this to be a community spa,” says the petite brunette next to a cozy fire in the relaxation room.

The building’s original mismatched wood floors “give character,” and the spa’s Indocine decor, teak wood, feng shui design and cedar sauna are a nod to the spa’s founders.

The more popular treatments are also still here, such as the champagne bath for two in an ergonomic, custom-designer copper tub.

Copper tub

“People who are really busy, like it as a date night,” says Figueroa.

Singles also enjoy the benefits of hydrotherapy: the Aqua Latte is a healing mixture of milk and honey laden with essential oils. Dead Sea salts and a dash of arnica are said to aid injuries; the traditional bubble bath remains the best seller.

The spa’s signature jade stone massage can be customized with aromatherapy, shiatsu, deep tissue and Swedish treatments. It also offers oncology massage for cancer patients.

COUPLE MASSAGE is among offerings.

COUPLE MASSAGE is among offerings at the Sanctuary.

Massages, seasonal scrubs such as with Dead Sea and pink Himalaya salt, and facials are offered in eight rooms with calming taupe walls and sky blue ceilings, one sports a canopy, another has a faux tree branch seemingly growing from the ceiling.

For all its glamour and high-tech, the Sanctuary is mostly about being part of a very loved community, says Figueroa.

Visit, 323-466-1028.The new name and website are scheduled to be launched Jan. 8:

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