As Editor in Chief of American Salon, Kelley Donahue reports on all aspects of the professional beauty industry, including salon business-building strategies, seasonal hair and fashion trends, salon services and techniques, and timely issues impacting manufacturers, schools, salons and distributor principals. In addition to conducting photo shoots--one of which was the recipient of an ABBIES Award for Best Magazine Cover--Donahue also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, sourcing out new trends and representing American Salon at major industry functions and educational events.
Hollywood, CA, has long enjoyed a reputation for being an epicenter of innovative design and creative vision. With the debut of Spa Luce, a 6,400-square-foot luxury boutique beauty destination, you can chalk up another winner for the city.
Spa Luce's waiting area offers plenty of peace and serenity
Situated in the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, a stone's throw away from the Kodak Theatre—home to the Academy Awards—Spa Luce's interiors boast an evocative palette of textures, surfaces and tonal subtleties, including hand-chiseled Jerusalem stone, smooth petrified wood, sleek teak wood surfaces and gently undulating sweeps of stucco walls, reminiscent of Santorini, Greece or Capri, Italy. The result is a mood-enhancing ambiance for soothing 21st century souls.
A pierced dome ceiling and a reception desk crafted from a felled 300-year-old walnut tree dress up Spa Luce's foyer.
Luxurious and relaxing treatments that are ideal for both the spa beginner and seasoned veteran further set Spa Luce apart. Signature treatments include the Japan Ritual, a five-part massage treatment layering the therapeutic properties of flower oils and fruit essences with rich minerals from the earth and sea; and the Hammam Ritual, where spa-goers undergo a five-step process that includes an intense cleansing with Moroccan mint tea and silt and then a vigorous scrub with coffee, olive stones and fresh lemons.
To be sure, the treatments and the space work in tandem, instantly transporting guests beyond the everyday fast-paced excitement of one of the world's most famous cities and revitalizing their minds, bodies and spirits. —KELLEY DONAHUE