Recently open in early September, voda Spa (named after the Russian word for “water”) is West Hollywood’s newest luxurious day spa. Combining Russian, Asian and European traditions, voda offers signature facials, body scrubs, wraps and massages in their 10 different upscale treatment rooms.
Owners Dr. Ilya Gelman, Leon Shparaga and Gary Chernov envisioned a place where busy city dwellers could escape, if only for a few hours, in a resort-style atmosphere with amenities not normally found in your typical day spa. They also saw it as an opportunity to combine the Russian spa tradition with innovations in the day spa industry to creat a luxurious and welcoming environment for their guests.
The visual aesthetic of voda spa is a clean, modern and upscale design. LA architects Rick Abramson and Gregory Fischer of WORKPLAYS (www.workplays.com) created a contemporary, sleek design, while at the same time, remaining highly functional. Upon entering this beautiful facility, you are immediately drawn in by its beautiful ambiance. A spectacular waterwall welcomes you. The design utilizes contemporary palattes of glass, polished metals and natural woods to heighten the visitors experiences. The interior design elements include stone, marble, granite, cedar and birch (which is native to Russia). balanced with plenty of skylights and water effects. Los Angeles floral designer Unique Sarah designed the creative floral arrangements throughout the facility.
Guests can spend the day with friends or go solo for a day of pure relaxation and rejuvenation. To start off your relaxing Russian experience, a sauna is suggested first. Voda Spa houses 4 saunas, including two banyas, which are traditional Russian saunas.
Taking part in the banya will include the use of heated river rocks, water, aromatic essential oils and the very essence of this Russian ritual, the platza. A rigorous massage, the platza is performed using venki, a bundle of oak or birch branches. Offered in a peaceful and luxurious environment, these centuries old Russian practices are renown for increasing circulation, exfoliating the skin and relaxing deep muscle tension. Performed by Voda’s very qualified masseuses, Michael Canvin among others, spa goers will enjoy a relaxing and reinvigorating experience.
Much like the facial and skincare treatments offered, this sauna focuses on stimulating your body’s natural ability to heal itself while it boosts your metabolic rate and detoxifies your skin. With skincare treatments that provide custom blended products and facial services which promote healing from the inside out using Sonia Remy’s holistic line, you’re likely to feel much more invigorated and youthful walking out of the spa than you did walking into it.
In the impressively large space, Voda also houses a café as well as a V room, the spa’s full service bar and lounge. Offering a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, Voda features edibles prepared by Los Angeles Chef, Adel Chagar. Also serving cocktails in the modernly European atmosphere, the V room offers a full service bar and lounge that’s fully wired and can be rented out for private meetings and conferences.
Treatment options offered at the Voda Spa:
Scrubs include: (all 50 minutes)
· Siberian Wild Berry Scrub
· Black Sea Clay Scrub
Wraps include: (all 50 minutes)
· Caviar Wrap
· Baykai Sea Kelp Wrap
· Russian Bear (50 minutes)
· Custom Massage (25, 50 or 80 minutes)
· Deep Flow Massage (25, 50 or 80 minutes)
· Hot Stone Massage (25, 50 or 80 minutes)
· Swedish Massage (25, 50 or 80 minutes)
· Couples Retreat Massage (50 or 80 minutes)
Facials include: (all 50 minutes)
· Signature voda Tri-Fusion Facial
· Hydrating Facial
· Lifting Facial
· A Gentleman’s Facial
Located at 7700 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, the spa is open from 9 a.m.-midnight on weekdays and from 7 a.m.- midnight on weekends. Treatment hours are 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. everyday. The Voda Café is open from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. on weekends. The bar in the V Room is open from 10a.m-10 p.m every day.
For reservations, call (323) 654-4411 or for more information about the spa and the various services offered, visit www.vodaspa.com .
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Written by Staff Writer