We travel and spa together. It’s our thing. Sure, I could grab a sitter and go it alone when my husband isn’t with us, but I prefer not to (sometimes) and it isn’t necessarily less expensive. The Episencial Experience at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is by far the most unique mother-daughter spa treatment we’ve had yet. In fact, I haven’t seen anything like it on other 5-star spa menus, but it’s not surprising as the entire property is centered around healthy living.
I will admit that as we were walking through the multiple lounging areas, I experienced a slight tinge of regret for not going it alone. Trip Advisor named the spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village as one of their top 10 in the United States. Now, I totally get why–the spa is a gorgeous oasis beckoning for hours reading magazines and napping in a chaise lounge without a care in the world.
That is, until we arrived at our luxury suite, which had a gorgeous bedroom complete with a fireplace, giant TV, and an enormous shower that was primed and ready for some serious painting action. This, definitely is not your average spa treatment room. It’s posh to the nines.
Episencial is a pediatrician-recommended skin care line for kids made with organic ingredients and without the bad stuff. It’s a perfect product choice and the packaging is adorable, too.
She changed into her bathing suit while I got into my robe. Mason, her therapist, took her into the shower and they began to do all kinds of art–my daughter’s favorite subject. In the meantime, I was led into this room for my bamboo foot treatment.
It’s hard to feel stress in this environment. I laid face-up on one of the beds, underneath the comfortable covers while enjoying my foot treatment which was a relaxing combination of massage, exfoliation and reflexology. The doors to the master suite were closed and I could only hear faint sounds of the art project happening in the shower. Once they were finished, my daughter quietly hopped into the tub near where I was having my foot massage to wash off the paint.
They also snacked on chips (my daughter was a bit hungry) and Fiji Water colored with probiotics. Her love of Fiji Water stems from life in Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts so turning it purple and pink was an unusual highlight (she called her father right after we left the spa to tell him about it). Mason also braided her hair, helped her back into her normal clothes, and took her out to the back of the suite where the gorgeous pagoda sits over a little pond area.
Basically, your child’s therapist can totally tailor the experience to whatever your child is game for–without disturbing your relaxation. Extended painting session? Ok. Not into the mani/pedi? Ok. The foot treatment works, because if you had to open your eyes, sit up, or get up to tend to your child, it’s not disruptive or awkward like trying to do the same with a mud masque on your face.
The only issue that you’ll face is your child wanting to do it all over again. Mine begged to go back the following day and I completely understand why. We will book this treatment again! Stay tuned for more about our stay.
Children 3 years and older
Call The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village to book: (818) 575-3000
Also, have a look at the mid-week Wow-Me-Wednesday Package which includes a 50-minute massage or facial treatment of your choice, plus up to four hours of complimentary childcare at the Spa, for $99. Ask the spa for more details.