Masters of Aesthetics

Highlights from this Issue

Meet the Masters
of Aesthetics

By Matt Bartilson

Are you
really living?

By Angella Nazarian


By Bonnie Zabel

Beverly Bites

By Bruce Hoffman

Champagne wishes
and caviar dreams...

Planning a makeover trip to Beverly Hills

Words Jessica Rounds / Photos Zach Schrock

Beverly Hills Hotel by Zach Schrock

Robin Leach most likely had Beverly Hills in mind when he bid the viewers of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous adieu with that signature phrase. For decades, people have been visiting one of the most glamorous neighborhoods in the world for an unforgettable five-star experience.

Regardless of your lifestyle otherwise, when you come to Beverly Hills, you are invited to enjoy a pampered vacation in every way, from world-class cuisine and spa treatments, taking a relaxing drive to experience the unparalleled luxury of Beverly Hills real estate, to the finest couture shopping on Rodeo Drive.

But let's not overlook what lures many visitors to Beverly Hills from all parts of the world… the most renowned cosmetic doctors in every field. In less than a week, you can receive every kind of aesthetic treatment imaginable to improve any aspect of your appearance. Whether you're seeking plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry, LASIK eye surgery, an image makeover, hair and makeup styling—or all of the above—Beverly Hills is the dream destination.

Popular procedures include breast augmentation, lifts or reductions, facelifts, body contouring, rhinoplasty, Botox and fillers, smile makeovers with cosmetic dentistry, and 15-minute LASIK eye surgery. Beverly Hills doctors understand that you want it done perfectly, and as rapidly as possible, so that you can return to your daily life without any hassles.

When the "work" is done, you have countless luxury options to make your trip relaxing and pleasurable. Many cosmetic doctors provide concierge services to set you up with everything you need before you arrive, from luxury hotel accommodations to salon appointments and personalized designer shopping.

While there are many five-star hotel options, a few of the most celebrated include the SLS Hotel, The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Beverly Wilshire. Each one caters to the needs of today's high-end travelers, offering a wide variety of first-class guest services, restaurants, spas and shopping.

The exquisite spa Ciel at the SLS is an unparalleled escapade into bliss, with its menu of extraordinary signature services. A team of premier spa therapists will provide you with massages, facials and more to help you recharge spiritually and physically.

In one popular treatment called "Sooth Life's Stresses," two therapists exfoliate your body with coconut and vanilla scrub. After a trip to the Experience Shower, you'll receive a 60 minute Nirvana massage, including scalp and foot, in which both therapists use warmed tropical Macadamia and Kukui nut oils.

After a glorious treatment, you can relax in a private cabana on the exclusive Altitude pool deck, taking in beautiful views across Beverly Hills, and enjoy a swim in one of their several elegant pools.

The Beverly Hills Hotel was named the first Historic Landmark for the City of Beverly Hills by the City's Cultural Heritage Commission. Known by insiders as "The Pink Palace," this hotel opened its doors 100 years ago, on May 12, 1912, two years before the city of Beverly Hills was officially incorporated. From its inception, it has been cherished as a second home to generations of entertainers and Hollywood greats. The hotel boasts expansive grounds featuring 23 private bungalows.

Throughout its Centennial Year, this iconic 5-star hotel is featuring a panoply of specialty packages and services designed to draw you into the Beverly Hills mystique while they pamper and amaze you. Visit the iconic Polo Lounge, and while you are celebrity watching, sip on a special Centennial cocktail from the "These Walls are Talking" menu. If you have time, you can be thoroughly pampered in the Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie with a poolside Diamond Anniversary facial, or a specialty Pink Palace manicure.

During your stay, be sure to pick up a copy of The Beverly Hills Hotel and Bungalows—The First 100 Years, a fascinating tale of the hotel's history, lovingly researched and written by Robert S. Anderson, the great-grandson of the hotel's original owner. Browse it in your guest room, and don't forget to admire the never-before-seen photos along with celebrated images of the hotel's many illustrious guests.

Last but not least, the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel epitomizes glamour, with its long list of famous residents, including Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and John Lennon. Although a popular filming location for movies and television shows, guests are guaranteed nothing short of perfection in terms of privacy, luxury and first class service. Five-star accommodations feature exotic marble, sparkling crystal chandeliers, deep-soaking tubs, state-of-the-art technology and views so beautiful you may never want to leave your room.

Before you begin your myriad of cosmetic appointments, maybe you'd like to dip into the beautiful Mediterranean whirlpool or relax in the Aromatherapy Crystal Steam Room. Finally, get a chance to read a neglected novel while lounging in your poolside cabana, and sip on a lemon spritz or a fresh smoothie. Enjoy organic spa treatments like argan oil massages, Moroccan body wraps, and cutting-edge thermoactive enzymatic detoxification facials, to name just a few of the exceptional treatments available.

Regardless of where you stay, getting out and about to sightsee and shop begins at the doorstep of any Beverly Hills hotel.

Rodeo Drive boasts the most iconic shopping destination in the world, with swanky shops such as Gucci, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, Dior, Burberry, Fendi, Cartier and many more. Personal shoppers can accompany your outing to make finding the perfect gifts an effortless experience.

Rodeo Drive by Zach Schrock

There is no shortage of sight-seeing: find your favorite star's handprint on Hollywood Boulevard just outside Grauman's Chinese Theater; head up Beachwood Drive for a clear view of the Hollywood sign; or take a tour of the Kodak Theater, home of the Oscars. If you prefer the art scene, visit the renowned Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) or enjoy a picnic in the Getty Center's Central Garden after browsing the exhibits. For the beach-lovers, a day trip to Malibu for a stroll in the sand and a delicious meal at the oceanfront restaurants is a must. See your favorite symphony at the outdoor Hollywood Bowl to round out your vacation. The options are plentiful to keep you entertained, and your hotel or doctor's concierge will facilitate any whim along the way.

In less than two weeks in Beverly Hills, you could enhance your physical appearance and have experiences you'll treasure for a lifetime. People do it everyday.