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Finding Your Zen: A Tuscan-Inspired Spacation

By Anna Griffin, Editor in Chief

In our current Covid climate, where non-essential travel has ground to a halt, escaping for some blissful R & R takes us safely to local destinations that can soothe our senses while magically transporting us away.


The Westlake Village Inn is a boutique resort located in the pretty suburban enclave of Westlake Village, California; a pristine bubble of greenery that provides a serene and lush backdrop for guests to unwind, just 37 miles north of Los Angeles.


Nestled in the northern foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and set on 17 verdant acres around a beautiful lake, the Inn features world-class amenities. These include premier accommodations; a European-inspired winery; a Zagat-rated bistro; a lounge, nightclub and concert venue; a vineyard; two relaxing swimming pools; a new state of the art fitness center; and the jewel in their crown, the newly-opened, wellness destination, Spa Relais. From the architecture, exterior and interior design elements to the professional, courteous staff and first-class services, guests are immediately enveloped into a holistic world of pampering and rejuvenation. An ethereal menu of custom treatments offers divinely inspired facials, massages, scrubs and wraps that harness the healing properties of herbs, flowers, oils and minerals from the vine, sea and air. Spa Relais invites guests to “relax your mind, restore your peace, and revive your spirits,” with their old world, European luxury fused with ultra modern facilities. 

Spa Relais features exquisite aspects such as the stunning Murano Lounge, 13 beautiful wine-themed treatment rooms with private courtyards and outdoor showers, the Vichy Shower, VIP Couples Massage Suites, SnowBliss Showers, Himalayan Salt Saunas, Steam Rooms and elegant changing rooms, all created with the ultimate guest experience in mind. When finished with their treatments, guests are invited to sit poolside to be waited on hand and foot; invigorate their senses in the cold-plunge pool, or relax in the warm Jacuzzi. For those seeking anti-aging procedures, the on-site Starr MedSpa offers fillers, injectables, , laser treatments, B-12 Energy Shots and Hair Restoration treatments. Poised to open as Covid went full force in LA County, the stunning spa has forged ahead with modified operations in compliance with imposed health mandates. In the meantime, it’s become a quiet celebrity hotspot, becoming known for its elegant surroundings, discerning treatments, and the privacy and luxury it offers.


After nurturing the body, mind and soul, sipping wine and wandering through the vineyards at the world-famous Stonehaus awaits. When hunger calls, dinner is served lakeside at Mediterraneo, a Zagat rated, culinary experience, offering locally sourced California and Mediterranean favorites, a full wine list and craft cocktails. And from there, sweet dreams are guaranteed in a beautifully furnished room or suite at this Tuscan-inspired paradise.

Beyond their commitment to guests enjoying an exceptional experience, the Inn is dedicated to ensuring a safe environment, following all LA County Covid-19 protocols, and has developed a comprehensive health & safety program throughout the property. Spa services and dining continues outdoors, and all efforts are made to ensure cleanliness and social distancing.


While Covid might have temporarily changed how we live our lives, experiencing joy isn’t cancelled and finding our Zen has never been more important than now. After practicing some much-needed self-love with a luxury spacation at the Westlake Village Inn, you’ll return to reality relaxed, restored and revived.

Photo Credit: Spa Relais & The Westlake Village Inn


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