3 Best: Pamper With These Spa Retreats

Some of the best presents we've ever given—and received, for that matter—were a sweet gift certificate to a stress-busting spa. There's nothing more decadent than giving a loved one the go-ahead to indulge, and it's a no-brainer when we say this will be their ultimate fave gift of the year. Whether you're picking a pumped-up manicure, an exotic four-handed massage, or just the perfect facial to say thanks to the person that brightens up your day, these spas offer the ultimate hectic-holiday respite. So, if you're on the hunt for the perfect prezzie for your stressed out boss (or assistant), or just want to help your bestie de-knot and relax, we promise these are the three best SoCal spas to score a gift certificate to.
1. Ona: The-Out-Of-This-World Destination
Of all the spas in Los Angeles, it's quite possible that Ona has the most exotic and varied spa menu. Their Babor facial from Belgium will make you look years younger in an hour, and their insane massages—including the Oonah, which is a four-handed-tandem-Balinese treatment that is all kinds of reinvigorating—will melt away any holiday blahs. The Ayurvedic therapists also do incredible Thai massages and exfoliant treatments like the Chocolate and Rose showers that will literally change your life.
Ona Day Spa, 7373 Beverly Boulevard (at North Martel Avenue); 323-931-4442.
2. La Prairie at Beverly Hills Hotel: Hollywood Glamour Spa
Nothing is as classic Hollywood as the Beverly Hills Hotel—iit's glamorous, elegant, and just a wee bit over the top, but the La Prairie salon there is the definition of modern luxury. We've waxed poetic about the Diamonds and Pearl manicure, but don't miss out on the masterful massages. Any of their therapists will be able to work out any lingering knots that may be causing pain, and leave you aligned and stress-free in a matter of hours. We also hear their revitalizing facials are more than one starlet's not so dirty little secret, so this is the ultimate place to go with a girlfriend if you're feeling unpretty.
The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa By La Prairie, 9641 Sunset Boulevard (at North Beverly Drive); 310-276-2251.
3. Aida Thibiant: The Grand Dame Spa
There's a reason that Thibiant has been a beauty mainstay for L.A. ladies for over 30 years. The waxings and facials are legendary, and the wraps and mud treatments, like The Warm Oil Sugar Glow and Hydra Marine Mud Wrap, are so heavenly it should be a sin. This is the perfect place to go for a little detox after too much gingerbread and eggnog, and since you know you're in good hands at Thibiant, you'll literally have nothing to worry about.
Aida Thibiant Spa, 449 North Canon Drive (at Dayton Way); 310-278-7565.