“I fell in love with an amazing spa in Thailand, and ever since then it’s been my dream to open my own,”
says Japanese-born Tomoko Kurono, who debuted the original iteration of her massage-centric Tomoko Spa in 2006 in her husband’s native Israel. Now the L.A. transplant has opened the doors to her first stateside locale, an exercise in Japanese hospitality and traditional healing therapies that begins as soon as clients step through the front door. After slipping into traditional tatami sandals, guests are led through the 3,100-square-foot contemporary Zen space into one of four ultra-private minimalist suites, where all services commence with warm brown rice tea and a detoxifying ashiyu (foot bath). Treatments range from the reflexology-driven Ashiura to the indulgent Japanese Experience for Couples, which includes a tension-releasing hot stone therapy and a 30-minute meditative soak in a fragrant hinoki wood tub, ending with a light meal featuring sushi from Sugarfish. Says Kurono, “We refresh the mind, body and soul.” 141 S. Beverly Dr., B.H., 310-205-7300; tomokospa.com.
Written by Lesley McKenzie.
PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt.