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Hollywood Retreats: Sunset Marquis

09/03/2014 22:12 GMT | Updated 09/05/2014 10:59 BST

LA based actress Marsha Thomason, known for her roles in Lost and White Collar, checks out some of Hollywoods' hottest retreats...

Steeped in history, the Sunset Marquis has been a renowned Rock n' Roller's destination since its doors opened off the Sunset Strip in 1961.

A stone's throw from many of Hollywood's top music venues - it's been a home from home for many a rock royalty - Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon and Green Day to name just a few.

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Over the last 50 years the Sunset Marquis has evolved into a full service hotel with 154 contemporary suites and villas, a modern spa, trendy bar and restaurant and well known 'rock inspired' art gallery.

Whether it's artists by the pool, actors lunching or a film crew at work, one gets a real 'feel of Hollywood' whilst wandering its grounds.

The Room

A choice of Suites in the main building overlooking the pool or Garden Villas. Suites come in a choice of Junior, One Bedroom and Two Bedroom. Villas in Junior, One Bedroom, Two Bedroom, Hospitality and Presidential. Contemporary with a homely feel, some have private balconies and terraces.

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The Spa

Through the reception and past the Cavatina restaurant's gorgeous outdoor patio is SPA, an 1800 square foot sanctuary with two mani/pedi stations and four private treatment rooms. SPA guests also have the option of having a treatment in one of the poolside cabanas. Non residents are welcome at SPA too.

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The Treatment

I had the 75 minute LA NATURA body scrub and loved every minute of it. The therapist was just the right amount of friendly. I felt comfortable, relaxed and able to drift away as I was treated.

Before the treatment began I was offered a shot glass of a vitamin relaxation elixir - delicious! I was then given the option of either the LA NATURA cocoa vanilla scrub or pomegranate scrub and went with the latter. The scrub was followed by a massage tailored to my specific needs.

A warm camomile and clove eye mask was applied throughout and was a real delight to the senses. The piped music was the perfect volume, further adding to the relaxing ambience.

Notable mention: The Shower, which was bigger than your average New York apartment. Pure luxury, I could've stayed in there for days.

Other Treatments Include

Guinot Hydrodermie and Liftosome Facials.

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To Eat

Cavatina Restaurant's lunch menu is described as "totally Californian" and uses fresh local ingredients for simple, bold tastes - indoor and outdoor dining available. Or

SPA cuisine, for a selection of smoothies, entrees and desserts.

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Don't Miss

The Morrison Hotel Gallery. Just off the hotel lobby and opposite Bar 1200, the gallery houses a world class collection of fine art music photography.

www.sunsetmarquis.com

www.the-spa-spy.com