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July 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The Kenyan domestic servant who worked for a Saudi Arabian princess accused of human trafficking was not mistreated but instead flew first class, had her own cell phone and was given access to the spa and gym, attorneys for the princess said. Meshael Alayban, 42, was arrested at her home in Irvine this month for allegedly forcing the Kenyan woman to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for $220 a month. The servant, who has a young daughter in Kenya, could not leave because her passport was kept in a safe deposit box at a local bank, prosecutors said.
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BUSINESS
July 19, 2013
Set behind a wooden gate and marked by towering palms, this Spanish Revival-style home sits on a quarter-acre of beachfront with a courtyard, an infinity-edge pool and a waterfall spa. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the 100 feet of frontage along the Redondo Beach bike/pedestrian walkway and the sand. Location: 717 Esplanade, Redondo Beach 90277 Asking price: $14.25 million Year built: 2000 House size: Four bedrooms, eight bathrooms, 7,028 square feet Lot size: 11,508 square feet Features: Wood-beam vaulted ceilings, 22-foot-tall entry foyer, tile stair risers, wrought-iron banister, library, five fireplaces, gym, office, balconies, radiant-heated deck with cooking area, swimming pool, patios, three-car garage About the area: In the first quarter, 52 single-family homes sold in the 90277 ZIP Code at a median price of $914,000, according to DataQuick.
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Short on vacation time? Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills doesn't want you to miss out. The hotel opposite the Beverly Center is offering a day spa package for $175 to $220 that starts with a massage in a private cabana at the rooftop pool and a Champagne toast. The deal: The Sofitel Staycation offers a 50-minute massage for $175 and an 80-minute massage for $220 at the hotel's LeSpa . You can spend the rest of the day lounging at the hotel' s pool, working out in the gym or unwinding in the steam room.
HEALTH
July 13, 2013 | By Alene Dawson
Spa fans want more than sloughing off dead skin or soothing aching muscles from those pampering places of eucalyptus-scented bliss. And businesses are transforming into mind, body and soul temples of wellness to meet the demands of people increasingly eschewing traditional houses of worship and pursuing alternative paths to spiritual connection. "Spas can be inspirational places where I've seen many people have transformational experiences. With people not going as much to church, spas are a natural place to have some of these experiences," says Susie Ellis, who has worked 40 years in the spa industry and is president of SpaFinder Wellness, a marketing company.
NEWS
June 18, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Conde Nast Traveler has selected the Well Spa at Miramonte Resort & Spa in Indian Wells as one of the top 100 spas in North America for 2013. Here's a chance to sample a spa treatment along with a room for the low midweek price of $125 a night. The deal: The Simply the Best package charges $125 a night Sundays through Thursdays and offers this choice of spa menu items from the on-site the Well Spa : a 50-minute customized Maestro Massage or Watersource Facial.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Tracy Brown
Ideal for the social solo traveler, The Out NYC has re-launched its Shared Luxury Accommodations deal this summer, with a spa pass (a $50 value) to boot. The deal: Standard rooms at The Out NYC, billed as New York City's first "straight-friendly" urban resort, start at $250. Shared Luxury Accommodations -- European hostel-style bunk rooms equipped with four full-sized beds and a shared bathroom -- start at $99 a night. Each bed is a single-person unit that includes a 22-inch TV, privacy curtains and a cubby for storage.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
If you look - and feel - like you need a massage and a day at the spa, Rancho La Puerta has a deal for you. The Baja resort, an hour's drive south of San Diego, is offering Saturdays at the Ranch, a one-day visit that includes fitness and spa activities, meals and a hands-on afternoon in a class at the culinary center.     The ranch and spa, tagged World's Best Destination Spa by Travel & Leisure readers in 2010 and 2011, is a 3,000-acre property that specializes in health and wellness activities.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Spa Nautica at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey hosts a dog day this month with massages, acupressure, Reiki, stretching and strengthening for your hound -- for free. While pets receive their moments of spa bliss, owners can feel good by having a $99 massage that also helps fund an animal rescue organization. The deal: The free massage for dogs of all sizes will be performed by certified animal technicians, according to the hotel. For owners who indulge in their own Spa Nautica Massage at the hotel, it costs $99 for a 60-minute session, and 10% of the proceeds go to Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
The ownership records of this property read like a “Who's Who” in Hollywood. Actress Kate Jackson sold the place to saxophonist Kenny G in 1990. Tennis champ Pete Sampras sold it to film producer Jon Peters in 2004. Now the Westside home is on the market at $4.995 million. The Traditional-style house, built in 1976, sits on 1.5 landscaped acres with a tennis court, a swimming pool, a spa, patios and lawns. The living has vaulted ceilings and a fireplace, the family room contains a bar and the master suite features dual bathrooms and closets for a total of four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 5,076 square feet of living space.
TRAVEL
April 28, 2013
Nobu Hotel, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas; (702) 785-6677, http://www.nobucaesarspalace.com . Doubles $169 to $459 a night. Adjacent to the hotel is the dramatic 12,775-square-foot Nobu restaurant, whose Latin-infused Japanese cuisine (entrees $14 to $95) informs the hotel's in-room dining menu; hotel guests get preferential reservations. At Qua, the Caesars Palace spa, therapeutic treatments are $50 to $1,200.
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