Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas Introduces SPA (at Sunset Marquis)

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The classic boutique Hollywood hotel's new SPA will be the exclusive West Coast purveyor of the Erbe, the first Italian beauty center in America.

Roman Emperor Nero said, 'sanitas per aquas,' which means 'health through waters' thus the acronym 'spa'. I designed full aqua-tiled walls in a dramatic river effect.

Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is pleased to announce the opening of SPA (at Sunset Marquis), a place of peace and wellness nestled in the hotel's Villa Garden as the final step in its unparalleled expansion. The hotel is introducing celebrated NYC institution, Erbe (a true "Erboristeria" in the Italian tradition) exclusively to the West Coast for the first time. Erbe's owner and SPA consultant, Rome native Carmen Miraglia, studied herbology, the Italian tradition of using botanicals to soothe the skin, under Umbrian monks. Erbe (Italian for "herb") has customized ancient recipes from Italy's rich herbal tradition that dates back to the Renaissance when monasteries were the centers of herbal knowledge. "I feel SPA (at Sunset Marquis) is the final chapter to complete the Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas' transformation into an elite full service luxury destination. I am excited to offer SPA guests exclusive Erbe products and treatments formulated on sacred ancient recipes and cultivated from proprietary farms in Basilicata, Calabria, Tuscany and Umbria. The rich terroir of these hallowed growing sites allows Erbe to cultivate base herbs of purity and concentration unrivalled by any other," said Rod Gruendyke, GM of Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas.

SPA (at Sunset Marquis) is owned by Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas, designed by Oliva Villaluz, the designer of all of the other aspects of the hotel's recently completed expansion, and is built by Nadel architects. SPA is managed by Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas under the direction of GM Rod Gruendyke. 1,800 square feet encompasses 4 private treatment rooms, 2 manicure/pedicure stations as well as 2 generous 5 feet by 8 feet shower rooms with 1 additional regular size shower, all with rain showerheads. In addition, the Villa Pool will be an extension of SPA. Hotel guests and non-residents can enjoy treatments as well as the special SPA menu designed by Executive Chef Guillaume Burlion, (recipient of the highly coveted Michelin rating) at the private Villa poolside cabanas. Porsche, the luxury automotive company, is the designer of the plush leather spa furniture. Villaluz creatively used variations of aqua iridescent tiles to envelope the interior of SPA. She says, " Roman Emperor Nero said, 'sanitas per aquas,' which means 'health through waters' thus the acronym 'spa'. I designed full aqua-tiled walls in a dramatic river effect."

About Erbe:
Erbe is recognized as the only brand reflecting the values of the authentic Italian beauty culture and has a deep comprehensive knowledge of the organic process and plant transformation, specializing in active principles of organic botanical blends. Erbe's philosophy and its products have their origins in the work of 16th century Italian herbalists, physicians and herbalist monks from celebrated monasteries. http://www.erbespa.com

About The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas:
The Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas is a private sprawling Mediterranean style all-suite hotel that has just completed an unprecedented expansion. Accommodations range from 100 spacious suites in the main building and 10 detached, multi-room villas offering 52 one and two-bedroom suites with private patios and balconies that evoke the architectural style of the south of France. Steps from the Sunset Strip, it feels a world away, with five acres of lush gardens, koi ponds, waterfalls, stone paths, heated swimming pools, private cabanas, Bar 1200, SPA (at Sunset Marquis) and RESTAURANT (at Sunset Marquis) which is an indoor outdoor restaurant tended to by a Michelin rated Executive Chef, Hospitality Suite, 24-hour full menu room service, outdoor bar, weight room with cardiovascular equipment, 24-hour valet parking, garage that can accommodate 2 full size tour buses and NightBird recording studio and screening facility. The crown jewel of the property, the 2-story Presidential Villa, features 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, screening room, dining for 10, executive office, 2 walk-in closets and guest's choice of Bentley, SUV or limo. This villa is attended to by the 24-hour butler and can be accessed by a private elevator. http://www.sunsetmarquishotel.com

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