Let's face it ladies, as loathsome as Valentine's Day might be to some singles, staying home to wallow in self-pity is terribly cliche. Instead, try skipping down to the curious, women-only retreat that is Olympic Spa.

But don't be fooled by the word "spa," 'cause if you're envisioning candlelit rooms with big, fluffy robes and piped-in new age music, you will be sorely disappointed. If, however, you are interested in visiting a tidy, no-nonsense, Korean bathhouse where a mere $15 grants you unlimited access to a variety of therapeutic saunas and baths, then you are in luck for Olympic Spa offers exactly that.

Especially interesting among their selection are the Oxygen/Bichotan Charcoal Therapy Room and the detoxifying Mugwort Tea Pool that is *this* close to being unbearably hot, but does wonders for the skin. For an additional cost, you can also indulge in a facial or massage.


A word to the wise: If it's your first time, don't be afraid to ask for a walk-through of the place, as there are some potentially confusing instructions to follow ("Your shoes go in this locker, but your clothes go in that locker over there. Then put your towel in this cubby over here...").

Olympic Spa gets major points for their complimentary valet parking and casual atmosphere, but the very best part is that everyone is totally rockin' (with their unmentionables) out. Even if you are a bit on the prudish side, you will find that walking around naked in such a secure, non-judgmental environment feels strangely empowering, and that feeling is particularly welcome on Valentine's Day.

Olympic Spa
3915 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019
"Simple Soak" ($15), no appointment necessary.
Appointment recommended for other spa services.