Little Bo Peep would feel right at home. Those facing layovers at LAX can get that cozy feeling at the nearby and new Custom Hotel, where the lobby offers sheep-shaped stools to rest yourself after a long flight. Equally out of the ordinary are the tube socks, neon-pink tape and model airplanes in the mini-bar. In addition to its hip quirks, this boutique hotel offers a good night’s sleep at affordable rates (starting at a $149-a-night Park & Fly special) with a sweet view of the L.A. skyline. Best of all, you and your flock baa-rely have to leave the airport. And it’s pet-friendly.
8639 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles
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The rubdowns at CariÃ±o Massage in Beverly Hills borrow from both the Mayan and Papil Indian traditions. Creator Johnny Ray Nelson offers only one specialty – and he makes it very special – in his candlelit, high-end parlor. “CariÃ±o Massage is the most transforming massage,” reads the Web site’s description, “and its value can be traced back to the beginning of history.” For us, tracing it to Beverly Hills is good enough.
9478 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 307
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Dreamers Take Wing
Really want to feel like Peter Pan? Here’s your chance. Promising excitement, adrenaline and adventure, iFLY Hollywood utilizes a vertical wind tunnel – which the Wall Street Journal described as looking like “a spaceship” – to move air up in a column and offer you the best possible flight experience for indoor skydiving. (Propelling you are four fans of up to 1,200 horsepower that can produce a 180-m.p.h. wind current – enough wind resista nce to simulate free fall.) Located within walking distance of the main entrance of Universal Studios, in the shopping and eating area CityWalk, iFLY Hollywood provides (if you’re brave enough to open your eyes) a 360-degree view of the promenade below, for $39.95. Catt Sadler from E! has been known to hop in, and discounts are available for birthday parties.
1000 Universal City Plaza, City Walk, Universal City
online reservations: www.iFLYHollywood.com
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