It would be easy to devote weeks to exploring the Renaissance ClubSport's 75,000-square-foot facility—spending afternoons lounging poolside beneath the brilliant Orange County sun and taking meals at the sleek onsite restaurant. The club is an innovative fusion of fitness center, spa, and boutique hotel, complete with luxury suites, a 12,000-square-foot fitness center, and kids' club. Fitness seekers of all squares inhabit the athletic facilities, bustling away on ellipticals or playing rounds of racquetball. Others come for the more than 100 weekly fitness classes, which include yoga, Zumba, and extreme conditioning—a high-intensity combination of weight, cardio, and plyometric exercises. The fitness center is staffed by a team of expert trainers and nutrition coaches, who can advise clients on the best routes for reaching their health and wellness goals.
After workouts, guests unwind with a soak in the whirlpool before visiting the spa for a hot-stone massage or detoxifying mud body wrap. Then, it's on to the Citrus Fresh Grill for cocktails and a light dinner of Thai chicken lettuce wraps and grilled salmon. The club even offers a camp, which provides kids with recreational and educational activities while keeping them away from less constructive pursuits, such as watching TV or trying to convince their stuffed animals to do their chores.
If you trained in massage therapy every minute of every day for two weeks straight, you still wouldn't be close to matching the amount of training completed by the therapists at the Knotstop. These licensed and certified professionals all boast a minimum of 500 hours of training?in fact, when they're not at the Knotstop, they're sharing their services at some of the most highly regarded spas and physical therapy facilities.
That level of expertise is part of what makes the Knotstop's massages so luxurious. Therapists provide more than 15 modalities ranging from therapeutic to relaxation massage, eliminating the tension that can build up after a long day of remembering action-movie scenes. But the Knotstop doesn't stop at massages. It also offers customized facials, peels, and waxing, each of which uses organic products for a relaxing, natural spa experience.
Helmed by board-certified specialists, Facial Aesthetic Concepts was recently recognized as the Best Place for a Nip and Tuck in the Orange County Register's 2010 Best Of Orange County and enacts glowing dermises with a variety of services. Fit for any skin type, the seasonal signature facial fortifies human fabrics with a blend of deep pore cleansing, steam, exfoliation, and gentle-cycle hydration. Meanwhile, the ultimate one-hour chemical peel exorcises the specters of dead surface cells to help halt acne, rosacea, stage productions of Casper, and sun damage. Safe and effective laser systems penetrate the cheeks in the full-frame photofacial (IPL), which works to stimulate collagen production, mend broken capillaries, and minimize hyperpigmentation.
At Pure Skin Aesthetics and Hair Removal, aestheticians wield all-natural sugar paste as they depilate sensitive areas of the body. Sugaring?a method of hair removal that, like the phrase "lol," dates back thousands of years?is different than standard waxing. Rather than adhering to the skin, the sugaring paste only latches onto hair. This feature, in addition to the fact that hair is removed in the direction of growth, can reduce ingrown hairs, infections, and damage to the epidermis. Pure Skin provides this hair-removal service for both women and men.
At Beautiful Image, certified estheticians revitalize skin through quick, effective, and high-tech treatments. Energized wavelengths of electricity transform the skin through microcurrent sessions, changing the landscape of the skin and tightening loose dermis. Chemical peels hydrate and strengthen skin texture, with chemicals designed to soften wrinkles, erase acne scars, or fend off future breakouts.
At Velvet Skincare, beauty technicians "strive to provide a relaxing and comfortable environment." Guests are welcome to stop in for one of many facials, such as the glycolic facial, back facial, or young-adult facial. Hot waxes remove unwanted hair from the eyebrows, lips, eyeballs, cheeks, tongues, or bikini areas, and technicians work to tint eyelashes or brows.