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.
At this bright venue equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, patrons sip beer and nibble pretzels during various salon and spa services geared exclusively toward men. Expert staffers can cut and color hair, trim nails during mani-pedis, wax away unwanted fuzz, and soothe muscles during massages. Meanwhile, patrons stay entertained with a 46-inch flat-screen television as well as a foosball table with eight rows of foosmen sporting frosted tips.
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.
Each location offers the regenerative properties of various varieties of massage that make a soul vessel feel springtime fresh. Of your 90-minute massage session, 10 minutes are set aside for dressing time and a consultation with your therapist to ensure your massage is customized for you.
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.
Josh Chen of Vantis Therapeutic Massage began his career as an acupuncturist, regularly incorporating massage into treatments when humming whale songs didn't work. When Chen studied acupressure under a Taiwanese master, something clicked. Combining the techniques he learned in acupuncture and acupressure, as well as methods from tai chi, Chen was able to create his own massage style.
In the Chinese tradition, Chen performs each massage over clothing and without oils. He blends Western modalities such as deep tissue with Eastern tui na and acupressure to fit the client's needs. His relaxing studio is decorated with live plants, minimalist furniture, and earth tones.