At Brightwood Golf & Country Club, golfers drive and chip balls across 18 holes populated with lush fairways, challenging water hazards, and ball-trapping bunkers. The "Get Golfing" golf pass treats athletes to two free rounds of golf, two rounds of golf with the rental of a power cart, and additional discounts on greens fees and power-cart rentals. Amid looming trees and views of Halifax's harbour and skyline, players swing clubs or robotic arm attachments, whacking balls across the par 68 course, intricately co-designed in 1921 by prolific golf architect Donald Ross. Golfers are challenged to avoid wandering in the sand traps on Hole 3, falling from the tenth hole's two-tiered green, or plunging shots into the murky depths of the eighth hole's water hazard. At the close of 18 holes, golfers can sate appetites at the clubhouse restaurant.
For the specialists at Enlighten Laser, lasers are not simply a beauty tool, but a powerful ally in the fight against some of the skin's most prevalent problems. At each of their locations, the staff calls on many forms of this noninvasive technology—from hair and spider-vein removal to cellulite reduction and skin tightening—to tone, sculpt, and brighten clients' bodies, bringing out their natural beauty.
The clinics also possess a knack for traditional skin care. Their on-site aestheticians know that every client's skin is unique, much like every snowflake's 12-digit identification number. They demonstrate this philosophy by customizing each treatment to suit the client's skin type, skin tone, and beauty goals. Before administering any of their facials, body-slimming laser services, or IPL acne clearance treatments, the staff consults with clients about their history and answers any questions.
Sculptura Women's Fitness tends to each client's needs with fitness bootcamps and pilates sessions that emphasize small class sizes and personal attention. Fitness instructors aid participants in shedding pounds, decreasing stress, and increasing flexibility and strength.
Inside Smiles & Beauty Skin Care, a squad of oversized club chairs host guests during teeth-whitening treatments. Ten-minute sessions wipe away coffee, tea, and wine stains on the surface of teeth for a smile up to eight shades brighter. Smiles' aestheticians also perform refreshing facials after a consultation that allows them to analyze a client's skin and swap slow-cooker recipes. After a treatment, the client can browse the spa's extensive line of local and handmade creams, scrubs, and soaps.
• For $12, you get a full-day bike rental (a $25 value). • For $20, you get a general tune-up (a $40 value). Idealbikes' staff of cycling experts revamp wheels and lend out an array of fully serviced bicycles. During daily rentals, customers can pedal down side streets and jump goldfish-filled bathtubs on any of the shop's myriad used bikes less than $500. Meanwhile, an included lock clasps wheels to nearby security guards, and a provided helmet cushions falling heads. Tune-ups commence as bike gurus fine-tune brakes and shifting, adjust the hub and bottom bracket, and then check the bike's tire pressure. Fresh oil lubricates the seat posts, pedals, and chain, and tools securely fasten all hardware. Finally, cycle docs wipe down and test-drive rides. Cycle parents can usually pick up their bikes the next day.