Water's Edge Golf Club's championship-style golf course flaunts bent-grass greens and fairways lined with canopy-grown trees along 18 challenging holes of picturesque greenery. Measuring 6,904 yards from the back tees and 5,332 yards from the forward tees, the playable holes allow golfers of all skill levels to enjoy engaging in a round or flirting with eligible sand traps. Jump into a golf cart to drive, chip, and putt your way across natural grasses, protected wetlands, and dense forest thickets for two rounds on the beautiful par 72 course. Sitting on the banks of the Cal-Sag Channel, the club is located 30 minutes outside of downtown Chicago, allowing players a peaceful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city and the ball-guzzling potholes that frequently spoil games played on Wacker Drive.
Beyond framed reproductions of Renaissance-era paintings, a chandelier casts a serene glow over tufted leather chairs and glossy wood floors. It’s within this elegant setting that Italian-trained designers Francesco and Mimmo bring about equally upscale looks. They pull from 21 color techniques to add vibrancy to coifs, and inspire relaxation with facials, massages, and mani-pedis.
Owner Lisa Greene and the ace salon and spa specialists at Escape Luxury Salon & Day Spa have built up an impressive list of services aimed at relaxing and beautifying clients. Personnel sit down with patrons to determine which treatments best suit their needs, from hairstyling and highlighting to nail enhancement, exfoliating facials, or muscle-soothing massages. During treatments, they use high-quality products from brands such as Epicuren and OPI, which are available for purchase in the salon's boutique. The salon’s view of a nearby harbor, the Ventura mountains, and hiking hypnotists ruffling leaf piles into heart shapes contributes to the serene air that permeates the space.
Before hitting the beach, clients flock to Endless Summer Tanning Centers to bestow golden hues onto their limbs or help their efforts to shed a few pounds. The boutiques' high-end tanning equipment lends comely color to skin, distributing rays throughout the whole body or solely on the legs to match gams with tan faces for more convincing sawing-a-body-in-half magic tricks. Customers can diminish cellulite with Beauty Angel red-light therapy, which boosts collagen and the regeneration of skin cells. Staffers also aid in readying bodies for the beach with Formostar body wraps, which use infrared heat to stimulate metabolism. A single 60-minute session can blast up to 1,400 calories via the wrap's nonallergenic, silicone material.
Only a stone toss from Hollywood Beach sits Mi-Lash, where certified lash stylist Michelle outfits eyes with high-end Xtreme Lashes extensions. By adhering these synthetic lashes one-by-one to the client’s natural strands, Michelle can engineer a voluminous look without the mess of mascara or the blinking restrictions of taping a moustache to your eyelids. Michelle can also cultivate a sun-kissed glow with one her personalized spray-tan sessions. Michelle works under the auspices of Jo Mousselli, who insists on rigorous safety training for the staff, and founded the studio after spending almost a decade as a registered nurse at Texas Children's Hospital.
Like its name, Chiropuncture, Inc. is a hybrid. Only the two distinct things the center combines aren't acupuncture and chiropractic—those practices often go hand-in-hand—but rather a holistic medical clinic and a traditional spa. The former is the domain of Doctor of Chiropractic Danny Lai, who has been running a chiropractic clinic since 1997, and has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2005. Dr. Lai sees each chiropractic patient personally, adapting his treatment regimen to the patient's specific maladies, be they arthritis and migraines or ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia. He speaks English, Vietnamese, and Spanish, so communicating with him is easier than talking to a fern that only knows Swahili.
The second side of the center, the spa, has some reassuring credentials of its own. It uses the popular Dermalogica line of products in its skincare services, which include a Power Regeneration treatment for mature skin and a revitalizing eye rescue that erases the dark circles that appear under eyes when you haven't had enough rest or have fallen for the old "inky kaleidoscope" trick again. The rest of the menu is a grab bag of waxing services, massages, and synthetic-lash and makeup applications.