In between work by Edward Steichen and Ansel Adams, Mark Jordan's photographic reproduction of Georges Seurat's "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jette" hangs on permanent display in the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Being showcased beside such luminaries is only one of many honors bestowed on Mark throughout his career—he's also received 11 Loan Collection Awards and was a three time honoree at Epcot Center’s World’s Greatest Photographers exhibit.
Since 1981, he's honed his photographic talents at Mark Jordan Photography, where he crafts traditional and storytelling portraits of families, high school seniors, kids, and couples as well as capturing headshots for business and the arts. Whether in his studio or on location at beaches, parks, and homes, Mark and his wife Kari arrange subjects into unlimited groupings, capture the moment and come away with ample exposures that they later enhance with touch-ups. Businesses such as Tiffany's and Toyota have also commissioned Mark for his headshots, which he retouches with minimal edits or in-depth strokes by whitening teeth, reducing jowls, or enhancing jowls on Nixon impersonators.
Inside the Ayres Hotel and Spa in Mission Viejo, Athena Spa is a calming oasis with large and spacious cream-colored rooms. The full-service spa upgrades traditional spa treatments with deluxe add-ons. Facials, for example, intensify with the addition of freeze-dried seaweed compresses or the rejuvenating extracts of caviar and pearls. The contents of body wraps appear to be plucked from a five-star restaurant, with ingredients such as crème fraîche, papaya, pineapple-salt mousse, and pomegranate. In their signature massage, therapists don’t restrict customers to a single style of touch, but combine several modalities, including Swedish, shiatsu, deep tissue, and the grizzly-bear womp. In addition to these aesthetic treatments, an onsite yoga studio invites customers to relax from the inside out.
Sitting pretty in the Saddleback Mountains, Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo indulges its patrons with modern suites and lavish amenities. Free high-speed Internet and a complimentary cooked-to-order American breakfast prevent the need to pilfer passwords and thrust eggs and bagels into barren coat pockets. Sink into the soothing arms of a king-size Ayres Dream Sleeper bed to enhance your REM cycle’s productivity. A bottle of sparkling wine and an appetizer from the hotel’s restaurant ($10 value) stand at the ready to keep neglected hunger pangs from consorting with troublemaking hunger gangs. With a late 2 p.m. checkout, customers can ease into the day or get a head start on the coming night’s slumber.
Located in Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo - South Orange County), Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo is convenient to Saddleback Church and O'Neill Regional Park. This spa hotel is within close proximity of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park and Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club.
Make yourself at home in one of the 90 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting, cotton sheets, and down comforters. Windows open to city and mountain views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while 32-inch flat-panel televisions with cable programming provide entertainment.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and wedding services. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 5 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, where you can enjoy drinks at a bar, take in a garden view, and even dine alfresco (weather permitting). You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary full breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Mission Viejo? This hotel has 1792 square feet (166 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.
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.
Robin Mikayla Brooks, owner of Victoria's Salon and Spa, has been in the hair-and-beauty biz for three decades and prides herself on beautifying clients. She and her team perform precision cuts and color services with nontoxic, ammonia-free product, in addition to European facials, waxing, nail services, and eyelash extensions. A blowout bar is also available.