Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.
The aestheticians at Spa & Salon at the Golden Nugget take a novel approach to making guests feel like a million bucks—they cover them in gold. The spa's 24K Treatments use gold-infused products, which may smooth wrinkle lines and increase the likelihood of being mistaken for an Oscar statuette. Therapists perform these treatments, along with an array of other services tailored to women and men, either at their fourth-floor location or in the comfort of guests' rooms. Beyond treatments for the face, body, and nails, the spa offers visitors relaxing amenities including a sauna, whirlpool, and steam room. A fitness area supplies cardio machines with built-in LCD television displays and MP3 adapters, as well as a total-body gym and free weights for resistance workouts.
Nestled on the scenic shores of Reed's Bay, Seaview Resort ensconces guests in luxurious accommodations that spotlight picturesque panoramas. The historic hotel's deluxe amenities and proximity to Atlantic City and Philadelphia have speckled its storied past with visits from famous entertainers, presidents, and royalty. Plush rooms are stuffed with high-speed wireless Internet, complimentary Lavazza coffee, ample furnishings, and a 27" flat-screen television ($159+). Additionally, Groupon guests will receive room upgrades to suites decked out with sitting areas and marble baths when available (a $100 value).
Pelle Day Spa's skin-savvy staff caters to cranky epidermises with an array of rejuvenating and refreshing facial treatments. During the 24-karat-gold facial mask, expert aestheticians channel the power of King Midas, mixing gold powder and silk extract to form a collagen mask while accidentally transforming their clothes into MC Hammer costumes. The one-hour treatment adds hydration, helping create springy skin with the aid of gold's age-defying properties. Before or after their indulgent spa interlude, bodies can bask by the coziness of the sitting room's fireplace, lounging with tea, finger sandwiches, and a jolly chorus of "Kumbaya."
Charles Dao has gained success as a physical trainer by following the rule that the body and mind need to be trained to work in tandem. He and his team focus on conditioning students, teaching them to efficiently use their bodies and to analyze the science behind each movement during the fun, energetic, and challenging sessions. By syncing the brain with physical training, athletes can learn which muscles to engage for faster sprints and greater flexibility. The iCON Sports Alliance staff also offers a variety of services such as youth sports training, hot yoga, and physical therapy.