refresh After a long day of soaking up the sun or browsing the local shops and attractions, the resort’s Heavenly Spa by Westin is the perfect way to restore the body. Senses are stimulated from the moment you enter, with the peaceful sound of water and aromatic scents. Spa attendants greet guests with their choice of fruit-infused water or tea in the ultra-relaxing waiting room.
The 6,500-sq.-ft. Heavenly Spa by Westin features spacious treatment rooms, as well as separate men’s and women’s jacuzzis, steam rooms, and locker rooms. The spa menu offers a wide range of indulging treatments. The 50-minute Rollersage, for instance, puts a spin on the classic hot stone massage with heated, crystallized spheres rolled over the body to relax tight muscles and melt away tension. The Illumination, meanwhile, is a 50-minute facial that includes a gentle exfoliation using crushed pearl powder and mineral salts to smooth skin, followed by an intense oxygenation treatment.
This editor, however, particularly enjoyed the Lemon Verbena Body Polish. Ideal for the spa connoisseur, this 50-minute mild exfoliating treatment blends lemon verbena and gentle buffing grains with choice of scented extract (the lavender fragrance is a must-try) to soften skin. The treatment is then followed by a full body massage with creamy body balm.
Adjacent to the spa is the WestinWORKOUT Gym. This 1,425-sq.-ft. space features a wide range of strength training equipment and free weights, and cardio machines like treadmills, elliptical trainers, step machines and stationary bikes—each includes its own personal flat-screen TV to keep exercisers entertained. Fitness gurus will be happy to know that the gym is open 24 hours a day to resort guests 16 years and older.
For the resort’s younger guests, there’s the Westin Kid’s Club, where little ones can chill out while mom and dad enjoy some alone time. Open to children ages 4 to 12, the kids’ club offers such activities as board games, arts and crafts, and a Nintendo Wii. Healthy snacks are provided and supervised kid-friendly offsite excursions are also available.
The cost for a full-day visit (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) is $70, while a half-day (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m.) costs $35. Both programs include lunch and snacks. Additionally, a Kid’s Night Out program (includes dinner) is offered on Friday and Saturday nights (6 p.m.-9 p.m.) for $50.
Rates at The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale start at $189 in summer and $359 during peak season.
out and about in fort lauderdale From cultural attractions to boutiques, restaurants and plenty of nightlife, activities abound in Fort Lauderdale. Here are some options:
• Located in Fort Lauderdale’s Bahia Mar Resort, Tropical Sailing offers charter catamaran tours for individual guests and groups. Tours include snorkel tours, ocean cruises, sunset cruises, Intracoastal cruises and sail/kayak tours. Catamarans are complete with deck lounge, bar and restrooms.
• Art aficionados should definitely head to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale at Nova Southeastern University. With more than 21,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, the museum features a collection of over 6,000 pieces from artists around the world. Visitors can also check out American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, a major retrospective of Norman Rockwell’s work, on exhibit through Feb. 7, 2010.
• Also recommend your clients visit the Broward Center for Performing Arts, featuring year-round productions of world-renowned operas, symphonies and Broadway plays. March 16-18, visitors can check out the South Florida premiere of 4-time Tony award-winning production, “In the Heights.”