By Joyell Nevins
When the Westgate Hotel was renovating its accompanying property into a fitness and wellness center, the company wasn’t just thinking of future hotel guests. It had a much closer view in mind.
“It was always intended to be more for the local community,” General Manager Richard Cox said.
And so AquaVie Fitness & Wellness Club went from a place to serve less than 800 hotel guests to a $14 million facility designed to be the premier Downtown heath space.
While the rooftop pool has been available for private gatherings since 2014, the four-story center opened its interior to the general public just last month.
While the Westgate’s décor draws inspiration from an earlier century, with antique furniture and elaborate chandeliers, AquaVie’s is anchored solidly in the contemporary.
Modern furniture, clean lines, plenty of natural light and calming colors of blue and silver fill the space.
In keeping with the theme of “Water is Life,” an indoor waterfall cascades from the top floor to the main lobby. On the roof grows a “Living Wall” — a vertical garden/art sculpture that incorporates multiple plant species.
“It creates an atmosphere of lounging and relaxation,” Cox said.
The hot tub and chaises, also on the roof, help with that relaxation. If you’re looking for more activity, swim in the Junior Olympic-size lap pool, run on the track or take a spin in the outdoor cardio studio.
Yes, you can swim laps or spin on the cycle while overlooking the Horton Plaza and Gaslamp Quarter. The setup allows the rooftop space to feel both private and part of everything at the same time.
In the summer, the Westgate and AquaVie will be hosting poolside services and a jazz concert series on the roof as well.
The workout can also be completely indoors, with more than 200 pieces of fitness equipment by Irongrip, Precor’s Experience, and what Cox refers to as the “Ferrari” of gym equipment, Technogym.
The strength training equipment is spread out over two different studios. The cardio choices come with personal TV screens, a customized workout library and USB portals.
You can even download an app to pull in your favorite hike or track your treks. Run or swing while overlooking Broadway Avenue, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows.
On the other side of the wellness spectrum is a full-service spa located in the AquaVie building.
The spa includes four treatment rooms, a special couples’ treatment room and designated lounge area.
It offers everything from nail and massage services to waxing and specific facials. Both of the spa’s product lines and many of the fitness equipment come imported from Italy.
“The spa is one of my favorite places (in the center),” Cox said. “It is very sleek and luxurious.”
Conclude your time at AquaVie in the locker area.
The ladies’ locker room includes a steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy circuits for pain relief and treatments, and vanity stations with and without blow dryers.
The men’s locker room features a hot tub, steam room and sauna. Both also boast several full-length mirrors with televisions imbedded in them.
AquaVie offers several monthly membership packages based on amenities included. Learn more about package options or book a spa appointment by contacting Emily Talbot, Director of Fitness and Wellness services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-557-3615. You can also send a message on Facebook at AquaVie Wellness.