Luxury Spas: Eco-conscious fitness buffs can rejoice, Ocean Spa & Fitness, is now open at the luxurious Loews Santa Monica hotel.

Over 7,000 square feet of space are dedicated to embracing the nurture and nature.

According to Bill Doak, general manager of Loews Santa Monica Beach

Hotel, As we continue to invest in our hotel, we feel a strong sense

of responsibility to help protect our planet. This project allows us to

be environmentally responsible while still providing a luxury spa

experience for our hotel guests, spa members and local residents.

The new spa is just one of the stages in the hotel's $7

million planned renovation. The remodel is set to include: a facelift

on the exterior to provide an even more luxurious arrival for guests as

well as new lobby and pool furniture, guestroom bathroom upgrades and

meeting space enhancements.

The new renovations to the spa include green building

materials, including the use of Ecoresin panels made from 40-percent

post-industrial recycled resin, Armstrong sustainable ceiling tiles,

reclaimed-wood furniture pieces, Mondo recycled rubber floors and Shaw

carpet with Cradle to Cradle Certification.

New spa experiences also take on nature, including the Aroma

Synergy massage and Stream of Consciousness scalp treatment

incorporate certified organic essential oils by Red Flower, an

eco-responsible company that uses sustainably harvested ingredients,

biodegradable products and recycled packaging.

The Ocean Spa's four treatment rooms also offer other unique

experiences, including: Moor mud wraps, buff body treatments, beauty

flash facials and the signature Beachcomber massage. Each treatment

utilizes elements of nature and many feature products from Pevonia

Botanica, a member of the Organic Trade Association. Pevonia strives to

maintain balance in the environment, and to do so they use paraben-free

and chemical-free products, post-consumer recycled bottles and

biodegradable packaging.

The new fitness center, which has been recognized as one of

the nation's best hotel fitness centers, has also been redone. New

equipment includes a range of cardio equipment by Technogym, including

six treadmills, seven elliptical machines, three exercise bikes, one

rowing machine, one Excite top hand machine and two cardio waves - each

equipped with an iPod docking station and personal television. Guests

can also enjoy three interactive Expresso bikes, which invite

competitive side-by-side racing experience. The spacious new fitness

center also has a group fitness studio, which offers a variety of

classes, including yoga, spinning, dance, mat Pilates and body


Also included in the new Ocean Spa is a salon, offering spa

manicures and pedicures and a full-service hair salon with cutting,

coloring and styling services. Guests will also enjoy the expansive

retail boutique in addition to comfortable men's and women's lounges

with dry saunas and eucalyptus steam rooms, personalized fitness

programs, nutritional coaching and educational seminars.

The hotel's location on the sand and surf of Santa Monica's

beachfront makes time spent at Ocean Spa & Fitness an extraordinary