Living in LA can be very cliché. We all go to the beach every day. We know how to surf. We’re tan year round. And we definitely do juice cleanses on the regular. As it turns out, I don’t get to the beach as often as I’d like; I’ve been windsurfing on a lake in the mountains twice in my life; I’m tan the normal summer months; and I’ve never done a juice cleanse.
Though LA is full of tourists and tons of things for them to do, I find that I’m often skipping those activities to live my very normal life. Every once in awhile, however, soaking up some of that California sun in luxury is in order!
Last week, my blogger friend Kelly of Tasting Page and I did our own little ‘staycation’ at The Ritz Carlton in Marina del Rey via DayAxe – a brand new service where you buy day access to luxury hotels. It was the best mini LA getaway with almost no travel time!
With DayAxe, you pay a reasonable fee for two people (ours was $25 each) to use the amenities for the day.
Kelly and I showed up around 10 and immediately headed to workout. We put our belongings in the day spa lockers and hit the gym.
With towels and bottles of water on each machine, it was certainly a great atmosphere to burn a few calories. I used the free weights and weight machines before doing some pilates on the yoga mats.
Figuring we’d done our duty, we checked out the sauna and then headed out to the pool…
Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey
Though a bit windy during our staycation, relaxing poolside in the sun along the marina was nothing short of amazing. The water felt nice and the palm trees were perfectly picturesque.
Not surprisingly, we were hungry and ordered lunch poolside from the Wave Bar. They brought our salads and fries (my normal splurge-y M.O. midweek) right to us!
We enjoyed our leisurely lunch al fresco and spent a little more time by the pool before heading home to get back to work!
I thoroughly enjoyed our low key getaway across town, but we could have done so much more during our staycation. The pass also gives you the option to buy amenities, which at The Ritz Carlton included spa services as well renting tennis courts (with equipment) and bikes.
The biggest thing I’ll be going back to do is work in their lobby area, however. My productivity may take a small dip with the great views, but a change in workspace is always rejuvenating. And the business center is available to use as well in case anything major comes up!
DayAxe has hotels all across Southern California with new properties opening up – each with their own selling points! Prices range from $30-$50 for two people. Additional amenities and food are extra.
Thank you to DayAxe for sponsoring this honest DayAxe review. All opinions are of course my own!