Equinox opens in Marina Del Rey
Attention to the fitness club's seaside location starts at the entrance. Aaron Richter, Equinox vice president of design, points out that the check-in desk is made of fiberglass. "An homage to surfing," he said.
The beachy vibe continues throughout the airy, 30,000-square-foot club -- Equinox's 13th in Southern California. Retractable glass doors in the cafe (think roll-up garage doors made of glass) open out to the patio, and there's driftwood-colored paneling on some walls, hand-carved stone reminiscent of waves on the walls outside the men's and women's dressing rooms and cross-cut bamboo flooring in the yoga studio. Instead of a conventional ceiling, the main exercise studio has a room-size skylight, which suffuses the room with light. The cardio and weight areas are flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows.
There's no hiding from the light -- or the knowledge that it's time to get ready for that swimsuit.
13455 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey. (310) 306-1000. Open 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
-- Nancie Clare
Photo: The check-in desk at Equinox at Marina Del Rey. Credit: Nancie Clare / Los Angeles Times