Rooftop pool at AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club. Courtesy photo

A $14 million, four-level, 40,000-square foot wellness club has opened in downtown San Diego with the hopes of getting guests fit and pampered.

AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club, which is adjacent to the Westgate Hotel on Broadway Avenue, recently opened after being in development since 2012.

“From a hotel guest standpoint, it is one of the finest all-encompassing fitness and spa experiences available,” Richard Cox, general manager, said. “For local residents who become members, the club offers all of the finest cardio, strength and personal instruction available combined with the services and amenities of a luxury hotel to be experienced 365 days a year.”

Cox said the hotel originally hired a company to develop the luxury fitness center and spa in 2012, but ultimately took over the project. The hotel sought out the help of architectural firms and fitness and spa consultants to develop the final concept, he said.

Cox said the hotel felt there was a demand to develop a concept such as AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club, not just for San Diegans but for travelers.

“We are able to offer a wide variety of services to both members as well as our hotel guests,” Cox said. “We feel that a need exists for travelers to maintain their healthy lifestyle when traveling for either business or leisure and that AquaVie in conjunction with The Westgate Hotel offered a solution.”

The final concept is a state-of-the-art wellness center with top of the line fitness equipment, instructional training and spa that provides an urban oasis.

Signature details of the wellness club include a silver travertine and glass stairway, custom contemporary furnishings and cabinetry, luxe hues of white, arctic blue and brown throughout the center and an impressive three-story water wall.

“I really like the clean lines and modern feel of the design,” Cox said. “The blending of blue glass, natural stones and wood tones lend to a peaceful feeling. The natural light on the main exercise deck overlooking the tree-lined view of Broadway and of course the roof deck pool with the views of the city.”

The goal of the wellness club is to enhance any guest’s experience, Cox said.

“Our hope is that guests of the hotel enjoy this new space and it enhances their business or leisure experience of the hotel and San Diego,” Cox said. “For local residents, we hope that members feel a sense of accomplishment and belonging to a more rounded approach to a total wellness approach that supports a social experience.”

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