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Caviar dreams


By Kimberly A. Porrazzo
Published: September 01, 2011

There may be no more decadent indulgence than enjoying expensive caviar – that is, until you experience a caviar facial. Like bathing in a tub filled with champagne, the mere thought of painting one’s body with the prized black pearls simply reeks of luxury. And no one serves up it better than the spa estheticians at the exclusive Balboa Bay Club & Resort, in Newport Beach.
   
The pampering began as soon as I handed my car keys to the valet. The only true waterfront resort in Orange County (boats dock right in front of the hotel), the resort offers an ocean view that’s a sort of spiritual welcome. The rhythmic tide and cool ocean breeze were a prelude to the relaxing afternoon I was about to enjoy.
   
Prior to my treatment, I ventured into the eucalyptus-infused steam room. The scent in the mist-filled chamber was cleansing, and every pore on my body seemed to breathe easier. A short stint in the dry-heat sauna, followed by a dip in the whirlpool, and I was relaxed and ready for the main event: my caviar facial.
   
First came a thorough cleansing with Pevonia’s Timeless Balm Cleanser. Then a mixture that included crushed pearls was gently pressed onto my face with the promise of smoothing wrinkles and improving elasticity. Next, a layer of gauze, with cutouts for my eyes, nose and mouth, was placed over the pearl mixture. Finally came the cool and soothing black-as-tar caviar, which was painted on with smooth strokes.
   
While the caviar mask hardened, I enjoyed an arm-and-hand massage, and then my favorite, a leg-and-foot massage.
   
The Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar products are infused with marine and botanical ingredients that are said to increase oxygenation and suppleness. I’m a believer.
   
Ready to indulge? The spa is available to resort members and guests only, so you’ll have to book an overnight or weekend stay. Rooms start at $220 per night, and some great fall packages are available now.

What: Balboa Bay Club & Resort
Where: 1221 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach
Phone: 888.445.7153
Web: balboabayclub.com


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