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( The Ritz-Carlton )
Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey; (800) 241-3333; www.ritzcarlton.com
It wasn't what you'd expect from a place that has valet attendants in top hats, chandeliers in the elevator and china cabinets stationed in hallways. When I stepped out to the poolside party, I had to do a double take.
Well-built men with athletic "shirts" rendered in body paint and women in T-shirts bejeweled with the word "indulge" served cocktails while acrobats swirled on a rope rigged above the expansive pool. Across the way, model-beautiful athletes demonstrated the yoga and spinning workout hybrid called YAS that's featured in the new fitness center. Champagne glasses in hand, many of the 500 guests toured the hotel's latest addition, the $4-million gym and Boutique Spa.
-- Valli Herman
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