Spa at Mohegan Sun
in Uncasville, Connecticut
Register visited this Casino Spa in Southeast Connecticut in December 2002
had been on the road for over five hours. Traffic around Danbury and Hartford
was horrible. I knew better than to hit those areas at rush hour (3-7pm). I was
thrilled when I got off I-395 at the Uncasville exit. Mohegan
Sun appeared suddenly out of the forest
like a tall splinter of glass piercing the sky. I don't know what I was expecting,
but this wasn't it. I pulled up to the valet parking and headed into the monolith.
I was delighted by the decor inside the Mohegan Sun. Wide strips
of birch "bark" are woven high on the lobby ceiling. The lobby is ringed
with towering, stylized trees
with beaded canopies. They surround mosaic paths of red ceramic and marble encircling
a large, gently overflowing pool. Comfortable sitting areas invite people strolling
by to sit under the trees and relax. The water from the pool flows underground
and emerges in a thundering waterfall
flanked by escalators. The water cascades to the lower level where there is a
high-end shopping mall anchored at each end by a casino. Across from this cascade
is a larger waterfall. Between the two is a very tall Dale Chihouly sculpture
of white and blue glass which reminds me of a geyser frozen in time.
I was just as pleased with my room. The furniture had an interesting
design. The view was lovely.
The bathroom was inviting with
a separate room for the WC, iridescent tiles in the floors and walls, sleek fixtures
and nice amenities. One note
of warning, though...the mini-bar under the television
is electronic. If you remove an item, it is automatically charged to your account
- even if you put it back. I was traveling with my 19 year-old son who had to
see and touch (but not consume) everything in the fridge. We had a bit of accounting
to do at check-out. By the way, there were no double/doubles when I checked in,
but they delivered a roll-away bed for my son in no time at all.
The entire third floor of the tower is occupied by the spa, salon,
pool and fitness center. Elemis Spa at Mohegan Sun was designed to echo the Mohegan
tribal culture. Each spa therapy room was named after a specific Moon, the time
keepers for Mohegan Indians marking changes in the seasons, mood and activities.
Each room also honors the Mohegan creation story with a suspended ceiling
frame that represents the sacred Grandfather Turtle - the original keeper
of time. The spa has a nice retail area and separate men's and women's locker
rooms - each with changing area, vanity,
sauna, steam room, whirlpool
and relaxation lounges with
refreshment bar. There are 16
treatment rooms including a
couples, a facial and two suites. The Mother Sky Suite has a treatment
table and a large whirlpool.
Father Sky Suite is equipped
with a shower, dry pack and treatment table. This is where I had my treatment
- the Purification Ritual.
Purification Ritual Treatment, like all Elemis signature services, was a ritual
journey beginning with a "Welcome Touch" to get me in the spa frame
of mind and ending with "Awareness" to gently bring me back from my
"travels." After the Welcome Touch, I was given a dry brush followed
by a Lime and Ginger Salt Glow to exfoliate and improve circulation. [The essential
oils used throughout the treatment are Elemis' own premium grade made from the
best product at the best harvesting time which allows deeper absorption.] This
was followed by a Cellutox Aroma Spa Ocean Float. I started on the massage table
and was covered with marine extracts and an essential oil blend containing fennel
for colon cleansing and juniper, a diuretic, to give my body a kick-start. I was
advised to drink lots of water following the treatment. I then moved to the dry
float bed where I lay on a flat hard surface which slowly lowered me until I was
suspended in and enveloped by what I can only compare to a water bed. It was warm
and comfortable - like a cocoon. The warmth helps the products absorb into the
skin deeper. While I was in the dry float, my scalp was massaged. Heavenly! When
it was over, I headed to the shower to rinse off with terry mittens and lots of
warm water. I again relaxed in the dry float then had a lovely, relaxing citrus
Well-Being Massage. In addition to bolsters to support under the knees and ankles,
shoulder bolsters were used while I was on my stomach during the massage. This
was the first time I had shoulder bolsters used and, at first, I thought they
were unnecessary. However, at the end of the massage, when they were removed,
I could really tell how much value they added to the massage. I highly recommend
their use! All in all, I enjoyed and savored this treatment for two and a half
hours. It was relaxing and detoxifying.
Salon has stations for hair,
manicures and pedicures
as well as two facial treatment
rooms. My son had an Elemis Healing Facial for Men in one of those treatment
rooms. He loved the treatment - a 50-minute therapeutic facial designed to cleanse
the male complexion. Soothing rosemary, thyme and lavender premium grade essential
oils were used to treat and restore congested skin, easing sensitivity and shaving
irritation. I bought him an Elemis Men's Collection home care kit (containing
Dual-Action Cleansing Wash, Aching Muscle Super Soak, Energising Skin Scrub, Sharp
Shower and Skin Survival Cream) which he has used faithfully since the visit.
I think his skin looks markedly healthier. He is very happy with the results.
However, he noted that he could hear all of the hubbub of the salon during his
facial - dryers, chit chat, etc.. I recommend you request the facial room in the
spa for any facial treatments you may schedule. There's only one, so be sure to
book it well in advance.
pool is large - good for laps.
The area also has a whirlpool and snack
bar. The pool is free of charge for registered guests of the hotel.
Fitness Center has LifeFitness equipment, lots of treadmills
and eliptical machines, a circuit
(concentrated on upper body - not too many leg machines), a spinning
room and a spa pod. Use
of the fitness center was free if you had spa treatments, which both my son and
I did. However, my husband stayed there two weeks after our visit and did not
have a spa treatment. He wanted to use the fitness center but was told there would
be a charge of $15 for one day or $25 for the entire stay even though he was a
guest of the hotel. He chose not to. However, I think he would have ended up ahead
if he had spent an hour or so at the fitness center instead of the casino!
those with younger children (six weeks to twelve years), Mohegan Sun offers Kids
Quest, a great place for them to have fun while you visit the spa or casinos.
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Address: 1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard, Uncasville, CT 06382
Web Site: http://www.mtga.com/
Service Charge: A 15% service charge will be added to services.
Minimum Age: Spa guests must be 18 years old to use the facilities
and have private spa treatments. Children of any age are permited to have salon
services when accompanied by an adult.
Cancellation Policy: 4
hours notice is required for all cancellations. Cancellations not made within
this time frame will be charged the full price of the service. If you re-schedule,
there will be a $35 service charge. If you are pre-booking appointments, do not
assume your flight will arrive on time.
Elemis Spa and Fitness
Center Pass: You can purchase a pass to the spa for either a dor or the duration
of your stay. Your pass includes full use of the relaxation areas, sauna, steam,
refreshments, access and use of gymnasium and selected aerobics classes. Robes,
slippers, and sundry items are provided for your comfort. Complimentary use of
the facilities, either before or after scheduled spa therapies is offered to all
guests who have either a full body or facial treatment.
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