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Elements Spa in Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, New Jersey
Julie Register visited this resort spa in January 2013

It's been 40 years since I last visited this part of New Jersey. Skiing at Vernon Valley was a great winter weekend activity during my junior high and high school years. We'd leave school on Friday afternoon, drive about an hour and a half and ski all evening on the lighted slopes. Much has changed in the passing years. Vernon Valley and nearby Great Gorge no longer exist. They have been replaced by Mountain Creek Ski Area. Other changes include the addition of eight golf courses, four lodges, a number of restaurants, a bike park, a water park, lots of real estate development and...two spas. It was, of course, the spas that brought me back. I experienced both.

Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, New Jersey

My first appointment was at Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa. Elements Spa is located on the lower level of the hotel. I went down the stairs, let the gym attendant know where I was going and passed through the turnstile. The entrance to the spa is at the back corner of the large gym. Fortunately, once through the spa doors, I never knew the gym was there.

Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Entrance to Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa

I checked in at the reception desk, filled out a short form and was escorted to the women's locker room down a curving hallway lit with softly glowing amber colored walls. I thought it was a nice transition into the spa proper.

Hallway to Locker Rooms, Lounge and Treatment Rooms in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Hallway to Locker Rooms, Lounge and Treatment Rooms in Elements Spa

We passed through a curtain of metal beads that separated the hallway from the lounge area and the door to the women's locker room.

Women's Locker Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Women's Locker Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa

Once in the locker room, I was given a key to a locker and a copy of my itinerary. I exchanged my clothes for the soft microfiber & terry robe and sandals that were in my locker. I was a little challenged by the high tech features in this area. I had to ask the attendant how to get the water to come on in the lovely copper sink (wave your hands behind the spout - not intuitively obvious).

Copper Sink in Women's Locker Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Copper Sink in Women's Locker Room in Elements Spa

While there were showers, there was no sauna or steam room. I didn't miss them. I relaxed in the lounge and enjoyed a cup of tea sweetened with little red and purple chips. As the dehydrated chips became wet, they unfurled into tiny flower petals - rose and violet - that floated to the top of the tea. Nice touch!

Lounge in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Lounge in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa

My esthetician, Patty, came to collect me before long. She escorted me down the hallway to my treatment room. The back wall of the room was a hand-painted in soft, earthy colors. I found it very grounding and relaxing.

Facial Treatment Room in the Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Facial Treatment Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa

I was having the Spa Potion Facial - a facial that is customized to the guest's specific needs. After I got settled onto the treatment table, Patty cleansed my face, covered my eyes and took a look at it under a bright light. She recommended a deep cleansing and anti-aging facial. That sounded fine with me. A number of steps followed - each with a different and very pleasant aroma, along with a periodic break for warm, moist towels to remove product. Patty also massaged my neck and shoulders while a product was working on my face. She did the same with my arms. After massaging each arm, she placed a warm, moist towel over it. Nice touch! When she finished the facial, she told me she used glo therapeutics products and recommended that I leave them on that day as long as possible, so the anti-oxidants, peptides and Vitamin C could have maximum effect. She also recommended two products for home: 1) Conditioning Hydration Cream to hydrate, strengthen and fortify dry skin with an antioxidant-rich blend of moisturizing ingredients and 2) the anti-aging Super Serum to help tighten and strengthen the skin's cell matrix. She left the room, so I could put my robe on.

Hallway from Treatment Rooms to Lounge and Foot Soak Area in the Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Hallway from Treatment Rooms to Lounge and Foot Soak Area in Elements Spa

Patty was waiting for me on the other side of the door with a champagne flute of water. She escorted me to the foot soak area where Katie was waiting for me. Patty and I said our goodbyes, then Katie asked if I would like to have a foot soak - a ritual the spa offers everyone after their treatments. I said I would, and she pulled aside the beaded curtain allowing us to pass through.

Foot Soak Area in the Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Foot Soak Area in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa

Katie invited me to sit down and test the temperature of the water. It was perfect. She added salt and rose petals to the warm water, and I put my feet in. She offered to get me a cup of tea, which I accepted. I sat there and sipped my tea for 10 or 15 minutes. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have had lots of foot soaks before treatments. It is a hospitality custom that has its roots in ancient civilizations. This was the first time I had one after a treatment. When the soaks have come first, they've been part of the treatment time, and while pleasant, I alway felt that they shortened the actual service. However, they did provide an opportunity for the provider to ask questions to optimize and personalize the treatment and for me to relax.

The soak after the treatment gave me time to continue the relaxation created by my treatment but also allowed me to savor the treatment, recover, reawaken and slowly emerge from my super-relaxed state - an essential element of any spa treatment that is too often overlooked. This foot soak was not part of the treatment time. There was no rush. It really was a wonderful way to end my experience at Elements Spa.

Elements Spa has a total of nine treatment rooms including facial, massage, wet, couple's and the signature Elemental Journey couple's suite. It also has areas for makeup, hair, nail, waxing services.

Massage Treatment Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Massage Treatment Room
Couple's Treatment Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Couple's Treatment Room

Wet Treatment Room in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
Wet Treatment Room

The Elemental Journey Couple's Suite is comprised of four private and separate areas.

Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
1. A massage room for two where couples receive a relaxing side-by-side back and neck massage and a body polish to exfoliate and detoxify.

Soaking Tub in the Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
2. A spacious soaking tub where couples are massaged by cascading waterfalls and relax in swirling mineral waters.

 

Wet-Treatment Sanctuary in the Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
3. The wet-treatment sanctuary provides moisturizing steam and gentle rain showers. Couples apply nutrient-rich mineral muds to each other to replenish and condition skin.

Shower in the Elemental Journey Couple's Suite in Elements Spa at Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon, NJ
4. Showers with natural washes and emollients.

Other treatments available at Elements Spa at the time of my visit include:

Body Treatments

  • Native Spirit Wrap
  • Detoxifying Mineral Mud
  • Crystal Salt Glow
  • Elements Body Polish
  • Moisturizing Mountain Rain

Massage Therapy

  • Shared Tranquility
  • Sacred Stone
  • Deep Tissue
  • Sports Therapy
  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy
  • Therapeutic
  • Golfer's Delight
  • Maternity
  • Indulgent Additions

Signature Treatment For Two

  • Elemental Journey For Two (2 hours)
  • Elemental Journey For One (2 hours)

Day Collections

  • Day Dream (6 hours)
  • Earth Elements (5 hours)
  • Mom's Time-Out (4 hours)
  • Fitness Renewal (3 hours)
  • Gentlemen's Journey (3 hours)
  • Elements Escape (2.5 hours)
  • Sport N' Spa (full day)

Skin Care

  • Radiance Jessner
  • Copper Firming
  • Enzyme
  • Glycolic Peel
  • Lactic Acid Peel
  • Vitamin C Facial
  • Clear Skin
  • Sensitive Skin Calming
  • Glo
  • Back Treatment
  • Spa Potion Facial
  • Gentlemen's Facial
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Series of 6 Microdermabrasion

Enhancements

  • Vitamin C Hand Repair
  • Restorative Eye
  • Hydrating Lip
  • Pure Collagen
  • Décolleté Treatment

Hands & Feet

  • Polish Change
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • French Polish Change
  • French Manicure
  • French Pedicure
  • Elements Hand Ritual
  • Elements Foot Awakening
  • Golfer's Foot Renewal

Hair Services, Waxing

More Information

Contact
Elements Spa in Minerals Resort & Spa at Crystal Springs Resort
 Address: 2 Chamonix Drive & State Route 94
Vernon, New Jersey 07462

Phone:  855-748-7584
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Click HERE to read an informative article about the history of the Vernon Valley and Great Gorge ski areas.


FYI

  • Check-In... Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled services. Your prompt arrival is greatly appreciated. As a courtesy to the next scheduled guest, your treatment will end on time, regardless of when your service began.
  • For Your Convenience... Elements provides robes, slippers, lockers, showers, towels, hair and body products and hair dryers.
  • For Your Comfort... To preserve Elements’ tranquil environment, please leave pagers and cell phones turned off. To ensure a pure environment, Elements has a nonsmoking and no alcohol policy. Pets are not permitted.
  • For Your Protection... Elements is not responsible for loss or damage to personal articles. Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
  • For Younger Guests... Young adults age 13-17 may engage in limited spa services as determined by Elements. Proper behavior is required at all times.
  • Cancellation... In the event that you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please contact an Elements’ reservationist at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time. If notification is not received within the 24 hours, you will be charged the full cost of the service.
  • Tax and gratuity are not included in the cost of services. Gratuities are greatly appreciated.
  • Payment... A credit card is needed to hold all appointments.

Photos copyright Julie Register 2013

As is common in the travel industry, Julie Register was provided with a complimentary spa treatment at Elements Spa for the purpose of reviewing that service. While it has not influenced this review, she believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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