MotorCity Casino Hotel puts a decidedly Detroit spin on its spa. The 8,000-square-foot D.Tour Spa defines urban luxury through private treatment rooms, thermal whirlpools, steam rooms and saunas, and rain shower facilities. The spa menu includes decadent treatments such as massages and body wraps. The Pink Cadillac Melt, for example, combines rose, geranium and ylang-ylang to hydrate and detoxify the skin.
In addition to its full complement of solo selections, this spa promotes packages for pairs. The D.Tour Couple’s Suite begins with a sense-awakening body scrub in a secluded two-room treatment area. A private soak together in an illuminated hydrotherapy tub is followed by an application of warm mud to detoxify, mineralize and revitalize. Step into the Rain Room for an hour-long rinse, and finish with the signature MotorCity massage. Tables embedded with speakers allow you to hear and feel carefully selected music while highly skilled specialists work to release tension and restore energy.
Guests are invited to combine their spa experience with a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center, outfitted with advanced equipment, including cardio machines mounted with personal entertainment systems. Complimentary bottled water and disposable ear buds are part of the package.
Stay-and-play packages also tempt visitors at the MGM Grand Detroit, which boasts the resort-style Immerse Spa. The 20,000-square-foot facility – which includes a Technogym fitness zone and an indoor infinity-edge pool – transports guests through a total sensory experience. An exclusive selection of seawater and marine extracts, exotic botanicals and customized aromatherapy treatments cover patrons from head to toe – from facials to pedicures.
The Immerse Spa’s Signature Ritual massage and facial include an Indian Jasmine body mist, inhalation breath therapy, a guided relaxation power nap, topped off by a Japanese tea ceremony. The Bejeweled Escape is a specialty treatment that begins with a golden body scrub exfoliation, followed by a warm cocooning wrap. After a relaxing soak under the Vichy shower, an attendant applies gold-flecked body oil and a light dusting of shimmering powder, leaving you glowing for the evening.
There’s a full-service salon to finish the look, and a special section called Emperor proves that men are more than welcome. The Smooth facial is tailor-made for those who endure daily shaving. The Repair massage includes hot mud to relax tight muscles. And the Player gives hardworking hands and tired feet some extra care.
Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit
Greektown Casino-Hotel presents the next best thing to an on-site spa: a ticket to paradise. Overnight guests will find a bed card detailing the decadent services they’re entitled to at special prices when they take a short walk west to the Woodhouse Day Spa Detroit. Named the top day spa chain in America by DaySpa magazine in 2009, the Woodhouse has been delighting those who work and play in downtown Detroit for years.
Aromatic scents and soft music fill the air upon entrance, in stark contrast to bustling Woodward Avenue outside. Each visit starts with a wardrobe change into a luxurious robe and sensei pressure-point sandals, followed by a calming cup of tea or glass of wine. General Manager Washington says a good deal of their out-of-town patrons are baseball, hockey or football widows who would rather spend a day at the spa than in the stands.
Many of them are tempted by the Volcanic Stone Massage, when a therapist glides heated stones over the body to deliver a penetrating warmth that soothes stress and summons calm. Also popular is the Chakra Aromatherapy Massage, during which stones are placed on the body’s seven Chakra energy points, creating balance.
Washington says men and women alike appreciate treatments such as these; the spa caters to groups of guys during bachelor party outings as well as couples looking for a romantic excursion. Whatever the case, the Woodhouse is happy to work with patrons to indulge their every need. “We turn to local vendors for flowers, champagne, specialty coffee – whatever our guests want and need to round out their visit,” Washington says. “We have so many wonderful businesses downtown, and we’re happy to share their premium products with clients.”