Recent stay on a TravelZoo deal - upgraded to The Water Club and spent much of the day at Borgata's Toccare spa.
Not having been to a casino before, this was much more fun than I anticipated. Room was spacious, updated, and very comfortable; bathroom large and luxurious (though operating the multi-head shower is a bit complicated). Rated 4 instead of 5 because some minor (but still noticeable, and mostly inescapable) housekeeping gaffes (debris on carpet, hair in bathroom). The casino was an experience (that I'd repeat). Ate at Blue Sea - yum! And, the comedy show was surprisingly entertaining. A great escape - can't wait to return to the Borgata/Water Club. (If you're looking for a Vegas-type experience, then best to go to Vegas; in the meantime The Borgata/Water Club will do! Though, doubt I'd pay the high season weekend prices.)
Since this was a girls' getaway, my friend and I booked spa packages at Toccare, the Borgata's spa. Appointments at 1, arrived at 11 (specifically to spend the day at the spa/pool before checking into the hotel - which I highly recommend), was welcomed into the spa (which involved paying for the services beforehand and adding the gratuity automatically; I was hesitant at first, but it actually works out great because when you're done, you float out on a cloud of relaxation without the deflation of payment at the end). We changed and headed to the pool, lounged, used the spacious whirlpool, and pre-relaxed for the spa. On a Sunday morning, the pool was fairly quiet (it fills as the day progresses and people surface from the previous night's festivities). Spa is well appointed with supplies, etc., and as seen in other reviews, it is a large spa that can serve high volumes. Though busy, I didn't feel it in the changing/bathroom area. I think the trick is arriving early (when others are still detoxing from the night before) and making a day of it between the spa, gym, and pool - you can stay as long as the spa complex is open. Lounging area has a supply of non-alcoholic water and juices and fruit to snack on, but it's not well suited for lounging long - it's much more of a waiting area and gets rather crowded later in the day. Had a scrub (my first) with Michael, which was relaxing, though not really a substitute for a massage. Facial with Deborah - delicious! So relaxing and extractions not tortuous - I highly recommend her. Finished with a pedicure (with a fantastic woman with remarkable body art whose name I do not remember), which was delightful (though, the sound from the personal tvs for each pedicure station detracted a bit from the overall relaxation). After, we headed back to the pool (still in our robes) for polish to set and to savor the pampered feeling. Like "ContinentCrosser", no bartender at the pool bar - but the spa ordered drinks for us via room service and it worked out fine. I would totally return. If you're looking for an intimate spa experience of smaller spas, go to your local day spa. If you want some "me time" amid the hustle and bustle of the casino, Toccare is for you!
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