Story by Barbara Angelakis
Photos by Manos Angelakis
Mount Airy Casino Resort
44 Woodland Road
Mt. Pocono, Pa 18344
Mount Airy Casino Resort & Spa Revisited
In 2012 we visited the newly built Mount Airy Casino Resort in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. The original famous property had been acquired in 2005 by the local DeNaples family who raised the old building to the ground to build a contemporary luxury hotel with gourmet restaurants, full service salon and spa, and state-of-the-art casino. Now after another massive infusion of funds, the property is well on its way to being the premier resort in the Poconos.
The rooms have been frequently refurbished so in addition to being attractively decorated they are fresh and clean with comfortable beds, high-end amenities and a goodly supply of hangers in the closet, full length mirrors on the walls, a large en-suite safe, and state-of-the-art electronics. There is actually an alarm clock easy to operate and accurate, a rarity in so many luxury properties.
Our room faced the 18-hole golf course that is three miles of challenging scenic terrain and the newly finished golf club house and pro shop that is just on the rise across the lake. The club house has a full service restaurant.
The restaurant row around the perimeter of the casino has been redesigned and now features Lucky 8 an upscale Asian restaurant that replaced the more modest Noodle Bar, and Bistecca by Il Mulino a high-end Italian steakhouse with cuisine from Abruzzo. Additionally, there is Mt. Pocono Kitchen by Guy Fieri and the ubiquitous casino Buffet with something for everyone. (see Restaurant Notes) But the major new and exciting addition is the bar Get Wet located in the recently completed indoor/outdoor pool complex like no other… at least not in the northeast.
The poolside bar offers bar service in the luxurious cabanas with daybeds built right over the pool. Entering the huge glass greenhouse shaped structure with its distinct Caribbean resort feeling is a delightful surprise. During the warm weather it can be opened to join the outdoor pool with its view over the lake beyond, and can be separated during the winter for cozy comfort. You can enter the pool directly or through the spa. Since I was there to experience some of the new spa treatments, I entered through the spa extending the feeling of luxurious pampering.
The large 2-level spa is entered from the lobby floor with your choice of elevator or staircase leading down to the treatment rooms. The male and female segregated dressing rooms offer large clean private changing areas, showers, sauna and steam rooms, lounge recliners, and every personal amenity for après treatments. Prior to my treatments I relaxed in the large beautifully maintained sauna allowing the dry warmth to penetrate and ease the aches and pains that accompany marching on in life. I was so comfy I reclined in the “wait” room and spent some time meditating and clearing my mind until Ashley came to get me.
All skin products used in the spa are from Dermalogica and all the skin therapists are Dermalogica trained practitioners that focus more on health then on fancy packaging, like the spa itself. The spa gives off serene vibes in a simple, attractive, but no-frills setting.
The spa’s philosophy is balancing the body by using a variety of techniques from around the world and combining them as required such as Shiatsu, Bamboo, Lomi Lomi, Hot & Cold Stone and Crystals, to allow internal and external healing to occur through the release of toxins. I tried one of the head treatments developed at the spa call Shiatsu Scalp and Sinus Face Treatment. Its purpose is to relieve sinus congestion and prevent headaches. First warm eucalyptus and/or peppermint scented towels are applied to appropriate areas of the face and scalp. Afterwards gentle finger acupressure concentrates on sinus and scalp points. The talented Ashley worked on me and than performed the unique Bamboo Massage. The bamboo is formed into hand tools that work the body to provide deep tissue release and lymphatic drainage.
I concluded my series of treatments with Raquel’s delightful Facial. First she steam cleaned my face and analyzed its condition to determine the most effective treatment. She applied a series of lotions and creams (I believe an excess of 10) to gently hydrate and re-balance with her feather light touch. Raquel than gave me a face mapping form listing the products and procedures I should use to maintain my skin at its very best.
Although Mount Airy Casino Resort is not technically a destination spa, it provided a well-deserved break, wonderful dining experiences and pampering that had long term positive results.
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