Enliven your spirit at Spa Blu

Sometimes, you’ve gotta take one for the team. So when we received an invitation to visit Sam’s Town Casino’s newly-renovated Spa Blu (formerly Rose Spa) and my supervisor looked for volunteers, I sighed, reluctantly raised my hand and said “I will.”

OK, let’s get real – a spa day for work? (Did I mention it would include a tour of the spa as well as complimentary facial and massage?) Um, is this a trick question? Of course I said “Yes!”

Now, I’m no expert, but I’ve certainly enjoyed my share of occasional facials, pedicures and massages in the past. However, nothing prepared me for this experience. The buzz of slot machines, chatter and heart-thumping music seemed to fade behind me in the distance as a lovely lady named Jackie Robeaux, the spa manager, escorted me to the spa. Once inside, it felt like I stepped into instant serenity from the white walls accented with cool shades of blue to the soothing wails of Bob Marley pumping through the speakers.

Spa Blu management consultant Peaches, was on hand to take me on a tour of the facility, which, to my surprise also includes a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor pool area that all customers have access to during their spa visit.

Shades of Blu body treatment at spa blu
Shades of Blu body treatment at Spa Blu

The spa area includes five rooms where you can indulge in a variety of facials, massages and body treatments like the Shades of Blu body treatment. Or you can stop by the nail salon for an array of manicure and pedicure services, like the Peditini – a Blu Heaven foot treatment with a Signature Blu Martini. Separate dry saunas and steam rooms, private showers and locker room areas are available for men and women.

A white robe and flip flops awaited me in the locker room area, but first I had to pick out my music. That’s right, you get to choose the type of music you listen to during your session. Choices include new age, jazz, classical, coffeehouse and Hawaiian.

The facial was awesome and left my skin feeling so soft and refreshed, that I couldn’t stop touching it to see if it was real, while the massage was so relaxing, I’m sure I dozed off a couple of times. Plus, everyone was so warm and friendly, that it felt more like a visit with friends than an appointment with strangers.

Afterwards, I was guided to the cozy waiting area where guests can kick back, read a magazine, chat with girlfriends and try their signature line of tea that features flavors with fun names like Get Happy, Get Relaxed, Get Heart, Get Gorgeous and more.

By the end, I felt completely rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of the day, and based on their theme, that’s the whole point. “Our objective is to enliven your spirit,” Peaches said.

Don’t miss the following May specials: a Mother’s Day Spa Special, which includes a 25-minute massage and a 25-minute facial, $84; a Lomi Lomi Massage for $98; and a free $5 gift card for every $50 in gift cards purchased, now through May 12. Call (318) 424-5616 or visit www.samstownshreveoprt.com/relax to learn more.

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