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Posted by on Dec 30, 2007 in Spa Reviews | 1 comment

Red Door at the Jersey Shore: Harrah’s Atlantic City

Red Door at the Jersey Shore: Harrah’s Atlantic City

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Makeup application comes with all facials, which is nice, since at Harrah s Atlantic City, you re bound to be going somewhere to dinner, a show, shopping, or having your picture taken with the big jackpot.

When it comes to casino spas, nice or pleasant is never good enough it has to be spectacular, and for Harrah s Atlantic City this was especially true, since they will inevitably be compared to their trend-setting neighbor, the Borgata. So when Harrah s opened its new 23,000 square-foot Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa in May, it was part of a $550 million expansion that will include an array of restaurants and a luxurious new 44-story hotel tower to open by summer 2008.

At the center of the new four-acre complex is The Pool, an indoor tropical oasis covered by a 90-foot high glass dome, with adjoining outdoor space accessible in warmer weather. The 86,000-gallon, free-form heated pool is only 4 feet deep, but it s not exactly for lap-training that The Pool is such a hit. Most guests have a quick dip and then luxuriate on a poolside lounge, ordering cocktails and snacks from svelte waitresses in turquoise bikinis. (These girls make big Jersey Hair look good!) The food menu is not extensive but perfect for poolside salads, burgers, shrimp cocktail, sandwiches; the drink menu, on the other hand, goes on for pages and pages with all sorts of tinis, as well as variations on fruit smoothies and bottle service.


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The Pool also has seven for-rent cabanas: private, curtained enclosures fitted with two comfy sofas and a plasma screen TV.

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And, taking a page from Las Vegas s crazy-successful Tao at The Venetian, The Pool also has seven for-rent cabanas: private, curtained enclosures fitted with two comfy sofas and a plasma screen TV. The seven Jacuzzis around The Pool s perimeter are also  reservations-only. Cabanas on the mezzanine overlooking the pool are available for massage and reflexology. The Pool is open only to adult guests of the hotel, and becomes a themed nightclub after 8pm, with luaus, retro dance parties, and dive-in movie nights running until 2 am or later.

Separated from The Pool by a wall of windows and a screen of blossoming tropical plants palm trees, orchids, bromeliads–is the fitness center ($10 for hotel guests). The brand-spanking new array of Life Fitness cardio- and weight-training apparatus was not seeing all that much wear and tear during our visit.

Across the marbled circular corridor from the Pool is the sleek and stylish Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. The eponymous red door opens onto the spa s welcome desk, behind which is the retail area, offering not only Elizabeth Arden signature lines (including all those wonderful bonus offers), but a selection of spa products including Skinceuticals, B.Kamins, and Prevage. Made by Allergan especially for Elizabeth Arden, Prevage is an anti-aging line whose active ingredient is Idebenone, a powerful anti-oxidant. For more on Prevage, see:
www.prevageskin.com.

Beyond the retail area are the hair salon and the circular, eight-station manicure area, and ringing that, the eight pedicure thrones, which are not only whirlpools tubs for your feet, but massage chairs. All mani- and pedi- stations also have personal plasma screen TVs with headsets.

The contemporary d cor is done in dark brown wood and a variety of shades of beige, in marble, tile, even pebble. The neutral palette creates a perfect setting for Red Door s trademark red accents, in the artwork, the square leather stools, gerbera daisies, even the bowl of red apples at the well-stocked tea station. The rich, dark paneling helps create sense of quiet and separation as you enter the locker room area. In fact, it is quite impressive how apart from the casino commotion the entire spa feels.

The wet area centers around a large, square whirlpool tub (bathing suits required). The far end wall is a waterfall and the front corner is taken up by a gas fireplace that does a wonderful job of creating visual separation between the hot tub and the walkway. There are also powerful sauna and steam rooms, and a wonderful temperature-set shower with side and overhead jets. You can relax here on a comfortable chaise while awaiting your treatment, or go into the co-ed relaxation area.

Furnished with plush dark brown sofa and chairs, this area has a very different feel to it, much less private. While expecting your significant other to emerge from a treatment, you might instead encounter a claque of foreign businessmen.

There is also a sitting area where lunch is served right in the spa. When not included in a package, anything from the select menu of salads and wraps is $25.

There are 23 treatment rooms in all–five equipped for facials and eighteen for massage, including two for couples massage, and one huge couple s suite, complete with a sofa, fireplace, shower room, and double Jacuzzi.

Red Door Spas offer a standardized menu of services, but there are, of course, differences in the staff, facilities, and special packages At Harrah s Atlantic City, the Jackpot Therapy package ($156), a 50-minute Deep Tissue Massage and a Sport Manicure, would be ideal for the high roller who wants to be relaxed and well-groomed while sweeping in a big pile of chips.

The Red Door Signature Facial with PREVAGE ($123) is 50 minutes, but actually feels longer. The treatment starts with a gentle cleansing, light steam, and a gentle exfoliation, even for the lips. A neck and shoulder massage in addition to the acupressure massage for the face really makes you release the tension that builds up in the body and often shows in your face. While the steam is blowing, you ll also enjoy a finger-to-elbow massage and a softening hand treatment with heated mitts. Extractions are done, where needed and a mask is selected for your skin type. Finally, PREVAGE anti-aging products are applied.

Red Door has also recently introduced the 80-minute Ultimate Arden Facial, which promises to be all that and more (30 minutes more, anyway). An upper body massage featuring warm stones, a hand-softening treatment and a soothing cool stone facial massage produce an aura of exquisite tranquility. Following a refreshing eye contour treatment, Arden s unique face and d collet firming mask is applied.  A relaxing scalp massage, and lip or brow wax, and makeup application are this facial s finishing touches.

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In fact, makeup application comes with all facials, which is nice, since at Harrah s Atlantic City, you re bound to be going somewhere to dinner, a show, shopping, or having your picture taken with the big jackpot. Marleen Jones, Retail Business Manager is not only knowledgeable about her product lines, but also has a real artist s touch with makeup. After a facial, we usually just do the eyes, plus a little lip gloss. You ve got that glow from the facial and you may not want to put a lot of product on. Her pro tip: Bend the brush end of your mascara wand for clean and easy application.

I love makeup, Jones confessed, but I m so much into skin care, and Elizabeth Arden has it all. I ve been using the Prevage, and in just a few weeks it got rid of those dark circles. A lot of customers tell me they see a difference, too.

For anyone who has bottles and bottles of foundation at home that seemed to be the right shade but aren t, Jones will also use a computerized system to blend your own personal shade of Elizabeth Arden Custom Color Foundation. The makeup base depends on skin type and coverage desired, but the fun part comes in formulating the color. A light sensor is held to your face and pulsed, and the computer reads your skin tone. Different screens allow you to adjust the final color whether you want the makeup to lighten or darken, or reduce the pink, golden, or ashiness of your color.

Then it squirts the pigment formulation into the makeup bottle just like paint at the Home Depot and shakes it into a smooth blend. One foundation, no guessing-$55.

Fresh out of company training, Assistant General Manager Ruth Navedo was especially aware of Red Door s emphasis on customer service and maintaining professional standards. Red Door is all about class and elegance, she summed up neatly.

All of Harrah s guest rooms in the Harbour, Marina, and aptly named Bayview Tower have been renovated recently. When completed, the new Waterfront tower will add another 961 rooms, including eight super-suites and 104 suites appointed with limestone floors, freestanding showers, fireplaces, in-room theaters and plasma televisions. Check www.harrahs.com for the latest Stay & Play Packages; one recently offered a deluxe room, free admission to The Pool and fitness center, and two tickets to The Producers for $149. Call 609-441-5000 for the hotel, or 609- 441-5333 or 866-RED DOOR to book spa appointments; also see www.reddoorspas.com. Spa Hours 8 am-8 pm daily. Salon Hours 9 am-9 pm Monday thru Saturday; 10 am-8 pm Sunday.

Red Door Spa
Harrah’s Atlantic City
777 Harrah’s Boulevard
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

(609) 441-5333

www.harrahs.com
www.reddoorspas.com

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