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New at Turning Stone: Skana Spa

January 1, 2007 By: Debbie Strong Travel Agent

Native American healing is at the heart of this new spa

Skaná is the Oneida Indian word for peace—a fitting name for
Turning Stone Resort and Casino's new luxury spa facility. Located in the Mohawk Valley
region of New York State, the
30,000-square-foot spa is inspired by Native American healing practices and uses
the principles of peace, balance and harmony in all its offerings.

Turning Stone Resort lies in the wooded Mohawk Valley of New York

Twelve treatment rooms, a VIP spa suite and a couple's suite
are here, as is a 10,000-square-foot fitness center with an exercise and yoga
studio. Both the men's and women's locker rooms have steam and sauna rooms,
hydrotherapy showers and vanities stocked with Molton Brown amenities. Skaná's
lowest level has a flower-shaped co-ed heated mineral whirlpool. Staff members
are positioned throughout the locker room and in the fireplace-filled lounge
area, to bring guests a robe, a beverage or anything else they may need.

The spa's unique feature is its authentic American Indian
sweat lodge. Guests can experience a traditional sweat lodge ceremony, complete
with storytelling, drumming, chants, and prayers in a customary fire pit. The
practice has been used for centuries and was thought by Native Americans to be
a way of spiritually "cleansing" the body and soul.

Traditional Healing

Spa manager Karen Watson designed a menu of various massage,
body and skincare treatments that follow Oneida
healing rituals and use natural ingredients such as herbs and flowers. The most
popular treatments are the signature Skaná Sage Stone Massage and the Oneida harmony facial
with aesthetician Sarah Carmadello. The Sage and White Pine hot towel massage
and the Dandelion Mint Foot Cure are other popular choices. Book clients ahead
of time for treatments; Skaná also features a full-service hair and nail salon.

Guests can relax in Skaná's earthy Garden Lounge area

The Native American theme extends to the spa's décor, which
includes natural woods, stone-covered walls, trickling water, fireplaces, and authentic
American Indian artwork. The rug in the main sitting room is made of tiny
strips of animal hides, and bearskin rugs are scattered throughout the Garden
Lounge and other sitting areas. A large woodburning fireplace is in the center
of the main room, and scattered fresh flowers, trees and shrubbery also
contribute to a relaxing and natural, earthy feel.

Outdoor activities include year-round scenic sunrise walks
and daily yoga and tai chi classes on Turning Stone's expansive lawns. In the
winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are led by hotel staff members.

Spa cuisine is available at Skaná Spa Café; the menu offers
gourmet salads and other light fare made with fresh ingredients, as well as
freshly squeezed fruit juices and herbal teas.

Guests at the spa stay in The Lodge at Turning Stone, a
94-suite AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel that is attached to Skaná. Suites
include king-sized beds and elegant linens, Jacuzzis, sitting rooms, and full
Internet access. Guests can also relax in the Great Room, which is designed in
the style of a traditional Oneida Longhouse and offers sweeping views of the
woodsy property with its 20-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows.

The spa opened in November 2006 and is smoke-free,
alcohol-free, and cell phone-free. (The entire Turning Stone Resort is
completely dry; guests are permitted to bring their own alcohol). All-inclusive
spa packages are offered; roundtrip airport transfers from Syracuse
and Albany
airports are also available. There is no specific travel agent liasion; contact
the spa's Accommodations Department at (315) 361-7711.

For more information, visit

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