Halfway between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., is Washington state’s newest destination spa, the 14,000-square-foot T Spa at the Tulalip Resort Casino. The spa, which opened this month, is the latest addition to Tulalip’s long list of amenities, including luxury hotel accommodations, gaming action, live entertainment, 30,000 square feet of meeting space and exceptional dining options.
An exterior shot of the Tulalip Resort Casino
What began as a bingo hall established by the Tulalip Tribes in 1983 has evolved into a world-class resort destination that includes Tulalip Casino with 192,000 square feet of gaming; six dining venues headlined by the Tulalip Bay restaurant; the intimate Canoes Cabaret; the 3,000-seat Tulalip Amphitheatre, a leading entertainment venue; and Seattle Premium Outlets, featuring more than 110 name-brand retail discount outlets.
The crown jewel of Tulalip Resort Casino is its new luxury hotel featuring 370 guest rooms and suites, as well as meeting, convention and wedding space. Surrounded by the Cascade Mountains and Puget Sound, Tulalip Resort Casino is situated on 83 acres within the municipality of Quil Ceda Village on the Tulalip Indian Reservation.
The T Spa at Tulalip incorporates natural elements into its list of offerings
T Spa at Tulalip
The earth-inspired, full-service T Spa offers an intimate and nurturing reprieve for guests and incorporates native-inspired rituals into its menu of spa services. T Spa has 16 elegant treatment rooms, including separate men’s and women’s lounges that feature eucalyptus steam rooms, saunas built from cedar and grotto showers topped with a 16-inch rain shower and three performance body sprays. Massage rooms offer a double-sided fireplace, chromatherapy showers and double massage beds. All spa services use the finest products created from natural elements extracted from within revitalizing plants, herbs, flowers, salts and minerals indigenous to the Pacific Northwest region.
The spa is overseen by Norma Hughes, newly named as its inaugural spa director. Hughes is responsible for daily operations, such as supervising technicians, adding new treatments to the service menu and ensuring that each guest receives top-quality service. She will also plan, organize and promote spa activities. Prior to joining Tulalip Resort Casino, Hughes was spa director at Spa Nordstrom in the downtown Seattle, flagship location.
“The T Spa experience is designed to reflect the tribal influences of the region,” says Hughes. “Native inspired treatments, along with an environment that emphasizes the relaxing natural elements of the Northwest, provide a setting where our guests can leave the chaos of the outside world behind and emerge feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and renewed.”
T Spa offers many individualized spa services from massage and revitalizing bath rituals to manicures and pedicures and everything in between. In addition, T Spa also offers numerous packages ranging from two-and-a-half- to six-hour therapies, and multi-day bridal services for both the bride and the groom.
The Canoe Puller is T Spa’s signature native-inspired treatment package. This five-hour session begins with a mud bath and body ritual that helps eliminate toxins and melt away the appearance of cellulite with the use of essential oils. Following a rinse in one of the rain showers, a deep tissue massage using a heated herb bolus of lavender flowers, juniper berries and marine salt crystals will relax the entire body. A skin resonance facial provides soothing relief to sensitive skin, while the infusion of natural herbs and vitamins helps rejuvenate skin and return it to its natural state. The Canoe Puller concludes with the Native Stone Ritual, which includes a refreshing geranium soak, ginger and jasmine infused hot oil mask, a warm basalt stone massage and a light cascade rain with tea tree extract. The Native Stone Ritual can be purchased separately and is available for both hands and feet.
T Spa is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m and is located on the second floor of the new hotel tower at Tulalip Resort Casino. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling 360-716-6530.
In addition to its standard King and Queen rooms, Tulalip Resort Casino offers a variety of guest suites, including the Orca Suites, which have a separate living room with floor-to-ceiling windows, a flat-panel TV; and a slate- and wood-framed gas fireplace; the 2,500-square-foot penthouse Tulalip Suite, featuring a baby grand piano, a granite-clad bar complete with champagne-chilling sink and catering kitchen; and the Players Suite, designed for guy (and girl) getaways, with an arcade-style Golden Tee video golfing game, dartboard and custom pool table.
A King room at Tulalip Resort
Spa goers, however, may feel more relaxed in the exotic, Eastern-themed Grand Asian and Pan-Asian suites. In the 1,500-square-foot Grand Asian, streams trickle from a slate fountain set in a bamboo garden of moss and river rock, creating a peaceful foyer and inviting entrance. Bamboo flooring connects the entry to the main living room, which is separated from the formal dining room by a double-sided porcelain tile fireplace. The bathroom includes carved granite sinks, a massaging whirlpool tub, rain shower and makeup vanity.
Most of the suites can be configured to two bedrooms with a 500-square-foot connecting room, and all feature expansive views of the Cascade Mountains or the Tulalip Reservation forest.
For hotel reservations and information, agents should call 866-716-7162 or visit www.tulalipresort.com. For weddings and special occasions, contact James Hillman, catering sales manager, at 360-716-6830.