Restore at the Shore

Woman at spa-lying down Bobby Flowers

Credit Bobby Flowers

The Revel Casino opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey in April 2012 with much excitement and fanfare. Since that time the casino has experienced much financial trouble as it seeks to compete in what many describe as an already overbuilt market.

So far, The Revel Casino has failed to delivered on its promise to usher in a new era for a city facing increased competition from nearby states that have also passed legislation allowing gambling in recent years.

But The Bask Exhale Spa has lived up to its promise. The strikingly elegant spa is a perfect place to unwind where massage therapists offer a wide range of therapeutic choices to guests interested in physical wellbeing and/or a need to simply relax and be pampered.

Covering 32,000 square feet, it is the largest spa in Atlantic City, and consists of 32 treatment rooms including two with Vichey showers.  Walls are a soothing gray and travertine floors lead guests beyond misty-colored doors to well-planned locker and shower area. There guests find amenities include shampoo, bath washes, blow dryers, curling and flat irons to insure their physical appearance matches the inner glow when treatments are complete.

There is also a co-ed relaxation area as well as separate men and women’s Zen rooms and separate clothing optional spaces where men and women can enjoy their respective whirlpools.

Michelle Sweitzer, my therapist, zoomed in on the too-tight muscles in my neck and shoulders and provided the right combination of deep pressure and swift, soothing strokes using a sensuous blend of massage oils.  Her hands showed the experience of a previous career as a physical therapist.

“I left physical therapy because I grew tired of fighting with insurance companies to get adequate patient care,” she explained.  “Now, I can concentrate on delivering good, therapeutic care.”

Many of her clients are experienced spa goers open to her suggestions for stress-reducing modifications to their back-at-home behavior.

“You’re holding all of your tension in your shoulders” she advised. “Get up from the computer and walk around. This massage (The $165/hour Signature Flow Massage) is designed to go to the second and third muscles and release a lot of toxins. There will be lymphatic drainage, so be sure to drink plenty of water today as your body detoxes,” she said.

Guests can maximize the experience by taking a day to enjoy the steam room, sauna, and a sea salt room that supposedly pulls impurities from the body.  Also popular is the luxurious, green-tiled bathhouse with its Balinese aura where men and women linger while enjoying the waters and listening to the soothing sounds of the waterfall.

Other treatments include body slimming therapies and scrubs, acupuncture, facials, core fusion, Yoga, and personal training classes.

Every area of the spa experience is well planned from the temperature of the rooms to the texture of the robes.  Guests can also choose the oil fragrance they wish to have used for their massage.

When you leave the spa your decompression can extend to the beach to continue with Mother Nature—the ultimate therapist.

If you go:

Bask by Exhale at the Revel

500 Boardwalk   Atlantic City, NJ 08401

609. 225.9855

Exhalespa.com

Bask Pass – Complimentary with spa therapy. Resort guest without spa $55; Non-resort guest without spa $70.