When I was invited to review Borgata's new Water Club in Atlantic City last weekend, it was the hardest decision in my life (big statement, I know). I'm known to get a little "carried away" at the slots in casinos with my OCD behavior so I do my best to avoid Atlantic City altogether. But I do love my boutique hotels and I had heard stellar reviews of this one, not to mention it had a spa that encompassed two whole floors. So after much deliberation (indulge in some of Atlantic City's best treatments or put a dent in my bank account?), I decided that I needed a little spa r'n'r, and maybe I could somehow resist the slots. After all, the Water Club is the first non-gaming hotel.
The full-service spa was a sublime oasis, featuring innovative treatments, saunas, a lap pool, sun room, fitness center—basically the works. I had a full-body massage that was so good I fell asleep for most of it (it's always an indication the massage is magical when it can put me to sleep, like rubbing the belly of a lizard). In my post-massage melt, I headed over to the spa lobby where the walls were displayed with a variety of product lines I was unfamiliar with. Which struck me odd: I assumed this swanky boutique would carry some of the finest, high-end lines (as you would expect, such as Pevonia, Elemis or such). But the spa anchored in top-notch organic and environmental-friendly brands, a nice reflection of its mission that
embodies a truly healthy experience through earth's best elements. Obviously I took a handful of samples to try and what won me over the most was Jamu Thai Lemongrass Hand & Body Lotion.
Maybe it was the lemongrass-infused essential oil that had me at hello: I'm a sucker for the scent but it's a pretty nice analgesic, thus quite perfect in massage oils. Some studies say it is the best remedy for excessive perspiration but I haven't found the grass in any deodorants (yet). Natural ingredients in this lotion also include organic aloe vera leaf extract, organic coconut oil, shea butter and cocoa butter, so you can bet it's going to hydrate and soften, and the scent wasn't too overbearing (you know how I am with my scents!).
It was nice to have a little Asian action for a day, and I'm excited to check out more of the Jamu line.... as for hitting the slots in the Borgata afterward... well, we won't talk about that.