by | Jul 23, 2018 | Great Escape

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Just a little over 20 years ago, the Tribal owners and operators of what’s now the largest resort/casino on the West Coast looked for something, anything that would offer self-sustainability and self-reliance to their people. After trying sand mining, growing vineyard grapes and swap meets, gaming came to the forefront and stuck. Fast forward 20 years and Pechanga’s Native owners have just bet big on a massive resort expansion that, according to Pechanga Tribal Chairman, Mark Macarro, “is about cementing Pechanga as a complete and refined destination experience for the entire region and positioning our Tribe to continue to thrive in the hospitality space.” Pechanga Resort Casino recently wrapped up a massive, $300 million resort expansion that includes an additional 568 hotel rooms and suites (1,090 total); a 25,000 square foot, standalone day spa and salon; a 4.5-acre pool complex called The Cove; two new restaurants (20 bars & restaurants total); and another 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space for concerts, trade shows, and more.
New Pechanga Hotel Rooms & Suites Five new room types were added to Pechanga’s lineup with the addition of its Resort Tower. The second tower complements the other 522 rooms and suites in the Casino Tower. New room types include Deluxe Room (400 sq. ft.), Junior Suite (550 sq. ft.), Corner Suite (650 sq. ft.), Deluxe Room with open air patio (on 4th floor Zen Roof) and Corner Suite with open air patio (on 4th floor Green Roof). Each of the new rooms comes with 55” and 65” flat screen TVs, at least eight USB charging ports, HDMI cable, Room Cast to stream personal content to in-room flat screen TV, eco-friendly smart lighting that turns room brightness down 70-percent when not in use, button controlled hotel service and do not disturb indicators that instantly alert housekeeping staff remotely.
Other comforts include plush robes and slippers, Keurig coffee makers and coffee, mini bar with ample space for guest food, medications, etc., Molton Brown bath products.
If you’re staying in any of the 21 Patio Rooms or Corner Suite, your room features a sound-blocking door that opens out to a personal patio enveloped by lush foliage. On the other side of the patio greenery is the 4th floor Zen Roof with rows of Native plants indigenous to the Pechanga Reservation and the nearby area, and life-sized Native-inspired art sculptures. The open air patios are the perfect spot to enjoy room service meals (full menus with many Asian and international dishes available around the clock), a cup of freshly brewed coffee, an evening apertif or just to take in the Southern California sun.
Spa Pechanga Two-levels, 25,000 square feet, 17 treatment rooms, private pool with cabana massage service, state of the art fitness studio, dedicated spa pool and two indoor hydrotherapy pools, plus hair, nail makeup and barbering salon. The numbers speak for themselves. Healing becomes integral to the journey at Spa Pechanga. The five senses are awakened and relieved in each treatment.
Native Pechanga people used flora such as white sage lavender, prickly pear and more as healing and cleansing ingredients. These natural native healers are interwoven into the facial and body treatments at the spa. Guests can work with a spa specialist to create their own signature scented body scrubs and essential oils. An aromatherapy bar session quickly takes you through a series of questions about your mood and how you want to be left feeling afterward. Mixes are made from 100-percent pure ingredients – cane sugar, sunflower oil, vegetable glycerin, avocado oil, black willow bark extract, beeswax and extra virgin olive oil.
Spa guests can choose from signature body rituals such as the Great Oak Purification which includes dry brush exfoliation followed by a warm sage and lavender-infused clay wrap. Chia and jojoba oil extracts are massaged into the scalp. This is followed by a full-body Himalayan salt stone massage using white sage and concludes with a specialty rosehip tea.
The Acorn & Walnut Renewal offers nourishing and skin-refining properties with a proprietary blend of white sage, acorn and walnut. After skin has been renewed, the guest enjoys a sage and lavender full body massage, as well as a warm argan and kukui nut oil hair and scalp massage.
Hotel and spa guests also have access to free yoga and boot camp classes every Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m., and one-on-one fitness sessions starting at $80.
The Cove is Pechanga’s 4.5-acre pool complex now open to hotel guests, spa guests and patrons renting cabanas. For perspective, 4.5 acres is about the same size as four football fields.
The perfect spot to soak in the sun, The Cove features four pools, three spas, 27 private cabanas, six water-skimming day beds and two waterslides. The main pool is 7,500 square feet and includes 18 in-pool built-in bar stools, swim-up bar, zero edge pool, and a Baja ledge for chaise lounges to sit in several inches of water. The family lagoon pool has a beach entry and two twisty waterslides, a splash pad for running through the fountains and family cabanas. Adjacent is a game area with three 72” flat screen TVs, two foosball tables and a shuffleboard game.
Twenty seven cabanas line the perimeter of The Cove. If you have a party of six or fewer, the deluxe-size cabana fits everyone perfectly. A party of eight will be more comfortable in a premium cabana. All offer comfortable couches, lounge chairs, bottled water, Coola suncare kit with plenty of sunscreen, lip balm and after-sun lotion for everyone in the group. Personal belongings are kept secure with safes in each cabana. Personalized wait staff service, refrigerators, overhead fans and lighting, as well as a 55” flatscreen TV with DirecTV round out the luxury cabana amenities.
Also at the Cove is the Coveside Grill serving Southern California-inspired sandwiches, salads, burgers, flatbreads and dessert favorites like homemade ice cream sandwiches with raspberry drizzle, fro-yo with mini M&Ms and granola, sorbet popsicles and frozen grapes (in champagne or Sprite).
Guests may also notice any of eight cultural installation spread throughout the Pechanga lobby and event center foyer. The artifacts and history pieces present an opportunity for visitors to learn something about the Tribe, the fight for sovereignty, and the surrounding reservation and region.
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