If you have Nashville Tennessee on your travel bucket list, chances are you are either a country or rock music fan or a Southern food aficionado, or perhaps a combination of both. I probably fall into the former category more than the latter, and while I’d argue that I subscribe to the general foodie tribe, I have never been a Southern cuisine expert. Nashville was about to change that. The historical city was also about to teach me a bit about Southern hospitality, service and luxury.
The glorious and posh Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville, boasts a number of decadent events throughout the year – there was a local soiree happening the evening I hung out at its local bar, which drew local politicians, entrepreneurs and music celebs. Three hours earlier, I was upstairs at the Mokara Spa getting a treatment, which was sure to put me in the mood for a night of relaxation and fun.
Like most spas, they offer traditional treatments like Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone and Maternity massages, but they also offered a massage called the classic Mokara Massage. Here, you can customize depending on your specific needs, whether you are in need of re-energizing, detoxifying or want to sign up for natural relaxing treatment.
Other body treatments include a Vitamin A.C.E Body Wrap, a Rejuvenating Body Glow, a Blueberry Soy Scrub and Slimming Body Wrap (wished I had time to try that one — they use a Blueberry Souffle and Apricot Oil combo) and a Clarifying Back Treatment, which is great for men and women alike. Teenagers with break-outs could also benefit from this treatment.
You can of course supplement any massage treatment with a waxing service, reflexology, manicure, pedicure and facial as well. They offer a nifty sounding High Skin Refiner Lifting Facial, which uses a multitude of innovative complexes to firm, tone and lift your skin. The result is a firmer and plumper look to your skin with more elasticity.
This facial treatment is a great one for the over 40 year old’s among us, as is the Ultra Anti-Aging Facial. Here, they use a gentle peeling and cleansing of the skin, which is specifically designed to target deep lines and wrinkles. They use therapeutic light therapy and microcurrent to stimulate the production of the body’s own natural collagen and elastin.
Not every spa ‘gets’ that a spa treatment success starts with the moment you enter its doors and leave its property – service is paramount as is the flow and ambiance of the spa itself. Positive feng shui and flow has been built into the layout and grounds of the Mokara Spa on Omni’s 4th floor, so much so, you don’t want to leave after your treatment. It’s “crisp and clean” yet they use a lovely blend of warm earthy colors throughout. Two thumbs up – I would definitely return.
Mokara operates eight spas and salons throughout the United States along with their signature Mokara Hotel & Spa in San Antonio, an award-winning hotel and spa that has appeared on the Condé Nast Traveler 2012 Gold and Platinum List and Travel & Leisure’s 2012 “World’s 500 Best Hotels”.
Mokara Spa (in the Omni Hotel)
250 5th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
PHOTO CREDITS: First two photos from Omni Hotels.
Note: I was hosted by the spa but all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.