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Viejas Casino Wows Guests With Luxurious New Willows Hotel & Spa

Published by Cathy Hendrie

Cathy Hendrie
PassPort to San Diego

Health and wellness has never looked more appealing, thanks to the brand new Willows Hotel & Spa, an adults-only, all-suites luxury property at Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine.

At the recent grand opening party, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians tribal chairman Robert Welch, Jr., spoke to the years of hard work by Willows Hotel planners. He proudly told the crowd ”yesterday’s dream is today’s triumph.” Judging from the response of more than 350 guests, Viejas hit the jackpot. The elegant hotel tower, the third to be built at the casino since 2011, features 159 suites, a saltwater swimming pool, spa and salon facilities, restaurants, fitness center, and business center.

Uniquely, Willows offers a 25-hour room, allowing guests to arrive at their leisure, and check out 25 hours later. Guests who arrive in the evening can check out in the evening, for example. Additionally, visitors are greeted with a walk-in welcome (no visit to the registration desk necessary) by a team member who escorts them directly to their accommodations.

Guests may choose from six suite options – all beautifully decorated with warm neutral hues and metallic accents. All suites range from 600-700 feet. The Signature Plus King comes with views of the sparking pool below, a private terrace, a walk-in shower with dual showerheads including rainshower fixture, an array of comfortable pillows, robes and slippers, large-screen TVs, a relaxing sitting room and even a personal electronic assistant, Alexa, who can voice the time, temperature, order a wake-up call, and when paired with a smart phone, play music. Each suite features products from Whish Beauty, whose trendsetting bath and beauty products are naturally sourced, organic, and made in the USA.

The 8,750-square-foot spa offers such amenities as a salt sauna, private spa pool, steam room and outdoor massage cabanas. Of the seven treatment rooms, four are used for massage, another is a dedicated couples massage suite, two are used for facials and another for a hydro-facial experience. The spa features the revitalizing and nourishing Pear & Green Apple Sugar Scrub through the Eminence line of organic skin care products. Also take advantage of two hair stations, two pedicure stations and two manicure stations, plus a fitness center as well as full-service locker rooms. There is a $50 per-day non-hotel usage fee for the fitness center and spa without the purchase of a spa service.

Those wishing to take a dip in the all-new saltwater pool may do so from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; and enjoy poolside amenities like outdoor meditation and poolside massage treatments.

For palate-pleasing fun, try the hotel’s new restaurants including Ginger Noodle Bar, serving pan-Asian fare such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Filipino offerings; and Locale Kitchen & Lounge, a farm-to-table restaurant offering internationally-inspired cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a pick-me-up at the Daily Roast, a coffee bar offering pastries, hot and cold teas and a selection of Starbucks products 24 hours a day.

Suites at the Willows Hotel & Spa start at $279.99. Reservations for this unparalleled experience can be made by visiting the website at

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