The reception desk at Mokara Spa at Omni Interlocken Resort is located on a garden level just down the steps from a busy lobby. At least it was quite busy when I visited recently, as the open lobby was filled with conference trade-show booths and a whole bunch of business types. That said, as soon as I set foot behind the doors of Mokara Spa with its soothing vibe, I felt world’s away from the crowd — and from real life in general. Not a bad place to be!
Mokara Spa at Omni Interlocken Facilities
The heartfelt greeting I received at the Mokara Spa reception desk was among the friendliest and most welcoming I can remember in a long time. Spa supervisor Sean Feltz checked me in for my treatment and then offered me a complimentary mimosa — how great is that?!
The space at Mokara Spa isn’t huge, but there have been some refurbishments in recent years to better accommodate guests. The Daffodil Room relaxation lounge, where I waited for my aesthetician to pick me up before my facial is a converted treatment room — cozy with comfortable chairs, magazines, tea and ice water.
The women’s locker room has a small changing area but plenty of lockers and three showers, plus all the amenities you need: shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, tampons, shaving cream, razors, mouthwash and such. Robes are on the thinner side, but do the job, and spa slippers are provided.
A co-ed eucalyptus steam room is just outside the women’s locker room, so don’t forget your bathing suit! I suppose you could wrap up in a towel, but if you’re modest like me, you’d best plan on bringing along some semblance of coverage, just in case members of the opposite gender are steaming, too. Plus, you’ll want your suit to soak in the outdoor hot tubs, swim in the pool or kick back outside on the plentiful lounge chairs under sunny Colorado blue skies. Spa guests can use the light-filled fitness center, equipped with everything you need for a cardio or strength-training workout.
Mokara Spa at Omni Interlocken Treatments
With perpetually dry skin from living in a mountain climate, I opted for a 75-minute Deep Hydrating Facial, which was one of the most relaxing facials I’ve ever had, thanks to my talented and gentle aesthetician Rachelle. Even those pesky extractions — necessary, but not so fun — weren’t painful, as she performed them carefully with little cotton swabs (no pointy instruments). The exfoliation step of my facial was interesting (and quite good), as it was performed with Yonka brand’s Gommage — a gel that refreshes skin without any abrasive grains. I learned something new during my treatment — always a plus to feel educated during a spa treatment.
My facial also included a lovely hand, arm and neck massage (I believe I actually dozed off while being rubbed), and Rochelle set my hands in hot mitts to help the moisturizer penetrate my skin. The treatment ended with my sitting up on the table and Rochelle placing a hot towel on my back. Lovely!
I asked Rachelle to recommend some cleansing and moisurizing products to me, so we stopped by the retail area before I went back to the women’s locker room. I appreciated that she didn’t push any items on me at all, and in fact when I balked a the price of one combo pack, she happily found me a less expensive option.
In addition to facials, Mokara Spa offers various types of massage, including pre-natal, sports, deep-tissue and hot stone, as well as two kinds of body wraps, a sea salt scrub, nail care, waxing and packages with combinations of treatments.
Omni Interlocken Resort Accommodations
This expansive resort in Denver’s suburb has 390 guest rooms and suites, not to mention 27 holes of championship golf. Deluxe Rooms are 300 square feet; Premier Rooms on the 6th floor or higher have commanding views of the glorious Rocky Mountains. Scenic hiking, jogging and biking paths are nearby; bikes and helmets are complimentary for guests to borrow. Families fit right in at the Omni Interlocken; upon check-in, children receive a backpack filled with activities and toys, and they get milk and cookies delivered to their room on their first night.
Bottom Line: I found the Mokara Spa staff so welcoming and genuinely pleased to have me at their spa. Friendly employees, coupled with comfortable and cozy surroundings, and a variety of treatments, make Mokara Spa a lovely place to spend some pampering time. Whether you’re at the Omni Interlocken Resort for business or pleasure — or in the area for a day visit — I recommend checking out its monthly spa specials. And don’t forget to enjoy a mimosa!
– Review by Kara Williams, who visited the property in February 2012.
As is common in the travel industry, the author received a complimentary spa treatment.