Margaritaville Resort and Casino in Bossier

Louisiana casinos may amply satisfy those with an adventurous spirit, but one amenity allows guests to leave behing the excitement of the gaming floor. Several casino resorts in the Bayou State offer spas and salons that deliver a variety of treatments and services dedicated to promoting stress relief, relaxation and beauty boosts.


Paragon Casino Resort Dreamy soft music, muted lighting and original artwork leads visitors down a long hallway to the Spa La Vie at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville. Once inside, its thick bathrobes and cucumber-flavored water and a long list of decadent services to set you on your way to complete relaxation.

The outside world be gone!

Paragon remains one of the largest casinos in Louisiana and its Spa La Vie is no different, offering almost 13,000 square feet of full-service spa services and a salon that’s open to the public as well as casino guests. The facility includes three relaxation rooms — for men, women and couples — massage and body treatment rooms, a multi-use salon and access to a whirlpool, eucalyptus steam room and sauna.

Heaven on Earth is one of the spa’s signature treatments, said Spa Director Keryl Wells, a combination of aromatherapy massage, a Moor mud back treatment, energy work and heated stones.

“It’s a cross between Swedish and deep tissue massage,” Wells explained. “The Moor mud is a like a detoxifying clay on your back. It’s finished with a hot stone facial massage.”

Closer to home and reflecting the casino’s Native American roots, the 80-minute River Cane Massage allows masseuses to use warm, polished river cane in a rolling motion that ranges from gentle massage to deep fulcrum work.

New to Spa La Vie is Dermaflash that exfoliates skin and removes peach fuzz, Wells said.

Hotel guests receive spa amenities such as the whirlpool with any service and day passes are available for $25. In addition, the spa offers a well-stocked retail store.

“We have basically everything you could possibly need inside our facility,” Wells said.

Margaritaville Resort Casino Warm stone massages have been all the rage, but Margaritaville’s spa takes the practice one step further by placing small stones on the body’s key energy points in its Elemis Aroma Stone Therapy. The stone’s heat penetrates tired muscles and eliminates stress, but that’s not all. The service uses Elemis Skin Care products, available only in northwest Louisiana at the Bossier City casino.

Another signature treatment of Margaritaville is the 75-minute Frangipani Body Nourish Massage, with includes the traditional Polynesian scents of coconut and Frangipani flowers in an oil called Monoi.

“It’s basically a Swedish massage, light, a relaxation massage,” said Spa Director Sebrena Mills-Hawthorne. “But the product blends fragrant flowers and it can be purchased to bring home.”

Guests arriving at the Margaritaville Resort Casino Spa are offered a choice of wine, champagne or mimosa, then are led inside to change into luxurious robes and to relax in rooms sporting a variety of teas, fruit, cookies and other treats, explained Mills-Hawthorne.

Services include hair treatments, facials, massages, and full body scrubs in this full-service day salon and spa. For those visiting for special events or weddings, body wraps target weight loss, Mills-Hawthorne said. There are both hands-on and machine-led microdermabrasion as well, to gently exfoliate and remove dead facial skin cells. In addition to selling Elemis Skin Care products, the spa carries Image Skincare facials that focus on creating youthful, rejuvenating skin, she said.

Back of the house are two relaxation rooms and two steam rooms. The spa is open to the public but only Margaritaville guests can use the steam rooms, Mills-Hawthorne said.

Golden Nugget Lake Charles Regular customers to Golden Nugget’s Spa and Salon in Lake Charles are rewarded for repeat visits through a spa membership program. In other incentives, the spa’s “Happy Hour” from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays features discounts on the Ultimate Moroccan Oil Manicure and Pedicure, H2O Hydration Ritual and a full-leg wax.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg in what they offer.

“Golden Nugget’s Spa and Salon has a full spa menu, including specialty massages, facials and treatments which can be modified for anyone with special needs, along with a full-service salon, barber shop and nail services,” said Spa Director Carrie Harmon.   

The spa, that’s open to the public, also features packages, such as airbrush makeup and hair updos for weddings and special events. The facility contains three relaxation rooms for women, men and couples.

In addition to their regular menu, Golden Nugget has a few signature services.

“Our guests enjoy the 24K Signature Massage and 24K Signature Facial,” said Harmon. “The 80-minute 24K Signature Massage includes gentle back exfoliation and an aromatic full body massage, heat therapy on the hands and feet, and a scalp massage brings the experience to a close. The 24K Signature Facial’s elegant and timeless treatment will leave the skin luminous, hydrated and firmer. It is ideal for all occasions and creates a noticeable glow and a visible ageless appearance.”

Non-hotel guests may book any spa or salon service or purchase a day pass for use of all the facilities. Seasonal specials occur as well and may be found on the casino’s website or by calling 337-508-4005.

Golden Nugget’s Spa and Salon in Lake Charles

L’Auberge Casino Resort There’s a buzz radiating from L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles. Be it the massive casino floor, the vibrant nightlife, several dining options or the giant lazy river pool with swim-up bars, visitors come to L’Auberge to play.

Spa du Lac remains the flipside, a quiet oasis nestled beneath the hotel that offers a wide range of spa and salon services. In addition, the full-service facility includes a hot tub, dry saunas and relaxation rooms.

One of the most indulgent body treatments at Spa du Lac is the Louisiana-inspired Sugar Baby Body Scrub mixing Louisiana sugar cane with milk and vanilla. Therapists cover the body with this sugary concoction to eliminate dry skin and invigorate the underlying skin cells. A warm honey mask is then applied to soak in moisture. After the guest showers, he or she is then treated to a massage using vanilla shea butter.

Spa du Lac now sells the Eminence Organics Skin Care products and offers a “Seasonal Body Escape” body scrub, wrap and massage with Eminence Organica and a 50-minute Eminence Facial with a mangosteen lactic acid peel, said Retail Operations Director Natalie Peterson.

“Our guests are raving and the Eminence products are flying off the shelves,” Peterson said. “It’s an extraordinary line featuring organic and bio-dynamic ingredients.”

Peterson also said that Spa du Lac’s fall seasonal treatment will be the Coconut Mango Body Escape.

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What’s new at the casinos?

Paragon Casino Resort updated its gaming floor with a new Mississippi River-themed carpet and additional slot machines. Seating arrangements have also been improved in Paragon’s Mari Showroom where special events are held and top-name entertainers performs.

Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder has kicked up its fall entertainment schedule with Grammy winners La Mafia performing with special guest Michael Salgado. Cypress Bayou in Charenton hosts country music singer, songwriter and actor Travis Tritt on Sept. 22 and multi-platinum recording artist, choreographer and dancer Paula Abdul will perform Oct. 19 in the Grand Event Center at Golden Nugget Lake Charles.