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Drift Spa at Island Resort & Casino

Spa Overview - An Interview With Kara Pasco, Spa Director


Whether you have been to the spa a dozen times or researching it for a first visit, insights from an insider can enhance your spa experience. Below is an interview with Kara Pasco, Spa Director at Drift Spa, who shares valuable tidbits about the spa, their treatments and the perfect itinerary.

Can you provide our readers with a brief overview of the spa?
Tucked away in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a refreshing and tranquil oasis at Island Resort & Casino’s Drift Spa. As soon as each guest steps off the elevator into a newly found sense of calm and tranquility, Drift Spa begins fulfilling the promise of an undisturbed and revitalizing spa experience. Our nature-based treatments and skilled therapists will help you relax, refresh and restore mind- body-synergy.

Drift Spa proudly utilizes and offers natural, “clean-beauty”, and local products. Our therapists will walk you through compatible take-home products to continue to nourish and beautify hair, skin, nails and body at home.

If you were planning a half and/or a full day visit to your spa what would be the perfect itinerary to get the most out of your amenities?
The Drift Spa offers single treatments as well as full and partial day packages. I like to suggest the Day Packages because they truly offer the total spa experience and also save you money by bundling services. Spend a day with us and truly relax, it’s like no other spa experience in our area.

Mind – Body – Spirit Package
Restore balance and reduce tension with a 75 minute Hot Stone Massage, 15 minute Scalp Massage and Signature Sweetgrass Facial. You will leave feeling renewed and re-energized.
2.5 hours/$210

Just For Girls Package
Relax and unwind while tension is released from your back, neck and shoulders with an Express Target Massage followed by a Signature Sweetgrass Facial and Finishing with an Express Pedicure.
$160 per person

Just For Guys Package
Relax and unwind while tension is released from your back, neck and shoulders with an Express Target Massage followed by a 25 minute Gentlemen’s Facial and Finishing with an Express Pedicure.
2 hours/$160

How do you differ from the other spas in the area?
We like to stick to our roots and honor and embrace the healing traditions of the Native Americans. The Drift Spa is dedicated to mind, body and spirit renewal. When you get off the elevator onto our floor, you really feel like you are transported to a different place, a sanctuary. I believe we are the only place that does this. You aren’t just taken into a room, you experience the feel of a luxury spa from start to finish.

Please describe the signature and/or most commonly requested service?
The Drift Away Massage

Our new signature massage will put you at ease with relaxation and peace to the mind, body and spirit. Incorporated with Swedish Massage techniques and aromatic scents to naturally relax the muscles.

50 min/$95 * 80 min/$125

Our Signature Services consist of the Sweetgrass scent offered as a Sweetgrass Facial 25min/$65 50min/$95 and Sweetgrass Body Treatment 90min/$135.

Do you have any current specials or packages?
Every season we feature a few treatments and packages. This winter we are highlighting several treatments.

Body Treatment – 60 min/$90
Facial – 30 min/$65
Manicure – $35
Pedicure – $45

Treatments can be booked online at https://driftspa.com/

Any other amenities you would like to highlight?
The Drift Spa features a full spa and salon.

Services Include:
* Manicure/Pedicure
* Hair cuts, Styling, Coloring/Etc
* Make Up Application
* Massage/Body Treatments
* Facials, Hydrafacial MD
* Waxing/Tinting
* Spa and Bridal Packages

Spa guests are welcomed to enjoy the pool, fitness center, sauna and steam rooms as well as the tranquility room the entire day of their service. Stay as long as you would like.

Anything else you would like to share to our readers?
Drift Spa Hours: Please keep in mind part our spa/casino/hotel resides on the border of the Eastern/Central time zones. All times and reservations are reserved in Eastern Time.

Drift Spa Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

We suggest guests  arrive 15 minutes  before their scheduled appointment. This allows plenty of time to change and arrive early for their treatment.

More Information:
Drift Spa at Island Resort & Casino
W 399 US 2 &, 41
Harris, MI 49845


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Jennifer Weis is the Publisher of SpaTrips.com. Jennifer is a jettsetter that has traveled the world to review travel destinations and spa resorts. She frequents golf trips with her husband, Brian the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, but prefers poolside over the fairways.

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