Open House: Grande Spa Granite Falls
Serena, my new Spa Day sim, was having a stressful time at her medical career, and I had just built a spa that needed testing.
So, Congratulations, Serena, you are the winner of a two days, two nights all-expense paid trip to Granite Falls, to the Grande Spa.
The next day, Serena slept in a little, and then took the short walk from her cabin to the spa. It has been said in the media, that some sims will object to the fact that the spa blocks the view from the campground, but the people who plan to go to the spa regularly don’t understand that complaint at all.
After all, the architects made a serious effort to help the spa blend with the natural environment…. there is wood, and stone on the facade. Plus, the circle zen spa logo is so reflective of nature, and so ubiquitous throughout the spa.
Upon arriving, Serena got a welcome massage. I’m not sure if that’s very relaxing. At the moment, it looks painful!
Those fizzy welcome drinks are quite popular.
But after the foot massage, she felt very relaxed and happy.
Next, she wandered upstairs, wondering, what was up there?
The spa gift shop!
“Hmm, I wonder why all these are here; I don’t seem to be able to buy them.”
“I think I’ll try one of those fizzy welcome drinks now.”
And now, for the welcome hand massage.
After exploring the lobby and getting her welcome drink and massages, Serena wanders down to the pool.
There is also a sauna between the steps that lead down to the pool, and the stairs that lead up to the bistro deck.
Serena checks out the lobby restroom before her next adventure. Very Zen.
She heads towards the ground floor locker rooms, to change into a robe.
Oops, Serena, this is the men’s locker room! How did that happen?! I put the “Boys Only” door there! I thought the arrows should face in, but they are supposed to face out. Well, while I fix the doors, so you can get out, why don’t you check out the men’s only mud bath area?
I think we got you out of there without anyone being alarmed.
Ok, this way to the women’s locker room. It’s behind the slats, for extra privacy.
It looks like Serena changed her mind, and decided to do some yoga or meditation before changing into a robe and getting a massage.
If you were going to get a massage, you’d go through those double doors into the massage suite. Going upstairs takes you to the yoga studio.
Here’s my favorite massage room, which is to the right of the main massage suite.
But Serena’s heading out to the mediation garden instead.
While Serena’s meditating, I’ll give you a tour.
The yoga room, on the second floor, overlooks the meditation garden and campground on one side, and the lake on the other. Classes are available every hour.
On the first floor, the massage area overlooks the meditation garden on one side, and lake on the other. To me, this is one of the most serene spots in the whole spa, where you wait to get a massage.
The massage area has five massage stations, with some more private than others. The one through the doorway is designed for friends to get massages together. There is also one massage station downstairs.
Let’s check on Serena– she’s getting really deep into her meditation.
I think she’s going to be meditating for a while. Meanwhile, I’ll show you the layout. Because as a simmer, I live for layouts… but if you don’t, I’ll never know if you just mouse past these four pictures!
While Serena’s still meditating, I’ll show you the pool and adjacent areas, which I’m quite happy about.
This seems like a really fun room for friends to hang out in, in the hot tub.
And they can watch people swim by.
Next door is the basement sauna
Which also has a pool view
While we are in the basement, I’ll show you the men’s locker room, since I’ve fixed the doors and Serena won’t be able to.
You just exit the sauna and go across the hallway to the locker rooms.
Basement men’s locker room
As with all the locker rooms, shower rooms are individual, very deluxe.
Serena’s finished meditating for now.
She’s ready to do some yoga, and a Mind-Centering class is beginning.
That guy in the hoodie really needs a shower!
Thank goodness, he finally decided to leave!
I love the lake view. I designed the whole spa to take advantage of it from the yoga studio, bistro, and two of the massage stations.
Class is over, and Serena heads to the gym to get a yogurt.
And enjoys it under the stars on the bistro balcony.
Next she heads to the basement locker room. I wonder what she’s thinking to do next?
Watching the fish is very relaxing.
She changes into a robe
Is she going to the massage room?
Nope; she’s going to the sauna upstairs. (For some reason, saunas don’t work in the basement right now. I hope they fix that.)
Oops, Serena stayed in the sauna a little too long, now she’s gotta get back to the bathroom, quick!
Let’s try out the mud bath.
Good thing the showers are nearby. Serena got cleaned up, and went to her cabin for the night.
The next morning, Serena came back to get a massage. She had breakfast on the patio overlooking the lake and mountains.
But the rarefied air of the spa patio was not any protection against the bugs that were so pervasive throughout the campground. Serena tried to shoo them away.
It was finally time for her first massage appointment. She relaxed and waited to get the Swedish Massage.
Immediately following that massage, she got the hot stone massage.
Aaah, that’s better.