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April 12, 2021

With conditions constantly evolving during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working hard to have the proper sanitation protocols and policies in place to keep our staff and guests safe. Plexiglass has been installed as a barrier between desk associates and guests, Spa Grand Traverse and Resort restaurants have limited hours, and tables have been moved to maintain proper physical distancing. Resort associates will wear masks or face coverings while inside.

We have a no mask, no service policy. Guests are expected to bring their own masks, but if they damage or lose theirs, one will be provided to them. Bandanas, gaiters, and face coverings with valves that allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape will no longer be allowed. These select face coverings allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape and are no longer considered a best practice. This new policy applies to Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Turtle Creek Casino, and Leelanau Sands Casino and there are no exceptions to this policy.

Under the policy, masks are expected to be worn:no shirt no shirt no mask no service

  • when guests enter buildings
  • are inside and moving about
  • riding in elevators
  • walking in common areas
  • while on the shuttle bus
  • at outdoor functions like weddings, receptions, and in all group settings

Masks can be removed:

  • while outdoors (if not in a group)
  • in the pool
  • on the golf course
  • inside hotel rooms

Masks must be worn by all adults and children two years and older. This policy is to ensure the safety of all who work at and visit Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

We will update this information as plans change. For additional questions, please call our Reservations team at 231-534-6000.

At Grand Traverse Resort and Spa we are have made key changes to our operation to encourage guest safety and social distancing. These changes include outlet closures and service changes. Here's the latest update about safety and what's currently available at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa:

Housekeeping during COVID-19

Due to COVID-19 we will be suspending in stay housekeeping services for the time being. If you need additional towels or trash bags during your stay please call extension 6400. 

Housekeeping and cleanliness are always among our top priorities at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. While we are dealing with COVID-19 we have stepped up our already high cleaning standards to better protect our guests and staff. Our additional cleaning measures include:

  • Providing extra hand sanitizer stations throughout the resort
  • Clorox 360 electrostatic sprayer is being used to regularly in public areas
  • Increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces, Hotel and Condos with a focus on high-touch areas
  • Daily training and updates to staff regarding housekeeping procedures and hygiene protocols.
  • In an effort to respect your space, and to keep you and our team safe, we will not be providing housekeeping service for the duration of your stay. Should you need additional towels or other amenities, please call the front desk and we will be happy to deliver the items and place them outside your door

We also took this time to do a deep clean of our facility and we are closely following the CDC cleaning recommendations. You can view them here:

In addition to following all CDC and Michigan best practices like practicing six feet of social distancing we are digitally thermometer testing each employee as they enter the facility. Employees are also required to complete a screening questionnaire prior to the scheduled shift.



  • Shuttle service to Turtle Creek Casino is not available at this time
  • Housekeeping daily stayover service is not available at this time
  • The indoor water playground is closed

Spa Grand Traverse Safety Information:

We are excited and ready to welcome you to Spa Grand Traverse. We have been working diligently to ensure our staff and guests are kept safe during their visit. While we were closed, we continued to provide regular sanitation of the spa, as well as implementing new protocols based on state of Michigan guidelines. This includes the following:

  • Checking the status of our staff’s health by no-touch temperature check and verbal screening
  • Staff will wear safety shields, masks and gloves during all services
  • Allowing 6ft of social distancing from other guests always other than your treatment provider
  • Limiting spa groups to 4 guests or less
  • Consistent cleaning schedule of high traffic areas, as well as tools used during each service
  • All providers certified in proper sanitation

We ask that everyone understands the parameters we will be putting in place for your safety. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us at 231-534-6750.

*On arrival to the spa, please call the Spa Desk at 231-534-6750 and we will inform you when you will be able to enter the spa facility.
We also require that our guests adhere to the following:

  • All individuals that enter the spa will need to bring their own mask for their visit, and wear it over their nose and mouth during the length of their stay, including during massage. At this time, we are unable to offer Couples Massage or same room treatments due to state mandate
  • Each guest will be screened upon entering the spa with a no-touch temperature check
  • Each guest will be required to fill out our online Guest Health Form prior to every spa and salon visit. Click on "Complete Form" in your confirmation email to fill out the form
  • Guests will not be able to bring anyone not receiving a treatment with them
  • Please note that we ask that your time spent in the spa relaxation area is kept to a minimum after services, as it is important to not allow our guests to congregate for too long. Feel free to use our Health Club lounge or Pool deck after services.
  • Pools, hot tubs, saunas, and the fitness center are available to guests receiving Spa services. There are capacity limits on these areas.

If you feel unwell or have been exposed to COVID-19, please call the spa and cancel your appointment(s), and we will waive the cancellation fee.
Please note that with things changing quickly and calls coming in at a rapid pace we will always do our best to keep you informed and provide the high standard of service that you have come to expect from Spa Grand Traverse.

Health Club:

Open. Guests must call the Health Club Desk at 231-534-6770 to reserve a work out time in the gym.

Masks are to be worn at all times in the health club, face mask must be worn on the pool deck until your are in the water, and while playing tennis. Locker rooms will no longer be available except for the restrooms at this time. Please come ready for your work out and or swimming.

Attention: Water features such as the slide, lily pads and splash pad are currently closed per the State of Michigan. Lap Pool is closed for use from 6am-10am Monday-Friday due to lap swimming and Aqua Aerobics. Current capacity restraints for pools and hot tubs- please note that per the State of Michigan we do currently have capacity restraints in place. We ask that our guests be conscious of these restraints and adhere to them as they enjoy our pool facility. If we hit our capacity for the pool deck, guests will be turned away for admittance and offered the option to receive a text update when space becomes available. Face masks are to be worn while on the pool deck with the only exception being when entering the water.
The fitness facility has a limited capacity of 12 guests amongst all 3 fitness rooms. Reservations are encouraged in order to ensure availability. Please call 231-534-6770 to schedule your work out. Face masks are to be worn while working out.

Tennis COVID Update - 4/12/21
All Health Club Members, Club Member Guests and Resort Guests must check in at the Health Club Desk ahead of time to confirm all players in attendance for the court. All member and guest names must be given to Health Club desk when booking the court AND when checking in on the day of your court rental for contact tracing purposes.

  • Masks must be worn at all times on and off the indoor tennis and pickleball courts. Masks may be removed when playing on the outdoor tennis courts. Masks must be worn while spectating at the outdoor tennis courts.
  • A maximum of four players will be allowed on court at one time for adult and junior play. A maximum of six players will be allowed on court at one time for adult and junior lessons (led by a GTRS Resort Staff Pro). Players must maintain 6 feet of distance between one another during play and during breaks in play. Chairs and benches will be set up to allow proper distancing. Please keep chairs and benches where they are.
  • Players will replace the handshake with a match ending racket touch.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are on court. Players are encouraged to sanitize hands frequently.
  • Please plan to arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled court time in case there is a short wait at the Health Club desk check in.

Court Rentals: Allowed for Health Club Members and Resort Guests. Singles and doubles play is allowed for tennis and Pickleball. Walk on court time at full price is available for Members and Resort Guests. Outdoor courts are available for Members and Resort Guests by calling the Health Club Desk at 231-534-6770.
Ball Machine: Health Club Members, Hotel Guests and Guests of Members only. Allowed with a max of four players on the court.
Private Lessons: Allowed with up to 6 players and a coach on one court.
High Performance, Levels 1-6, Cardio Tennis, Drop In Pickleball: All classes and drop in programs are available.
Events, Tournaments, etc: Events will be allowed to continue with one spectator per player. All spectators must wear a mask at all times and maintain 6’ social distance.

Questions? Please contact George Lowe, Tennis Director at 231-534-6770 or [email protected]

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HydraFacial delivers results on first treatment

By Cymbre Foster

When Spa Grand Traverse cosmetologist Sandra Umstead received her first HydraFacial, the results were so amazing that she knew it was something she wanted her clients to experience as well.  
HydraFacial is a patented technology that marries a deeply cleansing facial treatment with relaxation.
“After just one visit, this medical-grade procedure leaves the skin with improved clarity, texture, and tone,” Umstead says.
I admit I needed convincing that it could be that good when I arrived at the spa for my first HydraFacial. Truth be told, I’d rather spend my money on a new pair of shoes than skin care, and I didn’t think she would be able to do that much with my neglected, sun-damaged, slightly saggy, middle-aged skin.
Was I ever wrong.

Instant Results
A HydraFacial is a three-part treatment that begins with cleansing that removes dead skin cells and excess oil from the skin. Next, salicylic and glycolic acids are applied to break up any dirt and oil that's clogging pores. Then the HydraPeel Tip is used to painlessly suction out blackheads, dirt, oil, and impurities, while hydrating, plumping, and nourishing serums are simultaneously applied to the skin.
“No more manual extractions that may leave the skin blotchy and inflamed,” Umstead says. “The powerful serums break it all down, allowing the vacuum to pull it all up.”  
The best part is that after just one HydraFacial, you will see immediate results. I certainly did.
“This treatment satisfies our need for instant gratification, so clients can’t wait for the next treatment,” Umstead says.
Corrine Olson is one of those clients.
“My favorite facial at the spa is the HydraFacial,” she says. “It’s the first time I can say that I noticed results.”
Each treatment starts with before and after photos.
“We have the ability to compare them side by side after your treatment,” Umstead explains. “This allows us to better track your progress every time you come in.”
For many clients, seeing those results is motivation not just to come back, but also to continue better skin-care regimens at home.
Umstead pulled up my pictures, and, to my surprise, I had fewer lines on my face and my skin was truly hydrated — literally glowing, in fact.

Part of a Skin-Care Routine
Since Umstead has consistently treated herself to HydraFacials, she no longer needs to wear makeup. Her skin did look flawless.
For long-term benefits and correction purposes, Umstead recommends treatments every six weeks. For maintenance, she suggests having one each season.
“This treatment is fairly active, and I like to think of it as waking up the skin,” she says.
“It’s invigorating and satisfying in many ways, which keeps clients coming back for more.”
When a friend commented on how nice my skin looked the day after my HydraFacial, I had to agree.
“You will leave with your skin glowing, looking healthy, hydrated, and with overall better skin tone,” Olson says. “I plan on keeping this as part of my skin-care routine.”