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Bigger spa, new golf course highlight latest amenities at Pechanga Resort & Casino

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Nestled in Temecula Valley's picturesque Southern California Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino offers a destination setting for those looking for gaming excitement or just a place to kick back and relax.

The immense 200,000+ square-foot casino floor is not only California's biggest, but larger than any casino in Las Vegas as well, sporting 3,400 slots and more than 130 table games, in addition to a huge 54-table Poker Room, recently voted the best poker room by Casino Player Magazine. With such an expansive resort, new features are routinely being added, such as a top-rated golf course, as well as a massive expansion to the spa.

Located in the 517-room AAA Four Diamond hotel is Spa Pechanga, a vast rejuvenation paradise with 10 therapy rooms, specializing in various massage styles, facials and body wraps, as well as teeth whitening. There is even a couples' room for shared relaxation. The couple's room goes well beyond what you would expect at even the best appointed spa, with a Jacuzzi tub for an after-treatment soak and a couple's shower with a raining ceiling. The Spa also features a full-service hair salon, as well as manicure stations and pedicure chairs with full nail service (acrylics, gels). Brand new facial clinical treatments from G.M. Collin Paris have recently been added to the already extensive list of services.

Journey at Pechanga Clubhouse

The spa's lobby is home to a wide assortment of high-end retail products. Guests can even purchase one of the "Cuddle Soft" robes, which seem to magically wash away stress the minute you step in one.

Spa Manager Rachel Chase aims to make the large, beautiful facility as warm and friendly as you might find at a smaller spa. "You are not a number at Spa Pechanga," she said. "We know our guests, and our guests know that Spa Pechanga is one of the very best in Southern California."

For the most complete treatment, try the "A New You" package ($300), a 4 1/2 hour transformation from head to toe. Seasonal specials are available and can be found online at spapechanga.com.

The spa offers a variety of bridal packages to go along with the resort's newest wedding site, located at the Journey at Pechanga Clubhouse. Using the ancient great oak trees that line the course as a scenic backdrop, the ceremony site is right next to the latest Pechanga restaurant, Journey's End, which makes the perfect reception spot. Local food critics have been swept away by the cuisine at Journey's End, and the restaurant/bar was featured in a recent issue of FORE Magazine as a standout "19th Hole."

The Journey at Pechanga is a world-class, 72-par, 7,219 yard golf course that rises and falls 300 feet in 18 holes.

But the restaurant is not the only thing winning accolades. The Journey at Pechanga course was recently named the fourth "Best New Course You Can Play" by the most widely read golf publication in the world, GOLF Magazine.

Snaking through the native canyons and ravines of the Temecula Valley, this world-class, 72-par, 7,219 yard course rises and falls a breathtaking 300 feet in 18 holes. Journey was designed by the award-winning architects Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest and will challenge even the best pros, with alternate tee boxes giving the casual player a decent shot at making par as well. The course is host to cultural exhibits that chronicle the history of the Pechanga people. Carts are equipped with a state-of-the-art GPS system with course tips and narration by U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Corey Pavin, the official Journey touring pro. Pavin will participate in several upcoming events at Journey, leading up to and following the famed Ryder Cup in 2010.

In addition to Journey's End, the Clubhouse is host to a spectacular three-story waterfall and a 2,800-square-foot Pro Shop, providing the best equipment technology and golf wear. Visit journeyatpechanga.com for more information.

Pechanga continues its tradition of offering a world-class destination and exciting gaming experiences, all located in the scenic, wine country getaway of Temecula. For information call 877-711-2946 or visit www.pechanga.com.

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