The Project

The 18,000-square-foot Mandara Spa Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, in Cherokee, North Carolina, is an upscale respite from gaming or outdoor activities in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. HBG designers were inspired to meet the design standards of the Mandara brand, while also giving tribute to Cherokee tribal influences found throughout the resort. Both modern and mystical, the design intent is a contemporary interpretation of Mandara’s Balinese heritage, combining both eastern and western traditions. Asian touches are warmed by use of natural materials. Carved wooden accents, rich granite, decorative lighting, and neutral colored interior elements emphasize the luxuriousness of the spa facilities, including private spa therapy rooms and a relaxation lounge with outside patio area.