New Hotel Tower To Open, Renovation In Works For The “Sky”

Earth Tower Ceremony 4.27.16 press image 21UNCASVILLE:  The Mohegan Sun’s new 400-room, $130 million Earth Tower will be opening in a few months. With the construction crew buttoning down the finishing touches Mohegan Sun management has announced a two year $50 million renovation project for its iconic Sky Tower

The 1,200-room hotel first opened in 2002.  As part of the update, rebranding of the existing spa, the existing 22,000 square foot Elemis Spa will be renovated and rebranded as an Mandara Spa, [opening 2017].  The new Mandara Spa in the new Earth Tower will open this fall with the new tower.

The Mandara Spa which will be on two separate locations on the property, the company’s release says the brand was established in Bali, Indonesia and features a “tropical, multi-cultural spa experience rooted in the Balinese tradition of healing touches.”

Victoria’s Secret is being added to The Shops at Mohegan Sun, this fall. The Art of Shaving, a “premium barber spa” and shop has opened this summer and Tom’s Urban, will open with what the casino decantation calls a “travel inspired menu” with more than 40 beers on tap. A new sit down Asian restaurant, Jumbo Oriental, will also open this fall open featuring Chinese, Vietnamese, and Southern Asian offerings

The renovated rooms will feature a new “e-tray arrangement” in lieu of a mini-bar, refrigerators, as well as an iPad, for controlling room temp, room service and TV control. The hotel corridors and lobby furniture will also be updated as part of the project.   

Let’s Get Pizza

It was no surprise that Sally’s Apizza would make it to a national list of the best pizza in the US. has published for four years an extensive list of pizza offerings around the country.

The editors note that they have previously included long time New Haven and national favorite and Sally’s rival Frank Pepe’s Pizza.  The reason given is that Pepe’s expansion to multiple locations has effected the consistency of the product – perhaps more likely the uniqueness.

Many best pizza lists have also included, Modern Pizza in New Haven, Zuppardis In West Haven., which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2014.

On the Thrillist this year came Camille’s Wood Fired Pizza, in Tolland, population 15,000. Tolland is in driving but not Pizza delivery distance of UCONN. The website liked the Spicy Roni, [pepperoni, red onion and peppers], and the Billy Bianco, a white pie created by chef and proprietor Dave Noad who did do an employment stint at Pepe’s.