Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spa Bellagio

I had been under the assumption that Spa Bellagio admitted only hotel guests. I assumed wrong. Yesterday, on a whim, I called to inquire about their policies. I was told that only on Saturdays you must be a guest of the hotel. The other 6 days of the week your money is as good as that of their hotel guests.
The price of a day pass is $40 which is in line with most of the other strip spas.
Having been to the Spa at Aria several times, my first impression was that I now know where they got the blue prints for the Aria spa. They borrowed them from the Bellagio. The lay-out of the wet area/steam room/dry sauna is nearly identical.
The top picture is of the wet area in the Spa at Aria. The bottom picture is of the wet area in Spa Bellagio

Both have the same set up in regards to tub temperatures. One of the 4 tubs is a cold plunge. The other three are of various temperatures ot hot water. The attendants at Bellagio were quick to convert the temps while giving tours to Europeans. 38 C, 39C and 40 Celcius.

The sauna and steam rooms, again, are laid out the same in both spas. Spacious describes them nicely.

Strangely, the shower inside the steam room supplied only HOT WATER. I brought this to the attention of the attendant and at first he just said, yes only hot water, and that other guests had mentioned it. It took me a while to convince him that I didn't think this was as it should be. He later told me that he had notified maintenance and that they would look into it.

There was a comfortable relaxation area near the front of the spa near the attendant desk.

The wet area, however, contained only two loungers and one upright chair. The supply (or not) of lounge chairs is a subject that confuses me. During very slow periods it isn't an issue. Otherwise, it's like dogs pissing on trees in an effort to mark their territory chairs. Every dip in the hot tub/visit to the steam or sauna leaves you wondering if someone else will be in "your" chair when you get back. I usually leave a section of newspaper on the chair with my reading glasses on top of the paper. I've found that this works fairly well, but it leaves me feeling somewhat guilty that I've hogged a chair....

The Spa Paito is a nice feature. Since the spa isn't on the ground floor I'd call it a Spa Balcony, but whatever. There ARE three lounge chairs located on the Patio so if you are all hot and sweaty when exiting the steam room, feel free to go outside and recline in 101 degree heat. The patio overlooks the pool complex which consists of at least 7 pools. As a smoker, I appreciate that there is an ashtray on the patio. It's the first concession to smokers that I've seen in ANY Las Vegas spa. At any other spa, sneaking a smoke requires that you exit the spa area and search out a place where smoking is allowed. Unless you bother to put your clothes on for the smoke, (and who wants to get dressed and undressed for the sake of a cigarette)you'll get glances as you wander around common areas in your robe. Some glances have a hint of "what is this strange man doing walking around in public in just a robe" and some have a tint of jealousy as they realize your are spending a day at the spa.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa Casino

I have been putting off a visit to this spa due to the fact that a day pass was priced at $50. Yesterday, on a whim, I gave them a call only to find that the price is now $40. Not great, but not quite so off-putting. The receipt still shows the price as $50 with a $10 discount so I don't know if the $40 price is a temporary situation or if they simply haven't reprogrammed their system to reflect the $40 price.

Perhaps the first thing you need to know about this spa is that it is in an entirely separate building from the hotel/casino and you can't get there from here. From the casino you must go outside, down a large set of stairs, past the pool and past the salon. Once you are in the spa building you must go down another large set of stairs. Yes, the spa itself is underground.
My initial reaction was that the spa was decorated nicely if not overly large. In fact the steam room and the dry sauna are quite small. There is a sink inside the steam room to facilitate shaving there should you so desire. The hot warm tub is of decent size. It has a few nice features such as the waterfall that materializes out of the wall and the floor to ceiling windows that all natural light into the spa.

Although the spa is subterranian, a sort of window well with an outdoor stone wall/waterfall/pool abuts the wet area.

There are three loungers in the wet area which face a large television mounted on the wall.

There are also two small televisions in the vanity area and two large televisions in the relaxation area.

Personally, I would remove the televisions in the vanity and wet areas. Relaxation/Tranquility and television don't mix well in my world.
Frank, the attendant, was a professional who seemed genuinely concerned that you have a good experience. Don't forget to tip your attendant!
Cons: No cold plunge, no shower inside the steam room, relatively small, price.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Finding the Perfect Spa in Las Vegas

When you think of a great destination resort, does the existence or lack of a quality spa enter your mind?
It should.
The perfect spa experience can serve as a much needed escape from the real world. Your visit may only be a few hours or it can span the entire day. Your expectations and wants will largely dictate the ideal spa for you as the spas in Las Vegas span the spectrum from utilitarian to luxurious. Our goal here is to find the right one for you. (Well, actually, the goal is to find the perfect one for ME, but my experience might be helpful to you as well.)
For my purposes here, I'll mostly be utilizing day passes only with the occasional massage thrown in for good measure. My observations will be limited to the men's side of the spas.
Your comments will be greatly appreciated since each of us will have different ideals. Now go spend some time in a spa.