After a fantastic and long day skiing, I convinced the husband to take me to the spa!
We chose the spa at the hotel we had were staying in Reflection's at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. I could actually smell the lavender from the elevators every time I went up to my room. So I had high hopes. The front desk staff greeted us and we asked about availability and services. She handed us a menu and basically stared at us waiting for us to choose. I wanted a sports therapy but husband wanted a couples massage. When I asked if we could do both she looked at me like I was crazy and said in a slow, loud voice, "Sports Therapy is stretching and doesn't fit in the couples room." okay... bad day maybe? She then proceeded to tell me I didn't want sports therapy and described it like I didn't already know what it is or maybe couldn't read the description in the brochure she handed us. Husband and I looked at each other and started laughing. We took the couples massage... and I only stayed because they had pre-treatment rituals... sauna, steam, hot tub, I'm a sucker for those.
We arrived early to take advantage of the water rituals... I started with the sauna. The attendant was fantastic, she brought me iced water and showed me how to work anything incase there was an emergency. I didn't like that she kept calling me sweetie, even more since I felt old enough to be her mother... but my name is hard to pronounce and she struggled with it so I didn't correct her. Next I hit up the hot tub and then another round of sauna. By then I was sleepy and showered off for a nap in the relax room. The spa was pretty busy so the fruit and snacks were gone... and I was starving. So I drank about 5 glasses of water. Not smart, you will see why in a minute.
After a nice nap the attendant arrived with my massage therapist and took me back to the treatment room where my husband was already waiting. We don't really do a lot of "couples" things like this so I was nervous to see how it would go. And it was bad. The therapist didn't do a consult with me but husband said his did with him. The room was cold... not good combined with 5 cups of water and an empty stomach. 20 minutes in husband was snoring softly and I needed a bathroom. When it was finally time to flip I excused myself and got up, something I have never done before and hope to never have to do again. Talk about ruining the vibe. The massage wasn't great for me anyway... to light. I returned shortly... husband was still snoring and we finished out the massage. The therapist had a great feel to him but the massage was just too soft for me. I was really looking for something deeper.
Husband stayed for more steam and I showered off and went upstairs to my room and figure out dinner.
Overall... 4 stars for husband, we both agreed the locker room and attendants were 5 star... front desk, not so great, not even really good... massage 3.5... probably wouldn't try this spa again