A Haven of Luxurious Tranquility and Fitness in Las Vegas- The Encore Spa
Due to my husband’s business, I have found myself in Las Vegas twice per year for the last ten years. Now, I don’t drink, gamble and have more clothes than I know what to do with, as I live on a boat and keep most of my clothes in a climate controlled storage unit which I call my rather large walk-in closet. So, what’s a lady to do in Las Vegas? Go to the spa and fitness center! As I’ve spent two weeks every year for the last ten years exploring the spas of Las Vegas, I’ve had the pleasure to become a bit of an expert on the subject. Of course, over the passage of time, the spas have improved, as have the fitness facilities.
My current favorite is the Spa at the Encore.
This space is as beautiful and serene as it is functional. The soaring spa lobby area is infused with decorative touches from the sea, as well as Asian styles all intermingled elegantly. One can’t help but to stop and appreciate the loveliness of the room, while eagerly anticipating the check in process to begin the day of pampering and playing.
My day today began with a deep tissue massage by the skillful male therapist named Stoyan. His hands were magic! I am a bit of a jock and have chronic knots in my neck and back, due to my daily work outs and frequent travel. It’s often difficult for me to find a massage therapist who is truly trained in deep tissue massage. Often times, I lay on the table tensing more because the therapist working on me just doesn’t seem to understand my needs. Today was my lucky day! I left the treatment rejuvenated and ready for an intense workout.
The fitness center at Encore is well-stocked with just about anything one needs for a satisfying workout. I enjoyed a self-imposed spin class on a bike, followed by mat work and free weights. Of course, there was just about any and every machine one would desire, should one be into that type of routine. All of the equipment was immaculate and in place.
Next, I took the time to enjoy the steam and sauna facilities, as well as the lovely “wet area” which contains various plunge pools and water features with various temperatures and water pressures. There are also heated chaise lounges on which to simply close your eyes and listen to the tinkling of the water on rain chains behind the lounges. I’ve been known to take a cat nap in this room.
Another of my favorite rooms in the spa is the treatment waiting room, which is completely curtained with luxe fabric for a dramatic effect and is stocked with healthful snacks, coffees and teas- as well as current travel and fashion magazines. This room is heavenly and always inspires relaxation and the feeling of being away from it all.
Throughout the ladies’ lounge and wet areas, the stunning mixtures of textures are visually magnificent. One feels completely pampered and peaceful in these surroundings, almost echoing to a voluptuous time of tasteful decadence. I’m always inspired by what I will do in my next home.
Canyon Ranch in Las Vegas is a fabulous spa, but I prefer the Encore, as it’s a segregated spa- clothing optional. Females only in the female area. Don’t get me wrong, I love men- just not in my spa time. I encourage anyone visiting Las Vegas to book time in the Spa. You won’t regret it!