Relax In Northern Nevada At These 5 Luxurious Reno-Tahoe Spas

With a plethora of outdoor recreational activities, a growing cultural scene and legalized gambling (of course), Northern Nevada is a popular getaway for those in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Las Vegas residents are also starting to see the northern light, visiting the Reno-Tahoe area for its pristine blue lake, tree-covered mountains and slower overall vibe.

When it comes to those leaving Las Vegas, jet setters have it easiest since the flight to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is barely an hour, and the airport itself is relatively easy to navigate. The drive north on U.S 95, on the other hand, is nearly eight hours long, and not too green or scenic. It is, however, dotted with glimpses into Nevada’s history, including ghost towns, brothels and haunted hotels, as well as interesting outdoor art.

Whether you’re heading to the Reno-Tahoe area to hit the slopes, kayak in the Truckee River, hang at the beach, seek out hot springs, win in the casino, embrace your spiritual side at Burning Man two hours north of Reno, or to deal with legislative business 30 minutes away in the state’s capital of Carson City, you eventually need a break. How about a spa day to rest, renew and reboot?

Here are 5 luxurious resort spas in Northern Nevada where you can pamper yourself from head to toe (hair and toenails too). Note: Lake Tahoe is split down the middle by the state line, with California on the west and Nevada on the east. There are lush spas on both sides of the divide, but this article focuses on those in the Silver State.

Spa at Silver Legacy

Photo Credit: The Spa at Silver Legacy

The Spa at Silver Legacy is the newest Northern Nevada spa, built as part of the recent $100 million renovations at The Row in RenoEldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus. The 21,000-square-foot, modern luxury spa includes 12 treatment rooms, three relaxation lounges, a salt inhalation chamber, two private hospitality suites, seven hydrotherapy soaking tubs, two steam rooms, two saunas, a co-ed soaking tub and a swimming pool with an 8,000-square-foot deck area.There is also a full-service salon, retail area and fitness center.

Spa Director George Powell-Lopez describes the spa as “a metaphysical odyssey, allowing the conscious mind to recognize eminent beauty while the subconscious mind encounters a new level of repose.” Treatments at the spa utilize vegan and all-natural blends as well as plants indigenous to the area like Russian Sage, Jeffrey Pine Bark, White Pine, Desert Peach and Roseberry. Before or after your treatment, enjoy custom tea-pairings from Davidson’s Organics and a full menu of food and champagne cocktails. The ambiance is enhanced by a warm, crackling fireplace and a soothing fountain feature. On the outdoor pool deck, overlooking the mountains, a heated-plunge pool beckons. Inside, cocoon-like swings hang from the ceiling, whispering your invitation to a comfy nap.

Spa Atlantis

Photo Credit: Atlantis Casino, Resort and Spa

With the only Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star designation for a spa in Reno, the 30,000 square foot Atlantis Casino Resort Spa features 15 treatment rooms, a Hammam, herbal steam rooms, cedarwood saunas, a heated Laconium relaxation lounge and a light-therapy lounge. The spa submerges your senses with the healing power of water. There’s an aqua spa lounge with jetted hot tubs, cold water pool and experiential shower (ice fog, tropical rain, thunderstorm, tropical) as well as an outside pool deck with a pool and heated whirlpool (open year-round). 

Spa Atlantis is decorated with calm, healing colors, natural stone and natural light. A full menu of treatments promises to nourish the skin, please the senses and kick your cares to the curb. As a guest at the spa, you have full access to a state-of-the-art fitness center and a full-service salon.

Spa at Grand Sierra

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The Spa at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is a tranquil sanctuary with eucalyptus-infused steam room, dry saunas, relaxation lounge, both unisex and co-ed hot tubs, spa boutique, fitness room and salon. The treatment menu offers a variety of massage and skin care rituals, all of which incorporate organic minerals and natural botanicals.

Opt for an exotic treatment with warm bamboo sticks or stick to something more traditional like deep tissue or Swedish massage. Book one treatment or pick a package, which lets you experience two or three. Either way, you’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, champagne or beer during your serene stay at this Northern Nevada spa.

Spa Toscana

Photo Credit: Peppermill Reno

Wellness is the focus of Spa Toscana at Peppermill Reno. The three-story, 33,000 square foot spa treats your well-being, inside and out. There are 24 treatment rooms, hot and cold plunge pools, a eucalyptus steam room, cedar wood saunas, and the only Caldarium (indoor pool and sun deck) in Northern Nevada. Guests at the spa also have access to a spa boutique and a full-service salon.

Designed with Mediterranean architecture, Spa Toscana features a full menu of massages, facials and body treatments. Some therapies utilize Acoustic Resonance Therapy, designed to harmonize your senses with music. Before or after your treatment, the Caldarium is a serene spot to soak in natural light and enjoy a full menu of spa cuisine.

Stillwater Spa and Salon

Photo Credit: Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency

Set at a 6,000-foot elevation amid the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas and pine-covered peaks in Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village, the Stillwater Spa and Salon inside the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino offers an elevated atmosphere of luxe mountain elegance. Among the 16 treatment rooms are two couple’s sanctuaries, one with a fireplace and one with an infinity tub. Amenities include a eucalyptus steam room, dry cedar saunas and relaxation lounges.

A full menu of treatments like mud wraps, massages, fireside rituals, hydrafacials with hydradermabrasion and luminous Vitamin-C facials provide you with a major “altitude” adjustment. There is also a fitness center and a full-service salon.