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First Time At The Spa: Do It In Vegas

Last updated: June 21, 2017 at 8:50 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on First Time At The Spa: Do It In Vegas.

First date. First kiss. First trip to an exotic country. First everything. Whenever it’s a first time for anything, you want it to be perfect. Your Vegas spa day should be no exception – it should exceed every level of greatness.

Whether you’re a spa virgin or maybe want a do-over from a not-so-great experience, we’ve got you covered. We’re going to make this time the absolute best time. Welcome to our Spa 101.

Las Vegas spa at Caesars Palace: Qua Baths & Spa

You should be here right now. Roman baths at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace.

Strip down to your comfort level

One reason our friends haven’t been to a spa yet is the clothing factor. And we don’t blame them, or you. The idea of stripping down to your birthday suit can be daunting. Fortunately, you’re in the hands of a professional. Even though your parts are covered the whole time, some guests feel more comfortable wearing a bikini bottom or underwear. Just know you’re never exposed and once you allow yourself to fully relax, it won’t even matter anymore.

Tip: Ladies, you can always request for a female therapist if it makes you more comfortable.

Las Vegas spa at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino

Get ready to glow with a facial at the Rio spa.

Stripping isn’t always necessary

If you’re not getting a massage, you don’t have to worry about stripping down. You can get a facial instead. However, you may want to wear a tube top because facials do include a massage around your collarbone area. You can also do a manicure and pedicure at the spa’s salon side.

Sparkle Drebert, manager at Rio Spa and Salon, suggests a foot massage for spa newbies: “It gives someone who is otherwise nervous relaxation without being too committed with taking off clothes.”

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Las Vegas couple spa day at Qua Baths & Spa

Who says you have to roll solo? Get a couples massage. Photo taken at Qua Baths & Spa.

Bring a friend

If it’s your first time and your BFF (or sweetie) are inseparable, then going together is perfect. Couples massages are popular and it’s a great way to bond with your bestie or boo since you’re in the same room. It’s also a great way to unwind after a crazy Vegas weekend.

Arrive early

You’ve heard the military saying: If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late! You should apply this same idea for a spa visit. Why? Because even if you arrive on time, you have to consider everything before a service. This includes checking in, signing any medical waivers or skin assessment forms, storing away your personal items, showering and finally slipping into your robe and slippers before meeting your therapist. You don’t want to rush through all that. And considering all of these factors, we’re guessing you’ll already cut into your treatment time.

Arrive early for you Las Vegas spa day to take full advantage of the amenities

Ladies, get ready to relax all day at Qua Baths & Spa.

Take advantage of the spa’s perks

There’s another reason for arriving early: You can enjoy everything the spa has to offer. You shouldn’t only be going for your treatment.

“Most first-time guests do not take full advantage of the spa facilities,” Joy Matti, manager at The Spa at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, said. “Ideally you should check in about 45 minutes to an hour prior to your treatment time to enjoy the steam room, hot tub area, and sauna. This will relax [and] warm up the muscles and allow for a heightened relaxing feeling during services.”

If you’re receiving a treatment, accessing the spa’s facilities / relaxation area is free of charge. If you choose not to get any services for the day, there’s a nominal fee to only use the facility.

Caesars Palace’s Qua Baths & Spa is one of our favorite Vegas spa hangouts. The woman’s side has its Roman bathing area, complete with lounge chairs, multiple pools and even built in waterfalls. (Our personal favorite spot is right beneath the waterfall. Ahh.)

Make sure to bring a towel to lay on when you go in a sauna or steam room. Also take advantage if there are cold towels, ice chips or bottled water nearby.

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Don’t be alarmed: You’re going to see some skin

Because a spa is a sanctuary where you can be completely and totally free, some spa guests let everything out. And we mean everything. Don’t worry if you’re not at that level. We’ve seen people walk around the spa’s relaxation areas in a bikini and that’s completely fine. Like we mentioned earlier, it’s all about your personal comfort preference.

Las Vegas spa at Caesars Palace features an Arctic Ice Room

The Arctic Ice Room at Qua Baths & Spa is the perfect way to chill.

Take Your Sweet Time

Have no plans for the rest of the day? Good. Keep it that way. Hey, keep your entire day blocked. At Qua Baths & Spa, you can chill in the Arctic Ice Room, which is a nice respite from this summer heat. Plus, the snow fall is way cool (pun intended).

If you do have plans, make sure it’s on a day you can still relax. Don’t plan a spa day late in the afternoon when you have dinner plans at 5.

“I would recommend about one hour to relax after service or even better, a nap if possible,” Matti said. “Then you will feel great and ready to go.”

“For resting, it all depends on how deep your massage was or what type of wrap you have experienced,” said Drebert. “A good rule of thumb for a deep tissue is to not do anything strenuous for the rest of the day. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and relax.”

Las Vegas spa features Himalayan salt room at the LINQ

Say bye-bye to sinus issues with a 40-minute Himalayan salt room experience. Photo courtesy of the spa at The LINQ.

Look for unique spa features

Qua Baths & Spa has its unique Arctic Ice Room, while The Spa at The LINQ has its only-in-Vegas Himalayan salt room (pictured above). Natural salt caves is an age-old remedy to help with congestion, asthma and other sinus conditions. You’ll need to book this 45-minute treatment in advance since it’s a popular amenity. It’s free with any service $50 or more, or if you’re coming here to just hang out at the spa, it’s $40 ($30 for hotel guests).

Also, consider your spa vibe. Do you want to explore a huge spa? Or do you think you’d feel more relaxed in an intimate setting? This will help narrow down your options.

Take a shower before your service

Trust us – you won’t be doing anyone a favor if you sit on your table all funky and smelly. Gross! It’s great to experience a service so fresh and so clean-clean anyway. We love the shower citrus-exfoliating product at the Rio Spa and Salon. It’ll make your skin super soft and you’ll go into your treatment smelling delicious.

Drink plenty of water

Vegas is no joke. Our dry, desert weather doesn’t play around, especially in the summer. While you’re here, drink as much water as you can. It’ll benefit you, especially during your service. If you plan on getting a massage, you may feel dizzy afterward if you aren’t hydrated enough.

Drink tons the night before, the morning of, before your treatment and right after. We can’t emphasize it enough. Just make sure you go to the restroom before your treatment. There’s nothing more inconvenient than having to go during your peaceful service.

Keep it real with your spa therapist

Not feeling the music or is it too loud? Tell them to turn it down. Or if you’re at The Spa at The LINQ, you can actually play your own music (Sade over everything, baby). Also, if there are certain spots of your body you want more focus on (like tight shoulders or a sore lower back), your therapist’s got you covered.

“You should also not be afraid to speak to your therapist about your likes and dislikes,” said Matti. “They are there for you and you should not be embarrassed to speak up.”

There’s really no reason to be timid. We’re sure you’ll be best friends by the time your treatment’s over.

The spa lounge at The LINQ has an appealing color changing wall.

Spa newbies: Start slow

The spa menu can look intimidating. Swedish massage or deep tissue? Aromatherapy service or a body treatment? Where do you even begin?! One easy rule to go by: the simpler, the better. If it’s your first time getting a massage, you don’t want to do a deep tissue. That’s too intense. Swedish massages, as well as facials, are a good place to start.

“I would recommend [our] relaxation massage or 50-minute signature facial,” Matti said. “This will give you a great taste of the spa experience with a nice introduction to popular services.”

As for aromatherapy, it’s been proven that different smells have different effects on the body: “Lavender is great for relaxation and citrus scents are great for energy and well-being,” said Drebert.

If you ask for a certain essential oil, it’s usually free of charge with your service. If your pregnant or have any other health concerns, let your therapist know; some oils may not be suitable for certain conditions.

Go upscale 

We know we just said to start off slow, but if you’re looking for something luxurious, pamper yourself with a Nobu-inspired treatment at Qua Baths & Spa. These treatments incorporate Natura Bisse products, a high-end beauty line used by celebrities like Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus.

The Nagomi Ritual is great for first-timers: You’ll start with a relaxing floral foot bath and exfoliating foot treatment which helps with tired, sore feet. Next, your therapist will drizzle aroma nectar along your spine before the aroma massage oil application. You’ll experience Asian-influenced massage techniques that increase relaxation, joint mobility and energy flow. This ritual also includes a facial treatment incorporating facial reflexology, as well as an exfoliation and mask that will leave your skin glowing.

The Spa at The LINQ uses body oils from 80 Acres scented with blood orange, lavender and “verde” to beautify and soften skin.

The Spa at The LINQ uses body oils from 80 Acres scented with blood orange, lavender and “verde” to beautify and soften skin.

Most products are available for purchase

Loved the aromatherapy used in your service? There’s a good chance you can take a piece of your spa day with you. Most products are available at the retail shop. Now that’s what we call a spiffy souvenir.

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Quick tips before you go

We know this whole blog’s based on tips, but we thought we’d put standard spa etiquette in one easy list. Now that you’re prepared for your big day, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Turn off your phone. Better yet, just leave it in your hotel room. This is a no-phone zone. You shouldn’t be distracting other guests anyway. Plus this is your one (rare) chance to escape the real world. Those texts and social media posts can wait. Also, keep your voice down. It’s like a library, y’all. You don’t want to be the person who ruins it for everyone!
  • Don’t forget to tip. If your spa service is a gift, inquire if there’s added gratuity. For your convenience, you don’t have to tote your tip with you. The front desk has tip envelopes in the front where you can add your money and write your person’s name on the front. (Tipping is typically 18 to 20 percent of your service.)
  • Don’t drink a lot of alcohol the night before. It’s fun when you’re in the moment — not so fun the morning after. Plus, when you get your massage, it releases all of those toxins. It’ll intensify your hangover and remind you of all the drinks (you shouldn’t have consumed) from last night.
  • Don’t wait ’til the last minute to cancel. It’s not fair to the therapist or to a potential guest who could have taken that spot.

Spa services make you feel so relaxed and most of us like hanging out at the spa without rushing to leave. Plan to leave your entire day free, get there early and get ready to be whisked off to total spa bliss. Find out more about Vegas spas here.

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