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Encore spa is currently rated #1 on Yelp in Las Vegas so I knew it was going to be a great introduction to spas in Las Vegas.
The spa is a mix of Morocco…meets Vegas…and I was IN from the moment I saw this photo…
The Deets You Need to Know!
- Two large indoor heated pools (103 degrees) with ergonomic seats with timed jets (so comfortable!)
- Cool plunge pool (80 degrees)
- Cold plunge (70 degrees)
- Three waterfall showers and two specialty showers
- Steam sauna, dry sauna, showers
- Gym Facilities
- Women’s only lounge area
- The ambiance in the lobby and Moroccan themed hallway are beautiful
- Very Clean
- Above average massage service
- Full spa facilities
- Very limited co-ed space to hang out with your significant other
- No access or view to the outdoors with a standard service
- Lacked the ‘wow’ factor for an avid spa-goer
- Showers were less than average
The lobby (shown above) and facilities are above average but little to make it a highly memorable experience for someone who visits spas regularly.
8/10 (Rounded up from a 7.5 due to the Moroccan hallway and the lovely walk past all the flowers to the Wynn buffet!)
Solo spa days; Girl spa days; Guests at the Wynn and Encore
- There are no co-ed locations within the spa, only the lobby. Make a plan with your partner to meet up after your treatment if needed.
- Check out the chart in the pool area that shows the recommended order of the facilities. It’s a great way to get the best benefits from the spa!
- Lockers have digital locks and a small tray for jewelry which is always appreciated for any rings and earrings.
- The spa recommends arrival at least 30 minutes before your treatment.
- Plan to spend more time if you are in a group. Plan to come at least 45-60 minutes early and 30-60 minutes after to enjoy the facilities.
The Full Deets (For those of you who want all the details)
Service, Cost, and Reservations: 7/10
I requested a custom massage on their Spa Treatment Menu. At $170 for 50 minutes, the price was comparable for the other spas in Vegas. Sadly, they weren’t offering any deals on the travel sites but I recommend checking TravelZoo and Groupon anyway because there could be a deal. You can enjoy a day pass to the facilities if you stay at the Wynn or the Encore.
I used their web reservation system and was contacted via email requesting I call to make reservations. A quick phone call and we were set!
Check in was easy and I was escorted back to the woman’s locker room after a quick kiss with Kevin and confirmed our plan to meet 30min after our treatments.
Just behind the check-in door, the room opened into a lounge area with comfy chairs and sofas, fruit and basil infused water, hot tea, and a fruit bowl. The only downside to this room was the TV over the electric fireplace airing football. Usually that’s at a local nail salon, not a five-star spa. I would have loved to see some sort of nature or scenic channel on.
Once you turn the corner into the locker room, the space is one long hallway with the changing areas/locker rooms and amenities on each side. The locker rooms were beautiful and had full size lockers that would be great for storing any larger items needed. Possibly a fabulous cocktail dress for martini’s after? It is Vegas of course!?
Traveling to the end of the hall, the pools are set in a large room with a skylight shining down on two white statues. The large silver tiled wall at the back of the room is definitely going on my list for future home designs! The wall of bells that also serve as a water feature behind the warmed stone lounge chairs were beautiful. While this room was lovely and a step above your average day spa, it wasn’t over the top.
The heated zero gravity chairs were very comfortable but sadly, attendants didn’t frequently sweep to pick up towels from the last guest.
The cool pool was a great way to keep you from overheating, especially since it wasn’t ice cold like the other one that can be uncomfortable. There is also a large bowl of ice covered washcloths with cucumber slices outside the steam room.
Steam Room Tip! To stay in longer, place a cold towel over your face so you can breathe normally. It may look odd but if you’re going naked, a cold washcloth over your face is the last thing to worry about 😉
The steam room and dry sauna were standard and could have easily sat 8+ people. The dry sauna was a tad cool as I could have easily sat in there all day.
The Nakedness Level – High
When I arrived in the women’s area, I immediately see a tall blonde casually strolling down the hall, completely naked, sort of a like a Greek Goddess. While I realize this is a spa and clothing is optional, this was on a whole new level from my previous spa visits. It’s usually the older ladies letting it all hang out 😉
There was a mix of women aged 25 to 60 and the naked theme continued in all parts of the spa. So either be excited that you can strut your stuff, or be prepared for some amazing people watching. Many women were in bathing suits so if you’re not quite ready to go full buff, you won’t feel out of place or be the only one in a swimsuit.
Ambiance – 8/10
Music played throughout and incorporated a lot of nature sounds. Even the wallpaper seemed to coordinate!
I was really looking forward to experiencing the dreamlike hallway I’d seen in the photos. When you walk through the door on your way to the service, it’s something out of a movie scene! Unfortunately, it’s something that lasted about 10 seconds! My walk was cut short as the treatment room was literally 20 steps from the entry.
Amenities – 9/10
The robes were plush and the slippers were very comfy! They had much more feminine look and were very comfortable to wear.
The snacks offered in the waiting area were a bit disappointing. Usually, there are more options of fruit, granola, nuts, and dried berries. There were only a couple different nut mixtures with some hot tea.
The Service (My Custom Massage) – 7/10
I was picked up for my service and greeted warmly by my therapist in the dimly lit waiting room.
Sadly, I don’t recall her name. I’m terrible at remembering names. It’s a thing. I’m working on it. 🙂
The treatment room was darkly lit with brown tones and a narrow wall length mirror. The therapist asked for areas that needed extra attention and noted that medium to firm pressure was used for the custom massage. Eagerly, I nodded as I had a few knots that needed the extra attention.
When the therapist returned, she attached a piece of citrus/mint scented cloth to the underside of the table. It was a bit strong but eventually, it dissipated. I noticed my therapist had calloused hands which was a bit distracting but overall, the massage good and the unique drum music made the experience very enjoyable.
Post massage, I met back up with Kevin to compare experiences. He felt a bit underwhelmed given the cost but agreed the facility was more upscale than most and the lantern hallway was the highlight. His massage was average and that’s saying a lot. He always loves his treatments. We decided to do one more circuit prior to leaving.
Back into the world – 6/10
After my last circuit following the chart, I used the shower that is in a large area with about 10 private rooms. This was one of the most disappointing showers I’ve ever experienced at a spa though. There was little water pressure and the shower head could have been picked up at the local hardware store for $3. It barely got the shampoo out of my hair. The shower gel had a nice scent but I wouldn’t count on it being the highlight of your visit.
- Standard hairdryer
- Combs, brushes
- Some of the best hair volumizer I’ve ever used
- Cotton balls, Q-Tips
Overall, this was a good introduction to the spas in Las Vegas but I’m looking forward to comparing it with others!
Make it a Dream Day!
I would recommend having a light breakfast and reserving your service mid to late morning. Arrive early to enjoy the facilities, enjoy your service, and then relax for another hour. Once you’re relaxed, shower and head over to the Wynn buffet (my favorite in Vegas!). The menu has been refreshed and the unlimited mimosa’s for $19 are well worth it. Enjoy a decadent lunch and then head to the casino floor for a little roulette or craps. Once you’ve spent (or won) enough money to call it a day, head back to the spa to get ready for the evening. It closes at 8pm. Slip into that cocktail dress and head to a show (I’d recommend one of the amazing Cirque Du Soleil shows) and a late dinner.
How about you?
Have you been to the Encore before? What spa would you recommend in Las Vegas?
*My photos are a bit limited since you only allowed to use your phone in the lounge and there are no pockets in the robe to cautiously take photos 😉 For other photos, check out their website, TripAdvisor or on Yelp.