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Las Vegas is anything short of spas in the relaxation department. Whether you are looking to indulge in a luxurious, world-class spa experience on the Las Vegas Strip or sneak away to unwind for an hour or two at a Day Spa off the Strip, there are plenty of options available to fit your mood and your schedule. What is so wonderful about going to the spa is that it is something that can be enjoyed alone, with friends, or as a romantic gesture. With so many spas to choose from in Las Vegas, local travel blogger experts, Lala Sams and Stefanie Van Aken, are here to guide you in the right location and experience for you.

No matter which type of spa suits you, there are a few industry standards and tips to know about while booking and planning that much-needed pampering time.

Not every spa is meant for every body. Keep this in mind while researching the options both on and off the Strip. While some spas are grand and beautiful, others are more streamlined and intimate. Reflect on what type of environment creates a sense of calm and peace before you book. What your BFF likes might not be what you enjoy at all. The beauty of living in Las Vegas is the variety of options available to everyone. Check on-line or drop in for a quick visit before committing to services to ensure you have found your happy place.

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Also, keep in mind spa packages and treatments can be quite pricey, but they don’t have to be. Expect to pay anywhere from $60 up to $300 or more for one-hour treatments, depending on the magnitude and complexity of the service. Sometimes, gratuities are included in the price of a service, so be sure to ask. If an actual spa service is not within your budget, but you still want the experience of an on-Strip spa, consider purchasing a Day Pass, which will allow you full access to the spa, steam, sauna and other amenities. (Be sure to check with the Spa Host for exact details on what a Day Pass includes.) This is a great way to gain access to relax your mind and body without stressing out your wallet.

If you have never had a treatment, start out with something simple and not as pricey or abrasive to your skin. A one-hour Swedish massage is usually the perfect introduction to the spa. The more visits, the more brave you will get to try new things.

Speaking of stress, the looming question on most first timers minds is, “Birthday suit or Bathing suit?”. The answer:¬†whatever you are the most comfortable wearing. Both are acceptable. Remember it is all about YOU! Don’t worry about what anyone else may be thinking or doing. Make sure you feel your most confident so you can enjoy your time at the spa.

Ask! Don’t be afraid to ask. Maximize your time by being familiar with your surroundings. Take advantage of the products and facilities. If you don’t know how to use something ask. Next time you won’t need to.

No matter which type of spa suits you, there are a few industry standards and tips to know about while booking and planning that much-needed pampering time. Here are some tips to ensure your spa experience is uneventful from booking to paying.

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Spa Visit

  1. Decide on the type of spa and environment you prefer.
  2. Have a budget in mind.
  3. Research treatments and packages.
  4. Arrive at least 30-minutes prior to your treatment, even earlier if you have time, in order to utilize everything, settle in and relax.
  5. Bring a bathing suit if needed for comfort.
  6. Have the Spa Host give you a brief tour of the facilities, and demonstrate how to operate sauna, steam, jacuzzi.
  7. Turn off cell phones. Don’t speak loudly with your girlfriends or be disruptive. Good time to remember the Golden Rule- do unto others as you would want done to you. This totally applies for your spa time.
  8. If you have skin sensitivities, call ahead and speak with the Spa Host about the products being used. Remember to ask about the products available in the locker rooms as well. You may want to bring your own to freshen up after your treatment.
  9. Be sure to confirm if a gratuity is automatically added to the service. Proper tip scale is 15%, 18% or 20% depending on your experience.
  10. Lockers are available almost 100% of the time, but it is probably wise to leave special valuables at home. Even in the most innocent of situations, rings, earrings, bracelets and watches can be left carelessly behind once the mind is in a state of total relaxation. We speak from experience.

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This post was written by: Stefanie (22 Posts)

Stefanie Van Aken is RockStarMomLV, a lifestyle writer of all things Vegas, and contributes to several national on-line magazines. Stefanie loves food, wine, yoga, and living green. A mommy to 4 (with a set of 1 year old twins), wife, girlfriend and RockStar all rolled into one. You can read more about living her life at www.RockStarMomlv.com.