Reflextions at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

April 28, 2011

Reflextions at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

After a fantastic and long day skiing, I convinced the husband to take me to the spa!
We chose the spa at the hotel we had were staying in Reflection’s at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. I could actually smell the lavender from the elevators every time I went up to my room.  So I had high hopes. The front desk staff greeted us and we asked about availability and services.  She handed us a menu and basically stared at us waiting for us to choose.  I wanted a sports therapy but husband wanted a couples massage.  When I asked if we could do both she looked at me like I was crazy and said in a slow, loud voice, “Sports Therapy is stretching and doesn’t fit in the couples room.”  okay… bad day maybe?  She then proceeded to tell me I didn’t want sports therapy and described it like I didn’t already know what it is or maybe couldn’t read the description in the brochure she handed us.

Husband and I looked at each other and started laughing.  We took the couples massage… and I only stayed because they had pre-treatment rituals… sauna, steam, hot tub, I’m a sucker for those.

We arrived early to take advantage of the water rituals… I started with the sauna.  The attendant was fantastic, she brought me iced water and showed me how to work anything incase there was an emergency. I didn’t like that she kept calling me sweetie, even more since I felt old enough to be her mother… but my name is hard to pronounce and she struggled with it so I didn’t correct her.  Next I hit up the hot tub and then another round of sauna.  By then I was sleepy and showered off for a nap in the relax room.  The spa was pretty busy so the fruit and snacks were gone… and I was starving.  So I drank about 5 glasses of water.  Not smart, you will see why in a minute.

After a nice nap the attendant arrived with my massage therapist and took me back to the treatment room where my husband was already waiting.  We don’t really do a lot of “couples” things like this so I was nervous to see how it would go.  And it was bad.  The therapist didn’t do a consult with me but husband said his did with him.  The room was cold… not good combined with 5 cups of water and an empty stomach.  20 minutes in husband was snoring softly and I needed a bathroom.  When it was finally time to flip I excused myself and got up, something I have never done before and hope to never have to do again.  Talk about ruining the vibe.  The massage wasn’t great for me anyway… to light.  I returned shortly… husband was still snoring and we finished out the massage.  The therapist had a great feel to him but the massage was just too soft for me.  I was really looking for something deeper.
Husband stayed for more steam and I showered off and went upstairs to my room and figure out dinner.
Overall… 4 stars for husband, we both agreed the locker room and attendants were 5 star… front desk, not so great, not even really good ZERO… massage 3.5… probably wouldn’t try this spa again