Monday, April 4, 2011

Variety is the Spice of Life


Vagabonding Lulu slept here.
My favorite travel destinations offer a wide array of experiences. Take Reno, Nevada. Reno offers mountain activities like skiing, hiking and kayaking as well as plush resort hotels, fabulous restaurants and world-class spas. Variety is the spice of life and so I enjoy mixing exercise with relaxation.

With over 40 feet of snow falling in North Lake Tahoe since October, ski conditions are phenomenal and I am “Jonesing” to get in one last ski trip. One of my fave Reno resorts is offering a great ski package through the end of April. Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa offers one night room and tax complete with lift ticket to Mt. Rose Ski Area, for only $89 per person based on double occupancy.

That’s like offering heroin to the junkie. Atlantis didn’t have to add the $20 food credit and $20 free slot play per room to get me there. And, as if the cake needed icing, a bottle of Baileys or Kahlua is included with every ski package room.

Not a skier? No worries. Take advantage of Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa packages that include spa treatments. You might see me there – soaking my skied-off leg muscles. Last year, I fell in love with the award-wining Spa Atlantis.

The “other-worldly” experience of Spa Atlantis is a great way to escape the cares of this world, and slip into another realm. When entering the spa, I felt as if I was crossing the threshold into a delightful underwater world. First, I discovered the Aqua Spa Lounge where you can loose yourself under a waterfall that pours over you and into soothing, warm pools. Then I headed for a poolside shower where -- in a private alcove -- I dialed-in a warm tropical rainforest shower, complete with sound-effect thunder. In the Nature Experiential Shower you can choose your very own water experience: Ice Fog, Tropical Rain, Thunderstorm or Waterfall. I called it heavenly.

I loved the Laconium Relaxation Lounge where the warm, tiled lounging benches fit my every curve. Laconium isn’t a mineral pumped into the water or air, as I first thought, but it is the name of the luxurious, warmed relaxation rooms that are popular in today’s upscale spas.  They are less humid or hot than a traditional steam room, and Atlantis’s Laconium made me feel as if I were underwater again. The gold-tone tiles reflected like a sandy ocean bottom, while candles flickered in niches in the aqua ocean-colored walls. A thousand points of “stars” twinkled above. The refreshing heat treatment calmed me like a warm ocean.

Laconium stimulates circulation, purifies and detoxifies the body while reducing stress. I pulled my plush cotton robe around me and “floated” to the next treatment room. Was I really turning into a mermaid?

Next, in the darkened Brine Inhalation Light Therapy Lounge, I unrolled a fresh, fluffy towel and laid it over a reclining chaise. Watching light illusions dance over a waterfall of decorative white rock, melted away any lingering care. The colors included in the spectacle were chosen for their ability to stimulate your senses both psychologically and physiologically. While Inhalation of the salts helped with my respiratory system, I could hardly keep my eyes open to watch the soothing, calming and peaceful colors of the ocean. The best part? All these spa experiences are included in the daily spa fee, or if you indulged in a skin or body treatment, they’re included in the treatment price.

Voted Best Casino Hotel Spa in the 2010 SpaFinder’s Readers Choice Awards, Atlantis Spa offers amazing treatments including the healing Cleopatra Milk and Honey Cocoon body wrap.

US Air offers five daily flights direct to Reno from Phoenix for only $219 including taxes and fees. Add some spice to your life with Reno’s variety of active and relaxing getwaway choices. See you there!

Vagabonding Lulu’s travel tips: order a ski package through Atlantis’ 800# and get free shuttle service from the resort to slopeside and back.

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