Best Spas in Tahoe

10 Best Day Spas and Hot Springs in the Lake Tahoe Area

Lake Tahoe is known the world over for a place to come for outdoor sports. However, you might need to recover from those sports with a deep tissue or sports massage or a calming facial. These 10Best day spas and natural hot springs in the Tahoe area cover everything from the ultra luxurious at the Ritz-Carlton spa and the Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency to a more local approach at Mountain Aloha Massage or Zynergy Massage & Wellness. Each of these spas will offer a wellness program perfect for your body.

For a real sumptous treat, try the Royal Coconut Milk and Honey treatment at the Resort at Squaw Creek or the delicious Coffee Cake Break at the Ritz-Carlton. If you want to be right by the lake, get a massage at Massage on the Lake Day Spa in Tahoe City or a beach side massage from the friendly therapists at Mountain Aloha Massage & Bodywork.

If you just want to get into some hot water, take a break from the casinos and check out the whirlpool spa at Onsen at Montbleu in Stateline, Nevada. Other ultimate hot water experiences can be had at the clothing-optional Sierra Hot Springs in Sierraville or Steamboat Hot Springs near Reno. The mineral waters at this historic Mission-style building have been soothing tensions for over a hundred years.


The Onsen Spa at the Montbleu resort in Stateline, NV features a fitness center, men's and women's private relaxation rooms, saunas, whirlpool spas with waterfalls and a eucalyptus steam room. This stylish spa is a great place to get away from the rest of the hotel casino and pamper yourself. Any service you book at Onsen will give you all day access to the rest of the spa Onsen's services include massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and Pevonia spa products are used at the spa. Complimentary towels, shampoo and lotion is also available. For $80 enjoy a $25 minute Swedish massage or a Couple's massage for $250 for 50 minutes. Hair and nail services are around $40 and the spa also offers waxing and tinting services. Their exotic treatments include a Yellow Horned Poppy Cellulite treatment for $140 and the Mountain Oxygenating Body Bliss treatment for $150. Reservations are recommended at least 24 hours in advance.

Recommended for Spas because: Onsen's eucalyptus steamroom is really relaxing and the whirlpool spa has a waterfall.

Christina's expert tip: The therapists at Onsen are friendly and professional.

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If you want a body treatment on your next trip to Lake Tahoe, Lauren Payne and Mountain Aloha Massage will give you a hands-on personal treatment for an affordable price...with a little both of the islands thrown in. The sessions at Mountain Aloha include a traditional Hawaiian massage called the Lomilomi which is characterized by continuous, long and flowing strokes; utilizing the forearms at varying speeds and pressures. Mountain Aloha's signature massage is an Intuitive Integrative massage and the studio also includes Deep Tissue, Sports, Shiatsu, Hot Stone and Reflexology into her services. Other massages include Orthopedic Massage, Side Lying Massage, TMJ Massage, emphatic Drainage and a Teenage/Child Massage. Mountain Aloha's prices include discounts for seniors and Tahoe locals as well as groups of four or more. A Lomilomi massage is only $75 for 60 minutes and a 30 minute Sports Massage is only $40. You can also choose from Pamper Packages that include two hour massages for $145.

Recommended for Spas because: The Lomilomi massage brings Hawaiian healing to Lake Tahoe.

Christina's expert tip: This smaller massage studio has a wide range of therapies.

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This historic hot springs is located down the Mount Rose Highway near Reno and is only a half-hour drive from Lake Tahoe. This landmark is a Nevada state registered landmark and the only operating geothermal springs in Reno. Steamboat offers many preventative wellness therapies utilizing the mineral-rich water that flows from under the desert. The spa is housed in a Mission style building and is relaxing and calm. In addition to hot and cool geothermal hydrotherapy offered in private and communal mineral tubs and steam room, the spa offers therapeutic massages, detoxifying mud wraps, salt and sugar scrubs, Reiki and facials. They are on the cutting edge with vibrational therapeutics, full spectrum light therapy, sound table therapy, and energetic healing. They also provide naturopathic physician services, special events facilities, guest accommodations, and a variety of classes, courses and seminars. The professional massage therapists are amazing and offer wonderful therapies in calm rooms surrounded by the sound of music and water. They encourage that you take a mineral tub first before your massage. Prices for services range from $15 for a tub to $125 for a two hour massage. A hot stone massage is $90 for one hour and the signature massage is $80 for one hour. Affordable day packages like the Relaxation Spa Day are available for around $100 and include the Sound Table Therapy service, an aroma mineral bath and an aromatherapy massage.

Recommended for Spas because: The Steamboat Hot Springs resort is low-key and not intimidating.

Christina's expert tip: Steamboat has an outdoor mineral water pool with views of the mountains.

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This lovely wellness center in Truckee, California takes a holistic approach to well being. The therapists at Zynergy offer a full range of services including massage, acupuncture, functional nutrition, and holistic medicine. They have been voted by locals has having some of the best therapists at the lake. Their massage services include Swedish, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue and Trigger Point and the signature Winter Warm-up that includes moist heat packs and essential oils. Rates range from $80 for an hour massage to $160 for a two hour massage. The acupuncture treatments include Heat Therapy, Cupping and Magnet Therapy. An initial consultation and treatment costs $120. What sets Zynergy apart from other spas are the services which affect the inner body. The spa offers botanical medicine and an on-staff herbalist as well as functional nutrition which is a food-based health care system.

Recommended for Spas because: Zynergy's holistic approach is a healthy, balanced way to treat yourself.

Christina's expert tip: Zynergy also offers mobile and chair massage services.

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The Spa at The Landing Resort in South Lake Tahoe offers restorative day spa treatments that use the natural Tahoe beauty as inspiration. The signature treatments utilize organic products and natural botanicals and many products are produced locally in the Lake Tahoe area. The treatments include specialized massages for apres skiing, biking and hiking activities, hot stone massages, facials, body wraps and waxing. Four state-of-the-art treatment rooms offer a haven of peace and tranquility and the spa also features a sauna, steam room, relaxation lounge and showers. The lounge area serves detoxifying teas and access to the pool area. The Spa at the Landing Resort specializes in wedding, honeymoon and vacation getaway treatments and the spa is also available for private rentals. The Spa Boutique offers their own line of skin care line, body treatments, and other sumptuous products used by our therapists and aestheticians. Make reservations on the spa's website or by calling 530.600.3509.

Recommended for Spas because: The Landing Resort is conveniently located on the beach in South Lake Tahoe

Christina's expert tip: The Spa at the Landing Resort also offers a couple's room and couple's massages.

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Massage on the Lake is conveniently located in Tahoe City on the West Shore of the lake. This day spa includes two massage treatment rooms and they offer facials, mineral makeup, soothing massage oils and other skincare products. The spa offers a variety of massages including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Craniosacral, Polarity, Myofascial, Neuromuscular Reprogramming, Reiki, Reflexology, Prenatal with a drop out table, Trigger Point, Aromatherapy and Lymphatic. A 1/2 hour session is $55 and a 2 hour session is $160. Massage on the Lake also offers packages and specials. Their facials start at $105 with a hot stone massage and they also offer a 1/2 hour mini-facial for only $65. The therapists also offer a hot stone or Ginger Fomentation body treatments as well as salt glow and aromatherapy wraps. For a wedding or special occasion, Massage on the Lake will also expertly apply your makeup. For a bridal party, makeup application is $50 per person and flower girls are only $20.

Recommended for Spas because: Massage on the Lake has friendly and professional therapists.

Christina's expert tip: Massage on the Lake is located right on the shore of Lake Tahoe

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One of North Lake Tahoe's most luxurious spas is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the lake: Squaw Valley. The Spa at the Resort at Squaw Creek brings the outdoors in with water features and the colors and textures of the Tahoe mountains including birch trees and river rock. The spa has 10 treatment rooms, memory foam relaxation couches and a sanctuary with hot tea, a spa boutique, lock rooms and steam rooms, outdoor whirlpools and year round swimming pool. The spa also features a fitness center. Therapies include various massage and body treatments including Deep Tissue, Swedish, Sports and Hot Stone. The spa also has a High Altitude Massage for $165, a Pregnancy Massage and a Face and Scalp Massage that only takes up 25 minutes of your time. Body Treatments include the Royal Coconut Milk and Honey treatment, a Firming Seaweed Wrap and the unique Squaw Valley Sacred Journey which includes the use of indigenous plants and herbs, basalt stones and a deep forest aromatherapy blend oil.

Recommended for Spas because: The Spa at the Resort at Squaw Creek was voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top spas in the world.

Christina's expert tip: The Spa at the Resort at Squaw Creek offers a High Altitude Massage.

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Sierra Hot Springs
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Sierra Hot Springs is located about 40 minutes north of Truckee in the Sierra Nevada mountains. This non-profit retreat and workshop center has several options for clothing optional bathing including a large warm swimming pool, a hot pool inside the Temple Dome and a few forest pools scattered among the pine and aspen forest. The center also offers spa services and a sauna. The main lodge is open for guests to relax during the day or as a hotel during the night. The lodge has a community kitchen where guests can cook meals and the Philosophy Cafe offers dinner on certain nights (please check with the hotel). The cozy lobby has a large wood stove, a library and large soft couches for lounging around after your soak in the hot water. Rates for the resort include a membership rate and a day rate. The membership rates are $5 for one month, $20 for one year and $300 for a lifetime. Daily rates are $15 per person for three hours and $20 per person for all day. The pools are open 24 hours for both guests and the public.

Recommended for Spas because: Try the Watsu massage in the large hot spring pool.

Christina's expert tip: The dressing room is a co-ed room with private showers.

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The Stillwater Spa at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe is an elegant spa nestled in the high Sierra Nevada and reflects the beauty of the lake and mountains. The power of nature is also used throughout the spa's services. Stillwater includes 16 treatment rooms including two couples sanctuaries, one with a fireplace and the other with an infinity tub. The spa also has a stylish fitness center, men's and women's relaxation and locker rooms, and a full service salon. The daily admission fee of $24 is applicable to all guests not receiving spa treatment or salon services. The fee includes use of locker, robe, slippers, dry cedar sauna, eucalyptus steam room, relaxation areas and locker room amenities. Services include massage, aromatherapy, facials and salon services. Some of the most popular treatments are the Lake Tahoe hot stone and therapeutic massages. They also have a Golfer's Massage and a Mother Nature Massage designed for pregnant women. The Stillwater Spa also has an 80 minute Sierra Dreams body exfoliation and wrap and the Mountain Gentleman Facial that also lasts a heavenly 50 minutes.The salon services include haircuts, pedicures, manicures and blowouts for special events. Spa prices range from around $50 for a haircut to up to $230 for the 80 minute massage and body wrap services. Stillwater also offers seasonal and holiday spa packages.

Recommended for Spas because: The Stillwater Spa is one of the most stylish and relaxing spas at the lake...and it's right on the lake.

Christina's expert tip: The Stillwater sometimes has specials that include champagne.

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The Ritz-Carlton Spa
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If you want a real touch of luxury, the spa at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort has some amazing therapies to choose from. This luxurious spa features 17 treatment rooms, a fitness center, a wellness program with a variety of fitness classes and a heated co-ed spa lap pool that looks out over the ski runs of Northstar. The spa also features a lounge with fireplace and a eucalyptus steam room. Treatments include various packages like the three hour Relax package with a Lake Tahoe stone massage and a signature organic facial for $345. Seasonal treatments include the Apr�s Ski Massage and the delicious Coffee Cake Break with deeply exfoliating sweet caramel body scrub infused with caffeine, a simmering bath soak to hydrate and a massage with caramel‐scented body lotion. The Ritz Carlton's spa also features nail and hair treatments including the Aching Feet Rescue and the Green Tea and Peppermint Manicure and Pedicure. Hair services include shampoo and styling, bridal styling, color and children's haircuts. Most services are between $35 and $95. The Spa will also create an artistic makeup design for your wedding or special event.

Recommended for Spas because: The Ritz-Carlton's spa is one of the most luxurious spas in the Tahoe area. Prepare to be pampered.

Christina's expert tip: The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton also offers customizable spa treatments just for you.

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Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina