Long-awaited Spa at Silver Legacy opening Sept. 15 at The Row in Reno

Here’s three words that might best describe the new Spa at Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno: Fiery Snow Massage.

The creation of George Powell-Lopez, the resort’s director of spa and wellness, the Fiery Snow Massage incorporates traditional hot stone massage (my favorite) with cool stone chasers to invigorate and relax the muscles.

“It’s a form of cryotherapy and heat therapy at the same time,’’ Powell-Lopez said.

Here’s the rub (pardon the pun). You’ll have to wait until Sept. 15 when The Spa at Silver Legacy officially opens as the latest high-end amenity at The Row – comprised of the Silver Legacy, Eldorado Resort Casino and Circus Circus resort in the heart of the city.  The Row features more than 4,000 hotel rooms, 25 restaurants, 22 lounges, 11 nightclubs and three casinos. Each hotel in The Row is connected through a series a walkways that makes for seamless and simple walking between the properties.


The only thing missing was a luxury spa. It’s no longer missing.

“What we have done is create something different and really special that hits home with Reno and the Lake Tahoe area,’’ Powell-Lopez said.

Indeed. The 21,000 square-foot spa – Phase II of Silver Legacy’s $100 renovation plan that began in 2016 – features 12 treatment rooms (including three couples rooms), three relaxation lounges, a salt inhalation chamber, two private hospitality suites, seven hydrotherapy soaking tubs, two steam rooms, two saunas, and boutique and salon.

An 8,000 square-foot pool deck includes a waterfall and fire feature, co-ed hot soaking tubs, and shaded seating and sunbathing lounges. The entire spa and pool complex is located on the fourth floor of the Silver Legacy.

For inspiration to create the Fiery Snow massage and other treatments, such as the four-hand Pair of Aces, Powell-Lopez spent hours exploring the Reno-Lake Tahoe area for the appropriate botanical ingredients.

“I saw there was a lot of fauna that I could possibly extract for some scents,’’ Powell-Lopez said. “So I contacted a professor at the University of Nevada-Reno who gave me a list of indigenous items.’’’

Those included white pine needle bark, which smells like vanilla; sage, pine and desert peach, a pink flower that grows along the slopes of the High Sierra Nevada.

“I think we through 40 different items before we decided on two scents,’’ Powell-Lopez said.

Each of the  botanical ingredients, which are encapsulated in oils, scrubs, candles, body and hair treatments, Lopez added, are designed to inspire a one-of-a-kind scent and enlightening experience. For example, the white pine tree, reflected in The Spa’s logo, was infused with sage to create a full sensory, authentic replica of northern Nevada’s great outdoors.

“Every finite detail of The Spa – from the style and intimacy of our spa treatments, to our custom-mixed scents and carefully selected color palettes – is designed with the intention to provide our guests with an unrivaled relaxation experience,’’ Powell-Lopez said. “It’s a metaphysical odyssey, allowing the conscious mind to recognize eminent beauty while the subconscious mind encounters a new level of repose and bliss.”

Renderings: Silver Legacy Resort Casino


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