Sunday, September 22, 2013

Spa and Salon - Golden Nugget

















Address:  129 Fremont Street - 4th Floor of the Spa Tower

Hours:  6:00am to 8:00pm, seven days per week

Cost:  $20

Non-hotel guests permitted:  Yes

Amenities:  1 whirlpool, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising activity:  Low

Tips:

  • The spa is hard to find - even though I've been to the Golden Nugget dozens of times for dinner or meetings,  it took me about 30 minutes to find the spa on my first spa visit.  Here's where it is:  locate the Spa Tower elevators, which are in an alcove across from the Grotto restaurant/bar, and go up to the 4th floor.
  • The showers have these cool, kind of old-school analog thermometer devices in the controls that show the temperature of the water....not unlike a tachometer in a car (for some reason, I was fixated on these!)

Review:
Let's start with something positive:  the spa at the Golden Nugget equals or exceeds just about any spa on the Strip in terms of finishes and materials; they definitely didn't scrimp when the place was designed and built.  Now for the bad news:  the spa is incredibly small (comparable to the size of the spa at NYNY), and there's definitely not much hope for action.  There were only a couple of other guys  there both times I went, and none of them spent more than a couple of minutes using the facilities.

The locker room is about the size of a small living room, with shuttered windows overlooking the pool area below, and also functions as the lounge area.  The grooming area and showers are directly past the locker room, with the whirlpool, steam room and sauna immediately past the grooming area.  The whirlpool is located behind a low wall and up a couple of steps from the main passageway, and offers a secluded place for discreet encounters (not that any of the patrons here are looking for that).  Both the sauna and steam room are surprisingly spacious, considering the overall limited square footage of the spa.  Another drawback - no chaise lounge chairs anywhere, so this is definitely not the type of environment that invites you to linger.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Say It Isn't So, Caesars!

August 2013 has turned out to be a sad, sad month for me - and not just because I got another year older.  Qua at Caesars, the equal-opportunity "We Welcome Everybody!" spa on the Strip, has changed their entrance policy and will now only allow hotel guests on Saturdays and Sundays.  Sigh...I think a little part of my naked self has died.

I was first tipped off by a reader earlier this month, who was told of the new policy when he called the front desk of the spa.  Due to a busy travel schedule, I wasn't able to test it out until yesterday, when I was briskly turned away.  Non-hotel guests will still be allowed Monday through Friday - but don't count on a Saturday or Sunday visit if you're not staying at the hotel.

A reader posted yesterday that we should email Caesars and let them know of our displeasure - so if you're activism minded, have at it.  Because I just flat-out love the facility, I'm sure I'll make the occasional weekday visit - but darnit, this does put a crimp in my spa schedule.  (I love kicking back on the heated lounge chairs in the Roman pools area, naked as the day I was born, dick flopped over my thigh, watching ESPN and making the straight guys nervous.)  Just one more reason to head to Imperial Spa on East Sahara Avenue....

Update - November 2013:  A reader informed me yesterday that the cost for non-hotel guests on weekends has been raised from $45 to $100 per day.....yikes.

Update - October 2013:  Over the last month, I've been to Caesars on a weekday to see how the new policy has impacted attendance.  My first visit was on a Monday, and attendance was about 3/4 of what you would typically see on a Saturday or Sunday.  There were a number of guys looking to play, no different than what is typical.  At one point early in the visit, a uniformed security guard took a stroll through the spa and checked the steam rooms and sauna, but didn't do any additional rounds that day.  My second visit was on a Thursday, and attendance was down - only about 1/2 of the normal weekend attendance.  There was very limited cruising; and just like my Monday visit, a security guard made the rounds once and then left.  My most recent visit was on a Friday, and the attendance was similar to my Monday visit.  Cruising was about normal - a couple of guys discreetly showing wood, some furtive play in the steam room - nothing out of the ordinary.  What was different was that there was an older guy in a suit monitoring the spa the entire time I was there - occasionally strolling through the spa but not specifically checking the rooms, and spent most of the time stationed beside the front counter.  It just seemed a little odd; he was obviously a hotel employee, but not really doing security and not really assisting the spa attendants (but he was friendly - offered me a bottle of water on my way out of the spa).  My general impressions are as follows:  weekday attendance is still less than weekend attendance; the busiest time of day is still between 3pm and 5pm; cruising still occurs, but is a little more discreet than previously.  Still a great place to visit - and still has a greater number of visitors using the facilities than the other spas on the Strip.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Paris Las Vegas Spa by Mandara



















Address:  3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 2nd Floor

Hours:  6:00am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week

Cost:  $25 for hotel guests, $35 for non-hotel guests; 3- and 5-day passes are also available

Non-hotel guests permitted:  Yes

Amenities:  1 whirlpool, 1 cold plunge, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising activity:  Low

Tips:

  • Be sure to wear a robe if you're going from the locker area to the lounge; you're in partial view of the lobby area and any patrons heading to or from the gym (unless you want to flash the females).
  • The showers here are big, the lighting is dim, and the shower doors are opaque - I'll let you do the math as to the significance of those facts.

Review:  I don't want to be mean, but let's just say it:  This is a loser of a spa.

The spa is operated by the Mandara chain (operator of the spas at Planet Hollywood and the Tropicana), which bills itself as a luxury spa company - but the spa at the Paris is barely on par with any standard gym spa.  Sure, it does have those Matisse-inspired tile panels on the wall in the wet area, but that's not enough to make up for the minimal effort that was put into the design of the place.  The whirlpool, sauna and steam room are all decent but not outstanding; one of my biggest complaints about the space is that there aren't any lounge chairs in the wet area for relaxing after a soak or steam.  While not quite as deserted as Treasure Island or the other small spas on the Strip, this spa doesn't attract many patrons, and most leave fairly soon after their treatments or gym workout.  Oddly enough, there was a copy of Out magazine in the rack in the lounge area - but zero cruising activity on the several occasions that I visited.

Added note - please don't ever do this:  I watched a hot young stud come back from a workout in the gym, take off his socks and running shoes and put them in his locker, and then go straight to the wet area where he took off his tank top and got into the whirlpool wearing his sweaty gym shorts and without taking a shower first.  Ewwwwwwwww.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

For Locals: South Point is Out, Imperial Korean Spa is In





















As of September 2012, the Costa Del Sur Spa at the South Point Hotel is off-limits to non-hotel guests - and more importantly, off-limits to all of us local guys looking for a decent, legitimate spa where we could relax naked.  Some friends of mine, who were regulars at the South Point, were informed by a spa employee that management was specifically looking to crack down on sexual activity that was occurring at the spa.  Oops....our bad.

So - what's a local guy to do?

Don't get me wrong, I love hanging out at Caesars...but with a $45 entry fee, it's not some place you can go every weekend (and it's kind of a bad sign when the spa staff say "Oh - you're back again!" when you check in at the front counter).  Cosmo has jacked up their entry fee again, and their facilities aren't that great to warrant going there on a regular basis.  What other options are there for spas that allow locals and non-hotel guests?

Here's my suggestion:  let's take over the Imperial Korean spa (1070 E. Sahara Avenue - see my blog postings of May 15, 2010 and October 25, 2011 for more info).  The price is cheap (only $20) and it's open later than the hotel spas (until 11pm, 7 days a week), making it much more accessible.  Unlike the hotel spas, you're almost forced to go naked here, which is great for those of us who aren't shy and others who like to look.  The downside is that not many bi and gay men have discovered it - so there isn't much to look at - yet.  My buddies from South Point are starting to become regulars, and I'm hoping other guys will discover it too.  The last time I was there, a fit tatted guy with a big dick strolled in and made the afternoon more interesting - so there's hope!  Let's see if we can make this the "in" spot to hang out naked....


Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Spa and Salon - New York New York
















Address:  3790 Las Vegas Boulevard South, 3rd Floor - Empire Tower

Hours:  6:30am - 7:00pm, 7 days a week

Cost:  $10 for hotel guests, $20 for non-hotel guests

Non-hotel guests permitted:  Yes

Amenities:  1 whirlpool, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising activity:  Low

Tips:
  • The benches in the whirlpool are very low - but keep on squatting and you'll eventually touch down.  
  • The benches in the steam room are also pretty low, but they're comfortably wide enough to stretch out your towel and lay down.
Review:  For a hotel that has modeled itself after the "Big Apple," the spa is anything but big - probably one the smallest of any of the major hotels on the Strip.  With only 16 lockers total, it is correct to assume that the spa doesn't get much use.  The layout is a bit odd too - the door to the sauna is right next to the check-in desk, the showers are to the right of the check-in desk, the urinal and toilet stall are right in view of the main corridor, and you have to pass through the lounge to get to the whirlpool.  Despite the limited square footage of the spa area, the steam room, sauna, and shower cubicles are all relatively generous in size.  The only area that really suffers is the whirlpool, which may pose a problem for those with personal space issues - it will seat one guy comfortably, but two or more may become a challenge (added note:  If there's a guy already seated in the whirlpool as you're getting in, your junk is going to be right in his face as you go down the steps).  Cruising activity is minimal to non-existant - there were never more than a couple of other guys using the facilities while I was there, even during what is typically the busiest spa hours - and about half were wearing swim trunks.  The hot little spa attendant blushed and retreated behind his counter whenever I had my towel off (which, admittedly, was most of the time) - so I'm guessing he doesn't see a lot of cock on a day-to-day basis.  The verdict?  If you're looking for fun while staying at New York New York, I'd recommend looking elsewhere.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Oleksandra Spa & Salon - Treasure Island

















Address:  3300 Las Vegas Boulevard South,

Hours:  8:30am - 7pm, 7 days a week

Cost:  $27

Non-hotel guests permitted:  Yes

Amenities:  2 whirlpools, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising activity:  Low

Tips:

  • There's a shower stall off the sauna, which can also be accessed from the wet area - perfect for rinsing off after a good sweat.
  • The controls for the whirlpools are on the wall on the right-hand side of the wet area (but let the attendants handle the controls - for some reason, they're kind of touchy about guests working a simple on/off dial).
Review:  Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Yep, this one's another snoozer of a spa.  While the spa facility is nice and it appears to have been recently renovated, there's not much happening here.  I attended on a weekend afternoon during what is typically the busiest period for a spa, and there was practically no one there - you could literally hear crickets chirping in the background most of the time.

Getting down to the actual facilities - both the steam room and sauna have clear glass windows opening onto the main corridor, which would normally prevent any kind of activity from happening - but since there's practically no one in the spa, you could probably have a free-for-all in either space without any fear of being detected.  Temperature control in the whirlpools and steam room is decent, so you can linger in either for extended periods of time without getting overly "cooked."  All in all, this is not a bad facility - just devoid of clientele and any hopes for gratuitous nudity.

(Thanks to C for getting me in to the spa - and sorry it was so boring!)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spa by Mandara - Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
















Address:  3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South - located on the Mezzanine Level, just beyond the wedding chapel

Hours:  6am - 7pm, 7 days a week

Cost:  $25 for hotel guests, $35 for non-hotel guests; three- and five-day passes are also available

Non-hotel guests permitted:  Yes

Amenities:  1 whirlpool, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising activity:  Low

Tips:

  • If you want bottled water, it's in a small refrigerator on the far side of the lounge area - and make sure you're wearing a robe, because you're in view of the co-ed area of the spa.  There is a drinking fountain in the space between the sauna and the steam room if you want to save yourself the trip....
  • There aren't any lounge chairs in the wet area - only upright chairs - so there isn't any place to really relax and take a nap.

Review:  Yawn.

That about sums up my experience at the Mandara Spa.  Don't get me wrong - the whirlpool was decent, the steam room is generously sized and not too hot - but this just isn't the kind of place where guys linger.  Over the course of several visits, I noticed that the general pattern was this:  guys come in to get a massage, wait in the lounge watching TV, come back from their massage and take a 5-minute soak or steam, and then leave.  I felt a little odd, as I was the only guy who spent more than 20 minutes in the place.  My recommendation?  Try someplace else, unless you have a free pass and very limited expectations.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spa and Fitness Center - Flamingo Las Vegas




















Address:  3555 Las Vegas Boulevard South - ground floor

Hours:  6am - 7pm Friday through Monday; 6am - 6pm Tuesday through Thursday

Cost:  $20 for a day pass; $55 for a three-day pass, $85 for a five-day pass

Non-hotel guests permitted:  Yes (Neither the website nor the spa literature specify their policies for non-hotel guests; however, I have gotten into the spa without being asked for my room number.)

Amenities:  2 whirlpools, 1 cold plunge, 1 steam room, 1 regular sauna, 1 wet sauna (currently non-operational)

Cruising activity:  Low

Tips:

  • The controls for the whirlpools are on the wall to the right of the steps that lead up to the wet area.
  • Make sure to wear flip-flops/sandals in the steam room - there is apparently no drain in the room, so the hot water from the steam unit just discharges all over the floor.
Review:  Let me just say it:  the spa at the Flamingo is kind of a dump.  The design theme of the place seems to be "Miami Beach, circa 1978" - which is probably about the same year that they last did any maintenance on the place.  It has all the regular amenities - whirlpools, steam, sauna - but just isn't very inviting for hanging out naked.  This proved to be the case when I visited several times on a busy holiday weekend; while there were hot guys working out in the gym, there was never more than one other guy using the spa facilities.  The bottom line is this - don't waste your $20 here - shell out a few more bills and walk across the street to Qua.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Royal Treatment Spa - Excalibur Hotel and Casino

















Address: 3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South - ground floor, adjacent to the pool area

Hours: 6am - 8pm, 7 days a week

Cost: $10 for hotel guests; $20 for non-hotel guests

Non-hotel guests permitted: Yes

Amenities: 1 whirlpool, 1 sauna, 1 steam room

Cruising activity: Low

Tips
  • The steam room is perfect for playing - like the spa at Mandalay Bay, it has dual doors into the steam room, giving adequate warning if someone is entering.
  • The showers are themed by the fragrance of the body wash and shampoo inside - if you're in a "green tea and lemongrass" mood, it's the middle shower on the right; if you're more of a "coco mango" guy, head to the last shower on the left. (Totally gay, I know.)
Review: I'll admit it - I was downright frightened to go to the spa at the Excalibur. As the hotel has this whole "ye olde castle" theme going on, I was expecting the spa to resemble something out of King Arthur - rusticated stone walls, moat-themed whirlpool, spa attendants dressed in suits of armor. Thankfully, I can report that this is not the case. The spa appears to have been redone within the last couple of years, and features contemporary glass doors, lockers with an "industrial" surfacing, granite countertops, and a modern aesthetic that isn't found elsewhere in the hotel.

So much for the good news - now let's get to the bad news: a) The spa is tiny by Vegas standards; and b) cruising activity is nonexistent. While the spa is small and only has the basic three amenities (whirlpool, steam, sauna), the steam room has the perfect setup for guy fun - double doors, benches facing each other, decent size. However, to have a little man-on-man action, you need to have another man in attendance (not to overstate the obvious). I went once in the morning after a workout, and there was only one other guy using the spa facilities. I went back on a weekend afternoon during the prime spa hours (2pm to 5pm), and had the entire place to myself until the very end when I was joined by a hyper-straight guy wearing baggy trunks in the wet area - I could audibly hear his dick shrivel when he saw me getting out of the whirlpool stark naked, so I could tell he wasn't going to be any fun. While this spa has potential, it sadly lacks the quantity and type of clientele that could make it worthwhile.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

LA Spa Blog


















Time for me to do a little cross-promotion - I received a link the other day to a new blog that I thought readers of this site might enjoy:


Similar to my site, the blog provides reviews of Korean spas in the LA area, with information on pricing, amenities, and of course, the reason we all go - cruising. The site is just getting up and running, so only a few reviews are up so far - but additional posts are forthcoming.

I try and visit a Korean spa whenever I'm in LA, and so far I've been to a handful. Some are very well done and very cruisy (Century Spa); others are kinda dingy (Lions Spa - ugh). Check out the blog, and enjoy some naked time while visiting LA...

Friday, January 6, 2012

The Spa and Salon - Monte Carlo






Address: 3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South - 2nd Floor

Hours: 6am - 7pm, Sunday through Thursday; open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday.

Cost: $10

Non-hotel guests: Yes; the cost is $22.

Amenities: 1 whirlpool, 1 cold plunge, 1 steam room, 1 sauna.

Cruising activity: Low

Tips:
  • The switch for the whirlpool jets is on the wall facing you as you climb the steps into the whirlpool area (not the keypad to your left).
  • The shower cubicles have a full, solid door that can be locked - not that I'm suggesting anything could happen inside....
Review: Is it just me, or are all the amenities here really really hot?? I swear that the temperature for the steam room was set on "Hell," and the whirlpool felt like it was just a couple of degrees shy of boiling. Maybe it's because management knows how easy it would be to cruise this place if only the temperature settings were tolerable....

The spa at the Monte Carlo is one of the smaller spas on the Strip, designed and constructed before Las Vegas learned how to supersize things. Regardless, the facility is clean and well maintained, and has all of the expected features. The facility is long and narrow, with everything laid out along a central corridor - whirlpool area, sauna and steam room on the right, lounge, showers and grooming area on the left, and the locker area at the very end.

Cruising could be relatively easy here, if only there were any guys to cruise...the whirlpool and cold plunge are up a couple of steps from the main corridor and hidden by an opaque glass railing, making it possible for a good grope session without being viewed by others. The steam room has a double door and an L-shaped layout, making it possible to mess around undetected despite the clear glass doors - if only it weren't so damn hot. The sauna is the only place that doesn't lend itself to discreet guyfun, as all areas of the room are visible to the central corridor through the clear glass door.

The primary drawback to the spa is that it doesn't get a lot of patrons - there were never more than one or two other guys using the facilities during the times that I visited. While it only takes one other guy to make your spa experience memorable, the lack of attendance here puts the odds of that happening in the same category as leaving Vegas with more money in your pocket than when you arrived.

(A special thanks to my buddy J., who got me in to the spa and suffered through a couple of reconnaissance visits!)

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Feeling a Little Stiff?























It's happened to all of us: You're standing there naked in the locker room, the gym showers, or your favorite nude beach - and out of nowhere, your dick starts doing its own thing. You try thinking about doing your taxes, photos of advanced stages of gingivitis, your second grade teacher, but you're still stiff as a board and sticking straight out for all the world to see. Yikes.

One of my readers posed the question: What do you do when you get a full-on erection at an inopportune moment in the spa?

Here are my recommendations for hiding a stiffy:
  • In the steam room or sauna: If you're sitting naked on your towel, rotate away from anyone else in the room as you stand up, and wrap your towel around your waist so that your dick is pointing up (make sure your towel is high enough up on your waist so that the head of your cock isn't poking out). Another option is to pick up your towel and grip it along the top edge in the center, and then hold it up in front of you slightly above your waist level - this way, the draping of the towel will conceal your erection until you can get somewhere more private to wrap things up.
  • Exiting the whirlpool: This one is a little more difficult - about the only way to conceal it is to put your hand over your hardon so that it's pointing straight down, and then scramble for the nearest towel.
My best advice, however, is this: don't rush to hide it. Getting a chubby is one of the best things about being a guy - so don't be embarrassed or shy - smile, get up from the bench or out of the whirlpool, and move on like it ain't no thang. Having an erection in and of itself isn't a crime...it's only what you DO with it that can get you into trouble.

I was at a spa once, and saw a mid 20-something guy get up out of the whirlpool with a boner at half-mast. He let it bounce proudly as he climbed up the steps, then lingered at the edge of the whirlpool fully naked while chatting with his buddies, his dick standing stiff and straight in front of him. After a minute or two he finally wrapped his towel around him and headed off to the locker area. You gotta admire that kind of confidence.

So, the moral of the story is this - erections happen, the straight guys will probably be intimidated by it, and the gay and curious guys will appreciate the view. Enjoy the experience of being boned up in front of a group of guys without any shame or embarrassment. Think of a hardon like a calling card or an invitation - very visibly signaling to the object of your arousal the desire for a post-spa rendezvous.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Spa at Green Valley Ranch


















Address: 2300 Paseo Verde Parkway, Henderson (the spa is located in a separate building adjacent to the pool area).

Hours: 6am - 8pm, 7 days a week.

Cost: Free for hotel guests (guests pay a resort fee in addition to the room rate).

Non-hotel guests: Non-hotel guests may use the spa Monday through Thursday; the cost is $50.

Amenities: 1 whirlpool, 1 steam room, 1 sauna.

Cruising activity: Low

Tips:
  • The spa can be a little tough to find; it's located outside the hotel in a separate building adjacent to the pool area. After exiting outside from the hotel lobby, proceed down the winding path to the left and head towards the small complex of buildings that house the spa, salon, and gym.
Review: I was a little disappointed by the spa at the Green Valley Ranch Resort. Don't get me wrong - it's a nice facility - but I was just expecting something a little....more. Like its sister facility at the Red Rock Resort and Casino, it's definitely smaller than the spas on the Strip, and only has the most basic of expected amenities: whirlpool, steam room, sauna. The weekend that I visited, there were never more than one or two other guys using the spa facilities while I was - and I can't envision that it gets much busier than that. While this spa is a nice place to relax, don't count on any action (unless you bring it with you).

(A special thanks goes out to E., who graciously got me into the spa for this review - thanks, man!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Imperial Health Spa Reopens
















After an extended renovation period, Imperial Health Spa on East Sahara Avenue is once again open for business (see the May 2010 posting for full information about the spa - and note that this is NOT the spa at the Imperial Palace casino on Las Vegas Boulevard). I visited a few weeks ago to see what changes had been made, and have very little to report - some of the tile in the wet area has been changed out, the La-Z-Boys in the sleeping room have been replaced - but there really aren't any noticeable differences. So the question remains: what took them so long??

Minor changes aside, cruising hasn't picked up any since the renovation. The night I visited, there were only a handful of guys in the wet area - and only one other guy that seemed to be looking to play (and he just wasn't my type....sigh). With the spas on the Strip cracking down on guy-on-guy action, maybe this will become an alternative...

Last visit - February 2012: Imperial Spa has changed their towel service - instead of keeping towels racked up in the wet area, they now ration towels at the front desk. Guests are given two towels: 1 small hand towel, and 1 regular bath towel. I find it best to take the small hand towel with me to the wet area, and place that underneath me when sitting in the steam rooms or sauna. I save the bath towel for laying on in the dry salt sauna or for drying off at the end of my visit. Guests don't seem to mind - everyone in the wet area seemed pretty comfortable getting their naked groove on.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Changes at Qua: The End of an Era?












Sigh.

They've done it.

The management at Caesars has replaced the opaque doors on the sauna, arctic room and steam rooms with clear glass doors, making it possible for staff to easily monitor anything going on inside. Does this mean that the fun is over?? Maybe....maybe not.

Guys can pretty sneaky about getting their groove on, so I guess we're going to have to be more creative. On a visit last Saturday, I watched three guys get a little group thing going on in the arctic room, all flattened against the inside wall so they weren't directly in view of the glass door. While lounging in the back whirlpool in the Roman pools area, I had a guy across from me seated up on the edge of the pool, hidden behind the column, slowly stroking the head of his cock. The steam room is usually steamy enough that you can't see more than a few feet into the room - and it seemed like there was a long line of guys jockeying for a seat at the back of the room.

One of the great things about Qua is that due to its size and liberal entrance policy, it tends to draw a larger crowd of guys than the other spas on the Strip. With a larger crowd of guys comes a larger percentage of guys looking to show off and play - making it a very appealing location to hang out naked for an afternoon.

Let's see if this change impacts the popularity of Qua...

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Encore Spa



















Address: 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South - 2nd floor of the Encore tower

Hours: 7am - 8pm, 7 days a week.

Cost: $40 for a day pass (multi-day passes not available).

Non-hotel guests: Permitted Monday through Thursday; hotel guests only on weekends.

Amenities: 2 whirlpools, 2 cold plunge pools, 1 steam room, 1 sauna, 5 "waterfall" showers.

Cruising activity: Medium

Tips:
  • The controls for the whirlpool jets are on the wall, next to the towel cabinets. The settings are for 10-, 20-, 30- and 60-minute increments. I can't tell you how many guys I saw sitting in the whirlpools thinking "Is this all there is??", so I'd feel compelled to walk over and turn the jets on for them.
  • The controls for the waterfall showers are damn-near impossible to figure out without the aid of a user's manual. For those of you who are technologically impaired (as I am), ask one of the attendants to demonstrate how to turn the thing on.
  • The showers here are probably the best around for some discreet manfun (I realize that's not a word - but it should be). While the outer door does have an opaque glass panel, the layout of the interior shower stall makes it difficult for anyone to see what's going on in the cubicle (unlike the showers at Mandalay or the others, where you can see shadows of what's happening inside). Be careful, though - the sauna has a direct view into the shower area, so make sure no one's watching if you've been invited into a shower cubicle with a buddy...
Review: The spa at Encore features the same, over-the-top interior design as the spa at the Wynn - but is larger and thankfully has more amenities. The layout is basically the same as the Wynn, with a separate wet area for the whirlpools, and the steam room and sauna located on the principal corridor that goes from the lounge to the wet area. The amenity that puts the Encore spa ahead of the Wynn is the heated lounge chairs in the wet area, which are perfect for resting in between the steaming and soaking sessions (and aren't bad for hanging around and just watching the naked guys).

In terms of M4M activity, both the sauna and the steam room have clear glass doors, which generally make it difficult to get away with anything - but the steam room is large enough and steamy enough that discreet activity won't be visible to those passing by. As mentioned above, the showers here probably offer the greatest privacy of any facility on the Strip, as long as no one's watching Guy #2 enter or leave. While I've heard that the spa at Encore is really cruisy, I only found it to be moderately so - don't get me wrong, I did make friends with a fit young Aussie lad (wink wink, nod nod) - but the cruising wasn't as brazen as it can be at either Qua or Mandalay.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Bellagio Spa and Salon



















Address: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South - 2nd Floor

Hours: 6:00am - 8:00pm, 7 days a week

Cost: $29 for a day pass; $70 for a 3-day pass (must be used on consecutive days)

Non-hotel guests: No

Amenities: 3 whirlpools, 1 cold plunge, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising activity: Low

Tips:
  • There's a partially enclosed shower stall at the back of the steam room, which offers a little bit of privacy in case you need it.
  • The door to the sauna is clear glass, while the door to the steam room is opaque glass - let that be your guide in choosing a spot to play.
  • There's an outdoor balcony with lounge chairs tucked off of the grooming area, which looks out over the pool area below - it's a great place to cool down after having a steam (in the winter months, anyway).
Review: If you've been to the spa at Aria, then you've been to the spa at the Bellagio. The wet area for both facilities is nearly identical, right down to the juice bar - the only significant difference is that Aria has two additional lounge chairs. Sure, the locker areas have different layouts, but I'm assuming that none of us is here to debate the merits of various locker room configurations. So, let's get right down to what brings us here - gratuitous nudity.

Sadly, there wasn't a lot of nudity to be found the day I visited; only a handful of guys passed through the afternoon that I was there, and most everyone kept their towels wrapped pretty tightly around themselves. From most reports I've heard thus far, that's pretty consistent for this spa - it's a nice place to visit, but don't expect to get your groove on.

(A special thanks goes out to one of my readers, H., who graciously got me into the spa for this review - and who also got a little action in the shower there. Way to go, buddy!)


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Busted!






















The following story details an arrest made at the Orleans Hotel spa on February 9th, 2011. Let this be a cautionary tale - undercover police may working in the hotel spas upon complaints by spa management or guests. Be aware of who you're playing with and who's observing you....

"A police sergeant arrested in Las Vegas three weeks ago on allegations of lewd behavior has resigned from the Mount Pleasant (Wisconsin) Police Department, according to Police Chief Tim Zarzecki.

Jeffrey Gerrietts, 49, resigned effective Monday, amid an internal investigation by Mount Pleasant police into his arrest in Nevada. Gerrietts was arrested Feb. 9 after an undercover detective investigating sex-related activities allegedly saw him performing a sexual act in a hotel spa.

According to the arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the detective was working undercover at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas after patrons complained men were entering the spa area and performing sexual acts in the steam room, shower and jacuzzi. The detective saw Gerrietts performing a sexual act in the steam room and again in the shower area.

The male detective reportedly propositioned Gerrietts for sex and he agreed, according to the report. Gerrietts was arrested and cited for lewd conduct, police said; he was then released.

Gerrietts, who could not be reached by The Journal Times for comment, was a second-shift sergeant with the Mount Pleasant police department. He had been with the department for 15 years. Gerrietts has twice run unsuccessfully for county sheriff: once in 1999 and again in November of 2010.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki said Monday that an internal investigation was started as soon as the department heard about the arrest. "Any allegation of wrongdoing will be investigated thoroughly and dealt with appropriately by my office," he said.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sahra Spa - The Cosmopolitan




















Address: 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South - 14th Floor, West Tower

Hours: 7:30am - 8:30pm, 7 days a week

Cost: $40 for a day pass (the price was recently increased for the second time this year)

Non-hotel guests: Yes

Amenities: 1 whirlpool, 1 steam room, 1 sauna, cool mist room

Cruising activity: Low (Give it time...the place is brand spankin' new. It usually takes a while to build a following.)

Tips:
  • There is an amazing lack of towel/robe hooks in the wet area, especially by the steam/sauna/cool mist rooms. Take that as an invitation to go stark raving naked throughout the area.
  • To activate the cool mist room, push the green button outside the door (the button will change to yellow while it's misting). DON'T push the red buttons inside the room....bad things will happen. Trust me.
  • The steam room would be a great place for playing - if it weren't so damn hot.
Review: The promos for The Cosmopolitan advertise that it's the "right amount of wrong;" in the case of the spa, it's got the "right amount of right." While there are certainly things that could be done better (Only five chaise lounge chairs in the wet area??? Where is everyone going to sit while staring at naked men?), the Cosmo gets most things right.

The spa has the standard amenities (whirlpool, sauna, steam) plus one - a cool mist room, which is actually an improvement on the arctic room at Caesars or the "experiential rain" showers at Venetian/Palazzo. There is truth in advertising in its name - it doesn't pelt you with ice-cold water or air - and the gentle mist is surprisingly effective in bringing down your core temperature in between steaming and soaking. However, the room is only about six feet in diameter, so be warned if you have personal space issues (or just want to get personal!). The whirlpool is spacious, but a little shallow - which means that if you're over 5'-7", your junk is going to be on display if you stand up. The steam room has nice, subtle LED lighting - but was about 20 degrees too hot for my tastes. The glass doors in both the steam and sauna are opaque, helping to obscure any discreet M4M activities inside.

The service was almost overly attentive while I was there; the young man on duty was quick to refill my water glass (no plastic bottles here in a nod to conservation), bring a cold towel to me in the steam room, or adjust the jets in the whirlpool for me without being requested - hell, he did everything but loofah my back in the shower (not that I would have minded). Shower products are from Neil George, and products in the grooming area are from Malin+Goetz - not that it means anything to me, but some of you out there might be impressed by this (my spa attendant made an extra effort to point that out to me, so I thought I would pass it along). Sadly, service and quality grooming products are usually the first things to go once the financial realities of spa operation set in (and as of January 2013, they switched to much cheaper grooming products).

Cruising activity was low the day I visited, but that was most likely due to the fact that I was there mid-week, and the hotel has only been open for two weeks. Most places take a while to gain a following - so if you happen to visit the spa at the Cosmo, please feel free to post your observations here.

Visit - May 2011: Visited on a Friday and Saturday afternoon in May 2011, and I'm happy to report that things have picked up - slightly. The spa at Cosmo seems to have a slightly different rhythm than the other spas I've been to - things didn't start to pick up and get busy until around 5:30pm on both days I was there (other spas tend to start picking up earlier in the afternoon). The steam room continues to be too hot (and too steamy) for any real action, so the sauna is a better option for discreet M4M fun - although I did walk in on two guys going at it in the cool mist room. The crowd tended to be younger and fit - and a special shoutout to the uncut/hung Brazilian guy, who made the afternoon especially interesting!

Visit - January 2013:  Visited the spa again on a weekend, and there was generally a good crowd of guys there.  Most went naked; those who wore trunks didn't stay long.  Not as many younger guys as there has been in the past...only a handful of fit/in-shape guys.  There were two beautifully hung guys who didn't mind hanging out naked - and made the afternoon much more interesting.  The steam room is still way too *@^$% hot.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

MGM Grand Spa
















Address: 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Hours: 6am - 7pm Monday through Thursday; open until 8pm Friday through Sunday

Cost: $25 for a day pass, $60 for a three-day pass, $100 for a five-day pass

Non-hotel guests: The website states that non-hotel guests may use the spa Monday through Thursday; however, I was turned away on a weekday when I identified myself as a non-hotel guest. Spa staff check their computer database to verify if patrons are a registered guest.

Amenities: 1 whirlpool, 1 steam room, 1 sauna

Cruising Activity: Low

Tips:
  • Both the sauna and steam room have clear glass doors - and spa attendants regularly walk past the sauna and steam room to access the storage closet at the back of the facility. The steam room has enough steam so that discreet activity at the back of the room may not be readily visible.

Review: The spa at MGM isn't a bad facility....it's just that it's been surpassed by newer spas with more amenities such as arctic rooms and Caribbean rain showers and the like. On the other hand, it's not seriously out-of-date like the spas at Bally's or the Hilton - so it's still nice environment for relaxing naked.

The spa has the basic Holy Trinity of amenities - whirlpool, steam room, sauna - but nothing above and beyond that. The whirlpool has a rather odd L-shaped configuration; one leg of the L is so narrow that you're almost assured to have your foot up the ass of the guy sitting across from you (and some guys probably wouldn't object!). As mentioned above, both the sauna and steam room have clear glass doors, which is great if you're into showing off, but not so great if you're hoping for a little action. Luckily, the steam room stays rather steamy, so anyone sitting on the far side of the room is generally not very visible to those sitting in the whirlpool.

Cruising activity was pretty limited on the couple of days that I visited the spa, although it probably doesn't help that I was there during the middle of the week. I was expecting the spa to be fairly busy based on the extensive number of hotel rooms at the MGM, but there were times when there were only one or two other guys hanging out while I was there. Bottom line - the MGM spa doesn't get the consistent crowds that Caesars or Mandalay get, so if you're looking for fun - you might want to go elsewhere.