Who doesn’t love a good road trip? For me there’s something calming about jumping into my Jeep Wrangler, turning up the tunes way too loud and singing at the tops of my lungs while picturesque landscape passes by.
It was no different when I hit the road headed from my hometown in Northern California to just over the Nevada border, to spend 24-hours at the luxury Atlantis Casino Resort Spa (don’t forget the spa part!). I apologize to all the talented artists whose songs I totally butchered on the way.
Fast forward 3 hours 49 minutes later.
You can’t go to this city without stopping to take the most quintessential photo at the Reno Arch. The sign sums up the town perfectly — the biggest little city in the world. Reno is not nearly as grand as Las Vegas, but it has all the essentials — fancy casinos, entertaining shows, delicious restaurants and lively bars.
The Atlantis Casino Resort Spa encompasses all this fun without even having to leave the parking lot.
A Unique Treatment at the Spa
The first order of business upon arrival was a date with myself at the spa (how romantic!) where I would be partaking in a unique experience fit for a spot on your bucket list — A Rasul Ceremony.
This treatment is reminiscent of an ancient Arabic bathing ritual that was reserved for royalty.
Just call me princess Annette for today.
The process began with entering the small Rasul Ceremonial Chamber and sitting on my ‘throne’. I then self-applied six different types of mineral-rich mud from around the world to my entire body. As the mud worked at detoxifying my skin, herbal steam filled the dark chamber and tiny lights twinkled from above.
After twenty minutes of relaxation inside the chamber, the treatment concluded with a warm tropical rain shower leaving me refreshed and almost mud-free.
This uncommon treatment is definitely not the only reason to visit their spa — there’s a dozen others (think body wraps, scrubs and rubs!). Plus, they offer great included amenities that could occupy hours:
- A fully stocked tea lounge
- The Brine Inhalation-Light Therapy Lounge with heated benches and a relaxing waterfall that cascades while a spectrum of lights stimulate your senses.
- The heated Laconium Relaxation Lounge that stimulates circulation, purifies and detoxifies.
- The Aqua Spa Lounge equipped with different temperature pools to relax and invigorate the body.
- And much more…
Photo by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
It’s Reno. And it’s a casino. So, I wasn’t expecting too much from the food. But, I was wowed at one of their signature restaurants, Bistro Napa. It began with the absolute perfect wine recommendation, a jammy glass of Scout’s Honor from Venge Vineyards in Napa Valley.
It was all uphill from there.
A bread basket arrived stuffed with a variety of carbs, my favorite was the cheesy popover. Then a complimentary amuse bouche, a tiny taste of watermelon with mint, feta and cucumbers. Afterwards an appetizer of Sexy Fries came to the table. Can anything get sexier than a basket of french fries tossed with Parmesan and slathered in truffle oil?
My evening got much more romantic with this basket of crispy fries. It was a little bit of a love affair.
For the main course, I ordered their special of pepita encrusted halibut over corn and crab risotto served with wood-fired asparagus and finished with a Mezcal lemon butter sauce. Need I say more?
After each meal I typically only need a tiny bit of chocolate, so I almost never order dessert. UNLESS…somebody offers a bite-sized sweet. Kudos to Bistro Napa for doing teeny desserts fit for a single diner or someone who doesn’t want to overindulge! There were about 8 different ones to choose from, but the salted caramel budino was the winner for me (and it was topped with my favorite cookie — a mini Oreo!).
Plus, there was cotton candy!!
Can I say that I LOVE cotton candy but it is so hard to get anywhere except the carnival. But, here every table gets one. Every. One.
If cotton candy isn’t your thing (why the heck not!?!?!) then the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has several other dining options, including a AAA Four Diamond steakhouse and an oyster bar.
Gambling in the Casino
Just like many others, after my large glass of wine at dinner I was feeling pretty lucky and hit the casino. I started with a little blackjack, then came a dabble of roulette and it ended with some penny slots (that’s about all the money I had left!) in the non-smoking section.
Don’t you love when a casino has a non-smoking section!?!
Room Lounging & Sleep
After a couple hours of gambling (boy, 24-hours was flying by too fast), I went to my room to decompress, watch a little television and catch some z’s.
I’ll be honest, I mostly judge a room by its pillows. Don’t give me bricks to sleep on and don’t only supply me with one lonely pillow on the bed (what am I going to hug?). Not only did my bed have a whopping four pillows, but they were cushy, just how I like them.
Beyond that, the room was clean and roomy. Even with two beds, it was not cramped at all. I could have easily done some yoga on the floor in front of the bed. But, lying in my comfy bed surrounded by pillows and watching reality television was a much better option.
When I woke up in the morning, a pretty fruit basket was waiting for me. Though I could have opted to hit up Reno’s best buffet Toucan Charlie’s for breakfast, instead I indulged in a cluster of grapes, an orange and a ginormous almond croissant from the coffee shop in the Casino.
Starbucks coffee too!
Morning Swim at the Atrium Pool
With an indoor, outdoor and whirlpool to choose from, there were options when selecting a place for my morning swim. I chose to take a dip in the picturesque atrium pool, enclosed in panels of glass.
At 6:00am there was only me and one other swimmer. It was a peaceful way to get some exercise in.
Fun in the Fun Center
After losing some money the night before, the last thing I wanted to do was hit up the casino again the next day. I was happy with option 2 — the fun center.
I am a big kid.
With dozens of classic and modern arcade games to choose from, my eyes lit up. It was no surprise that I was the only adult playing Skee Ball and Guitar Hero, but don’t judge — I’ll challenge any of your children to a fierce game of Dizzy Chicken.
Time to Leave
Unfortunately, After a quick 24-hours at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa it was time to road trip back home. I could have easily filled another full-day without ever leaving the hotel.
At least the scenery on the way back home looked like this: