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The Refuge Spa at the Renaissance Hotel - Next Level Spa Experience in Downtown Reno

Jan 09, 2020 09:43PM ● By Leslie Mc Carroll

Photo Courtesy of The Refuge Spa

Downtown Reno is undergoing so many new, creative, next level changes in every industry. Imagine what the next level spa of the future could look like…Well, it’s here.

It’s called The Refuge—an anything but traditional spa inside the Renaissance Hotel—and it’s changing the spa industry as we know it. It’s not the stock-art version of a spa (so, don’t expect any lotus flowers or zenned-out models). Instead, they’ve reimagined the spa for real life, a place where you can rest, recover, and rise above it all.

The Refuge Spa is the only urban day spa in Northern Nevada to offer express treatments and one-of-a-kind amenities to suit-case weary corporate warriors, sore and satisfied adventurers and cliche-breaking millennials. Featuring an Express Treatment Lounge, Float Pod Experience, Infrared Sauna, and Social Spa Bar…this locally owned spa is creating a next level urban refuge as unique as Reno itself.

Float Pod at The Refuge Spa

The Refuge Spa offers options. If you only have 15 minutes between meetings or after a long day, visit the Express Treatment Lounge for a variety of quick fix treatments, such as a foot soak and massage, hand treatment, facial refresh, chair massage, virtual reality relaxation, and zero gravity zen. 

To deliver the latest treatments they draw on the freshest techniques and trends in the industry such as CBD Massage, VR Meditation Massage, Hydrafacial, and Flotation Therapy with a focus on infusing a local vibe into treatments such as the Black Rock Mud Wrap. If you want to bond with your bestie, court a new client, or celebrate with a group, they offer social spa parties and customized spa events. For the gentlemen, they’ve got you covered from beard facials to man-icures and a featured SkinFit Men’s Facial. Even Fido will be impressed in the Lucky Dog Paw Spa that pampers your pup with treats, fluffy beds, and lavender spritz. Yes, you read that right, you can bring your dog to The Refuge Spa.

Their revolutionary approach doesn’t just mean rethinking the typical spa treatments and environments. They’ve also added a full bar with a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to add an extra level of revitalization. At The Refuge, you can have your martini and your massage too. Happy hour at The Refuge includes an express treatment, and a crafted cocktail, wellness shot, craft beer or health elixir.

The Refuge Spa’s creator, Nyla Allen, opened her first wellness and med spa, Dolce Vita, in South Reno over 6 years ago and it has been voted “Reno’s Best Local Spa” for 6 years running. For The Refuge, Nyla wanted something different. 

Nyla Allen, Creator of The Refuge Spa

“The Renaissance Hotel is modern, unique, and creative and because it’s in the heart of downtown Reno there is amazing art and uniqueness everywhere, bursting around us. To have a sleepy spa wouldn’t be suited for this location. We have brought in the creative culture of Reno by choosing uncommon decor and offering uncommon treatments, and we are embracing creativity. A creative and unique environment can pull people out of the cubicle and refresh their spirit. We aim to inspire and enliven using eclectic art to enhance the urban theme and eclectic vibe.”

The Refuge Spa’s urban comfortable atmosphere is designed to encourage guests to disconnect from technology and the stresses of our busy lifestyle. “It’s not only disconnecting from the world, it’s reconnecting with yourself too. That all comes from within, self care so you can live better, so you can give more of yourself, to your work, to your family, to your goals. The spa experience is designed to help you relax but we also want you to leave The Refuge with greater focus. That’s the whole idea of what “spa” is supposed to be…human connection, inner healing, temporarily checking out so you can better check in on real life. The Refuge Spa is your tool for recovery so you can take time to take care of you so that you can get back out there and thrive.”

Nyla has a true passion for the spa industry and she was originally inspired to become a massage therapist due to her own experience with inner healing and mind body connection as a child. 

“I had chronic headaches and didn’t know why. After multiple medical tests and treatments, nothing was working. As an eight-year-old, I would lay in bed and force myself to relax to drown out pain. Meditation is what calmed my mind, eased my headaches. Being able to find that peace as a child was a profound part of my journey. From there, I just gravitated towards things in my life that meant healing. I realized touch and human connection are the key coping mechanisms we need. As a massage therapist, I’ve seen the impact of touch and how it positively affects people's lives.”

Guided by her healing nature, Nyla has created a spa space unlike anything Reno has seen. It is led by the belief that self-care is vital and that modern day life requires a modern day spa. Designed with corporate warriors, adventurers and travelers in mind, The Refuge Spa is an urban-focused extension of Dolce Vita.

Experience the future of self-care for yourself! The Refuge Spa is NOW OPEN and taking reservations for your relaxation experience, simply call (775) 433-0300. Attend the grand opening celebration by joining the invite-only list at and join The Refuge Spa community on #RestRecoverRise