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Relax as you begin your journey of restoration of the mind, body and soul with signature spa packages and treatments at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. You may have questions about what to expect from our spa resort’s services and policies. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions by guests who are planning a spa vacation or receiving any of our spa treatments. For information about our spa packages or treatment offerings, refer to our spa menu.

Is there a minimum age for treatments?
Guests aged 16-17: May use the fitness center (1) unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian if their parent or legal guardian signs an authorization form; or (2) without an authorization form if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Guests Aged 15 and younger: May receive only the following treatments at the spa: manicures, pedicures, makeover, hair styling and cutting services.

Guests Aged 16-17: May receive facials, in addition to manicures, pedicures, makeover, hair styling and cutting services, provided a consent form is on file. A parent or guardian must be present if the service is delivered in an enclosed area, such as a spa treatment room. The minor must remain fully-clothed at all times.

What is the cancellation policy?
If you must reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify the Spa at least twenty-four hours before your scheduled appointment to avoid being charged the full service fee. Cancellations of packages or private parties require five days notice. Groups are subject to a four week cancellation policy. A credit card number is required at the time you book your treatments.

What if I am late for my appointment?
Arriving late will simply limit the time for your treatment, as your treatment will end on time so that the next guest will not be delayed. The full value of your treatment will be applied, regardless of late arrivals.

What about payment for Spa services?
A valid credit card number is required at the time of reservation. All major credit cards, traveler’s checks and personal checks with proper identification are accepted. Spa services can also be charged to your hotel bill. For your convenience, payment is accepted prior to treatments at the time of check-in. Please present discounts, gift vouchers and gift certificates at the time services are rendered. Discounts do not apply to spa packages, promotions, special events or holidays. All listed discounts are subject o black-out dates. Prices and services are subject to change.

What about gratuities?
A 20 percent service charge will be added to each spa service. At your discretion, you may leave additional gratuity for your therapist.

What if I have special health considerations?
Please notify our Spa reservation department with complete and accurate health information before booking your treatments. Please notify the spa reservation agent if you have high blood pressure, allergies, any other physical ailments or disabilities requiring special assistance, or if you are pregnant. If you have any concern at all, please let us know. If at any time during your services you experience discomfort, please alert your therapist immediately.

What if I am pregnant?
While there are a few services that should be avoided during pregnancy, there are many beneficial treatments that can be enjoyed. Please notify our Spa reservation agents if you are pregnant when you make your appointments so that they can offer guidance. Please note that pregnancy massage is only available during the second or third trimester.

How can I make a reservation?
Reservations can be made by calling (530) 562-3030 or by requesting a service online. We encourage you to reserve treatments at least one week in advance.

When should I arrive?
For your enhanced comfort and relaxation, we suggest that you arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled treatment. This will allow you to relax in our lounges, saunas and steam rooms.

Should I shave before a treatment?
Shaving is recommended but not necessary for men prior to a facial. If you do choose to shave prior to your facial, be sure to do so at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Shaving is not recommended prior to any body treatments or hair removal services.

Should I wax, shave, laser or use the sauna or steam room before a body scrub or peel?
To achieve the utmost satisfaction and comfort from your service, we ask that you wait at least 8 hours before and after the Spa service to wash, shave or use the sauna or steam room; and wait at least 24 hours before and after a laser treatment. In addition, we recommend that you limit your sun exposure before and after the facial or body peel treatment.

What should I wear during my treatment?
Most body treatments are enjoyed without clothing. However, please wear whatever is comfortable for you. During all treatments, the body is fully draped, except for the area being worked on. It is highly recommended that all makeup be removed prior to all spa services. Robes and slippers are provided for your comfort and use. Lockers are available for your personal items.

What about my jewelry and valuables?
If you are staying in the hotel, please leave valuable items in the safe in your guestroom. Otherwise, lockers are available for your personal items in the spa facility. For your comfort, please do not wear any jewelry during your spa treatments.

Who can guide me in choosing my treatments?
Our Spa reservation department will help you plan the perfect Spa experience, including the best order in which to enjoy your treatments.

What about my comfort?
This is your time and you should delight in the experience to the fullest. Whether it's the room temperature, the amount of massage pressure or the volume of the music, please share your preferences with us. We request that cell phones and pagers be turned off in the spa.

Are Gift Certificates available from The Spa?
Absolutely. You may purchase The Ritz-Carlton GiftCards in specific dollar amounts, which are redeemable in any of our hotels and resorts and can be used towards spa services or purchases in our Spa Boutique.

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