SPA TRAVEL; Picasso and Pampering at The Spa at the Wynn Encore Hotel & Casino, Boston Harbour

Updated: Jan 27, 2020

If one is in search of absolute luxury in strange places, then the Wynn Encore Boston Harbor & Casino is the place for you. Now, I say strange places because the Wynn Encore is not actually in Boston Harbor. It is up the Charles River north of Boston in Everett, MA. The Encore's website directions claim it to be about 1/2 mile from just about everywhere in Boston, but I seemed to be driving a lot further than that.

All that aside, the Encore is a study in over-the-top luxury. The lobby has beautiful contemporary floral mosaic floors and is floral abundant. There is a double winding staircase, showcasing a massive Picasso pot. And of course there is a carousel made of flowers.

But where the lobby, and I'm sure rooms and suites, are studies in opulence, The Spa has a restrained elegance matching few that I have seen.

With 19,000 square feet, The Spa is a collection of tranquil treatment rooms and lounges. Yuzu and White Tea set the mood for the ultimate in spa relaxation and rejuvenation. The menu includes a wide range of five-star soothing treatments, including specialty massages, body treatments and facials.

I enjoyed the Good Luck Ritual, secretly hoping I would have the good fortune of someone else paying for my treatment! The prices are not for the faint of heart, but not far out of line for what you receive. The bed was the most comfortable I have ever experienced and the room temperature was perfect so that I was not too warm in the heated bed.

With a booked treatment, one has the use of the spa amenities for the day. Enjoy a waterfall shower, hot plunge, jacuzzi, dry sauna and eucalyptus steam. Lounge on the heated tile beds, or use one of the lounge rooms to extend that feeling of relaxation a little longer. The wet and dry areas of the spa are single-sex.

The Spa focuses on personal space, privacy and attentive service. Beautiful amenities harmonise with a collection of European art and bath the senses with comfort, light and understated splendour.

The Wynn Encore Boston Harbor & Casino is destination hotel. It is a bit removed from the city, but would be one heck of a fun night out-followed by a perfect day at the Spa.

The Spa is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday through Sunday and holidays from 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, Saturday, and holidays from 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Please call (857) 770-3900 to make a reservation.

There is a water shuttle to transfer between Boston and the Wynn Encore. There is also valet and onsite parking. Please consult the hotel for transportation details.


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Fearing the empty nest? Don't! Since my children have flown the coup, I have had time to refocus on my passions of travel, art, and writing.  This little blog is a handy tool that helps me share what I have learned with others.


I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


So please enjoy reading my tales of travel. I hope you are encouraged to get on that plane and perhaps have a few giggles along the way.


When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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