Sometimes in Las Vegas, you have to take a leap of faith to make a great discovery.
We did just that and found the Bali Foot Spa, about five minutes off The Strip in Chinatown.
So, what’s the deal?
In a town where hotel spas often charge hundreds for an hour-long massage (or more accurately, a 50-minute massage), Bali Foot Spa charges $20.
Here’s how it works. You can make a reservation, or just walk in. There’s not a lot of English spoken here, so make sure what you’re saying is understood when making a reservation.
When you arrive, you don’t pay. You pay at the end of your visit.
You don’t have to describe what kind of massage you’d like, because it only happens one way.
There aren’t separate massage rooms, but a big, open space (dark, too) with partitions. That’s a little disorienting, but you’ll get used to it.
Your masseuse or masseur greets you and puts your feet in warm water. Note: We’re not entirely sure what to call these folks, as we have no idea how much training they have. We’re sure the expensive massage therapists would say none, but we decided to take our chances. Vegas is a gamble, baby!
Unlike most spas, you keep your clothes on (other than your socks) for this massage, although guys can take their shirts off if they’d like.
The massages at Bali Foot Spa are a little strange at times. They start on your head, neck and scalp, then they work the shoulders, arms and hands. The massages don’t really have the finesse you get in a higher-end spa, but again, this full-hour massage costs $20.
Eventually, the feet get massaged (about five of the 60 minutes), and at one point, we’re fairly sure a petite Asian woman was standing on our back.
Overall, the massage is relaxing and invigorating. Some of the massage techniques can be uncomfortable at times (we like our massages soft, not rough), but we suspect giving feedback would help prevent that.
When your time’s up, it’s up. No small talk. Pay and move along.
Guests should tip, of course. We went for another $20, but $10 would probably be fine.
We should probably mention this, specifically, but there’s no happy ending here. Actually, there’s nothing seedy whatsoever about the experience, and we trust suggestions of anything more than a clothed massage happening would be met with a kung fu five finger death punch.
It might be informative to hear what others are saying on Yelp about Bali Foot Spa before visiting.
If this sounds up your alley, you can find the Bali Foot Spa at 5599 Spring Mountain Rd. The phone number is 702- 456-0003. It doesn’t have a Web site that we can find.
Good luck, and tell them we sent you. They won’t have any idea what you’re saying, but don’t let that stop you.