When considering a spa-cation, Vegas may not be the first destination that comes to mind—in fact, it might be the last. Yet with the same gusto for gambling (and debauchery), Vegas is approaching nirvana with more than 45 spas on the Strip. These spas have started to draw high rollers and beauty buffs from around the globe with a jackpot of exotic treatments and ancient healing techniques; Vegas has officially opened the vault to world-class cocoons of calm.
Close your eyes and picture 80,000 square feet of pampering. The design and treatments at the Aria Spa focus on the elements—salt, stone, earth, fire, and water—to harmonize the mind, body, and soul. Far from a one-hour, in-and-out experience, plan for an all-day escape lounging by the city’s first co-ed infinity-edge pool—shaded for ultimate relaxation—followed by a health retreat inside.
Packed with illuminated salt bricks that aid respiration and reveal radiant skin, slip into a lounger that vibrates in sync with a soundtrack of pan flutes in the Shio Salt Room.
Next door in the dimly lit Ganbanyoku Room, heated stone slabs emanate infrared rays to soothe muscles, eliminate toxins, improve circulation, and increase the metabolism.
Insider Tip: If you want to spend the day at the spa without indulging in a treatment, day passes are $30.
Perched high above the Strip, The Spa at The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas features floor-to-ceiling natural light and a “detoxifying” view over the desert landscape. At this edited Eastern enclave, vintage Shanghai and Art Deco dance in a routine that’s quintessentially Mandarin Oriental: luxurious, discreet, and seductive. Try the lemongrass foot bath—a signature health treatment—and spend the rest of the day floating between the vitality pools, the heat-controlled Tepidarium chairs, and the ice fountain.
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