Destination Discovery: Las Vegas


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When you think of Las Vegas, casinos and glamorous nightclubs may be the first things to come to mind (along with the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” catchphrase, of course). But what you may not realize is that this desert playground is home to luxury spas at every turn, and if you want a relaxing time away from the tables, you’re in luck—here are some spas in Las Vegas that stack the deck with a full range of wellness amenities and indulgent treatments.

Presented by Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, pictured. Read more about the spa here.

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Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

While Las Vegas’ motto is “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” The Cosmopolitan’s is “explore the unexpected”—and the unexpected awaits. This hotel mirrors Las Vegas’ playful attitude with a sense of chic sophistication, a vibe that lingers to its desert-inspired Sahra Spa & Hammam, designed with over 420 tons of sandstone in reference to Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon. Unwind in Bridge Lounge before indulging in a treatment—we bet you’ll love the detoxifying Red Flower Hammam Experience (80 mins; $300), performed in the 1,200-square-foot Turkish hammam.

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The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

It’s no surprise that the king of real estate would continue his empire with a 64-story hotel skyscraper in Las Vegas, but Donald Trump must be a bit spa business-savvy as well. The hotel’s Spa at Trump, like its NYC counterpart, is designed to represent pure indulgence—and while it doesn’t house hammams like the Spa at Trump SoHo, it stays consistent with Kate Somerville facials and signature gemstone massage modalities (90 mins; $250) using organic oils fused with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.

Learn more about The Spa at Trump at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas.

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Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian at The Palazzo

A visit to Canyon Ranch SpaClub will most likely leave you awed. Its ample size alone (134,000 square feet) is huge to take in, followed by its 120-plus menu of activities and treatments—once you’re done gaping, you’ll discover a 40-foot indoor rock climbing wall in the fitness center (one of the city’s largest) and the signature Aquavana® water therapy complex that awaits pre- or post-treatment. There is also a team of dieticians and exercise physiologists, Canyon Ranch Café, and Healthy Feet Center. All we can say is “whew!”

Learn more about Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian at The Palazzo.

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Spa & Salon Vdara at Vdara Hotel & Spa

Step away from the slot machines and head to Spa & Salon Vdara, where you’re sure to feel like a winner once you step inside. On the first level, find the reception area, fitness center, salon, boutique, and smoothie bar; on the second, discover treatment areas,  meditation and relaxation lounges, soaking tubs, and circular waterfalls. The first Las Vegas spa to join the Green Spa Network, Spa & Salon Vdara uses organic or wild-crafted, paraben-free products in all services, some of which can be taken outdoors in poolside cabanas.

Learn more about Spa & Salon Vdara at Vdara Hotel & Spa.

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The Spa & Salon at ARIA at ARIA Resort & Casino

Bedecked in salt, stone, earth, fire, and water, The Spa & Salon at ARIA is a two-level, 62-treatment-room retreat for introspection and relaxation. While interiors remain rooted in nature (for example, treatment rooms are made from soil), the spa boasts progressive fixtures: highlights include the Shio Salt Room; a relaxation area with ganbanyoku stone beds; Las Vegas’ first co-ed spa balcony with an alfresco infinity-edge pool resembling a rotenburo (Japanese open-air hot bath); and three suites evoking the “spa-within-a-spa” concept.

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Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

Travel back to ancient Rome at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, where communal spa-ing is taken to another level. Socialize with your BFFs while dipping into one of three serene bath pools, sweating it out in the laconium sauna, refreshing in the arctic ice room, or relaxing in the tea lounge—an in-house sommelier is there to pair teas with your particular spa treatment.

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The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

In my opinion, there may be no other place as serene in Sin City than The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. Although relaxation lounges overlook Las Vegas Boulevard, you couldn’t feel further away from the hustle and bustle, due in large part to a Shanghai 1930s design fused with dark wood and natural stone details. Find respite in the heat circuits—totaling a dry-wedge wood sauna, steam room, laconium, vitality pools, ice fountains, and showers—or with a class in the yoga studio. Other highlights encompass a Chinese Foot Spa.

Learn more about The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.

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Bathhouse at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

Bathhouse at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

We find Bathhouse at THEhotel, a 43-story boutique property set within the Mandalay Bay complex, to be one of the hippest spas on the Las Vegas Strip, with a sleek, minimal design of dark stone, suede, and trickling water, plus, a menu of refreshing treatments. The Bathhouse Signature Ritual (110 mins; $265) is recommended; the exclusive experience consists of a sea-salt-and-sugar scrub, followed by a white clay wrap, argan oil scalp massage, and foot rub. The Bathhouse Fizz Bath (25/50 mins; $85/$150) is a staple as well.

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MGM Grand Spa & Health Club at MGM Hotel and Casino

Even high rollers will want to quit the gaming fun to escape to MGM Grand Spa, a 30,000-square-foot sanctuary that specializes in not-your-run-of-the-mill services (case in point: the Dreaming ritual, a tribal-inspired service that includes a foot soak and Australian aboriginal massage [120 mins; $315-$325, depending on day]). But while we love the spa, what catches our eye are the hotel’s Stay Well rooms. Health-conscious travelers recharge in these accommodations with program-tailored menus for the mini bar, room service, and spa; wake-up light therapy; Vitamin C shower infusions; and aromatherapy.

Learn more about MGM Grand Spa & Health Club at MGM Hotel and Casino.

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Encore Spa at Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort

Think you’ve seen it all in Vegas? Think again. The Forbes Five Star-awarded Encore Spa is a sight to behold. Its opulent design is overwhelming to say the least, rivaled only by its naturally lit garden villas. On the menu?  Services like the Good Luck Ritual (80/100 mins; $280/$375), a four-step combination of fusion massage, peppermint foot treatment, moisturizing hand therapy, and scalp treatment to encourage happiness, luck, and prosperity—perfect for a Las Vegas stay.

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