Social Spa-ing on The Strip
With all its decadence, Las Vegas has become a playground for adults and a mecca for bachelor and bachelorette celebrations. With everything from gambling, rousing nightclubs, celebrity-chef restaurants, stunning pools and trendy shopping, it’s got it all. But, we think the most impressive activity is the luxurious and often inventive spa scene. Get gorgeous with your gals, recover from wild nights and celebrate your bride-to-be at these 5 extraordinary spa retreats. Discover the spa that bests fits your clique − from big to small groups, lovers-of-luxe, the trendy-set, late night spa-goers and wellness-seekers.
At this Vegas favorite, Roman tradition is immortal. “Social spa-ing” is effortless via communal activities, including an herbal steam, cedarwood sauna, arctic ice room and Jacuzzi, all central to the Roman Rituals, and the cornerstone of the QUA experience. The spa menu runs the gamut from wellness therapies like Dream Interpretation Journey and Aura Soma (color therapy) to beauty-based QUA Crystal Body Art (Swarovski™ body art follows a Vichy shower) to 10 different massage types and 8 facials. Most dynamic however, is the extensive circuit fostering the healing powers of the waters, (alternating cool and warm therapies encouraging circulation, strengthening the heart and invigorating the system).
Nighttime is when the desert comes alive. Fittingly, the desert-inspired oasis known as Sahra Spa belongs to the nocturnal city’s hippest hotel. Dramatic interiors designed with indigenous sandstone create slot canyon-like hallways and soothing waterfalls. The 1,200-square-foot signature hammam can be booked for up to four guests. The oval, 8×11-foot heated motherstone is where this authentic, detoxifying body treatment is performed ─ a standout, luxurious experience.
Alternatively, the spacious, 11,000-square-foot Sahra Suite is bookable 24/7 – a dream for up-all-night spa-lovers. This suite faces Bellagio’s fountains and includes a eucalyptus steam room, private couple’s treatment area, vanity area and dual whirlpools. Groups must book $300 in services and reserve for a 4-hour minimum ($95/hour). Sahra’s full menu is available in-suite and includes nail, hair and makeup services. For late-night nibbling, in-room dining is offered, along with complimentary fruit, juice, use of butler pantry and wet bar. Between treatments, ladies can relax on plush seating around a flat-screen TV/DVD.
The Vdara Hotel & Spa is favored by those who love Vegas in moderation. As a smoke-free, eco-luxury, boutique hotel just steps from Bellagio’s casino, the contemporary, non-gaming Vdara possesses a serenity not found at others on The Strip. The modern spa (the first Vegas spa in the Green Spa Network) is intimately sized (only on Vegas scales) at 18,000 square feet and focuses on holistic health. It’s a good option for a posse of 2-3 celebrators and those paradoxically seeking wellness in Sin City.
The two-level spa, salon, fitness center and smoothie bar offers all organic products in spa/salon treatments, including Naturopathica, Red Flower, PeterThomasRoth and SpaRitual. In addition to customized treatments, a range of amenities includes: heated lounge chairs, ice towels, a redwood sauna, eucalyptus steam room, a meditation lounge, a coed lounge and a hot plunge pool. In each of the 11 treatments rooms, an iPod docking station allows guests to listen to their own playlist during their treatment. For daring glamour girls, the salon offers Feather Extensions ($60/bundle of 5) and Snakeskin Pedicures ($200).
Fit for a queen (or gathering of spa princesses), this palatial spa is lavishly elegant with an Asian panache. Groups can relax for hours pre- and post-treatment on warm stone loungers around the naturally lit water lounge, complete with two whirlpools, warm and cold plunge pools and waterfall showers by Kohler. Even the Versailles-like spa entry, relaxation rooms and locker rooms are large and luxurious, making spa guests feel pampered and privileged. Most dazzling is the regal corridor flanked by chandeliers and a larger-than-life Buddha statue that leads guests to treatment rooms and garden villas. The pricey but comprehensive spa menu includes unique Transforming Rituals, and therapists provide a noticeably superior level of service and attention to detail.
This grandiose, 80,000-square-foot spa is perfect for larger groups. The Spa Suite Party Package accommodates up to 10 guests for bachelorette jams and more. The suite provides a private hydrotherapy tub, relaxation lounge, TV/stereo use, food and beverages and more. The Spa Suite fee is $40/hr. (minimum: 3), plus services, and a personalized spa host attends to your needs. Spa guests can customize their treatments and packages in the private suite from the menu, which includes over 8 different massage modalities, facial and body care.
Guests should arrive 45 minutes prior to treatment for both the traditional and the distinctive spa amenities (which include Ganbanyoku stone beds, a Shio salt-infused room and a therapy pool on the coed balcony). If gym and glamour are more your girls’ thing, the enormous, state-of the-art fitness center offers group class offerings from power yoga to spinning to Kettleball training. Private group training sessions are also available. Salon packages include the Friends Manicure and Pedicure Package complete with lunch in a private area ($250/person) and the Private Party Room Package for up to 6 guests ($25/hr before services).