The Las Vegas strip is a buffet of getaways within getaways. Hotels, plush and glamorous in their own right, boast nested casinos, theaters, and even aquariums. It's no surprise, then, that they also contain spas, all of which mirror the opulence of their surrounding suites. Though their menus list luxurious takes on classic massages and facials, travelers are often able to frequent their saunas, salt rooms, and other areas for a separate daily fee. They commonly find that these Las Vegas spas must differentiate themselves from one another in the same way that the hotels do: an alluring geographical theme.
For example, the Eastern chic of 1930s Shanghai takes center-stage at the spa inside the Mandarin Oriental. Visitors lounge in two floors' worth of treatment rooms—including a separate Chinese foot spa—as services draw from traditional Chinese medicine to soothe the senses. One signature "journey" is even inspired by the ancient game of Mahjong, following a ginger, jasmine, and green tea foot ritual with hot and cold jade stone therapies meant to evoke the Mahjong tiles.
At The Spa & Salon at ARIA, specially blessed Ganbanyoku beds made of heated stone speak to a Japanese motif. A Shio salt room and elongated outdoor therapy pool round out the collection of calming environments, and the services range from Thai silk aromatherapy wraps to women and men's hairstyling. The Spa at Encore, meanwhile, embraces a more baroque aesthetic. Lines of Moroccan lanterns border oriental rugs and towering urns, leading to niches where aestheticians administer organic facials and mud wraps with Rhassoul clay.
Predictably but nonetheless elegantly, Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace has fashioned its interior after a Roman bathhouse. Patrons are free to chat as they move between the three central pools—one warm, one hot, and one cool—or bask in the dry laconium sauna. The treatments here aren't restricted to Europe, however, and range from Hawaiian lomi-lomi healing work to shiatsu massage.
The peaceful patter of rain showers echoes from inside the 134,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub. Rather than molding itself off of an existing locale, this retreat is a collage of fairytale wonderland and European chic. A large crystal commands attention in the steam room, just as smaller crystals bounce light between the walls of the Finnish sauna. After a signature full-body massage, guests might wander into the onsite igloo, where arctic mists refresh the skin.
Of course, not every beauty business in Vegas has a hotel to match. Some are entirely independent endeavors, such as Skin Fitness by Jamie Lee Metz. Victorian furniture and floral drapes characterize the space, where aestheticians focus on anti-aging skincare. They couple their facials with facelift massages, wield microdermabrasion wands, and employ Cutera lasers for photofacial treatments.
Many offer natural body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and other feel-good services that are eco-friendly and safer than traditional spa treatments.