National Geographic Adventure magazine named Las Vegas the #1 Place to Live + Play, not for its casinos but because it has more outdoor adventure within a 200-mile radius than any other big city in the country. Twenty miles west of Vegas lies Red Rock Canyon, whose awe-inspiring sandstone formations developed millions of years ago. Around the canyon's varied terrain, scraggly shrubs brush against sand dunes that reach up to 3,000 feet high. The area is a favorite spot for hikers, mountain bikers, and hourglass makers.Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Redken artist Julie Deitrick is a colorful stylist. She offers everything from subtle highlights to color correction to ombre color, and has earned numerous hair-color awards and certifications. But that's not all she does. With every client who sits in her salon chair at Destination Manhattan Spa Salon, Julie displays her vast skills, which include trimming trendy coifs, crafting custom updos, and reciting the entire Declaration of Independence in Pig Latin.
True Aveda Salon Las Vegas is aptly named—owner Amber Canfield posits her philosophy in her bio: “Beauty is being comfortable in your own skin.” The salon's staff helps clients remain true to their natural good looks using exclusive Aveda products chock-full of botanically derived ingredients and wrapped up in environmentally friendly packaging.
The Aveda Lifestyle salon and spa focuses on a menu of simple, unadorned beauty services. Stylists customize cuts and color to flatter a client's natural coloring, face shape, and sense of style. Aestheticians and massage therapists use botanically enriched products to bring out skin's natural glow or relax muscles to a comfortable state.
The entire salon team—including stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians—keeps skills sharp with ongoing training in the latest Aveda salon and spa treatments during regular workshops, which keep techniques sharper than a game of chess played with knives in place of pawns.
Rivi Salon & Boutique's skilled aestheticians evict strand squatters from their dermal domiciles using Dermalogica techniques to minimize discomfort and ensure quality hair removal. During the 20- to 45-minute waxing treatments, patrons recline inside a private room as professionals de-hair underarms or tighten lower body perimeters by eradicating stray bristles with a bikini wax. Alternately, a Brazilian wax comprehensively clears the entire area, extricating hair from the bikini zone’s nethermost nooks to leave skin as smooth as a zambonied basketball court.
There's no shortage of spas in Las Vegas, but Elements Therapeutic Massage has already managed to distinguish itself since its grand opening in June 2013. It's easy to see why—the studio's licensed therapists focus on results above all else, and each of their numerous massage techniques has been carefully selected to alleviate chronic pain and improve muscles' range of motion. Elements divides its service menu into four levels of massage, which range from light Swedish strokes to penetrating trigger-point techniques. The therapists may apply a combination of massage styles depending on your individual needs; sometimes, they even supplement their handiwork with hot stones and soothing tap-dance routines.
FX You Salon's staff of professional aestheticians and therapists listens to your needs and can fulfill them with a range of services and treatments. From the comforts of their chic, 5,000-square-foot salon space, FX provides endeavors in hair artistry, nail care, facial treatments, and massages to energize a body and its outer fashion. Haircuts breathe new life into a person's head ($50 for women, $30 for men), while a manicure heals damage caused by finger traps ($25), a pedicure in a private pedicure room makes socks blush in toe-ful admiration ($45), and a 60-minute European facial exfoliates skin to its healthiest sheen ($65).
One step across the threshold of Aqua Desert Spa & Wellness yields a sense of tranquility. Music, aroma, and color therapy simulate the senses as health-conscious professionals perform natural therapies to balance the body. The center specializes in colonics, which flush out compacted material from the intestinal tract to improve digestion and decrease the presence of harmful bacteria or putrefied wads of gum. Colon hydrotherapist Roenee McLin works alongside a homeopath, massage therapist, and weight-loss coach who perform services that include microdermabrasion, infrared weight-loss treatments, pumpkin-spice body wraps, and massages.