From the moment visitors step into the 10,000-square-foot Hibiscus Spa at The Westin Las Vegas, they can feel stress and tension fading away. After checking in at the desk—which seems alive with the growing plants that spill from beneath its transparent countertop—guests can don a comfy robe and sandals before helping themselves to tea and fresh fruit. From there, they can relax by candlelight in a tranquil room filled with a plush couch and armchairs before sauntering toward treatment rooms down a hallway lined with etched-glass panels.
Within one of these 14 rooms, staffers perform treatments including side-by-side couples massages, sugar scrubs beneath the Vichy shower, and salon services. Afterward, guests can enjoy a session in the steam room or sauna.
Specializing in ancient threading hair-removal techniques, Ancient Spa & Boutique soothes bodies and faces with an eclectic variety of replenishing spa services. Each one-hour hydrating facial moisturizes skin, leaving it cleansed, nourished, and ready to be pinched by random grandmas on the bus. The spa’s specialty lies in authentic threading hair removal, a technique that originated in central Asia and provides optimum results for those with sensitive skin. A thin thread of pure twisted cotton is rolled over frowzy follicles to pluck them from the brow. Visitors of the serene spa can kick back amid an oasis of relaxation that features eye-opening bright green walls before leaving with a visage that’s as sleek and refreshed as a dolphin after a morning jog.
Cooking in Peru was a challenge for Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (nickname Nobu). Chef Matsuhisa was originally born in Saitama, Japan and apprenticed at a Tokyo sushi bar. However, his desire to see the world eventually led him to open a restaurant in Peru, where he was faced with the task of using unfamiliar regional ingredients to prepare traditional Japanese cuisine. Instead of clinging to his formal training, he adapted and began incorporating Peruvian flavors into his seafood dishes. This distinctive combination became his signature style as he continued to travel the world and helm kitchens in Argentina, Alaska, and, finally, Los Angeles.
In Beverly Hills, Matsuhisa's cooking lured an ever-growing number of regulars that included Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro?who approached him with the idea of opening a restaurant together. Restaurateur Drew Nieporent signed on, and together they opened the original Nobu in New York in 1994. (Ruth Reichl of the New York Times visited and found "raw fish of astonishing quality" and flavor combinations that were "sometimes comforting, sometimes shocking, never dull.") Since then, the Nobu restaurant group has expanded to more than 30 restaurants, which occupy almost as many cities on five continents.
Preparations of nigiri, sashimi, and maki prioritize the fresh, clean flavor of the seafood, while ceviche and reimagined tacos filled with lobster and king crab hew more closely to the restaurant's Peruvian roots. Top-grade Wagyu beef arrives from Japan in a first-class airplane cabin, ready to be prepared four different ways. The nature-inspired decor, too, demonstrates a Japanese sense of refinement, with a wall of hand-laid river stones, bamboo stalk partitions, and columns resembling maple trees.
Usually, oil and mud conjure up thoughts of dirt, filth, and grime. But, for anyone who’s had a treatment at Djanel Spa, those words paint a picture of tranquility, relaxation, and healthy skin. During the detoxifying body-mud mask, rich seaweed-infused mud and essential oils help clients release toxins. Alternatively, a massage therapist pours hot oil over heads in preparation for a scalp massage and to flavor brains for future zombie attacks. The spa doesn’t stop at mud and oil, either—it incorporates aloe and pineapple into its orange-vanilla body buff, and Colombian coffee with almond-amaretto cream into a From Columbia body treatment.
Grand Vacations Spa presents guests with two routes to restfulness: technology or tradition. The first choice takes them on the Essentials Journey, a compendium of services that relies on advanced formulas to cleanse, exfoliate, and renew the skin. Extras such as acid peels and microcurrent treatments—electrical energy meant to lift and firm complexions—complement the menu's body wraps and exfoliating facials. The Escape Journey blends the renewing properties of organic ingredients with relaxing rituals, resulting in sessions of meditation massage and nourishing scrubs.
These journeys are signatures of the Hilton eforea spas. Though the spas pamper guests in several lavish hotels throughout the world, each eforea location treats clients to customizable options and distinct decor.
Grand Vacations Spa welcomes visitors to six private rooms, wet-steam chambers, and a cream-colored relaxation lounge. Nestled in plush, provided robes, patrons can browse a catalog of Kerstin Florian products, whose european serums incorporate natural algae, mud, and herbs. Aromatherapy imbues the space with enticing scents, though its source is hard to pinpoint—the staff layers fragrances into several services, including aroma manicures, which perfume hands more effectively than a stack of corsages.
Lucky Hue LV’s licensed professionals specialize in services that cater to brides, grooms, and attendees of other event gatherings. Their service offerings include stylish cuts, extensions, or color and conditioning treatments. They also offer packages that pair in-salon services with lessons for reproducing results at home. And for truly special ocassions, the crew can make housecalls with mobile salon services.
Lucky Hue LV’s facilities—just a mile and and a brief cab, limo, party bus, or armored battalion ride away from the Las Vegas strip—also include two distinct suites. One such suite emphasizes a romantic getaway with Parisian-style decor, while the other boasts a more modern, sleek aesthetic. Both can sleep up to five, and come fully furnished with queen-sized mattresses, televisions, and full kitchens.