The aestheticians at Spa & Salon at the Golden Nugget take a novel approach to making guests feel like a million bucks—they cover them in gold. The spa's 24K Treatments use gold-infused products, which may smooth wrinkle lines and increase the likelihood of being mistaken for an Oscar statuette. Therapists perform these treatments, along with an array of other services tailored to women and men, either at their fourth-floor location or in the comfort of guests' rooms. Beyond treatments for the face, body, and nails, the spa offers visitors relaxing amenities including a sauna, whirlpool, and steam room. A fitness area supplies cardio machines with built-in LCD television displays and MP3 adapters, as well as a total-body gym and free weights for resistance workouts.
A trip into one of Tiki Image’s tanning beds treats clients to sun-kissed skin. Six levels of beds include extras such as facial tanners or a sound system with a subwoofer. For those with a sunless preference, the salon offers both custom airbrush and spray-tan booths that coat bodies in a skin-darkening formula without pesky streaks or squiggly lines. Yet another booth at the salon emits red light, which works to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and blemishes. Along with tanning services, Tiki Image offers fit body wraps to burn calories, relieve stiff muscles, and detoxify the body.
For more than 20 years, TanFastic's multiple award-winning tanning studio has bronzed bodies under the trained spritzes of pro spray tanner Dina Gordon and the UV-filled bulbs of multilevel tanning beds. After wandering into private sunrooms, patrons kick back on beginner-to-advanced Level 2 beds to dream about vacations on the sun while picking up beautiful base coats. Both locations come equipped with the 12-minute Pryzma, which is outfitted with four UVA facial tanners, and the nine-minute Diva Tower, a stand-up booth that accommodates taller tanners with 2-meter lamps. Beauty seekers who have sworn off the sun can still catch its kisses with UV-free VersaSpa. During the 15-minute sunless session, a heated airbrush system glides evenly across the bodyscape as a blend of aloe and organic DHA adheres to the epidermis for a natural-looking, streak-free tan that lasts five to seven days.
Rose. Jasmine. Cocoa butter. Those are just a few of the decadent essential oils and rubs that are part of the soothing massage experience at Absolute Haven. Here massage therapists nurture and ease muscle pain with a variety of massage modalities, including their signature aromatherapy massages that include some of the above scents. Aside from their signature massage work in deep tissue, hot stone, and prenatal massages, the team also treats clients' other needs. Some come to soothe their feet with a paraffin foot wrap and others benefit from having stuffed sinus passages cleared with a eucalyptus and peppermint treatment. Facials and nail care also add their own a beautifying edge to the pampering work done here.
You might think that standing up while you tan would cause an unnaturally darkened scalp, but this never happens at Hollywood Tans. That's because their arsenal of signature stand-up tanning booths create an always even, natural-looking glow in as little as eight minutes. With more than 140 locations nationwide, the chain’s salons—each a veritable bronze mine for pale bodies—can also bronze physiques Mystic Tan’s Instant Tan, a sunless formula that does not contain dangerous UV-rays or infectious California boy-band harmonies. The tone-savvy staff can also help customers choose the Instant Tan formula best suited to them, matching the bronzing serums to the each person's skin tone, type, and ideal look.
Rizzieri is an Aveda-partnered beauty institute that doles out hair and skincare services. A cut and style (women, $18; men, $12) trims head-shrubs into an artfully presented garden, and partial highlights ($32+) brighten locks until they radiate like the sun eating a smaller sun. The Outer Peace facial ($42) arranges exfoliating treatises with blemishes, and skin fuzz cowers away from Rizzieri Aveda's specialists during hair-removal treatments, from eyebrows ($8), to bikini areas ($15), to the 3 inches inside of the ear.