Hot desert air churns in from the distant dusty hills, but it’s given no quarter at Destination Academy Cosmetology School. Here, turquoise walls and porthole-shaped mirrors evoke the feel of a vessel bobbing in the water of a cool oasis. Though the spa-salon’s windows reveal sweeping views of the mountains, its private treatment rooms shield clients from the desert sun with candlelight, tubs big enough for two, and a choice of seven kinds of aromatherapy including french lavender and new handbag. On the second floor, expert stylists—some of whom may be alumni of Destination Academy, the salon’s nationally accredited training program—use Moroccanoil and Pureology to shape cuts to individual faces and style preferences.
As a cooperative of independently licensed massage therapists, Let’s Wrap tends to the body’s innermost needs. Its titular service swathes clients in the specialized silicone treatment pads of the Formostar body wrap, which uses infrared heat to help boost metabolism, thereby contouring the body and diminishing cellulite. Meanwhile, therapists ease muscular tension with Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages. Each of the two locations offer a few different services, allowing guests at one to savor detoxifying steam sessions whereas those at the other bask in rejuvenating red-light therapy, which helps treat skin suffering from rosacea, acne, and an inability to stop at traffic intersections.
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.
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.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 230 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach — A Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: The Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.