If numbers have anything to do with it, knowing that roughly 190 million adults visited a US spa last year can only be good news for Las Vegas, a city where both new spas and revitalized classics seem add to the sheen of only-in-Vegas experiences to be indulged.
For convention attendees and bleisure travelers alike, spas beckon with promises of rejuvenation, beauty perks, relaxation rooms and – in inimitable Las Vegas
CANYON RANCH AT THE VENETIAN
Topping the list as the largest spa in Las Vegas is Canyon Ranch, better known for its legendary destination wellness resort near Tucson, AZ. In Las Vegas, the offerings spread into a 134,000-square-foot day spa with a menu of more than 150 services, nearly 100 treatment rooms, a 40-foot rock wall, a Laconicum Room, plentiful fitness classes, a menu of healthy dining choices (a new vegan restaurant recently opened at “the Ranch” – the only such vegan focused outlet on the Strip) and arrangements to accommodate multi-day stays that fold in special medical programs.
A central experience of this spa lies in something called the “Aquavana.” Consider it a European-inspired suite of thermal spa cabins, experiential showers, cold rooms and aqua thermal bathing experiences.
The co-ed spaces can be reduced to three intensive relaxation lairs: the Conservatory, the Wave Room and the Crystal Steam Room. In the Wave Room find a multisensory experience simulating the look, smell and feel of breaking waves under a domed canopy. There’s a Salt Grotto there where sea air washes overheated benches, and intimate and comfortable crevices surround a fountain bubbling over natural salt rocks.
In the Crystal Steam Room cleansing aromatic steam wells up and detoxifies the body while a large central crystal serves as inspirational focus for meditation. Showers here are not showers but “Experiential Rains” – invigorating, multi-sensory cooling waters. A Finnish sauna uses colored light refracted by crystals.
Then there’s the Herbal Laconicum, a quiet, tiled sanctuary that infuses the body with warm, herbal steam; the HydroSpa – a variety of massage fountains surrounded by radiant lounge chairs for relaxation; the Igloo – cool air and three “Arctic mist experiences” enhanced by a heavenly dome of twinkling fiber optics; and finally, the Snow Cave, where fresh powder flakes fall from the firmament. Aquavana is actually a healing experience of its own that is best undertaken with the assistance of a spa concierge.
The spa offers day passes to those who spend at least $50 on spa or salon services. Meeting planners can arrange group spa events through dedicated sales managers.
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