Las Vegas spas have no equal for sheer size and extravagance. The hotels are huge and flashy, and so are many of the spas. Newer spas in Las Vegas like Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan, The Spa at ARIA, and Qua at Ceasars Palace employ exotic European technologies like laconiums (dry sweating rooms), hammams (steam baths), ice fountains, and water circuits that make for a visually rich and relaxing experience.
Encore is perhaps the most beautiful hotel ever created by legendary Vegas hotelier Steve Wynn, who also built Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas.
The Spa at Encore is truly stunning, combining opulence and good taste. The locker room area is hung with rich fabrics and Venetian glass chandeliers, and the walk to the treatment rooms feels like a journey into sacred space.
The best rooms are beautiful garden suites with a shower and natural light. The menu includes the Nalu Body Massage, designed to flow like a wave, lomi-lomi, hot stones, and a scalp treatment and massage.
Spa Bellagio was the first truly extravagant spa to open in Vegas, and it still is amazing. With 65,000 square feet of treatment rooms, exercise facilities, hot tubs and plunge pools, it's not just a massage, it's an experience. The extravagant hotel is styled after a Tuscan town, with the famous fountains out front.
The salon is flashy with gold highlights, but the spa upstairs is quieter and more earthy, with nice touches like jade tiles on the floor that are lighted from below.
The therapists are uniformly wonderful, and it's one of the few places in Vegas where you can get a Watsu treatment. Watsu, performed in the water, combines Zen Shiatsu and stretching while gently floating in a private 95-degree pool.
Part of CityCenter, the Waldorf Astoria Spa & Salon, formerly the Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, is probably the most intimate, opulent and expensive spa on The Strip. The sexy 27,000 square-foot spa on two floors was designed to evoke 1930s Shanghai.
It combines intimacy with the latest spa technologies, including experience showers, a stunning hammam offering a co-ed experience for up to eight guests to relax together, and tile tepidarium chairs that keep you warm while you look out at expansive Las Vegas views.
This is one of the smaller, quieter spas on the Las Vegas Strip. Vdara is part of the $8.5 billion CityCenter complex of hotels. This all-suite hotel has no casino (ARIA casino is next door) and just one restaurant and one bar. The spa was awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating for the third year in a row.
The two-level, 16,000 square-foot spa with 11 treatment rooms has natural elements that are grounding, including a stone fountain in the relaxation lounge.
You can begin your journey to relaxation with their signature European heat experiences, move through invigorating temperature changes, and then retreat to a treatment room where you can enjoy a full day of services.
The major hotel of the $8.5 billion CityCenter, ARIA Resort & Casino is one of the most sophisticated properties in Las Vegas. ARIA houses a tasteful (and surprisingly green) casino, restaurants, clubs, and the "Viva Elvis" show.
At 80,000 square feet, its spa has set records for size. There are 62 treatment rooms and two innovative new relaxation rooms with heated black mineral stone beds that emit infra-red heat and a salt meditation room with lounge chairs that vibrate to music. It also has spa suites for eight, perfect for bridal parties.
Caesars was the first of the mega-resorts and still one of the most popular with six hotel towers spread out over 80 acres.
With the theme of ancient Rome, including statuary, fountains and the interesting centurion, Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars is one of the city's larger spas at 50,000 square feet. The spa features "Roman baths" (which honestly don't look so different from the regular wet facilities).
Besides the usual steam and sauna, there's an Arctic Ice Room to cool off and a tepid laconicum that's pleasant for resting. They call all the therapists "artisans" there.
Despite the Roman theme they have Oriental treatments. Qua Baths & Spa is the only spa in the world with official Nobu brand treatments.
This is the biggest spa in Vegas, a 134,000 square-foot mega-spa with two spa cafes, a 40-foot rock climbing wall, a full gym, and cycling studio, and a Bridal Studio. You'll be impressed with their European technology like the water circuit called Aquavana, Crystal Steam Rooms, Experiential Rain showers, Finnish Sauna, Herbal Laconium, and indoor Igloo.
You can still get traditional services such as nutritional counseling, but in Vegas the fitness Strip Tease classes are also popular. Expect the great massage therapists that Canyon Ranch is known for.
The Cosmopolitan is the hippest hotel on the Strip, with sophisticated electronic art, like the color-morphing columns in the lobby. The rooms have balconies that, if you're lucky, overlook the Bellagio water fountain show next door.
The entrance to the Sahra Spa & Hammam on the 14th floor is lined with 420 tons of sandstone quarried nearby, which gives it an earthy Red Rock Canyon feel. Unusual amenities include a spectacular 1,200 square-foot hammam where up to four people can get a treatment and enjoy the heated stone loungers.
The spa has three Spa Suites with multiple treatment tables. The spa is on the same floor as the pool.
The Spa at Wynn is not as glamorous as The Spa at Encore next door, but it is comfortable and attractive. Visitors like the fireplace in the locker room area, decorated with a faux marble fresco of a woman getting out of the bath.
You could curl up on a sofa by that for a good long while. The walls are an earthy orange, and there's a Jacuzzi room decorated with green Majolica plates and a holy man in meditation posture.
The spa has 44 treatment rooms, and the signature spa treatment is the Good Luck Ritual, an 80-minute long treatment based on the elements of Feng Shui.
Reliquary Spa at Hard Rock Hotel
Located not far off the Strip, Hard Rock Hotel has an unusual but beautiful spa. The entrance has a gothic look, with black wood, brass studs and gorgeous clay tiles on the ceiling.
There's a co-ed lounge or "library" with crystal chandeliers and a black and white piece of art that shows the lyrics to "Stairway to Heaven." Reliquary is one of the few Vegas spas with a large co-ed bathhouse where you can hang out.
The locker rooms are lined with stark white subway tiles that look very cool and the lighting provides a natural-type light which is relaxing.
For exercise, there's a pole dancing studio. Outside, the pool scene is big—they can fit as many as 7,000 people into their three pool areas.
Mandalay Bay has an opulent Eastern theme inspired by the ancient city of Mandalay in Burma. The 30,000 square foot Spa Mandalay has all the indoor amenities you could want, including a lavish lounge area with spouting fish decor.
Spa Mandalay specializes in Ayurvedic body treatments like Shirodhara. But you can also get all your favorites like Swedish massage, hot stone treatments, and salt glows.
Outside is an 11-acre beach with 2,700 tons of real sand, where you can enjoy a wave pool, lazy river, and three different pools. They hold regular concerts in season.
The Shark Reef Aquarium at the resort may sound scary, but it's really about helping you get to know, love, and protect sharks in the wild.
Delano Las Vegas is a sister boutique property next to Mandalay Bay and is as streamlined and contemporary as Mandalay Bay is opulent.
The Bathhouse is quite unusual. The wet lounging areas are all black, with textured slate walls and smooth slate floors. There are four private baths in this area, where you can be served tea while you soak.
Things lighten up upstairs, where you can get the usual array of massages, body treatments and facials in one of the 12 treatment rooms. It also has a full salon and gym.
The Four Seasons is an elegant oasis on the 35th-39th floors of the Mandalay Bay building, with a separate entrance and non-gaming environment.
The spa is small by Vegas standards but has a sense of intimacy and the first-rate service you expect from Four Seasons. It's best when you want a quiet environment and lots of personal attention, not a big, splashy spectacle.
This 30,000 square foot spa is not as big and showy as some of the newer spas on the Strip, but that’s not necessarily bad.
The MGM Grand Spa was state of the art and huge when it opened in 1998. Now it has a downright “cozy” feel compared to newer Las Vegas spas. And that human scale can be comforting. On the other hand, the hotel is big—it has three, 30-story towers with 6,852 guest rooms.
Trump Hotel Las Vegas is more serene than you might expect. Located off the Strip, it's one of the few hotels without a casino.
The Trump Las Vegas spa provides a selection of facials, massages, and body treatments designed specifically for women, men, couples, and even teens and kids. They also feature a full-service salon with featured products from Natura Bisse.
Red Rock Resort is about 20 minutes off The Strip, but that has its advantages, including three nearby championship golf courses and adventure spa activities in the beautiful Red Rock Canyon, a National Conservation Area.
Red Rock Spa can arrange great hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, and river-rafting trips. When you get back, work out the kinks in the modern red and white 25,000 square-foot spa. There is also a salon, fitness area, movement studio, boxing ring, and a spa lap pool with three cabanas.
There are lots of bars, restaurants, and musical entertainment, but Red Rock also caters to families with movies, bowling and supervised Kids Quest, the ultimate playroom.
Located in the wealthy Vegas suburb of Summerlin twenty minutes west of The Strip, JW Marriott Las Vegas has a casino, fine dining, access to eight golf courses nearby, and the 40,000 square foot Spa Aquae.
It's built around water-based facilities, including waterfall showers in the locker room that dump buckets of water on your shoulders. The showpiece is a beautifully landscaped warm-water outdoor pool. It's large enough for swimming but has hydrotherapy stations where you can recline. The fitness studio is huge. Classes include yoga, spin, Pilates, and belly-dancing.
Rich opulent colors and antiques decorate the spa interior giving it a mystical Morrocan ambiance. The 32,000 square foot spa includes over 40 treatment rooms (some for couples with jacuzzi baths), a large relaxation area, and salon.
There is a full menu of spa services including the Mandara Four Hands Massage and Mandara Stone Therapy.
The theme here is French, of course. Check out the hotel's reproductions of the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower, as well as an in-house parfumerie.
The 25,500 square foot Paris Spa specializes in treatments based on Balinese therapies. In warm weather, you can have a massage in one of the cabanas by the hotel’s huge rooftop pool. The French caviar facial is a signature treatment there.