The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas manages to calm you down and heat you up at the same. It has a dark, night-time feel (even the robes are black), and large, moody photos of Chinese beauties that are part of the decor inspired by 1930s-era Shanghai.
With seven couples suites out of 17 treatment rooms and a stunning coed hammam. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas seems destined to bring people together. But it's still a wonderful place to go alone. Like every Mandarin Oriental I've ever been in, just walking into the hotel starts to calm you down because of the Asian music and design.
Start Off In The Sky Lobby
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a 47-story non-gaming hotel that provides a quiet luxury retreat from the Strip. (If you want gambling, the fun, lively, but still sophisticated Aria Resort and Casino (which also has a spa), is right next door.
The Sky Lobby of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is located on the 23rd floor and offers a little Las Vegas "bling" with a gorgeous gold wall when you walk in the door. There are great views of Las Vegas. The Mandarin Tea Lounge (in the center of the photo at the back) the serves a classic high tea you shouldn't miss.
Settle Into Your Room... or Suite
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has 392 rooms and suites, which combine contemporary elegance and subtle Oriental design elements. The rooms make the most of the view, with floor-to-ceiling windows. State-of-the-art environmentally conscious technology and cutting-edge entertainment systems are be found in every guestroom and suite in Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Head To The Sexy 1930s Shangai-Style Spa
You take an elevator down from the 23rd floor to the eighth floor, where The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is located -- 27,000 square feet over two floors. This photo is well-lit, but the space is actually darker and more inviting, almost like an opium den.
You're given a cup of tea and asked to surrender your shoes for a pair of comfortable plastic slippers as you're told, "this Asian ritual signifies the escape from the the external world".
Make sure you get to the spa reception well ahead of time -- 45-minutes to an hour. There's some paperwork (especially if you get Mandarin Oriental's "Signature Spa Therapy" inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine) and you want to take your time and enjoy the magnificent facilities just one floor below.
Take A Dip In The Thermal Pool
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas has probably the most gorgeous locker rooms in the U.S., with completely up-to-the-minute "thermal experiences." You can lie in this hot tub on a stainless steel chaise, while bubbles from below caress your body.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas also offers experience showers, tepidarium chairs, steam rooms, sauna, ice fountains, and a co-ed hammmam.
Relax in a Tepidarium Chair
These tepidarium chairs at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas are not just lovely to look at, they're heated from within. This makes them the perfect spot for relaxing before or after your treatment. They overlook views of the city, or you can lay there and close your eyes! You can enjoy some warmth without going into the sauna or steam rooms.
The hammam at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is visually stunning, and an attempt to offer an authentic, Turkish-style hammam experience (instead of just calling a steam room a hammam, which too many spas are doing).
The hammam is right by co-ed lounge area, and something that couples can do together or people can do in a group or by themselves -- for a $150 per person ($100 if you're having a spa treatment).
You go into the warm chamber and are exfoliated thoroughly on the heated marble table in the center of the hammam. After washing off inside the hammam, you relax on lounge-style seating.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is ready for couples -- seven of its 17 treatment rooms are set up for couples massage or other treatments. The Bamboo, Chrysanthemum, Orchid and Plum couples suites feature private steam showers and have outstanding views. The Green, Red and White Dragon Suites have two private steam showers and personal soaking tubs.
All the couples suites at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas have two treatment tables, personal wardrobes and vanity areas. Time to relax alone together is factored into each Suite experience.
Curl Up & Relax After Your Treatment
The relaxation lounge at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is another cozy place to curl up before or after your treatment. Men and women have separate relaxation lounges, or there's a co-ed lounge by the hammam.
Each chaise is divided from the one next to it by a screen to provide a sense of privacy. They're also covered with towels so the chaise is fresh for you. A cozy blanket will keep you warm.