Vacation Relaxation: Top Spas In Las Vegas

March 22, 2014 6:00 AM

Las Vegas means luxury, glamour, gambling and fine dining: in other words, a 24/7 lifestyle. But some folks prefer the more serene touch, searching for alternatives on and off-Strip, where they can “get away from it all” and relax. Quite often, this includes a luxurious day, afternoon or evening spent at Las Vegas’ top-notch spas.
The Spa at Encore
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-7000

If you are looking for beauty in opulent yet tasteful, well-appointed, luxurious surroundings, you need look no further than the award-winning Spa at Encore. From the oriental carpets, Moroccan lamps and Eastern decor, to the Venetian glass chandeliers and rich fabrics hung in the locker rooms, you will feel that you have reached your personal nirvana. The garden suites (usually used for couples sessions) are the creme de la creme of the 51 treatment rooms, offering natural light and a shower. You have your choice of a variety of “Transforming Rituals,” or you may wish to add a yoga, spinning, mediation or Pilates class to take full advantage of the visit. And don’t forget the salon and smoothie bar for the full pampering experience on your special day.

The Spa at ARIA
3730 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV  89109
(702) 590-9600

If you desire Japanese-themed innovation and serenity, you will want to visit the truly spectacular Spa at ARIA. The visit begins with the stone and water garden at reception. Two of its innovative meditation rooms are the “shio” (salt meditation room), with its wall of illuminated salt bricks and lamps. Here you will find lounge chairs that vibrate in rhythm to the music and a traditional inhalation room that helps heal respiratory problems and skin irritations. The “ganbanyoku” meditation room features a Japanese stone sauna with beds of heated black mineral stone to help relieve stress, improve circulation and remove toxins. Groups of up to eight people can be accommodated in the luxurious private spa suites, making this the perfect place for bachelorette or wedding parties. This spa is only open to guests, but the salon is open to the public.

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Vdara Hotel & Spa Las Vegas
2600 W. Harmon Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(866) 745-7767

Vdara is a quiet, serene, “green” oasis in the heart of the strip. This is a newer addition to luxury spas, situated in the City Center and housed in an intimate setting – a smaller hotel with less bling, sleek modern decor and no slot machines (making it a rare place, indeed). The cost is also more reasonable than most hotel spas, but it doesn’t skimp on the spa and salon, which is advertised as “a journey of holistic heath.” This begins with the eco-friendly decor and glass sphere chandeliers, bubbling string fountains and other natural touches, continuing with a personal spa experience that is second to none. You may want to end your experience with a visit to the salon, featuring professional stylists offering the basics plus make-up artistry.

3900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(800) 258-9308

If you desire relaxation, peace, tranquility and nurturing, you can find it at the Nurture Spa at the luxurious Luxor hotel. This inviting spa is decorated in a warm tone of peach, brown and orange, which draw you into a fully-appointed spa featuring a eucalyptus steam bath, dry sauna, whirlpool and a fitness center. This is a place for your escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, a spot where you will be pampered and welcomed by professionals who practice their artistry in custom massage, facial/aromatherapeutic body treatments, hair, nail and make-up services with a smile and feeling that you’ve come home. Nurture is dedicated to providing a relaxing, pleasurable experience for each guest.

Djanel Spa
372 E. Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 499-8495

Looking for somewhere just off the strip? This upscale European spa has a full range of treatment options, including its own award-winning aromatherapy and skin care products. Its specialties are body care, massage and pampering. Djanel offers several spa packages: a Platinum full day (four hours) of beauty treatments; a Gold Package which includes a European facial, Swedish massage, scalp treatment and a hand paraffin dip; and the Couples Package, offering a Swedish massage in a suite for two, a European facial, hot oil scalp treatment and a gift to take home. Whether you select just one treatment or a package, you are certain to leave feeling pampered, beautiful and ready for a night out on the town.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at

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