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Photo courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental
If you’re headed to the Olympia in Las Vegas in September to catch a glimpse of top competitors, or you just need a fast fall vacay, you’ll want the best gyms—and spas!—on your schedule. Here’s where to go for some of the most unique and insanely scenic fit-spas in Vegas. Blackjack tables can wait!
3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89158; mandarinoriental.com
Tell anyone you’re going to the Mandarin and watch their eyes light up for good reason. This Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Spa really delivers on self-care.
The Shanghai 1930s aesthetic of the hotel and facilities is a soothing escape. Plus, its fitness center doesn’t disappoint, with Technogym equipment and yoga studios.
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Spa treatments range from body-shaping anti-cellulite services and facials to Thai yoga massage. And if you don’t want to get a treatment, buy a day pass (from $50, hotel guests; $100, non-hotel guests). Floor-to-ceiling windows make this such an airy spa. Take time to unwind in the saunas, personal steam rooms, and the Experience shower with customizable light and sound-therapy controls.
The brightest corner of the 27,000-square-foot spa floor houses a 35-foot-long hot tub with built-in lounge chairs to gaze at the Vegas Strip several stories below.
The Zen Relaxation Room, with personal lounge beds separated by privacy screens, overlooks not only the Strip but also the mountains in the horizon. There is no better way to unwind from night-owl fun than spending a few hours in this quiet world away.
You can also rent a cabana at the Miami-style outdoor pool ($350 minimum), with a sprawling lounge chair area that offers fantastic people watching.
Photo courtesy of the Reliquary Spa & Salon at Hard Rock Hotel
4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169; hardrockhotel.com
The worldwide brand is famous for its collection of music memorabilia, which makes the casino level a spectacle of rhinestone-slathered outfits, but a Hard Rock Hotel Spa day brings that flair, too.
This 25,000-square-foot oasis is adjacent to an affordable juice bar that serves every kind of healthy concoction you’d like. Spa visitors have access to the Reliquary’s fully functional fitness center, with treadmills, circuit-training machines, and free weights.
Inside you’ll find spacious coed Roman baths that double as a wet lounge with resting alcoves; an über-comfy women’s-only library room to put your feet up by the fire; and dry/wet sauna rooms.
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The magic happens in the 21 treatment rooms where you can get facials, salon and mani/pedi services, and massages. The signature massage treatments are totally out of the box and sport musical names like Sweet Melody, Drumsticks, and Rock My World.
The Sweet Melody (from $140) is a fantastic blend of a massage; a warming, full-body sugar scrub; and a sensationally soothing Vichy waterfall rinse. This surprising 3-in-1 treatment—like their Puddle of Mud treatment with massage, mud bath, and Vichy—is worth every single penny.