In addition to the cheerful ambiance of bird songs, beautiful blooms and extended hours of sunshine, spring is the time to reflect on your all-important self-care regime. Las Vegas is, of course, a spa mecca and these palaces of pampering offer services that take you out of your head and bring you back into your body.
But what’s Sin City without a tipple or two? Steps away from the spa in any direction, you’ll find a bar where, after a detox, you can find a well-crafted post-treatment retox. With the help of Charlotte Voisey, director of brand advocacy for William Grant & Sons, whose portfolio includes Sailor Jerry, Hendrick’s Gin and Glenfiddich, we’re saying cheers to springtime rejuvenation remedies.
M Resort Spa Casino
At the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, this spacious Four-Star casino resort is a placid palace of everything commonly associated with this tony desert town. This hidden gem also is home to Four-Star Spa Mio, an organic oasis with 16 rooms as well as sauna, steam and wet experiences.
In contrast to the Strip’s vibrant shades, the aesthetic here is dark woods, opulent stone work and creamy leathers that have a more masculine tone.
Likewise, the treatment menu showcases decadent options that reflect the mood. Try a Deluxe Stone Massage, where warm rocks are strategically placed all over you and their deep heat penetrates into the muscles as an extension of the therapist’s hands.
For something unique to the environment, go for a Desert to Sea Detox that starts with dry brushing to stimulate the lymphatic system and is followed by a caffeine-enriched detoxifying scrub. After an application of marine clay, you are tucked into a heated cocoon, given a ginger-mint foot wrap and then oil is applied from head to toe for further detoxification.
Vibing off the spa experience, finish this ultimate zone-out with a Rob Roy made with Glenfiddich 12-year single-malt Scotch, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters available at the resort’s Anthony’s Prime Steak & Seafood.
“The Rob Roy is an elegant sipping cocktail, perfect for unwinding, taking slow and relaxing with,” Voisey says. “When made well and with a great, smooth Scotch whisky, it is delicious with harmonious, gentle flavor.”
W Las Vegas
After making its debut in December 2016 inside one of the towers at the stylish SLS Las Vegas, the Strip’s W hotel christened a brand-new Away Spa in 2017. The space has a glamorous nightlife feel with colorful electric accents, such as green or white lighting in the treatment rooms and specially curated “relax” or “revive” playlists from which to choose.
Like everything else at this modern hotel, the spa’s overall goal is to heighten your senses. It blasts you with a bath of pink hues and bold graphic artwork at the entrance and, once inside, you can decompress in the lounge with Nespresso coffee shots, pineapple-and-mint-infused water, green apples, vegan pâté de fruits, a gluten-free mini-muffin selection and other bakery treats.
The service menu was custom-designed to reflect the spirit of a Las Vegas vacation and it is cleverly divided into four parts: Innerglow, Outerglow, Afterglow and Packages. Some of the aptly named treatments include the Vegas Vegan facial, featuring organic vegan products; the Go Deeper deep-tissue massage; the Two Timing couple’s massage; and the Vegas Baby treatment, which includes a hydrating wrap and a scalp and full-body massage for 80 minutes of pure bliss.
After every inch of you has been detoxed and de-stressed, pop into the lobby’s Living Room bar and rehydrate with a refreshing champagne mojito. Made with Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, Sailor Jerry spiced rum, fresh lime and mint, this springtime pick-me-up will awaken the senses not touched in the spa.
“What I love about the champagne mojito is the bright flavor,” Voisey says. “Mint always freshens up a cocktail, especially on the nose with vibrant aromatics. Plus, bubbles in a drink keep the texture light and refreshing on the palate.”
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Mid-Strip, in between the M Resort and W hotel, this Four-Star non-gaming property provides a welcome break from the bustle of the city below. Start off your afternoon of calm with a cocktail at the hotel’s Press lobby bar — the FS Cucumber is as refreshing as infused water, but receives a kick from Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain, a dash of bitters, cucumber and rosemary.
“Cucumber is synonymous with spa time,” Voisey says. “Hendrick’s Gin is made with cucumber and is the perfect ingredient in this cocktail, which is light in flavor and botanical forward in aroma so you can continue your sensory spa experience.”
And speaking of which, the Four Seasons’ recently remodeled Five-Star spa offers a desert-inspired design featuring warm colors, natural materials and a chic boutique with eco-friendly product lines, such as Naturopathica, Phytomer and Pure Fiji.
On the menu, you’ll find an innovative holistic cupping ritual that draws out impurities using the suction of specially designed heated silicone cups in a non-abrasive method. Cupping is an ancient Chinese practice, but it’s modernized here to not leave the deep marks commonly associated with the technique. Much like a hot stone massage, the cups are applied directly to the skin and used in a sweeping motion.
For something more traditional, try the Head to Toe Candle Massage to revel in a full-body rubdown using coconut oil and natural waxes that will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
Once you feel rejuvenated from this adventure, you have our permission to head back to Press for some decadent bar bites and another cocktail.