By: Mary Bemis
Here’s a round-up of Las Vegas’s best offerings from fine food to fast healthy food to great views and entertainment—with a good dose of spas, of course. I checked in with expert local sources Michael Garvey, President, Las Vegas Spa Association, and Daniela Ciocan, Marketing Director, Cosmoprof North America, for the inside scoop on what to see and do in Vegas.
Michael Garvey on Las Vegas Spas & Sites
Did you know that Las Vegas has the largest number (as well as the largest square footage) of world-class resort spas anywhere? There are over 40 destination/resort spa locations, with a combined 1,000+ treatment rooms that provide approximately 160,000 spa visits per year. Vegas spas bring in a combined estimated revenue of $200 million per year, states Garvey.
“These are the largest and some of the most luxurious spas in the world, and they’re all on the Vegas Strip,” attests Garvey.
What exactly sets the spas in Vegas apart from other destinations? The scale and proximity, for starters. “These are the largest and some of the most luxurious spas in the world, and they’re all on the Vegas Strip,” attests Garvey. “Big is better when spa-goers have access to large open spa areas with numerous opportunities for relaxation and wellness. The quality of staff ensures guests are provided 4 and 5 star treatments, while staying in 4,000 and 5,000 room resorts. That’s not easy to do, but the collective of spa operators in Vegas are some of the most experienced in the industry. The success is proven in the number of attendees each year and the continued reinvestment by the properties in providing new and unique spa experiences.
Garvey’s Top Picks for a Las Vegas Experience
- The gondola rides at The Venetian
- The fountains at the Bellagio
- The Fremont Street Experience
- Rock climbing out at Red Rock Canyon
- Catching a concert at the new Park Theater
- A Golden Knights hockey game at T-Mobile Arena
Daniela Ciocan’s Favorite Las Vegas Spots
For a Cocktail
Jammyland Cocktail Bar & Reggae Kitchen, in the Downtown Arts District. Their cocktails, especially the Mai Tai, are amazing! The vibe is very chill, and it’s got a Jamaican theme with cool music. 702-800-9098
For Fine Dining
Giada at Cromwell Hotel is tops down my favorite. If you can get the corner table, you can enjoy the view of the Bellagio fountains, and the meal is a sure treat. Everything is so flavorful. The stuffed dates are to obsess over, the pastas are all handmade, and the meatballs are perfection! And leave room for dessert! Always perfection! 855-442-3271
For Healthy Food
SkinnyFATS is definitely a favorite of all locals, and it’s nearby Mandalay Bay hotel. You can either eat healthy delicious food or satisfy your craving for an indulgent decadent meal. Or you can mix a bit of each. It’s casual and off the strip. 702-979-9797
For a Tete a Tete
The Barrymore is a favorite since it has a wonderful Vegas-inspired décor, and yet it’s off the Strip and it gives you the privacy. The cuisine is creative American fare, and it is delicious. 702-407-5303
My favorite is Canyon Ranch SpaClub, since the property is large and has so many highlights to enjoy aside from the regular services. Mila for facials rocks and Gabriel for massage is the best—former Romanian gymnastics trainer, need I say more? 702-414-3600
Tiffany’s Nail Salon (Totally Tiffany Nails) is a super-cute spot with daily themes and CBD manicures and pedicures that totally melt away your pain. The owner worked for years on the strip at a major luxury spa property. Call and schedule in advance at 702-888-1198.
Atelier by Square Salon because Chita is the best colorist with quite an online social media following, a Pravana color creative ambassador working at big hair events, and a TV-featured personality. Book your appointment by calling 702-906-1770.
I say Cirque du Soleil O remains the best show on the strip. If you are lucky, you can get Downtown to The Smith Center, which is a relatively new performing arts center and get both Broadway shows, as well as live jazz on weekends to enjoy over drinks and small bites. Get your tickets online or by calling, 702-703-8263.
For the View
Top of the World, on the 106th floor of Stratosphere Tower. It’s a rotating New American restaurant that gives you a 360-degree view of the entire Las Vegas Valley. Call to get more info at 702-380-7777.
3 Las Vegas Spa Favorites from Insider’s Guide to Spas
- Qua Baths & Spa at Caesar’s Palace: Inspired by ancient Roman traditions of relaxation, Qua (Italian for “here”) is the perfect place to go with a friend, as it offers a more social spa-ing experience. Qua’s signature Roman baths feature three pools of varying temperatures, including our favorite cold plunge, as well as an arctic ice room, laconium room, solid spa treatments, and more. 866-782-0655
- Bathhouse Spa at Delano Las Vegas: A sleek, and sexy vibe, this small (by Vegas standards) spa offers a serious eucalyptus steam room, Redwood sauna, and cold plunge, among other good amenities. A great place to go solo and chill out during off hours. 877-632-9636.
- The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas: This Forbes Five-Star spa is a real respite from the Strip. Specializing in silent treatments (the Digital Silence Ceremony and Journey into Stillness), this spa also offers lovely amenities (vitality pool and hammam, to name a few) in its women’s and men’s relaxation areas. 702-590-8886.
As Garvey puts it, ““There’s so much to see and do in Las Vegas, with access to four-and five-star spa locations. That’s a great destination!”