Rest & Recognition

Five spas on the Strip land prestigious five-star ratings

Long famous for bright lights and bustling nightlife, Las Vegas is gaining serious cred on a much calmer, quieter front. Five spas on the Strip recently received prestigious five-star ratings from Forbes Travel Guide, which sends experts anonymously to luxury hotels, spas and restaurants around the world.

Michael Garvey, director of the Las Vegas Spa Association, said the record-setting figure elevates the city alongside exclusive leisure destinations including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Macau (which also have five, five-star spas). In even better news for spa devotees, Garvey predicts more pampering emporiums are on the way.

The Spa at Wynn

Elegantly subdued with a neutral-toned decor bathed in natural light (thanks to a massive skylight), this opulent oasis offers head-to-toe renewal, from bamboo foot rituals to a Four Hands Massage (two therapists massage both sides of the body simultaneously) for the ultimate relaxation experience. wynnlasvegas.com

The Spa at Encore

The Wynn’s 61,000-square-foot sister spa is more boho-glam with a globally inspired treatment menu that includes a Moroccan Mud wrap, Ayurveda facial, Nalu coconut oil scalp massage, and the tantalizingly named “Journey to Euphoria,” a full-body exfoliation, hydration and warm stone massage treatment. visitwynn.com

The Spa at Four Seasons

The modern, rustic aesthetic of the Spa at Four Seasons reflects the natural beauty of the desert, perfectly setting the mood for signature treatments including the Climate Clench deep hydration facial and the Urban Life facial, which incorporates a desert clay mask to detoxify and refresh the skin. fourseasons.com

ESPA at VDARA

European minimalist with an eco-chic sensibility, a smoothie bar and fitness center, this spa takes a decidedly therapeutic approach to wellness with temperature variations throughout the facility and its own award-winning collection of skin care products. Favorites include the “Desert Rose” and “On the Rocks” massages, which both feature exfoliation, scalp massage and massage with essential oils. vdara.com

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental

One floor was simply not enough, so this swanky sanctuary stretches across two floors, both channeling the sumptuous decadence of 1930s Shanghai. Specialties include Asian-inspired indulgences like the two-hour Mahjong Balance full-body massage (concluding with a cool jade Mahjong tile) and the Earth Dog Treatment (in honor of the Year of the Dog) featuring a bespoke lemongrass-coriander-cardamom oil. Added perk: Complimentary “Digital Silence Service,” meaning you can check in your digital device at the front desk any time. mandarinoriental.com.

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