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spa retreats The Snakeskin Pedicure at Vdara. F taylor harker The lights and sounds of the Las Vegas Strip are always sure to dazzle, but an escape to a top-notch Vegas spa can make one’s skin glow like no show can. feeling wild slimming wrap to leave skin soft and silky, followed by a 50-minute Swedish massage, using light and medium pressure to release stress and tension. “Then if you’re going out for the evening, follow it with the Vibrance package, which includes a blow-dry and style, polish change, and make-up at the Kim Vo Salon ($150 pp).” Overnight rates at The Mirage start at $79 per night. Vdara sees The Mirage’s dolphin encounter and raises it with a Snakeskin Pedicure at its Spa & Salon Vdara. The treatment—easily the most untamed option at the spa—allows guests to take a walk on the wild side using actual skin naturally shed by snakes. To accomplish the look, nail technicians shape a piece of snakeskin to each nail and layer it between gel polish. Snakeskin options include a wide array of colors and designs, and guests who prefer not to have real snakeskin slither across their toes can opt for the faux version instead. Snakeskin Pedicures start at $200, or $150 for faux snakeskin. Overnight rates at Vdara start at $109 per night. continued on page 52 What The Spa at The Mirage lacks in size, it makes up for in service. With only 17 treatment rooms, The Spa at The Mirage provides separate men’s and women’s wet areas including steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and relaxing meditation rooms. “Guests can expect exceptional service, comfort and the ability to relax,” says Stephanie Doud, director of spa operations. “Being a smaller spa in comparison with other spas on the Strip, we provide a more intimate experience and we strive to create a one-on-one guest service.” Further setting The Spa at The Mirage apart is its Yoga Among the Dolphins experience ($50), during which guests practice the downward dog in a room featuring panoramic views of the dolphin pool at The Mirage. “It’s a fantastic yoga class,” says Doud, “with dolphins floating by through the windows. I don’t know if the dolphins are more interested in the yoga poses or if the people are more interested in the dolphins.” As far as treatment packages go, he says the Invigorate package provides the most luxurious experience. For $235 pp, it includes a stimulating Blueberry Bliss body treatment, featuring a blueberry soy 50 february 2012 CHRISTINE HOLDING PHOTOGRAPHY LAS VEGAS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend February 2012

Editor's Notes/Agent Speak
Hotel Desk: The Lodge at Woodloch
Tour Talk: Swain Tours
Celebrity Silhouette
Savoring the Zulu Kingdom
The Falkland Islands-Nature's Last Stand
One Bal Harbour, Florida
Las Vegas Spa Retreats
Beaver Creek Lodge, Colorado
Bliss Springs Eternal at Esperanza
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun
Time to "Czech" Out Moravia
Caribbean Uber-Luxe

Recommend February 2012