When most people think of Las Vegas, they think about the glittering lights, nonstop entertainment and a raucous good time. But there’s much more to Vegas. Savvy travelers know it’s also a phenomenal destination to de-stress and indulge in some R & R. Of all the ways to enjoy Las Vegas, pampering and rediscovering yourself should be on your bucket list. Turn off your cellphone, unplug from your everyday activities, and start recharging with one of these transformative experiences.
1. Treat Yourself
When it’s time for you-time, nothing beats a much deserved reward to jump-start the pampering. Vegas has an amazing variety of stores and nearly 7 million square feet of shopping centers, so you’re sure to find an indulgence or two when you’re here. The Fashion Show Las Vegas mall features iconic shops and fabulous department stores. Over at Caesars Palace, The Forum Shops is host to 160 specialty shops as well as delectable dining options at eateries like Carmine’s Italian Restaurant or Sushi Roku. Or, swing over to the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino and The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort for more luxury items. While you’re there, squeeze in a stop at Cañonita to break up the day, where you can dine on enchiladas, flautas and pozole, — then get yourself a delicious treat at Buddy V’s Ristorante, where the Cake Boss serves up cannoli, tiramisu, and so much more. When it’s time to wind down the shopping and turn it up for the night, treat yourself to a blowout at Drybar at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
2. Find Serenity at Vegas’ Best Spas
Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage, facial or another type of treatment at one of the lavish spas in Las Vegas. Take a soak in one of the Watsu pools before your treatment at Canyon Ranch spa + fitness at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino. It’s the largest spa on the continent and regularly ranks among the top resort spas in the country. Take a tranquilizing journey at the Sahra Spa, Salon & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, where you can experience a Turkish-style bathhouse. Or, cool off inside the Arctic Room of Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace before soaking in one of the three Roman baths or indulging in a spa treatment. Before your treatment, consider fitting in a yoga session Vegas-style with a personal session on the High Roller at The LINQ Hotel + Promenade.
Canyon Ranch spa + fitness at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino
3. Chill Out Poolside
Some Vegas pools can be party central, but you can also find a variety of relaxing pools perfect for unwinding and soaking up a little sun. Case in point: It’s impossible to be anything but in the moment when you swim among the sea creatures in The Tank at the Golden Nugget, an expansive three-story pool complex centered around a 200,000-gallon shark tank aquarium. How do sparkling sand and crystal-clear waters sound? Find just that at Èlia Beach Club at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, where the lush landscape is complemented by top artists of today on its stage.
Or, you can relax on the sands of the beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, where you can arrange a personal villa or day bed or hit the lazy river to float your worries away. The eighth floor pool complex at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas boasts a plunge pool and two lap pools — all with a peaceful, quiet atmosphere ideal for a little retreat.
Mandalay Bay Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
4. Escape With Vegas Entertainment
For the ultimate escape from reality, immerse yourself in a range of out-of-this-world Vegas entertainment. Marvel at the high-flying escapades of the Cirque du Soleil show Mystère at Treasure Island or take in the musical genius of Resorts World Las Vegas’ many resident performers — either way, your night is going to be one for the ages. Play a round at Topgolf at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino or experience Las Vegas from above while riding SlotZilla Zipline at Fremont Street Experience. Entertainment options are waiting around every turn in this exciting city.
Luke Bryan at Resorts World Las Vegas
When you’re ready to unwind and unplug, Las Vegas is the perfect place to kick back, relax and refresh yourself with unique experiences you’ll only find here.