Bathhouse at TheHotel (www.mandalaybay.com)
Although part of the Mandalay complex, THEhotel is a separate entity with its own ultra-trendy spa, The Bathhouse, which pioneered communal spa-ing on the Strip. With its granite and suede-covered walls, stylish fixtures and brightly colored furniture, including orange fur benches, it retains a quasi night-club atmosphere, only rock and rhythm is replaced with sounds of trickling water at every turn.
This is in-your-face-modern bat-cave relaxation as in soaring, monolithic black slate walls and floors inset with a narrow, softly lit soaking pool. The whole deal is unexpected. If you’re a hotel guest at either the Mandalay or THEHotel, you have Beach access which, with its 11 acres of pools, bars, private cabanas and 2,700 tons of sand, seems to fly in the face of spa-ing. Still, wandering between a sultry spa and bustling beach can make for a terrific day of lazing around. With only 12 treatment rooms, this spa is small by Las Vegas standards but because every one has a private shower, they feel like mini-suites. The Scents-of-You service is a fun way to customize your service. Arrive early to fill out a body-mind-soul personality questionnaire, have your answers punched into the computer and presto, it calculates a blend of essential oils for your massage, custom-tailored to your needs. Granted, certain oils do have relaxing or detoxifying properties but don’t take the process too seriously. The actual service, though, is excellent – a hybrid massage of hot stones, aromatherapy and Swedish techniques. Add an express facial with an oxygen spray for a “wow” youthful glow.
Recommend: The Bathhouse Sampler combines a customized Scents-of-You bath, a Swedish massage, a refresher facial and classic pedicure. Even though it’s advertised as a Monday-Thursday package, minor pressure tactics can make it a weekend option, too.
Tip: spa passes ($30) are for hotel guests only; non guests must spend at least $60 in spa services for the same privileges.
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