Mandarin Oriental’s New Vegas Spa Is a Sure Bet

I’m currently at the IECSC show in Las Vegas. Though I’ve been on the show floor for two days, this visit hasn’t been all about walking the aisles and checking out the new spa offerings on display at the show. When I arrived on Friday, I got a chance to experience the heavenly new Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The 27,000 square foot, two-floor spa is, in a word, spectacular. It was designed to harken guests back to 1930s Shanghai, and I was immediately intrigued by the lovely artwork and accents that give the spa a decidedly Asian flair. I also loved the amenities offered in the women’s locker area. I arrived early for my appointment and was able to enjoy the steam room, experience shower, laconium, vitality booth, ice fountain, and rhassoul. Then, I stretched out in a comfy lounge chair and took in views of Las Vegas Boulevard while I waited for my therapist. Next, I enjoyed the signature Mahjong Balance treatment, which provided the perfect refreshing boost to help me battle my jet-lag and kick-start my Vegas visit. Inspired by the traditional Chinese game Mahjong, this signature journey begins with a uplifting welcoming foot ritual using ginger, jasmine, and green tea and is followed by skin smoothing body exfoliation and a deep therapeutic massage using warm jade stones. The experience concludes with the application of cool jade of the Mahjong tile to soothe and calm the body resulting in a rejuvenated sense of equilibrium. Post-treatment, I joined spa director Jennifer Lynn and Alyssa Bushey, director of communications, for a cocktail at the Mandarin Bar, a sky-high, glass-enclosed bar on the hotel’s 23rd floor where we toasted the opening of this wonderful new retreat. For more on this stunning new spa, check out the April issue of American Spa.

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