Friday, May 14, 2010

Canyon Ranch Spa: A Transformative Experience

You know sometimes when you hear about a celebrity being checked into Canyon Ranch for "exhaustion"? They have several locations, and luckily, the ranch has opened a spa in the The Venetian in Las Vegas, so when you're exhausted and downtrodden from losing big or drinking too much, or that desert air is taking a toll on your skin, Venetian guests can head downstairs to a truly transformative experience.
I recently traveled to the Vegas with three friends and after a long few days and still no luck at the slots or shaking that jet lag, my pal Jaime (pictured outside the spa) and I paid for a restorative yoga session at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub. For a mere $20, we had access to the spa's "Aquavana" facilities, where we were treated like royalty. For as many hours as we wanted to stay, we could lounge in robes in any of the incredibly tranquil sitting areas and enjoy some herbal tea, fresh fruit and a huge selection of magazines. But on top of that, we could take a dip in the chlorine-free hot (and I mean, hot) tub, recline on a heated lounger or rejuvinate in any number of steam/sauna rooms. My personal fave was the Crystal Steam Room. I am a lover of steam rooms and a lover of crystals (not to be associated with Spencer Pratt), so this was right up my alley. In the corner of the room is a giant amethyst geode, and as you lie down on the heated marble benches, you face a ceiling with color-changing lights as steam pours out of a nearby vent and moisturizes and detoxifies your skin. Afterward, you can frolic in the Experiential Rains (watch out for the Caribbean Storm setting!) or cool off in the Igloo. Other truly peaceful spots include the Salt Grotto, which is a much drier but equally relaxing and warm experience, and the Wave Room (it's psychedelic, that's all I'll say). At the end of our sensual journey, we were able to sample the quality goods from their gift shop, such as Elasticity Body Balm and MoroccanOil hair treatment, then shower and style our hair before exiting looking like goddesses. I ended up purchasing the MoraccanOil, and my hair has never looked so good. So long, Alberto VO5 Hot Oil!
For all the money I lost on the slots, it was worth every penny to spend the day at Canyon Ranch.