The holidays have taken a toll on your well being. You danced at company parties. You had all four of your siblings (and their families) over for the holidays. You were 56 stories higher than you were comfortable with for New Year’s Eve.
Between the stress of the season and partying for New Year’s Eve, you need a plan to get back on track. Let’s face it, you have a holiday hangover. Here is a roadmap for hearty eats, relaxing treats and sweet ways to get you back on track in Vegas.
To help you get going, treat yourself to coffee — a coffee spa treatment, that is. This invigorating body scrub will wake you up and help you recover from an overly-festive holiday season. A mix of ground coffee, shea butter and essential oils, the Arabica coffee scrub firms and tightens for healthier looking skin.
Location: The Arabica coffee scrub at The Grand Spa at MGM Grand.
Price: $85 for a 25-minute treatment.
Brunch ‘n’ Munch
Nothing helps you recover from a busy holiday season better than food — that someone else has to cook.
The Fountains Brunch offers a serene and tranquil atmosphere, interrupted only with an occasional burst of water choreographed to Sinatra from the Bellagio Fountains.
For food, try selections from the boutique-style buffet including a fresh shellfish bar, sushi, sake cured salmon and bagel chips and asparagus wrapped with Kobe beef carpaccio and drizzled with white truffle emulsion.
Most importantly, nothing helps you recover from holiday strees like chocolate. Two tall chocolate fountains, chocolate strawberries and chocolate truffles are just some of the confections you’ll find in a room devoted entirely to desserts.
Location: The Fountains Brunch at Jasmine in the Bellagio.
Cost: $59 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Fuel for the Vegas fire
Forgive the name, but the “Hangover Brunch” at Bar + Bistro offers delicious sweet and savory offerings, including cinnamon sugar pancakes with roast plantains, black currant scones with honey and brioche flan French toast with lemon sugar glaze.
“We really pride ourselves on being completely different and unique to anyone here in Vegas,” says Beni Velazquez, chef of Bar + Bistro.
On Saturdays, Bar + Bistro is a casual, laid-back brunch. On Sundays, the party starts with bluegrass bands and a large crowd that spills onto the patio.
This brunch offers fantastic comfort food and gives you the fuel you need to get going.
Location: Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Hangover Brunch at Bar + Bistro in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd.
Cost: Prices vary, most entrees between $10 – 15.
Spa treatments are getting more and more advanced. Take the purity cocoon. The cocoon detoxifies your body, boosts your metabolism (great to counteract all those Christmas cookies) and eases tense, sore muscles, all in 50 minutes.
“After the holidays everyone tries to lose a few pounds. It’s a new year, new you. [The purity cocoon] would be a great start to kicking off that resolution,” says Kate Wind, manager of Spa Mio at The M Resort.
To begin the treatment, you’re wrapped in detoxifying algae, then wrapped in plastic, then wrapped in heating blankets, for a slightly slimy but comfortable cocoon.
“Spend some time on yourself. With the holidays, we’re usually always thinking about other people … do something for yourself,” says Wind.
Location: The Purity Cocoon at Spa Mio in The M Resort.
Cost: $130 for a 50-minute treatment.
Walkin’ on sunshine
After all that New Year’s Eve dancing, your feet need pampering. The detoxifying foot spa ritual at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental offers the perfect treatment.
Start with a foot bath with tranquil lemongrass soap. Then add a mask infused with warm ginger and black pepper, followed by an herbal compress that triggers reflexology points. Finish with a lemongrass cream massage and this treatment will leave you feeling refreshed in no time.
Depending on when you go, you could get two different views of the city — day or night. Located on the eighth floor of the hotel, the spa is filled with natural light and energy from the Las Vegas Strip.
“What’s spectacular about our spa is we really get two different spas. We get the spa during the day when the natural healing sunlight comes through the windows. At night, when the city starts to twinkle, we get the beautiful skyline,” says Jennifer Lynn, director of spa at Mandarin Oriental.
Location: The Detoxify Foot Ritual at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Cost: $120 on weekends, $100 on weekdays.
There is no better way to start off 2012 than with a little luck. After all, you’re in Vegas. Take a journey through The Spa at Encore Las Vegas with the Good Luck Ritual. This ritual inspires happiness, luck and prosperity, which is perfect because your holiday bills are starting to roll in.
The ritual is a progression that starts with a massage, continues with a foot treatment, hand therapy and scalp treatment, leaving you refreshed and ready to hit the penny slots.
Location: The Good Luck Ritual at The Spa at Encore Las Vegas.
Cost: $270 for an 80-minute treatment or $365 for a 110-minute treatment.
Namaste with Flipper
Yoga is already designed to help you relax and relieve stress. But for an even more inspiring workout, The Spa at the Mirage Hotel & Casino offers yoga with the dolphins. Relax and unwind with a view of the dolphin tank at the Dolphin Habitat. With 60-minute classes that can accommodate all skill levels, this relaxing retreat will leave you energized, focused and keep you in shape.
Location: Yoga Among the Dolphins class at The Spa at The Mirage Hotel & Casino.
Cost: $50 per person. Includes yoga mat, smoothie and a day pass to the spa facilities and fitness center.
Sunrise exercise on the Strip
Enjoy an invigorating Pilates class with stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. At The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the Pilates instructors will tailor a class or private lesson, based on your ability and needs. Soak in the tranquility of the Mandarin Oriental spa while rejuvenating with views of the energetic, one and only, Las Vegas Strip.
Location: Pilates Studio at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.
Cost: $35 per class.
If you want to work out your anger, hit the state-of-the-art boxing facility at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. If you received another ugly Christmas sweater, punching a bag will help you get that aggression out.
Location: Boxing facility in the West End tower at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Cost: Prices vary.
As the holidays wrap up and you find yourself knee-deep in work, you might find yourself yearning for a cocktail happy hour. Before your Weight Watchers support group blows the whistle, Morton’s has you covered.
Morton’s offers 200-calorie-or-less cocktails called spa-tinis, perfect for staying on a health-conscious track while still being able to indulge in an adult beverage. Choose from Spa-tini flavors like red velvet, Skynny Blood Orange Cosmo and the Skynny Rita.
After all, you just woke up early to sweat it out with dolphins — you don’t want your hard work to go to waste.
Location: Spa-tinis are available at Morton’s, The Steakhouse Las Vegas.
Cost: Prices vary, around $14.
These are a few ways to hit the ground running in 2012, while remembering to take care of yourself. With recover, relax and rejuvenate as your mantra in the new year, nothing can stop you.