There’s more than one way to spend a spring break.
There’s the traditional rite of passage of coeds (i.e. wild parties, sleepless nights and bottomless booze).
And then there’s the less typical, yet equally desirable, holistic approach to spring break – a break from unhealthy habits, negative influences and mental clutter.
Both are perfectly valid approaches. It really just depends on whether you prefer to have your hair styled by a beautician or held back from your face while you puke in a toilet.
With tons of critically acclaimed day spas offering an array of treatments and some of the best shopping in the world, Las Vegas is the ideal destination for a rejuvenating spring break.
“We tend to neglect ourselves during the winter,” said Kate Wind, Spa Manager at M Resort’s Spa Mio. “Spring is the time to refocus on ourselves and refresh our body with moisturizing treatments, scrubs, massages, facials and mani/pedis.”
Following are five ways you can spring into the season (plus, some specials to sweeten the deal):
1. Show them you’re more than a pretty face
Face the season with a fresh perspective while your partying counterparts are falling face first into the pool — head to the spa for a facial. A facial is a nice spring treat, correcting any skin damage incurred during the cold, harsh and drying winter.
For a bright awakening, try the Brilliance Facial ($150) at the Forbes-Four Star rated Spa Mio. Slip into a state of complete relaxation as your spa therapist treats you to nutrient-rich Vitamin C that reduces fine lines and invigorates your complexion. This skin-brightening treatment will leave you looking and feeling radiant. Before or after your treatment, you’ll enjoy luxurious amenities, including sauna, steam room and jetted plunge pools as well as refreshments like fruit, ice water, coffee and tea.
For a vegan, paraban-free experience head to the Grand Spa at MGM Grand for a Lilac Blossom Facial ($125 through April 30). This facial calms the skin while beneficial lilac also soothes the mind, body, and soul. That’s the power of the flower!
For a full list of Las Vegas spas, visit Vegas.com
2. Nail down your 15 minutes
It’s springtime in Vegas. There’s stores to visit, restaurant reservations to keep and shows to see. You want to have beautiful nails, but you don’t want to waste an eternity at the nail salon.
That’s where LAKA Manicure Express comes in. With locations at the Premium Outlets and the Fashion Show Mall, this signature boutique-style kiosk provides you with professionally painted nails in only 15 minutes ($14; add-ons are extra). Or put some spring in your step with a 20 minute pedicure express, only $20.
You’ll have plenty of extra time for shopping, sitting out by the pool or giving your fashionable fingers a little exercise on the slots.
For a full list of Las Vegas nail salons, visit Vegas.com
3. Be a smooth dude
Impress your friends with your baby smooth skin. Invest in a professional shave. You’re likely to love your lack of razor bumps so much you’ll never want to shave yourself again.
Turn your daily shave into a comforting ritual with an Executive Shave ($85) at The Spa at The Mirage. The shave includes a collagen eye treatment, light massage, and a closer-than-close straight razor shave.
Not sure how you feel about a complete stranger taking a razor to your skin? Test the waters with a free shaving consultation at The Art of Shaving, located at the Mandalay Place, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian, the Fashion Show Mall and Miracle Mile Shops. If you decide to go for it, shaving services range from a $15 moustache trim to an $80 haircut and royal shave (prices may vary).
For a full list of Las Vegas barbershops, visit Vegas.com
4. New ‘do.’ New you.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal, so why not reinvent your hair with The Spring Back to Youth Keratin Treatment ($475) at the two-story, 65,000-square-foot luxury Spa & Salon Bellagio. The keratin treatment is specifically developed to protect and restore your hair back to its youthful state by delivering important conditioning and moisturizing benefits. The service includes an aftercare take-home maintenance kit.
Meanwhile, when you spend $100 or more on any hair service at the 40,000 square-foot Costa Del Sur Salon and Spa at the South Point this March, you receive a deep conditioning hair treatment (typically $40 and up) for free.
World-renowned colorist and Las Vegas salon owner Michael Boychuck of Color inside Caesars Palace and LifeSpa + Salon off the Strip says spring’s hottest hair color trend for brunettes and blondes is red. He also suggests ombre highlights for ladies who want to be on trend, but don’t want too drastic of a change. “Braids and buns are perfect for easy, on the go styles,” he adds.
For a full list of Las Vegas salons, visit Vegas.com
5. Shopping therapy
While many a Vegas tourist will claim their rightful spot among the disheveled coeds passed out on bathroom floors this spring, you can pass out the fashionable way, by shopping ’til you drop.
First your spring shopping list: Crystals at CityCenter, the one-stop-spot for fashionistas and trend setters. Bag some of springs’s hottest fashions including white pieces with black details, such as ERES’ “Benzene” draped bathing suit cover up accented by a thin black belt or Porsche Design’s new “TwinBag,” made with white calfskin and chrome black metal.
Everything is brighter in Vegas, and that means you’ve gotta wear shades. For the season’s hottest designer eye wear, check out the Sex Symbols collection by Morgenthal Frederics ($395), available at Optica in the Fashion Show Mall, Venetian and Palazzo; Scene at Mandalay Bay; or Davante in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace.
A trip to the Miracle Mile Shops, meanwhile, is really a win-win. Not only is shopping at the 170-store retail center at Planet Hollywood considered good therapy, but it’s also good for someone else. As part of the center’s Caring, Giving, Changing campaign, Miracle Mile Shops will donate all change tossed in the retail center’s fountain and indoor rainstorm during the month of March to the March of Dimes, a leading nonprofit for pregnancy and baby health.
For a full list of Las Vegas Shopping options, visit Vegas.com.