Samadhi is the highest level of Buddhist enlightenment, and while this state is said to have only been achieved by Buddha himself, Awana Spa at Resorts World Las Vegas will leave you feeling pretty close. And that’s not surprising once you learn that the spa’s footprint (which features all curvilinear walls) is in the shape of a seated Buddha. As the first newly built spa on the Las Vegas Strip in over a decade, the facilities are among the most impressive in the city. Yes, the locker rooms feature traditional wet areas, but it’s the coed Fountain of Youth that is truly unique. Here you’ll find the country’s first Aufguss performance sauna, where sauna meisters use aromatherapy and dancing towels to move heat by choreographing their movements to music and lights. The multisensory Art of Aufguss experience is followed by a walk through a rain tunnel before guests are encouraged to progress through a series of cold and thermal pools. From there, you are invited to relax in a salt and crystal laconium, lay on tepidarium chairs or enjoy a bento box in the lounge before your treatment.
Awana Spa’s Fountain of Youth and relaxation lounge at Resorts World Las Vegas add to a transformative experience.
As for the bodywork and facial programing, this has been carefully curated by renowned spa director Jennifer Lynn, whose stewardship has led to innumerable five-star awards and accolades. For massage, there are Himalayan salt stone, reiki and chakra healing sessions, but our pick is the Tokyo Escape. Based on Lynn’s travels throughout this bustling Asian metropolis, this service seeks to promote rest and restorative sleep through long, firm strokes while enveloping the body in a warm, dry wrap. And should you find that the arid desert has left your complexion feeling a bit depleted, Awana offers hydrafacials with medically proven benefits. Other bespoke services such as face yoga, dermaplaning and gua sha are hands down some of the most distinctive offerings on the Strip.
What’s more, Awana seamlessly suits those interested in a personal spa journey, a private couples retreat or a social experience. The spa is intimate enough that it never feels crowded, and couples can enjoy duet services in their own suites. Alternatively, groups can arrange for private VIP locker rooms, book their own Aufguss performance and enjoy the spa’s coed social spaces. No matter what the occasion, at Awana, nirvana awaits. Resorts World Las Vegas, 702.676.7000, rwlasvegas.com