It was week two of a two-week jaunt around the world. I started in New York, visited İstanbul and Cappadocia, traveled to and overnighted in Los Angeles, and was now in Las Vegas, readying for three days of a travel trade show. My Monday arrival with my Los Angeles-based colleague, Rafie Iannello, coincided with her birthday — and what better way to pamper the birthday girl and relax my jet-lagged mind and body than with an afternoon at the spa? In a city like Las Vegas, which offers top-notch health and wellness outlets, there’s no shortage of options, but we had our sights set on Spa at The LINQ.
The LINQ opened in late 2014 as the newest hot spot on the famed Strip, and it’s attuned to the needs and wants of a hipper, savvier traveler, offering a boardwalk-style, outdoor promenade full of stores, restaurants, entertainment outlets and the High Roller — a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel boasting prime views of the city’s bright lights. Rafie and I embarked on a 30-minute ride in one of the High Roller’s bar cars the following night, enjoying the vistas with a happy hour cocktail and catching the buzz of one of Las Vegas Boulevard’s newest highlights.
There’s no shortage of other nightlife, dining, shopping, casino and entertainment options available at The LINQ, but that day, after a bit of a delay departing Los Angeles, we focused solely on kicking back at the property’s spa.
What makes Spa at The LINQ stand out from the other luxury spas lining the Strip? For us, it was both the unique treatment we indulged in — Alaskan Glacial Mud wraps, using raw, hand-carved glacial mud from the Copper River Delta in Alaska — and the Himalayan salt therapy cave, the only one of its kind in Las Vegas.
Spa at The LINQ is spa-going with an edge. Unique features give it just a little something extra. For instance, the spa forgoes the ubiquitous music you hear in other spas in favor of jazz or the patron’s own music, which can play through the treatment room speakers. Aromatherapy is part of every service at no extra cost, with spa-goers choosing the scent for their experience. Each visit begins with a personal tour, and with treatments of $50 or more, visitors can use the salt cave, whirlpools, eucalyptus steam rooms and single-sex lounges. (Day passes are also on offer for a reasonable $20.) Harmonize Water Bar, a tea selection and zero-gravity lounge chairs are added benefits. A 24-hour fitness center and salon and retail services round out the extensive offerings.
I must admit, most of my experience was a bit of a blur. But in this case, that is not a bad thing. After my preceding whirlwind of a week and even a bit of extra hustle and bustle traveling into Las Vegas that morning, I was at the peak of exhaustion yet also amped up. As a person who can rarely turn her mind off and just “be,” for me to say it is a blur means I actually achieved that desired state. I left the spa well-rested and ready to conquer three busy days and three more flights. My spa visit could not have been more perfectly timed to recharge me.
The spa décor incorporates a muted palette of geometric shapes. The purple lighting in the guest lounge gives the area a mellow but hip feel, and the red glow of the salt cave has a calming effect. The colors and décor mimic the desired vibe.
Our therapists found us lounging in fluffy robes in the relaxation room and escorted us to separate treatment rooms. I always enjoy partaking in a spa’s signature treatment, and my Alaskan Glacial Mud Wrap was a standout. The mud from the Copper River Delta is among the most mineral-rich clays in the world, helping to detox and smooth the skin. The 50-minute treatment started with a gentle, exfoliating brushing of my body followed by the warm wrap and ending with a massage. Glacial mud is used to promote anti-aging and to allow skin to retain moisture, and mine was extra-soft for days to follow.
Suffering from chronic sinus issues which tend to be exacerbated by flights, I was especially eager to spend 45 minutes in the salt cave, used for centuries to help with congestion, asthma and other respiratory conditions. Immediately upon entering, I could taste the salt on my lips. I ran my fingers along the misshapen salt crystals of the wall and left slight footprints in the salt dust on the floor as I settled in. Rafie and I reconvened here post-treatment, relaxing on Z-shaped loungers.
We had the cave to ourselves, enjoying both the therapeutic benefits of the atmosphere and some good, old-fashioned girl talk.
Spa at The LINQ
The LINQ Hotel & Casino
3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
tel 702 794 3242
Read This Next
Women in Travel
2016Sep 22, 2016
All Reads on This Topic
Read Them All
FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan Introduces Spring Experiences
The Ritz-Carlton, Nikko in Japan offers travelers exciting experiences this spring. Opened in July 2020, the property overlooks Lake Chūzenji and Mount Nantai in Japan’s Northern Kanto region. With cherry blossoms (Sakura) set to bloom in April, the area is the perfect destination for a spring getaway.
FXExpress Traveler of the Year
FXExpress Traveler of the Year Contest 2023
New Limited-Time Bonus Offers from Scenic, Emerald Cruises
Scenic Luxury Cruises and Emerald Cruises currently offer travelers savings of up to $500 per cabin and a 50 percent reduction on deposits on select 2023/2024 river and ocean itineraries. The offers are available through March 31 and can be combined with others, such as early-booking savings of up to $1,500 per couple and a Pay in Full bonus that includes free or reduced airfare options.
The Cape Ann Museum Announces Major Edward Hopper Exhibit
This July, The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts, hosts Edward Hopper & Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape, the first major exhibition to explore Hopper’s connection to Cape Ann during his formative years as an artist. Visitors will be treated to 65 works that include paintings, prints and drawings assembled from collections housed at Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; private lenders; and other institutions.
Europe is more fun with a Portugal Stopover.
March 2023Mar 22, 2023
Global Traveler Celebrates the 2022 Winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey Awards
Travel is back and better than ever! Last year brought a big boom to our beloved industry, and we were thrilled to celebrate the best of the best in December 2022 as we honored the winners of our 19th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, located downtown at LA Live!
Austrian Airlines to Bring Back Flying Chefs
DailyMar 22, 2023
Pendry Washington DC – The Wharf Review
eFlyer ReviewsMar 22, 2023
eFlyer DealsMar 22, 2023
Brown Hotels Celebrates Beachside Greek Resorts Reopening with New Offer
In honor of the seasonal reopening of its beachside Greek resorts, Brown Hotels offers a generous 25 percent discount on all bookings made by the end of April. This discount can apply to Brown Hotels’ beachside properties of Isla Brown Corinthia, Brown Beach Chalkida, Brown Beach Eretria and DAVE by the Beach Loutraki.
Exclusive Savings: Cruise Along the Danube River with Global Traveler
Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler
eFlyer DealsMar 22, 2023
Air Tahiti Nui Announces Limited-Time Sale on Flights from LAX to AKL
Through April 24, passengers booking a flight with Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) enjoy round-trip fares from $974 per person in Moana economy class or $2,394 in Moana premium class.