Spas Get the Vegas Treatment

Relaxation is another of Sin City's pricey pastimes
By Becky Dalzell,  Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2008 1:50 PM CDT
The Bellagio built one of the Strip's first spas, in 1999.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Las Vegas' go-big-or-go-home attitude runs from its slots to its spas, which now rival the Dead Sea as the world's favored soaking grounds, W reports. But what separates Sin City from Baden-Baden is the de-emphasis on escaping it all: At these luxury bathhouses, seeing and being seen is equally important as the relaxing bit.

The capital of excess entered the luxury-spa market in 1999 with the opening of the Venetian's 73-treatment-room facility; today, the Strip's hotels wage a silk-pillow fight for the most opulent—and social—spa amenities. Mandalay Bay's Bathhouse boasts a 20-foot Jacuzzi and oversize hot tubs. The Palms and Caesar's Palace boast coed Turkish baths and saunas, respectively.