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Perfect Getaway: Who knew you could find good, clean fun in Sin City?

Las Vegas

Sure, it’s the place where all-night parties, gambling, and overindulgence can spark really regrettable behavior. Yet the city that’s launched a billion hangovers also is in the cure business. Hotels including the Mandarin Oriental, the Trump Hotel, Vdara, The Signature at MGM Grand, and the Las Vegas Marriott forbid smoking. And with competing spas offering wellness and pampering treatments, hotel gyms dedicated to keeping bodies swimsuit ready, and menus catering to vegans and vegetarians, Las Vegas is looking practically wholesome. Detox may not be as popular as retox, but that leaves mornings at the gyms and spas—and their cafes—wide open for teetotalers.

It’s March and that means the city will be swarming with NCAA March Madness
fans and devotees of NASCAR Weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
But if you’re looking for something a bit less manic, head 12 miles out of town to the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area for a half-day hike (Lovell Canyon is a favorite). When you’re done, soothe your feet at the  Canyon Ranch Spa back at The Venetian resort. Its Healthy Feet Program ($45 to $165) offers a custom gait analysis, footwear and orthotic recommendations, and specific therapies for athletes and stiletto addicts.

Wind down with an alcohol-free mocktail ($10) at the Mandarin Oriental’s 23rd-floor  Sky Lobby Bar, with a blend of cucumber, watermelon, and lemongrass; or white tea, pear puree, and lime juice. MGM Resorts’ recently launched Smart Plate program ($8 to $28) adds items with fewer than 700 calories to cafe menus and through room service at Aria, MGM Grand, The Mirage, and the Monte Carlo. Low-calorie, high-flavor breakfasts and lunches at The Venetian’s Canyon Ranch Café are beautifully presented and satisfying. Best bet: manchego chopped salad with artichokes, capers, and chicken ($16).  

Small by Vegas standards with 392 guest rooms, the Mandarin Oriental ($245 to $15,000) is an antidote to smoky casinos and hotel rooms. The spa’s windows overlooking the chaotic Strip eight floors below are adequate inspiration to book the signature three-hour massage ($510 to $600) that comes with nutrition and fitness advice. Or allow yourself a refuge at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino where 14th-floor Stay Well rooms ($110 to $390) offer chlorine-neutralizing vitamin C-infused showers, lighting keyed to body rhythms, and purified water and air systems. 

No Excuses
The Mandarin Oriental puts yoga mats and CDs in each room, and hotel guests can take free yoga and Pilates classes in the gym.


1. Photograph by Denver Aquino 2. Photograph by Chris Barker 3. Photograph courtesy of Canyon Ranch Spa 4. Photograph courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, las vegas

This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue.


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