When the music is too loud and the casinos too smoky (although they’re much improved from the 00’s) Vegas does have quiet peaceful little pockets from which to dodge your fans, entourage or loan shark. While it may not be the best kept secret, the Venezia Pool Deck, tucked away on the 10th floor of The Venetian, sure felt like one as I fell asleep, book in hand, to the trickling sound of the water fountain in this lush garden setting. Ahhhhhh.... the perfect prelude to ease into my final day in Vegas which called for restorative yoga, healthier fare and my ultimate indulgence: a day spent at Canyon Ranch Spa. I even got up early but when my yogi handed me several pillows, a eucalyptus-scented towel and dimmed the lights, I knew I made the right choice. Screw vinyasas. This is how yoga should be practiced.
Light, fresh and clean with no salt and just a hint of fresh herbs for flavoring, the shrimp ceviche and basil chicken and broccoli at Canyon Ranch Grill was the perfect antithesis to help bring me down from my sugar high. Being the only ones there, our server gave us fruity sweet house sangria, a guava and pineapple juice shot and banana guava and pineapple smoothie sample for dessert. I don’t think I’ve ever had such attentive service in my life.
Tuesday evening, 6:24pm: I made note of the time as I sat amidst swirling warm bubbles in Canyon Ranch’s Hydrospa, and it dawned on me that with the exception of 2 other women I only briefly saw in passing and in the Herbal Laconium, I had one of the top spas in the country all to myself. Score one for hitting Vegas in the off season and a spa on a Tuesday night. After my spa experience, which I’d recommend to anyone, I’m far more motivated now to make money so I can buy the leather chaise lounges in the relaxation room and wave room. I’m willing to save for 10 years; I’m thinking it will take that long. Felt good to feel like Oprah for a few hours though. Perfect way to end my “weekend in Vegas.” Vegas Out!
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Canyon Ranch Spa Club Venetian and Palazzo Resort and Casino