Located in the space formerly occupied by the Monte Carlo, Park MGM Las Vegas debuted in December, bringing with it a modern vibe that appeals to those seeking a more refined Vegas experience. Offering a refuge from the Strip, The Spa & Salon at Park MGM beckons spa-goers with the scent of lavender and eucalyptus. “We’ve developed a new spa and salon experience at Park MGM that encourages guests to disconnect from the world in order to enhance the feeling of experiencing pure bliss,” says spa director Laura Wood. “Whether it’s a savvy spa-goer or a relaxation rookie, we are making the experience approachable and customizable.”
With 12 treatment rooms of varying sizes and layouts, the spa is an inviting retreat that strikes a homey feel. “The boutique and intimate feel of the spa is what sets us apart from other spas,” says Wood. “Guests feel very much at home when they visit, and it’s an approachable experience for novice and seasoned spa-goers alike.” According to Wood, the spa was developed in coordination with the property’s residential sensibility. As a result, it fits the bill for guests looking to relax, enjoy a nap in the spa’s anti-gravity chairs, read a book, or enjoy a steam or swim.
When it came to creating the menu, Wood and her team focused on making it approachable and easy to understand. “I wanted a menu that would fill the needs of what spa guests expect but is still simple and to the point,” says Wood. “We let creativity shine in the enhancements. For example, our lead therapist developed a guided meditation enhancement that can be added to massages from the ground up.” According to Wood, the program features three types of meditation, each accompanied by a specific aromatherapy essential oil and a take-home crystal as a parting gift. “The menu has all of the essential treatments that guests look for but with some unexpected moments that enhance their relaxation,” she says.
Guests can also enhance their massages and facials with a host of add-ons, such as Aromatherapy, a Foot Scrub, a Hand Treatment, a Knesko Eye or Lip Treatment, Hot Stones, a Hot Oil Scalp Treatment, a Kopari Coconut Oil Massage Enhancement, and more. The menu relies on skincare from Priori and Sothys, which were selected on account of being both effective and contributing to a luxurious experience for guests. According to Wood, one of the spa’s most popular treatments is the signature Welcome Home Massage ($300, 1 hour 40 minutes), which features an 80-minute massage and a 20-minute hydrating facial. “The facial is performed simultaneously with the massage, and it offers an unparalleled sense of relaxation and pampering,” says Wood.
Able to cater to approximately 390 guests each day, the spa is often a reprieve for guests staying in the hotel or at the nearby NoMad Las Vegas, another new property on the Strip. Locals are also encouraged to visit and can take advantage of the Park MGM Yoga Series, which offers a 10 a.m. session ($20) from TruFusion each Saturday. The classes are complimentary for locals with a Nevada ID. Although the spa only recently opened, the word is spreading. According to Wood, her biggest challenge is keeping her finger on the pulse of the day-to-day operation and finding the time necessary to be innovative and relevant.
- OWNER: Park MGM/MGM Resorts International
- SPA DIRECTOR: Laura Wood
- OPENED: August 2018
- CLIENT BASE: 60% female; 40% male
- SPACE: 9,000 square feet; 12 treatment rooms
- PRODUCTS & EQUIPMENT: Cybex, Kopari, Lycon, OPI, Oribe, Priori, Sobel, Sothys, Wella Color, Yeah Baby, Zenoti
- INTERIOR DESIGNER: Sydell Group (New York City)