Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian

Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the VenetianYou can spend your time exercising at a one-armed bandit or you can make a more sensible choice and check into the Venetian’s 65,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch SpaClub and really be a winner.

Just being at this $1.2 billion, 3,036-suite megaresort is a trip in itself. Imagine yourself in Venice , recreated in all its charm right down to a gondola ride through an elaborate Grand Canal and a Rialto Bridge. Everything is on a grand scale here, from stunning 700-square-foot guest rooms replete with private bed chambers draped in canopies to a 500,000-square-foot themed indoor retail mall with its own St. Mark’s Square.

Those who choose to bypass the immense casino and seek refuge at the spa will find a world of health opportunities. The spa’s two levels are honeycombed with fifty treatment rooms, offering 120 spa services. Spa-goers enjoy dozens of treatment options with enticing names, such as Euphoria and Royal King’s Bath. Ten different facials await.

Fitness reaches a new level with fifty pieces of cardio equipment, thirty Spinning bikes, and classes such as boxercise, qigong, yoga, and strength training. A staff of nutritionists, exercise physiologists, health educators, and physical therapists use an integrated approach that combines Western and alternative health practices. There is a daily fee ($30) for hotel guests to use the facilities.

If you have decided to trim down and get fit (a healthy anticasino move), the SpaClub has the cure, with nutritionists and exercise physiologists to design weight-loss programs. The Canyon Ranch Cafe (note the absence of burgers and fries) presents daily menu selections such as egg-white omelettes, wraps, pan-cakes, fresh fish dishes, and unforgettable desserts.

The goal of the SpaClub is to provide sanctuary from the nonstop, frenetic ambience of the Las Vegas Strip, with its smoke-filled casinos, rich food, and surging traffic. And, amazingly, it does.

Accommodations: The Venetian, the world’s largest all-suite hotel/resort, shopping, casino, and convention complex, offers 3,036 suites featuring 130-square-foot bathrooms finished in Italian marble, a sunken living room, minibar, fax machine/copier; telephones with dual lines and dataport, color TVs, and a living room entertainment center.

Meals: Upscale dining in more than a dozen restaurants, including Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio and the Canyon Ranch Cafe, serving world-famous spa cuisine.

Facilities: 65,000-square-foot SpaClub with beauty salon, fitness center, fifty treatment rooms, three aerobics studios, and 40-foot indoor rock-climbing wall.

Services & Special Programs: Several spa packages, including massage, fitness, and sport and beauty consultations.

Best Spa Package: The Personal Creation III enables you to design your own package. Selecting three services from twelve possibilities is an exciting prospect. Some of the services included in the $395 fee are a fifty-minute Swedish massage, a European facial, a fifty-minute rock-climbing session, an Essential Signature Pedicure, or a Canyon Ranch Body Cocoon. There is a separate charge for accommodations.

Getting There: The resort is a short drive from the McCarran International Airport.

What’s Nearby: All Las Vegas Strip attractions, Valley of Fire National Park, Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead.