In contrast to the resort’s advertising campaign, which promises “Just the Right Amount of Wrong,” the Sahra Spa & Hammam at the Cosmopolitan is a dreamy desert respite from the endless nights of dancing on tables, drinking till you can’t see straight and other Vegas pastimes.
The Cosmo represents the next generation of Strip hotels, and its spa follows suit. At Sahra, all of the treatments are inspired by elements found within the desert and, contrary to popular belief, there is a lot of life that exists in the barren expanse. Built into the spa’s design (by United Design) are threads of silver meant to mirror the night sky and walls that mimic sand sculptures. One of Sahra’s most striking areas is The Space Between, a large entry corridor that blends all of the elements, inviting guests to abandon their previous mindsets and become enveloped into a new context of peacefulness.
Boasting one of the few authentic hammams, or Turkish baths, in the United States, Sahra offers an array of specially designed treatments meant to take guests on a journey far beyond their current environment. The centerpiece of Sahra’s hammam is a giant slab of motherstone that is heated from within. The hammam is booked as part of a service, each of which employs the principles of body detoxification, steam and cooling water in a warm atmosphere.
The signature experience is the Sahra Journey (150 minutes, $365), where guests choose from Moroccan Rose or Malaysian Silk products and then alternate between steam and the emanating heat of the motherstone before indulging a rich mud and natural honey body mask to detoxify. The process is followed with a bath, fruit and tea before a full massage is performed. For something divine, order up the Soap Massage, which is a traditional Turkish technique that enraptures the body in bubbles and is then finished off with a percussion massage to get the blood flowing.
For the ultimate in intimate, book a private suite for you and your most beloved companion, complete with its own treatment room, steam room, soaking tub and vanity ($95 an hour, $50 half-hour). Catering is also available in the spa suites. On the way out, stop by the spa store, stocked with luxurious James Perse “comfy clothes” and Red Flower body products among many other boutique spa lines.