If you’re staying at The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas or if you are in town and enjoy day spas, Sahra Spa, Salon, and Hammam is worth a visit. To start, it’s a handsome space designed to ‘conjure the elemental feelings of the desert.” That means you can imagine you’re passing the time in hot tub in Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon .. the designers did a great job. The walls are lined with real sandstone boulder walls, made from Nevada stone carved with patterns reminiscent of patterns made in desert sand from a windstorm. Rich brown paneling, taupe leather chairs, and metallic touches on the end tables and drop ceiling panels add coziness to the space. And waterfalls artfully created with plastic tubing create the effect of a curtain of water and adds motion to the space. Brilliant design.
Locker room and robes
Checking into a spa gives the first impression of what the experience might be, and at Sahra, I was happy to be offered a vegan chocolate bite – I chose the dark chocolate – before being escorted to my locker. The robes were soft and plush, but I was mostly impressed with the style and comfort of the spa slippers.
The vanity area had a nice assortment of products: individually wrapped disposable razors and toothbrushes, deodorant, body lotions, and high-end hair products, including my favorite Boing curl lotion by Unite.
The lounge at Sahra Spa
The lounge where you sit and wait for your treatment has comfortable caramel-colored leather chairs and piped-in spa music. It’s also a tea room filled with Zen Bites, an assortment of vegan treats. They were nutty and grainy, lacking a bit in texture for me, but there were also apples, bananas, and trail mix. That vegan chocolate offered at check-in wasn’t available.
Wet spa amenities
Now for the good stuff: water in all different forms, the soul of any wet spa. Sahra has a steam room, a sauna, and a cool mist room in addition to the Vitality Pool, a large hot tub-jacuzzi combo.
The Vitality Pool: I loved that the jets are STRONG, hitting the lower back just right with enough room on the long, deep bench to maneuver to hit glutes, piriformis, and bottoms of the feet and I maneuvered around.
The steam room is brighter and cooler than others I’ve been in. I estimate it’s not much over 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes it’s easier to stay in longer. The subtle eucalpytus globulus fragrance added to the pleasant atmosphere.
The sauna is a proper sauna with redwood and dry heat.
The cool mist room is a true cool mist that’s perfect for lowering your body temperature after the heated rooms. It’s standing-only; there are no chairs or benches, and that’s fine. You don’t want to stay in there too long.
I don’t always get a treatment when I visit day spas, but this time I tried the body peel/massage combo. In a very nice touch, there is a glass bowl of polished stones under the face cradle to gaze upon if your eyes happen to open. The massage therapist arranged a heated neck pillow to warm up those muscles while she got to work massaging my back and the back of my legs. Then she slathered on an alpha-hydroxy peel and massaged my head and neck while the peel worked. Afterwards, she wiped off all the goop with hot wet towels and finished with a very lightly scented milk and honey moisturizer.
Then it was time to go and lounge at the Vitality Pool until it was time to leave.
In a vibrant city full of top-notch hotel resort spas, the Sahra at the Cosmopolitan holds it’s own. It’s much smaller and mellower than Qua with a different experience all it’s own. You can count on a luxurious, rejuvenating experience in a beautifully designed setting designed to mimic the surrounding wild environment.