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June 13, 2008

Las Vegas: Drift Spa

Drift Spa
Drift Spa's co-ed hammam

Every May, Conde Nast Traveler releases its Hot List, a collection of the best new hotels, spas, restaurants, and nightspots. Check the Daily Traveler every day for a new post from this year's list.

In a city with an over-the-top reputation, minimalism might be the dirtiest word of all. This 20-room spa in the new Palms Place residential tower, west of the Strip, rebels against the neon ostentation with a decidedly low-key atmosphere. From the blessedly pared-down service menu to the muted maroon-and-gray palette, it's an ideal antidote to the Sin City fray. The steamy co-ed hammam has seating alcoves and a suggestive overhead tile pattern that elicits a few giggles; after visiting it, opt for the Muscle Melter deep-tissue massage ($150). But request a final hot towel compress on your feet unless you like slip-sliding your way to the dressing room (massages, $150-$205).

Further reading:
* Hot List 2008
* Cocktails in detox, Vegas style

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