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Hammam treatments settle in on the Strip

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The Cosmopolitan’s Sahra Hammam & Spa.
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Brittany Brussell

Stress less. It’s only February, but your New Year’s mantra is already in need of recitation and Post-it reminders—and spa amenities featuring Turkish and Moroccan hammams steeped in culture and contentment.

At the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, you can make like a lizard and lounge on the heated marble slab at the heart of a mosaic-tiled space. As constant warmth from the “mother stone” gets blood moving and pushes perspiration levels into overdrive, pores are ready to be purged. A Turkish kese mitt is used to vigorously shed lackluster skin from the neck down, and is followed by an application of quenching olive oil soap to your body’s largest organ (skin!). As fragrant steam culminates the 45-minute experience, admire your new glow with a coed spa squad of up to eight.

Touted as a modern homage to the centuries-old practice of purification and renewal, the Sahra Hammam at the Cosmopolitan offers traditional, yet indulgent treatments. If sprawling on a toasty stone and sloughing off dead skin before nourishing with tangerine-fig body butter amid eucalyptus steam is your thing, choose the 50-minute Hammam soap ritual. Or maybe the Red Flower Hammam Experience that steeps lemon blossom, jasmine and more into a scrub, mask and massage. Consider the Moroccan Journey that mimics the transcendent effects of a great trip through such highlights as the volcanic black soap bath, a slathering of pure honey and massage imparting Thai, Swedish and Shiatsu movements. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, 702-590-8886; Sahra Hammam at the Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7171.

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