Ubiquitous gambling. Decadent dining. Free-flowing cocktails. All-night dance clubs. Sequined showgirls. Let's face it: Las Vegas isn't exactly known for moderation. Meeting in Sin City doesn't have to be sinful, however. Thanks to increased investment in health and wellness by resorts, restaurants, and attractions, it's easier than ever to be salubrious instead of scandalous on the Strip. Here are just five of the many ways to bet on good health during your next visit:
Do Yoga on Top of the High Roller
If you suffer from acrophobia -- a fear of heights -- the High Roller at The LINQ Hotel & Casino will probably stress you out. If you're a yogi, however, a ride on the world's highest observation wheel could bring you serenity instead of stress, as the 550-feet-tall attraction is now offering one-hour "Yoga in the Sky" sessions. Limited to six guests per glass-enclosed cabin -- each cabin typically holds up to 40 people on a normal run -- sessions are led by an instructor from Las Vegas's Silent Savasana yoga studio. So they can hear the instructor and music clearly, guests wear provided headsets during the session. They also can borrow a mat if they don't have their own. Classes are offered at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday; must be booked at least 24 hours in advance; and cost $75 per person. There's also a discounted five-lesson package for locals and regular visitors, a premium sunset class Monday through Wednesday, and private sessions for $250 per person or $300 per couple.
Drink Juice at The Juice Standard
If you're used to starting your morning with coffee and ending your night with a cocktail, you should consider bookending your day, instead, with concoctions from The Juice Standard at The Cosmopolitan. Established by Las Vegas natives Jamie Stephenson and Marcella Williams, the home-grown juice bar features cold-pressed juices and nut milks made fresh daily from 100 percent organic produce, plus a selection of carefully crafted juice fasts and an evolving menu of house-made "chewables," many of which are vegan. Try the signature Bee WHealthy, which includes cucumber, celery, romaine, kale, apple, dandelion, parsley, lemon, ginger, and turmeric, or the Bee Happy, a dairy-free chocolate "milk" made from coconut water, raw cashews, raw Brazil nuts, raw walnuts, raw local honey, raw cacao, vanilla bean, and pink Himalayan salt.
Go Running at The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa
If you're like most people who visit Las Vegas, your version of exercise while you're in town is roaming the convention center during the day and the casino floor at night. And while that will certainly make your feet bark, it won't exactly get your blood pumping. To get some real exercise, head to The Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa. Like all Westin hotels, it participates in the brand's RunWESTIN program. You can pick up a map of three- to five-mile running routes around the hotel that were designed and certified by New Balance for Las Vegas, or join a group run that's led by the property's running concierge on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For just $5, you can even rent running shoes and clothes to use during your stay.
Sleep Tight at MGM Grand
Good health isn't just about diet and exercise. It's also about sleep. To get make sure you get plenty of it, consider staying at MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, which has a collection of "Stay Well" guest rooms designed especially for wellness-minded guests by Delos, the Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Along with complimentary access to the resort's spa and fitness center, you'll enjoy an in-room dining menu that's plump with healthy choices, an air purification system that will keep you breathing easy, and a vitamin C-infused shower that will keep your hair and skin soft. Because the ultimate goal is good sleep, however, the most notable features are the ones designed to help you catch more winks: a natural memory foam mattress made from plant extracts, aromatherapy infusion to relax you, long-wave night lighting that illuminates your room for safe navigation at night in a way that minimizes sleep disruption, a dawn-simulating alarm clock that gently wakes you with gradually increasing levels of light and sound, and circadian mood lighting that helps your body wind down before bed.
Relax at Canyon Ranch SpaClub
The name "Canyon Ranch" is synonymous with health and wellness, and the company's Vegas outpost -- Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian -- is no exception. Totaling 134,000 square feet of pure relaxation, its signature offering, The Aquavana Experience, is a hydrothermal experience encompassing a European-inspired suite of thermal spa cabins, tubs, and aqua thermal bathing experiences. The single-sex (i.e., bathing suit-optional) cabins include an aromatic steam environment in which there's a large crystal to provide inspiration and focused meditation; a shower area with multisensory cooling showers; a traditional Finnish sauna; an herb-infused environment that gently warms the body; a "HydroSpa" with radiant lounge chairs and massage fountains; and the Igloo, where there are three "Arctic Mist" experiences enhanced by twinkling fiber optics. The experiences are designed to help you exploit water's natural health benefits, including supporting and cushioning vulnerable joints and muscles, increasing strength and resilience, removing toxins, and increasing feelings of wellbeing and relaxation.