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How to Alleviate Jetlag, Las Vegas Style

Jetlag is the enemy of the modern traveler. The fatigue that comes with jetsetting between time zones can be problematic in any destination. Luckily, in Las Vegas, a city that rarely sleeps, travelers can take advantage of luxurious and innovative amenities found at ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa and The Shops at Crystals to alleviate jetlag symptoms and enjoy a vacation they’ll never forget.

Tip #1: Exercise: Moderate exercise can aid in longer, more restful sleep, so newcomers to the time zone are encouraged to get up and get moving. The Indoor Hike from The Spa at ARIA offers personalized routes that explore the property’s $40 million public fine art collection, including works by world-renowned artists such as Maya Lin, Nancy Rubins and Henry Moore, exercising both the mind and body.

Tip #2: Sleep: Weary travelers in need of a little shut-eye will enjoy unrivaled comfort on a luxurious Sealy Parsonage Lane mattress made exclusively for ARIA’s guestrooms. Guest also may ease into the day serenely with customized “wake up calls.” ARIA’s high-tech bedside touch screens are programmable to draw back the curtains, adjust temperature and automatically tune in to the guests’ favorite TV or radio program, for a refreshing start in a new time zone. 

Tip #3: Increase Circulation: Guests can head to Spa Vdara for a massage specifically designed to stimulate circulation after a long flight. The Naturopathica Massage for Jetlag Relief is a firm pressure treatment that uses a combination of citrus blend oil, peppermint lotion and lemon verbena lotion, revitalizing the circulatory system to detox the traveler’s body and increase immunity.

Tip #4: Light Exposure: An abundance of natural light was incorporated into the design of ARIA, a rare feature in Vegas casinos. The sunlight filtering through the resort’s large windows not only conserves electricity but also can help travelers develop a natural rhythm as they explore the many offerings. For a unique light experience, Crystals, ARIA’s neighboring luxury shopping destination, recently installed an original work by renowned artist James Turrell. The installation transformed the monorail station by immersing the space with color in coordination with the arrival and departure of each train, enlightening all those who enter. 

Tip #5: Stay Hydrated: Alcohol only worsens post-flight dehydration, so Bar Vdara offers non-alcoholic signature mocktails, such as the Berry Lemonade – a refreshing concoction made with berries and house-mixed lemonade – so mixology fans don’t have to sacrifice. The desert heat can also take its toll on skin and hair. The Spa at ARIA knows just how to invigorate dry skin with a Fresh Hydration Wrap, and The Salon at ARIA’s stylists will freshen up even the limpest of locks with a Moroccanoil Hydrating Hair Mask. 

Tip #6: Fresh Air: While most pools close at the end of summer, Las Vegas’ beautiful weather allows visitors to breathe in the fresh air year-round. Both Pool & Lounge Vdara and ARIA’s guest pools feature oasis-like designs, private cabanas and lush surroundings. Or, guests can soak up some Vitamin D with a meal outside. Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals’ outdoor patio is ideal for savoring gourmet gastropub fare complemented by awide selection of craft beers and, of course, people watching!

Tip #7: Arrive Early: Avoid time-consuming cab lines at the airport by booking one of ARIA’s Sky Suites. The glamorous hotel-within-a-hotel offers complimentary limousine transportation to arrive stress-free and in the lap of luxury. Upon your early arrival, grab a cup of coffee and relax in Sky Suites’ private lounge before checking in.

Tip #8: Eat Healthy: Market Café Vdara serves light and wholesome menu items that provide energy but won’t weigh travelers down, such as the “Skinny” Scramble with egg whites, spinach, grilled vegetables and potatoes, or the Pear & Apple Salad with mixed greens, Mizuna, dried cranberries, Maytag bleu cheese, toasted walnuts and champagne vinaigrette. For a healthful experience paired with revitalization, visit Spa Vdara’s Smoothie Bar, where a treatment can be accompanied by delicious and nutritious smoothies, snacks and juices.

Tip #9: Wear Sunglasses: A recent study reported that if a traveler wears sunglasses for an entire flight, he’ll be more alert and able to reset his internal clock when returning home. Crystals’ unmatched collection of designers offers fashionable specs from iconic brands such as Ilori, Gucci, Fendi and a newly opened Valentino boutique, ensuring jetsetters fly in style and get back on schedule in no time. 

Tip #10: If all else fails, Las Vegas is a 24-hour city! If finding a rhythm proves impossible, Las Vegas offers a number of activities at any hour. Dance until dawn at HAZE Nightclub or take in a quiet evening of culture by touring the resort’s public fine art collection. If late-night hunger beckons, ARIA Café offers 24-hour dining and a variety of delicious options while Chef Shawn McClain’s brand new FIVE50 Pizza Bar serves up prime pies at its slice counter until 2 a.m., nightly.