“Observe carefully what may be happening right now in your brain,” the voice says, just as the dazzling cosmos I’ve been floating in dissolves into the skull’s interior. Neurons pulse. Synapses crackle. And my actual brain wraps itself around its beautifully abstracted and digitized representation inside a virtual reality headset.

The VR is part of an opulent spa treatment just unveiled at Qua Baths & Spainside Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, marking the fifth anniversary of Nobu Hotel. The boutique tower on the Caesars campus was the first property in the exploding hospitality brand from celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa and partner Robert De Niro, and their Oct. 19 celebration at its rooftop villa extended to the kickoff of Nobu Go at Qua.

Go is the Japanese word for “five,” and the 100-minute treatment’s 10-minute VR journey honors five fundamental elements: earth, water, fire, air and metal. It was created by Barcelona-based Natura Bissé (the exclusive skincare partner of Nobu Hotels) and showcases an increasingly popular industry trend: virtual reality.

Called Mindful Touch, the video transports clients to a realm of raw nature, eye-popping vistas evoking the elements through wind-whipped clouds and lush forests, cracked earth and molten rock. The world is reduced to pure elements that seamlessly morph, like some hypnotically gorgeous, non-freaky version of Stanley Kubrick’s “Star Gate” sequence from “2001: A Space Odyssey” mashed up with “Planet Earth.”

Clients experience the VR after Natura Bissé detoxifying seaweed masks are applied to their feet and the skin over their spines. Instructed by the soothing, disembodied voice, they embrace “thoughtful awareness” to heighten both relaxation and sensation.

Read more: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/nobu-celebrates-qua-spa-vr-las-vegas


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