TOUCH OF LAS VEGAS SPA
– By Stacey Gualandi
At the end of a frenzy-filled work week, there is nothing more satisfying than to slip into a spa for a soul-inspiring sweat, soak and a steam. And that’s just what my girlfriend and I got recently when we ventured into A Touch of LV Spa, billed as a “sanctuary for the senses.”
Picture, if you will, access to your own sauna, steam bath and hot tub for two in a private spa room – emphasis on “private.” Gone are the communal rituals of your typical spa experience, and that’s just what owner Anton Van Happen says makes A Touch of LV Spa an appealing alternative. No more invasion of your “me time.”
“Everything these days is tailored to privacy…and specifically to people. That’s why you have Uber. That’s why you have food delivery,” he says. “In every industry, you have to change or revolutionize, otherwise you’re kind of left behind.”
The Hong Kong native grew up the son of an entrepreneur in a family fashion business. After racing (Formula) cars and flipping houses, his attention turned to wellness due to a history of shoulder pain.
Inspired by a Palo Alto spa concept, he opened this luxury location a mere 5 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip last year after a massive renovation. From massages and facials to scrubs and wraps, he says expect to get more for less.
“My number one goal: Come for a lower price, but not for a lower quality.”
This single thirty-something has the energy and passion to spread A Touch of LV beyond Las Vegas (he has plans to open in California), but says you have to love what you’re doing to find success.
“I feel like a lot of people that want to be in business do it because they see other people’s success,” says the veteran entrepreneur. “That’s not the reason to get into business. Before that success even comes, it’s like hard work and banging against a bunch of walls all day long.”
Well, if you need a place to relax, I know the perfect spa.