FINDING ULTIMATE BLISS IN SIN CITY
Trump International Hotel Spa
The 11,000-square-foot facility offers complete serenity with an array of services including specialty facials and massages designed for men and women. Treat yourself to the Las Vegas Night Jasmine Ritual infusing a relaxing jasmine sea salt body scrub and massage that starts with enjoying the sauna, steam room, rain showers, and ends with the sensual fragrance lotion. Another big perk of this spa is the private rooms where one can blow dry their hair and get ready to leave without an audience.
Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres at the SLS Hotel
The SLS Las Vegas houses the restaurant Bizaar Meat, a playful meaty experience that ups the ante of Jose Andres's SLS's LA Bazaar to include a range of bizarre meat options. Start with Parmesan Grissini, meat on a stick dipped in a cheese sauce. The Philippe Starck-designed steakhouse brings inventive meat cuts and the menu will leave you perplexed with so many options like whole suckling pigs, cured meats, carpaccios, meat tartars, and Iberico pork loins. Known for Bazaar's fun bites, you can still order the foie gras cotton candy and bite size Caesar salad with a twist. Other options we enjoyed were Bone-in-Striploin, Seatas al Ajillo Button mushrooms , creamy mashed potatoes worth the butter overload, and a mind blowing dessert selection. All items are perfect for sharing. The restaurant alone is eye opening with its "fire stage" with wood grills and rotisseries, and raw bar with ceviches.
Serendipity outside Caesar's Palace
Not as quaint and kitschy as the one in New York, but a perfect diner-like spot to take the kids or to dine outside for brunch. Help your hangover with a savory heaping plate of chicken and waffles. Add syrup and don't forget to order their signature FroHo, a frozen hot chocolate.
STK Brunch at The Cosmopolitan
For a memorable Sunday brunch from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, you will not go wrong with STK's Sunday Brunch Club. Everything exceeded our expectations starting with the pastry chef's warm cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Next, try the smoked salmon with bagel chips, kale salad with cranberries and crunchy quinoa, then dive into shrimp grilled to perfection atop jalapeno grits or king crab quiche. Other options included STK n' L'eggs (a rib-eye with eggs), pork belly Benedict, vanilla bean waffle, crepes, and short rib hash. Plus, their Bottomless Bloody Mary Bar, Coffee Bar, fresh juices, Mimosa Bottle Service and live music will be sure to make your Sunday blues go away.
Matt Goss at Caesar's Palace
Matt Goss, like Frank Sinatra for our time, performs four times a week at Caesar's Palace in a cozy love barge space. In his 7th year, British Matt Goss sings love songs while conversing intimately with the audience as the The Dirty Virgins, burlesque girls in sparkles and feathers, gyrate around you. The energetic mesmerizing performance with Matt's angelic dazzling voice coupled with his snazzy jazzy band and backup sexy duo just feels "So Vegas!" Playing at Wemblay Stadium in October, make sure to catch Matt Goss in The Gossy Room for this private Vegas show.
Mariah Carey at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace
American Super Star Mariah Carey, the best selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, kicked off her first headlining residency May 6 in Las Vegas. Mariah wrapped up the month of February showcasing 18 of her #1 hits with favorites such as "Vision of Love, "Hero," "We Belong Together," and "Touch My Body." The MC production includes clips of her childhood, old TV scenes, a tribute to Michael Jackson, glamorous scene changes complete with Mariah's new outfits, backup dancers, and elaborate video stage design. Mariah wows the crowd hitting her high notes, walking through the audience, and rolling in on stage in a convertible and wave runner. Back for the month of June, get tickets for Mariah #1 to Infinity.
Golden Tiki bar in Chinatown
Just a block or so behind the strip is another strip mall filled with Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese food galore. In this Asian avenue lies a special place filled with tiki treasures, brave tropical island cocktails all $11, live music, and a ceiling of dazzling moving stars. Start with a Dole Whip and Pineapple Juice served with a splash of delicious island rum or marvel at the other-wordly décor, like a moving skeleton show, portholes with pizzazz, a human faced fish, a unicorn horn, and mini explorer heads. What? Go and discover Skull Island yourself. You might just end up gambling at the bar, splitting a massive Scorpion Bowl, or kissing a stranger.
Peppermill Fireside Lounge
Right off the hotel strip, you might want to keep driving by this tacky neon light filled place, until you go inside and sit down at the fire pit on one of their lusty pink velvet cushion seats. Neon lights abound and you may think the flashy lights will bring strippers, but order some of the best drinks you could concoct like Creamsicle and Chocolate Chip Cookie and revel in this perfect klitzy Vegas palace. While warming up by the fire, sing along to the great 80's music videos playing on your own private old school TV while you share the Nachos plate that has to be bigger than your head. By far, the best spot in town!
Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay
For stellar views of the Las Vegas strip and surrounding area, dine or sip on tres expensive cocktails at the House of Blues Foundation Room. No longer a private club, the Asian themed restaurant and lounge with its exotic sexy décor, gold leaf ceiling and chandeliers from the Kellogg Family estate will remind you of the many rooms at House of Blues in Los Angeles. We left full and satisfied after sharing scrumptious crab cakes, lobster risotto, truffle macaroni & cheese, and orange crème brulee.
Andrea's Restaurant at The Wynn
Your own eyes are guided first to the ever-changing avante-garde Modernist eyes that lurk behind the bar as a piece of art in this luxurious white and gold space serving Pan-Asian cuisine. Prepare to be satisfied as one sushi dish after another surprises you with its freshness and creativity. We are still dreaming about the specialty rolls, yellowtail sashimi, Tom Kha Gai soup, and salmon hand roll. #pricey
Lake of Dreams at The Wynn
Beginning at dusk, every half hour til 11:30 pm, sip cocktails (or tea and coffee) at this water's edge view terrace. This nightly backdrop show comes alive with music and imagery with its 40 foot waterfall, 4,000 lights, stunning holographics, and puppetry. We smiled in delight at a massive moving frog moved to the music above the waterfall while later glowing orbs glided over the water, grew, and produced a baby orb. Take the escalator to Parasol Down or watch and dine at the SW Steakhouse.
Red Rock Canyon
If you need to escape the strip for some fresh air and maybe a few less people, Red Rock Canyon is only 40 minutes away. This truly spectacular site in the arid Mojave Desert is a national conservation area. Go a few hours before sunset so you can hike one of the numerous hiking trails and watch as the rocks glow red in this lunar-esque environment. As you hike, you'll see human specks rock climb in the distance while you pass florescent green lichen, and hop on clay-like sand. Walk carefully as you scale and jump over rock formations in every shape and size. Look around as the green terrain contrasts with the purple mountains and the red rocks you are standing on. Meander the 13-Mile Scenic Drive as it loops back to the main road while the hues change very color splashing around this dramatic landscape.
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