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Remember those yearbook superlatives back in junior high and high school? Best Hair. Prettiest Eyes. Most Likely to Succeed. This compilation is similar to that, but we’re dedicating it to the Anthology Suites & Villas Collection. These lavish, stylish and sprawling Las Vegas hotel suites used to be exclusive to VIP casino guests, but now you can book them easily online or by phone.
With so many rooms to choose from—nearly 2,000!—we rounded up a handful of standouts, ranging from trendy tech suites to opulent, European-style villas. We invite you to meet the cool kids.
The LINQ Penthouse feels more like an oversized, stylish apartment—perfect for a nighttime soiree. We love the fun elements like the mirror decals, record player and board games, along with the suite’s swanky bar and kitchen featuring a full-size refrigerator and microwave drawer to feed the party, as well as the modern design of the geometric fixtures and quirky wall art.
The Nobu Villa has its own 4,700 square-foot rooftop deck designed for entertaining featuring multiple seating, dining and lounging areas complete with a custom-designed Raven ping pong table, a Japanese-inspired onsen tub, and an outdoor kitchen with Robatayaki grill. Additional highlights include a signature omakase sushi bar, ultramodern media and game room, gym and massage room, private elevator and art gallery. It’s no wonder the Nobu Villa has welcomed such celebrity guests as Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and P Diddy.
Remember those high school and college parties in movies? Think “American Pie,” “Old School,” “Can’t Hardly Wait,” “Mean Girls” and “Superbad.” We’re sure you can think of way more. This suite brings the spirit of those movie themes to real life. The Absolut Suite at Caesars Palace includes a dance floor, floor-to-ceiling windows, a lounge area and super-bright rooms with beachy themes and fruit accents that pay homage to the different Absolut vodka flavors.
Offering both retro and contemporary touches, you’ll get the best of both worlds inside The Cromwell’s Boulevard Suite. Here you’ll find pops of teal paired with dark woods and old-school inspired cabinetry, chandeliers and furniture. Plus, you can’t beat the gorgeous Center Strip view.
This one-bedroom Laurel Collection Penthouse inside Caesars Palace’s Octavius Tower is definitely optimized for the business traveler. You’ll find Bvlgari products in the bathroom, as well as an eight-seat dining area, spacious bar section and a media den. We also love how the iPod stereo connects to the overhead sound quality speakers. This suite is a perfect way to let loose after that business meeting or conference.
Rio’s Presidential Suite may be off the Strip, but the panoramic city views and private rooftop pool make it worth your while. Plus, you’ll be getting stellar fireworks views if you’re here for Fourth of July or New Year’s Eve. (Just a head’s up: This room is subject to availability. We suggest calling in advance to reserve this specific Presidential Suite.)
Featuring high ceilings, gold fixtures and marble accents, the celebrity-favorite Palazzo Suite at the Rio feel more like mini-palaces. The living area is the ideal spot to host your wedding and every balcony has a whirlpool. This is a perfect way to relax and unwind while enjoying the night sky.
If you love your spa days, why not bring the spa to you? Located in Caesars Palace’s Augustus Tower, the Premium Spa Suite has everything you’d find in a luxury spa relaxation area and more. Features include a whirlpool overlooking the Strip, a sauna and eye-pleasing décor such as marble stone flooring and wooden accents.
What if we can take you back—way back—to the French Revolution? We’re not in the time machine biz, but the Napoleon Suite at Paris Las Vegas truly feels like it’s from another era. From fabric-covered walls to drape-adorned bathtubs, the rustic French theme brings your old history books to life. Bonus: There’s a baby grand piano in here, too!
Even though you’re on vacation, trekking from your hotel room to the pool can be so exhausting. Imagine the convenience of stepping out to your room patio and the pool is just steps away. This alone is royal treatment. Speaking of royal treatment, the LINQ pool servers can also take your order from your cabana room. Cheers to that!
Dutch DJ and producer Sidney Samson broke onto the club scene in a huge way with his 2009 hit “Riverside,” and he’s been dropping nothing but hot tracks ever since, both on his own and in collaboration with such artists as Martin Garrix, will.i.am and Steve Aoki. Though he got his start spinning hip-hop, Samson has been a house music evangelist for more than 15 years, bringing his club bangers to music festivals and nightclubs around the world, including the top Las Vegas nightclubs.
Samson regularly headlines parties day and night at Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, which is where we caught up with the 33-year-old DJ to talk about what goes on behind the scenes of a slamming party, especially in a nightlife mecca like Las Vegas.
How do you prepare a set for the specific vibe of a club at which you’re DJing? Do you vary your approach based on the venue?
I always try to find new music and make exclusive edits for my set. But I never prepare a set. I just go with the flow and read the crowd to get the party going on 100 percent energy. It’s all improvisation.
Do you have a go-to song that you know will always get the audience jumping?
I made a new song with Far East Movement and Onderkoffer. That one is called ‘Whiplash” and will [be] out soon on Diplo’s label Mad Decent. This is audience-jumping guaranteed.
When I have a gig in Vegas, I know the craziest party people will be there.
Can you share any tricks or techniques you use that define your “signature” sound?
Well I play house music like I used to play hip-hop—fast mixes, scratching, etc. Nowadays it seems to be normal but when I started playing house music, people thought it was a bit strange, because they were used to [hearing] a song for six minutes.
What kind of music are you listening to at current? Old favorites? Something new you’ve discovered?
I just listen to whatever is on the radio and my new music, of course. Especially the car is [the] perfect place to check everything out.
What keeps you going throughout a night of DJing? Do you have a go-to cocktail, energy drink or snack?
Vodka always works—but not too much, though.
Is there anything about DJing in a Vegas nightclub that’s different from doing so elsewhere?
When I have a gig in Vegas, I know the craziest party people will be there. People are coming to party and that’s the best attitude I can wish for.
When you’re not at the club, what do you enjoy doing in Vegas? Do you have a favorite restaurant, bar or club?
My favorite restaurant is Nobu in Caesars [Palace]. Really the best. During the daytime I love to chill at the Drai’s pool when there’s no party, just relaxing with a cocktail in a bungalow—super nice!
What could be more exciting than tying the knot in Las Vegas? Whether its atop the Eiffel Tower or surrounded by nature in the ultimate garden ceremony, your dream Las Vegas wedding is only moments away.
You can virtually get married anywhere, but if you want to go big with your Vegas wedding or renew your vows, now’s the time to plan. And now that the Supreme Court has enabled nationwide recognition of same-sex marriages, Vegas welcomes you to celebrate your two-of-a-kind nuptials here as well.
Here are our five reasons why you should get married in the most exciting city in the world. You can also check out these Las Vegas wedding FAQs so there are no surprises when putting together your special day.
Plus, the timing couldn’t be any better: If you choose to get married this fall, expect pleasant temperatures ranging in the 70s and 80s. You’ll still have the sun, but a refreshing calm breeze as well. How perfect is that?
Ooh, la la! Getting married with a Parisian-style wedding in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip? You can’t get more romantic than that! If you plan on having a small, intimate wedding, the Deluxe Eiffel Tower package takes place on the top of Paris Las Vegas’ Eiffel Tower Observation Deck. This package accommodates 12 guests and offers astounding views of the Strip from 460 feet above the ground.
Chapel and poolside weddings are other fine options. Add a sweet, sweet melody to your ceremony with live music. Choices include a guitarist, pianist, violinist or cellist, harpist or string trio.
The hotel’s most popular wedding package is Cherish, which includes a three-night stay in a Red Room Luxury room. It offers a wine and cheese welcome amenity and dinner for two at Paris’ Le Village buffet. Honeymoon packages are also available.
While you’re here: Head to Eiffel Tower restaurant and request Table 56, offering the best view in the house.
Have your fairy tale Las Vegas wedding at Caesars Palace, offering both indoor and outdoor ceremonies. The hotel chapel is the largest on the Strip, complete with stunning chandeliers and stained glass windows. Create an even more beautiful setting with a string quartet, guitarist, harpist, flute player or vocalist.
Located outside of the Palace Tower, The Venus Garden (pictured above) seats up to 115 guests and features a koi pond, lush greenery and a gazebo. The Juno Garden is right outside the Octavius Tower and includes a secluded shrubbery and a wrought iron gazebo with lighting—a perfect touch for evening ceremonies.
While you’re here: Enjoy a couple’s massage at the gorgeous, 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa.
Make a statement and exchange vows on the 550-foot-tall High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world. By night, this remarkable Strip centerpiece features 2,000 LED lights with changing colors in pink, turquoise, purple, green and white—a great sight to see after your sunset or nighttime wedding. Our favorite perk? You can add a bar and bartender in your private wedding cabin. Since each cabin can house up to 40 guests, this is a great way to toast to your life as one.
Choose from four wedding packages, all of which have photo sessions and your choice of four musical selections. Time to bust out the K-Ci and JoJo tracks! All my life…
While you’re here: Celebrate and party the night away by seeing your favorite band at Brooklyn Bowl.
Sure, you can get married on a secluded beach, but if you’re looking for that island feel coupled with Las Vegas excitement, then Flamingo Las Vegas is the way to go. Plus, since the outdoor ceremonies are next to the Wildlife Habitat, that technically makes the live flamingos part of your guest list.
This hotel is popular for its gorgeous outdoor weddings. Go all out and say “I do” at the resort’s pool. For a gorgeous grand finale, Flamingo offers a live butterfly (or dove) release for $200. Or, you can even rent a bubble machine for $80.
While you’re here: Match your outdoor ceremony vibe with a day at the hotel’s GO Pool.
Make things easy by getting married in one of Rio’s posh Palazzo Suites. You can have your ceremony location and honeymoon quarters in the same room! Part of Caesars Entertainment’s Anthology Suites & Villas Collection, the Palazzo Suite is a favorite among the famous, including past Presidents and legendary musicians like Prince and Sir Elton John. The living room is large enough to hold a decent-sized wedding and if you plan on having company, there’s a great perk: every room balcony has its own whirlpool. One couple exchanged vows here last year and made the most of it by bringing their pups.
While you’re here: Wine and dine at the 50-story-high VooDoo Steakhouse.
Whether you’re getting married with a wedding in the sky, in your room or by the pool, hopefully these five reasons help give you some ideas for getting hitched in Vegas. In the words of Barney Stinson, you have one chance to make your Vegas wedding legen—wait for it—dary.
It’s not every day that you see Justin Timberlake join Alfonso Ribeiro—AKA Carlton from “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”—to do “The Carlton” dance in between rounds of golf. But that’s just one of the highlights from this weekend’s American Century Championship. Held at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course with joint sponsorship by Harrah’s and Harveys resort casinos in Lake Tahoe, Nev., the charity tournament boasted a whopping $625,000 purse. The Tahoe South Celebrity Pro-AM included 80 pro athletes and star actors playing during the week-long event, broadcast live on NBC Sports.
Lake Tahoe is a favorite quick getaway for Las Vegans seeking lake outings, rounds of golf, cooler weather and the A-list Summer Concert Series at Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys. The stunning Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, part of which borders the lake, was packed with event ticketholders and spectators aiming to get a glimpse of their favorite sports and entertainment celebrities. The Championship is one of the biggest annual events in Lake Tahoe, not to mention the premier celebrity golf tournament. But it’s also casual enough that fans can get thisclose to them, and the stars happily obliged to selfies and photos all weekend. Here are a few of our favorite moments.
On July 24, the hard-hitting drama Southpaw will hit movie theaters across the globe. The Antoine Fuqua-directed film stars a buffed-up (and roughed-up) Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope, a boxing champ who fights to get his daughter and dignity back after his world spirals out of control.
As seen in the teaser above, the big boxing showdown in Southpaw takes place at Caesars Palace, whose long history with “the sweet science” established Las Vegas as the boxing capital of the world. At a special preview screening, Caesars employees were blown away by the realism and energy the producers brought to the screen by faithfully recreating the Caesars Palace boxing arena in all of its glory. See for yourself in these exclusive Southpaw movie stills:
Southpaw also stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. With strong performances, captivating cinematography and a booming soundtrack assembled by Eminem, this movie is sure to be a winner by unanimous decision!
And you can be a winner, too, when you enter for your chance to win an exclusive pair of boxing gloves signed by Southpaw’s director and cast, courtesy of Caesars Palace. The sweepstakes ends Aug. 7, 2015, so submit your entry now!
All photos courtesy The Weinstein Company.
Who wants to be a millionaire?
The answer is “everyone,” right? Well, it sure seems like Caesars Entertainment is on its way to making that happen, one lucky winner at a time. Just this weekend, Byron Neel of Virginia won $1 million playing three-card poker at O’Sheas casino at The LINQ Las Vegas. Mr. Neel hit the six-card super royal flush on his $5 Millionaire Maker side bet, a hand worth a million bucks—a pretty fantastic retirement gift for his wife Linda!
Mr. Neel is the sixth million-dollar-plus jackpot winner at a Caesars property so far in 2015, bringing the all-time total of $1 million payouts to more than $1 billion. Since the launch of table game side bets in 2011, there have been 12 million-dollar winners, so 2015 could be on track to be a record year.
“Million-dollar table game jackpots are unprecedented,” said Melissa Price, senior vice president of gaming at Caesars Entertainment. “We offer players a chance for a life-changing table game jackpot that just doesn’t exist at other casinos.”
Four of the other million-dollar jackpot winners this year hit on Wheel of Fortune slot machines at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, The Cromwell and Harrah’s Laughlin, and one did so playing a PowerBucks Ghostbusters “Who Ya Gonna Call” slot at Paris. Progressive slots like these—interconnected games whose jackpot total keeps building until one of them hits—are perhaps the most common way millionaires are made in casinos.
In addition to side bets and progressives, Caesars Entertainment offers players a number of other ways to level-up to the million dollar club. The annual Millionaire Maker Slot Tournament, which is open to members of Caesars’ Total Rewards loyalty program, pits winners from regional National Slot League tournaments against each other in competition for a $1 million grand prize.
And, of course, there’s the World Series of Poker (WSOP), the biggest, most glamorous poker tournament on the planet, which not only offers a number of satellite events to entice players of all levels, but also practically guarantees million-dollar payouts for those who make it to the final table. The 2015 WSOP Main Event just wrapped, with the nine players left standing set to return for the finale in November.
Sure, choosing the best buffets in Las Vegas isn’t easy, but no Viva Las Vegas vacation would be complete without a self-serve visit. After, this is one of the throwback staples that made Sin City famous. But modern Las Vegas buffets consist of much more than $9.99 all-you-can-eat prime rib. These buffet deals range from a seafood lover’s feast to fine dining rivals offering hundreds of dishes.
Want to try them all in between hitting the city’s best attractions, shows, pools and nightclubs? Starting at $54.99, the Buffet of Buffets pass gives you open entry to five buffets for 24 hours. Keep in mind, Total Rewards members and Seven Stars guests get special perks, such as separate VIP lines, discounted pricing and preferred seating.
As the crème de la crème feast of Las Vegas buffets, Bacchanal lives up to its name. Your eyes grow larger than your stomach while you head down line after line of gourmet goodness. Bacchanal features nine different stations offering various cuisine genres. You’ll find everything from sweet potato tots to sushi to dim sum, plus a seafood bonanza and Italian specialty dishes that rotate daily. (For carb-aholics, there are more than 10 kinds of bread.)
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“The food was fresh and well seasoned. The variety was plentiful with numerous cuisines offered and they replenish the food very quickly! The staff was friendly and service was great. We had at the seafood station – the shrimp cocktails, clams in saffron sauce, seafood paella, fried fish sandwich and the mussels. All great! The asian section we had the pork dumplings, shrimp dumplings, shrimp/pork fried rice, bbq pork, and the shrimp cigar. Again, all awesome! The carving station- we tried the lamb chops, beef ribs, and prime rib. Very good! Definitely worth the price! Highly recommend it!” –Theresa
“And from the very first bites, we knew that this was something different. The duck? Crisp of skin and beyond succulent. The baked scallops? Tiny plates of tuna ceviche? The mussels in coconut curry? All perfect. Beyond perfect actually. As we kept sampling in amazement we realized every item we tried was an ideal representation of its form. Green beans perfectly crisp and seasoned to perfection. A crispy tiny wedge salad here; a perfect slice of fungi pizza with truffle oil there. It seemed impossible. How could pad thai for 500 people be not only delicious, but light and perfectly cooked, with none of the gloppiness that typically plagues pre-cooked noodles. And then we started to notice that this was not industrially prepared food as in buffets of old. Each station had its own crew of chef and cooks and expediters. Each crew was assiduously tending their station so that food was all fresh and hot and perfectly rendered.” –Doron A.
This buffet was refurbished in 2014, and features a modern menu, revamped décor and a fresh mix of Mexican, Italian, American and Asian selections. You can’t beat the price, selection and center-Strip location, plus it’s ideal for families. Kids (and kids-at-heart!) will love the pizza oven that gives off a brick oven crunch. Finish off with cotton candy for dessert.
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“Amazing! There were so many choices! Salad bar selection was so fresh and wonderful, sushi was good, crab legs were delicious, clam chowder was amazing, I could go on and on! I highly recommend to anyone visiting that wants a large selection for a good price.” –Stephanie S.
“This buffet has a whole variety of yummy goodness. The dessert area is incredible…I have never seen such a great variety before…complete with 3 different kinds of cotton candy (have you ever seen that before). The food is better than your average run-in-the-mill buffet. My favorite food item was the creamy clam chowder soup…some of the best clam chowder I have ever had in my life.” –Robert S.
Le Village transports diners to a French courtyard with its beautiful setting and live-action stations sectioned off by French provinces. Diners clamor for one of the made-to-order crepes, offered in sweet or savory. The line is long but worth it—the soft crepes are definitely one of the standouts here. In addition to a yummy champagne brunch with bottomless mimosas, the expansive buffet is stacked with plenty of meat dishes, including lamb, roasted turkey, roast beef and prime rib. We also love the buttery mashed potatoes, glazed mushrooms, cinnamon raisin brioche toast, spinach and artichoke dip, and omelets made any you want you want them. It’s also the only buffet in town to offer reservations on OpenTable, a plus when lines are stretching out the door.
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“The best things here is the prime rib, truffle mac and cheese and macaroons…Meats included delicious sausage, a carving station with stuffed lamb, prime rib, roasted turkey and roast beef, a tray of trip tips. But the truffle mac and cheese! Oh they were the highlight for me and the macaroons have a place amongst the best I’ve had – including Lauderee. The delicate cookie crust has the perfect crunch and the chocolate filling is airy albeit a little too much and i had to scrap some off. The creme brulee is solid. –Nona C.
“Crepe station. The crepes were so fantastic, I yelled obscenities while eating them. I went back to tip the crepe makers. They were that good. Carving station. Fresh, good meat served up with a smile. Truffle mac & cheese. Eat it. Desserts. All of them.” –Joshua M
Not only is this the only full-time seafood buffet in town, but it’s also the only place with lobster included in the price. Fill up on plenty of options from under the sea: crab legs, salmon, ceviche, crab cakes, oysters and tuna. The seafood is mixed into to several creative entree dishes, pastas and soups. If you need a break, there’s also prime rib and chicken (and don’t forget dessert!).
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“This buffet is mouth-watering delicious. Throughout my short Vegas trip, this buffet was definitely one of my highlights…The snow crab legs are a must and you HAVE to dip it in their garlic butter! Their regular crab legs are amazing as well, once again dip it in their garlic butter! If you come here, be prepared to eat many crab legs because it’s so good that you don’t want to stop.
Besides crab legs, they serve sashimi and sushi and surprisingly, the quality of the sashimi is not bad for a buffet. They had an assortment of salmon, tuna, and tilapia. The tilapia sashimi was interesting since I never tried it raw but the salmon was delicious. The sushi chef could have cut it in equal sizes since they were of different sizes and the size of the sashimi does depend on how it tastes. Nonetheless, it was still delicious! As for sushi, they had spicy tuna roll, salmon maki, shrimp maki, kimbap (Korean sushi), and shrimp tempura roll.” –Brenda K.
“But, I was pleasantly surprised! First, the seafood selections are huge. Anyone can find something there. I do love the fried scallops and clam strips, as well as fried shrimp. All were excellent. Also, they have this BBQ chicken that’s amazing–just the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. I did go back for more of that. At the other end, there’s a selection of Asian choices. Those were wonderful, too.” –Michael L.
Located in an expansive dining area, Carnival World is one of the most famously old-school buffets in Vegas. Its massive spread of food spans a variety of genres, even from smaller, exotic parts of the world. Whether you take advantage of the Asian barbecue or champagne brunch, Carnival World is always a fun, lively atmosphere to get your grub on.
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“If you come here on the weekends, do arrive early !
Expect at least an hour wait for dinner time.
They have a basic salad bar, crab legs, american food, mexican food, and mostly asian food.
1. Roast Duck
2. BBQ Pork
3. Crispy Pork (Lechon)
4. Mussels & Clams
5. Dim Sum
6. Yakitori Sticks
7. Prime Rib
8. Roast Beef
9. Large Asparagus Sticks
10. Chocolate Fruit Cups
11. Gelato Ice Cream” –Thuong T.
We opted to go to the Rio’s buffet because we not only heard it was amazing but the brunch included champagne! Big score! For a Saturday we were surprised the line was only about 5 minutes long. Once we got inside we were quickly shown to a table and our server showed up promptly. The food selection was great and I was delighted that everything was so fresh. They have the COOLEST looking dessert bar. –Gerrie S.
Paradise Garden Buffet is perhaps the most scenic buffet on the Strip, thanks to its floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to the Wildlife Habitat. The buffet recently went through a fresh menu revitalization. It now serves brunch daily, with a selection of Southern and Mexican-style dishes, plus made-to-order omelets and breakfast sandwiches. Dig into waffles and pancakes or go savory at the barbecue area’s pulled pork and coleslaw.
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“I had eggs Benedict, pizza, waffle, corned beef hash, and a custom omelet. All of which was warm and tasted great. The pizza was fluffy and tasteful. My eggs benedict tasted like it should. Omelet was filled with ham bacon and cheese just how I like them. My waffle was yummy with the house syrup and the corned beef hash had amazing flavor! Then I also proceeded to drink 5 mimosa unlimited mimosas are wonderful!” –Bethany N
“Everyone found something to please their palate, the variety was endless, endless cocktails were included & their dessert section & fresh crepe station sealed the deal! Everything tasted fresh, not generic at all, the ambience was pleasant, not noisy or congested, just right! Not to mention a great bang for your buck. I would definitely go back here to dine & totally recommend it to anyone.” –Shak A.
Mix it up and sample dishes from around the world at this tantalizing buffet. Mediterranean, Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian and Mexican samplings mix in with classic American staples. There are quite a few spicy, ethnic dishes here too, which are generally hard to find at buffets.
What reviewers are saying on Yelp!:
“Middle Eastern: Lamb kabobs and chicken kabobs that were pre-kabobed and cut into little pieces. Both good. Baklava at this station was also really good.” – Brooke R.
“They have an impressive dessert display, and the Mexican corn on the Cobb was almost as good as a street vendor.” –Bobby Lynne G.
The Cromwell Las Vegas is more than just the Strip’s first true boutique hotel—it’s a sophisticated, nonstop Las Vegas nightlife, dining and gambling destination. Between Victor Drai’s three day- and nightlife venues, Giada de Laurentiis’ stylish Italian eatery and a host of enticing amenities, it would be easy to spend literally all day and night partying at The Cromwell. So what would such a 24-hour experience look like? We have a few ideas…
Before you even check in, drop your bags and head to Drai’s Beach. The 11th-floor rooftop pool complex overlooks the Las Vegas Strip and offers a Miami Beach vibe replete with whitewashed surroundings, towering palm trees and flamingo-pink accents. Monday through Thursday, Drai’s Beach is a chill hangout (and free for locals), but on the weekends, it turns into the sexy Drai’s Beach Club. Drinks pour from multiple bars while this daytime pool party heats up with sounds from DJs and hit-makers like Adventure Club, 3LAU and Sidney Samson. Reserve one of 15 luxe cabanas, 10 bungalows or 40 poolside daybeds to take advantage of VIP-style service in your own slice of paradise.
After a day soaking up rays and tunes at Drai’s Beach Club, it’s time to check into one of The Cromwell’s Parisian-inspired rooms. Offering a mix of contemporary amenities and vintage style, every room at this boutique hotel offers plush surroundings, perfect for recharging between adventures.
Now that you’ve gotten a little rest, it’s time to refuel! Where better to indulge than at Giada, celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis’ restaurant at The Cromwell? You can enjoy panoramic views of the busiest corner on the Las Vegas Strip while dining on Californian-inspired Italian dishes such as lemon spaghetti or vegetable Bolognese rigatoni.
After dinner (and maybe some sorbet), head down to The Cromwell’s casino floor for some pre-club drinks at Bound, a refined lounge where mixologist Salvatore Calabrese has curated a menu of carefully crafted cocktails. Or hit the 40,000-square-foot casino to try your luck at a slot machine or blackjack table.
Fed, refreshed and maybe even a little heavier in the wallet, it’s time to take one of the six dedicated elevators back to the 11th floor to indulge in the full Drai’s Nightclub experience. Every week, resident artists like The Weeknd, Capital Cities and MAKJ provide the soundtrack for a mind-blowing party that spans the entire 65,000-square-foot rooftop. Make the most of it by booking one of the 150 VIP tables available both inside the nightclub and out on the pool deck.
Just because things are winding down on the rooftop doesn’t mean the night has to come to an end. Located on The Cromwell’s basement level, Drai’s After Hours offers a stark contrast to the bombastic scene at the nightclub above. Located in a seductive space whose intimacy belies its 13,000 square feet, Drai’s After Hours features four rooms, with two different music formats and multiple bars, all wrapped up in seductive décor resembling a vintage mansion. The vibe is that of an exclusive, underground party—one that doesn’t end until well after the sun comes up.
You’ll probably find yourself crashed out in your room after that whirlwind day of partying. Then again, you could just take a power nap and start all over again when Drai’s Beach opens at 11 a.m…
Summer is officially here and although Las Vegas is a prime destination, the 100-degree temperatures are no joke. Luckily for you, we know the best ways to beat the heat. Here are our top five favorite things to do in Vegas to cool off this summer.
Not to be mistaken with the glam rap sensation Flo Rida (though he did shoot a music video here at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino not too long ago!), the FlowRider wave machine rocks. Even if you’re not an expert surfer or snowboarder (trust me, I’m far from both!), this is your chance to get on that level. Or at least feel like you’re there.
You may have zero athletic ability or balance, but as long as you go in knowing you’re going to wipe out and fly off your board, you’ll be fine. It doesn’t hurt one bit. I was on the body board and it did take a few tries to get my balance right. You can either be daring and jump from the top or do what I did and kick off the wall from the bottom. Keeping your body straight is key for riding the wave. You’ll also have full control of the board by steering it like a wheel. If you’re surfing, one of the lifeguards can help you find your balance. Even if you wipe out, it’s both fun and hilarious.
My hubby and I both had a blast and liked how we could just dip at the nearby adults-only pool afterward. There are locker rooms if you plan on staying all day, as well as foosball and a bevy of beer and cocktail selections.
Admission is $25 for 30 minutes. All-day passes are available if you want to perfect your skills. Guests must be at least 48″ to ride. The FlowRider is located a few steps before the pool bar and adults-only pool. (Photo courtesy of Eric Kabik.)
Snow in Vegas is shocking on its own, but during the summer? We know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Located in Caesars Palace, the 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa is full of surprises – the Arctic Ice Room being one of them.
After a treatment or a visit from the herbal steam room, cool down in the Strip’s only Arctic Ice Room. Snow falls from its domed ceiling, providing you with the ultimate cool-down session.This will definitely relieve you from the scorching Vegas heat. The Arctic Ice Room has one long bench, along with two solo ones. I sat in the solo bench closest to the wall because I wanted the snow to fall right on me.
Once you’re done with this refreshing amenity, kick back in the relaxation lounge and enjoy a wide selection of teas and refreshments. Other spa amenities include the Roman bathing area (pictured above). Here you’ll find heated tubs and a cool plunge. And since the view here is so peaceful, I wouldn’t blame if you decide to hang out on one of the nearby chaises all day. You’ll probably see me doing the exact same thing.
Aside from the chilling-and-thrilling Arctic Ice Room and Roman baths, Qua also offers tons of relaxing treatments catered to suit your skin’s needs..
What better way to treat your taste buds during the year’s hottest season? This year, National Ice Cream Day (yes, it’s a thing) falls on Sunday, July 19. Whether you’re here to celebrate the holiday or simply to celebrate your time off, Serendipity 3 is definitely one of our favorite summertime havens on the Strip.
Try Serendipity 3’s signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. And while it has “hot” in the name, don’t get it twisted: It has the creamy, smooth taste of hot cocoa, but comes in a thick, ice-blended form – clearly the best of both worlds. You can also choose from a variety of flavors like double chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter, Oreo, mint, amaretto or mochaccino. Serendipity 3 also shows some vegan love: If you’re dining in, they can accommodate to your dairy-free diet and blend fresh fruit with crushed ice.
Fifteen acres of pure paradise. Are you ready for it?
You may not be in the tropics, but Flamingo Las Vegas’ lush Beach Club Pool and GO Pool could have fooled us! This is one of the Strip’s most beautiful pools. You may be in the middle of the desert, but here you’ll find tons of palm trees, waterfalls and even a shaded grotto to escape the sun.
If you’re 21 or older and looking for a more energetic vibe, GO Pool is your best bet. GO Pool offers fruity cocktails and live DJ music. Bring all your friends and rent a daybed or cabana, complete with waterfall views and a private pool.
Bringing the kiddos? The Beach Club Pool is a more relaxed, family-friendly environment. Surrounded by the resort’s breathing landscaping, relax in one of the loungers on the pool’s ledge or have a blast going down the pool’s waterslide.
While you’re here, you can check out the nearby Wildlife Habitat. It’s not every day you see pink flamingos, exotic birds, turtles and koi fish on the Strip.
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And last – but most certainly not least – nothing shrieks summertime more than a cooling cocktail.
I prefer drinks from Squeeze at the LINQ Promenade. I’m not a hardcore juicehead, but these fresh-pressed drinks hit the spot – especially when it’s 110-plus degrees out! Your bartender mixes real fruit juice with your favorite alcoholic beverages. It makes your cocktail experience much more refreshing.
I’ve tried the Cold Apple Pie, which consists of Fireball whisky, apple, carrot, celery, ginger root and nutmeg. My gluten-free friend ordered the Berry Fine. It’s made with Tito’s Handmade vodka (a gluten-free liquor), raspberries, orange, cranberries and strawberries. You can read Squeeze’s tasty drink menu to discover more juice-infused concoctions.
For those who miss the 7-Eleven Slurpee days, hit up Purple Zebra, also located at The LINQ Promenade. (There’s also another location inside the hotel’s casino). It’s a self-serve daiquiri bar so go crazy. But not too crazy to the point you start seeing purple zebras. We hear Peachy Keen is a customer favorite.
Stay cool, my friends.
The Samsung NBA Summer League 2015 is headed to the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from July 10 to 20, and true basketball fans will not want to miss out. Returning to Las Vegas for its 11th year, the NBA Summer League will see 24 teams—including 14 playoff teams from the 2014-15 NBA season—compete in an 11-day tournament where future b-ball stars can shine.
Basketball lovers can get the most out of their NBA Summer League experience by booking special packages being offered by Caesars Palace and The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Each stay booked at either Las Vegas hotel includes two general admission tickets to the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion to check out all the games on any one day during Samsung NBA Summer League 2015.
Last year’s NBA Summer League Championship saw the Sacramento Kings trounce fierce competition in the 67-game event that set all-time attendance records. With hot teams such as the Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers playing in this year’s event, the action on the hardwood is not to be missed. Book your Caesars Palace or LINQ hotel package now!