1 . Aria Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Can a resort really make you forget to breathe? If the intelligent luxury of Aria Resort and Casino, the newest resort in Las Vegas, is any indication, then yes. Slated for opening in mid-December of 2009, Aria Resort and Casino is, even by lofty Vegas standards, a destination unto itself.

Everything about Aria is on a grand scale. More than 4,000 guest rooms, including 568 suites, are situated within a gently curving tower on the famous Strip, a.k.a. Las Vegas Boulevard. You can imagine how large the three primary pools are given that there are 50 cabanas on site, and for good measure there’s a European-style pool as well. For some well-deserved relaxation, you can’t miss the two-level, 80,000-sq.-ft. spa and full-service salon; and for entertainment, try the 1,800-seat theater for Cirque du Soleil-type shows. This being Las Vegas, no resort can be complete without gaming. Which is why Aria Resort and Casino has 150,000 sq. ft. of casino space as well as 16 restaurants and ten bars. It’s hard to believe, but even in Vegas Aria Resort and Casino stands out.

Address

3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Related Onsite Offerings

Aria Resort and Casino hosts 300,000 sq. ft. of meeting and pre-function space including pools, rooftop gardens and a design infused with elements of nature.

Highlights

The gaming at Aria Resort and Casino is one of the few in Las Vegas that was designed to be illuminated by natural light.

2 . Bellagio

Las Vegas, Nevada

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If you haven’t traveled to Las Vegas recently, you might have heard the name Bellagio in reference to the new CityCenter next door. Although that’s valid, you’re bound to be surprised when you step into this place – from the fountains to the lobby to each suite, it’s AAA Five Diamond opulence.

The shopping alone is worth the trip. The fashion row here has all the big names: Gucci, Chanel, Giorgio Armani and Bottega Veineta to name a few, all amid spectacular venues that highlight art, artists and the latest fashions. If you’re like us and cannot afford some of the items you see here, you can always try your luck at the equally comprehensive and luxurious Las Vegas casino, including 2,300 reel, video reel and video poker games. You’ll love Bellagio even before you walk in. The Fountains of Bellagio stretch across the front of the property and dance in stunning combinations of choreographed lights, water and music throughout the day and night. This is a tour de force that only hints at what’s inside!

Highlights

The lobby of Bellagio contains 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers across a ceiling stage, all created by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

Getting there

From McCarran International Airport, head north on Paradise Road. Continue on Swenson Street. Turn left at E. Naples Drive. Turn right at Paradise Road. Turn left at E. Flamingo road and follow it to S. Las Vegas Boulevard. Make a slight right at Bellagio Drive.

Related Onsite Offerings

A huge selection of one-of-a-kind venues including Tuscany Kitchen ® - the first culinary exhibition kitchen in Las Vegas – ballrooms and the Grand Patio makes Bellagio an exquisite choice for groups, events, conferences and weddings.

3 . Palms Casino Resort

Los Vegas, Nevada

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The lodging portion of Palms Casino Resort is called Palms Place Hotel and Spa, and it features truly sumptuous guest rooms as well as one- and two-bedroom suites that define contemporary style. But if you just focused on the rooms, just think what you might be missing!

Actually, you don’t even need to think – we’ll tell you. A quick trip downstairs reveals the pool area, featuring the Glass Bar where you can look up at the swimmers through the glass-bottomed pool. The 95,000-sq.-ft. casino features more than 80 table games plus slots and video poker machines. An array of entertainment venues includes a 14-theater movieplex, a boutique nightclub, an indoor/outdoor rooftop gathering spot and the spectacular Pearl concert theater that hosts national and international acts. We’re just getting started. But any one of these spaces – whether it’s your private guest room or a nightclub teeming with celebrities – is bound to take your Las Vegas resort vacation beyond even your wildest imagination.

Address

4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103

Highlights

Palms Casino Resort offers the world’s only Barbie Suite, the ultimate bachelorette pad! Designed by Jonathan Adler, the 2,350-sq.-ft. Barbie Suite features custom pink details, “dress” chairs and a sunburst mirror along with a Jacuzzi tub and a two-way fireplace.

Related Onsite Offerings

With recreation including basketball, bowling, a Playboy Club and a concert theater plus more than 60,000 sq. ft. of new meeting spaces, Palms Casino Resort welcomes meetings and events of all sizes.

4 . Wynn Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club – that’s just Wynn to most of us – opened in 2005 to much fanfare. Since then, Wynn has become the world’s only casino destination resort to receive the Mobil Five Star, the AAA Five Diamond and the Michelin Five Red Pavilions awards.

That’s quite a trinity, especially when you consider how difficult it is to gain and maintain even one of these distinctions. And you’ll feel the excellence everywhere you go. The resort rooms average 640 sq. ft. and feature elements from the world over, plus thoroughly modern amenities such as flat screen LCD TVs (Wynn has been mentioned as having the world’s largest distribution of HDTV, across 4,750 rooms) and the selection of Tower Suites takes your idea of a Las Vegas luxury hotel suite – no matter what it is – and ups it another level. A collection of lounges includes the fanciful Parasol Up/Parasol Down bars, featuring views of the gaming floor and the waterfall light shows. And speaking of the gaming floor, that would be the 111,000-sq.-ft. casino, equipped with the very latest technology. Wynn set the standard in Las Vegas resorts, and upholds that standard to this day.

Fun facts

The original name for Wynn Las Vegas was Le Reve, meaning “the dream.”

Highlights

Today, Le Reve is a Las Vegas show presented exclusively at Wynn, featuring choreographed acrobatics, dance, art and special effects.

Related Onsite Offerings

Encore adds an additional 2,034 luxury suites, a retail complex, a spa and a nightclub concept to your Las Vegas experience. It is located next door to Wynn Las Vegas.

5 . The Venetian Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Any resort that claims to be the world’s largest Five Diamond resort deserves a place in our Top 10 Las Vegas Casino Resorts. It turns out that this all-suite hotel is the kind of place where the Blue Man Group and the Phantom of the Opera feel right at home – and we think you will, too!

Of course it’s easy to feel at home in a 650-sq.-ft. suite; the bathroom alone is 130 sq. ft. and the features and amenities, which include a sunken living room and two flat screen LCD TVs, never stop. And that’s the most basic suite you can find at the Venetian. The experience is even more breathtaking, with a Grand Canal flowing throughout the property – best enjoyed from an authentic Venetian gondola. If you love poker, the Venetian is your place. The new poker room occupies 11,000 sq. ft, with 21 large screen TVs and a separate high stakes room. In all you’ll find 112,000 sq. ft. of round-the-clock slots, table games and entertainment. Unwind at the five-acre pool complex, reminiscent of a classic Venetian garden!

Address

3355 Las Vegas Boulevard S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Related Onsite Offerings

The Venetian combines with the Palazzo Congress Center and Sands Expo Center for more than 1.9 million sq. ft. of meeting, convention and event space.

Related activities

The Venetian offers the world-famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub, featuring fitness classes, spa treatments, a 40-foot rock-climbing wall and Aquavana™, a series of state-of-the-art hot and cold water therapies.

6 . Luxor

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Even as you’re approaching the Las Vegas city limits at night, you can always spot Luxor – its white beam of light shines directly upward into the sky. Get closer, and you notice that the beam is actually emitting from the top of a large, blue pyramid. Welcome to Luxor, your Las Vegas lodging!

We’re pretty sure the Egyptians didn’t picture it like this: a modern pyramid, 350 feet tall and containing 29 million cubic feet of open space. The light beam is reportedly the world’s brightest. We’re certain the Egyptians never imagined a 120,000-sq.-ft. casino with slots, table games, a poker room and more. Or nine clubs, plus a variety of shows featuring internationally-known acts. There’s a provocative edge to Luxor – take the lingerie-clad servers at Cathouse, for example – but along with the occasionally adult entertainment you’ll discover world-class shopping and fine dining in the world’s largest atrium, one level above the casino. Even the elevator ride is entertaining; they travel sideways at a 39-degree angle!

Related Onsite Offerings

With venues such as the Egyptian Ballroom and Nile Chambers, Luxor is perfect for Las Vegas meetings, banquets, conventions and more.

Highlights

The Luxor features a 1,050-sq.-ft. Premier Suite with separate living room and bedroom areas, a breakfast nook, wet bar and floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular Las Vegas views.

Getting there

From McCarran International Airport, travel north toward Wright Bros Lane. Turn right onto Swenson Street. Turn left onto E. Tropicana Avenue. Turn left onto Las Vegas Boulevard. S. End at Luxor Las Vegas.

7 . Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, Nevada

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This is the life. It wasn’t enough to build a Las Vegas resort patterned after the lifestyle of the early Romans; Caesars Palace recreates life for the Roman gods. Look no further than the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis - 4.5 acres of marble, granite, flowing water and luxury.

Of course, this theme plays out through the entire property including the 129,000-sq.-ft. casino. And you haven’t lived until you’ve tried the new Qua Baths and Spa, with its cascading waterfalls, a cedarwood sauna and the Crystal Body Art Room – a spa that invokes the expertise of those who centuries ago invented the entire spa concept. Caesars Palace also has a variety of suites in very Roman-sounding complexes including the Augustus, the Palace and the Forum Towers. But these spaces are anything but antiquated. Instead, they feature LCD TVs, marble baths, oversized spa tubs and mp3 hookups and both wired and wireless Internet access. You came to Vegas…you saw…you conquered!

Address

3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Highlights

The Absolut® Find Your Flavor Suite is a six-room, 1,380-sq.-ft. party pad inspired by six flavors of Absolut Vodka. It includes a dance floor, a bi-level lounge and a media center along with four creatively decorated bedrooms.

Related Onsite Offerings

Caesars Palace is home to truly fine dining at Rao's, known for its legendary location in East Harlem, NY and offerings chops, steaks, huge homemade meatballs and lemon chicken.

8 . Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Take your pick: the beach. The spa. The aquarium. If this sounds like a complete coastal vacation, it is…sort of. The first surprise is that it’s in Las Vegas, and the second surprise is that it’s all located on one property: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

This is as close to an oceanfront vacation as you can get without going to the ocean. The beach is an 11-acre sand playground with a wave pool, a lazy river and three swimming pools. It also has its own venues including the new Beachside Casino and, on weekends, the Moorea Beach Club. There are actually two spas at Mandalay Bay - the 14,000-sq.-ft. European-styled bathhouse spa and, in case you needed more, the amazingly opulent 30,000-sq.-ft. Spa Mandalay. And the aquarium is Shark Reef, with more than 2,000 sea creatures in 1.6 million gallons of seawater, the only predator-based aquarium and exhibit in North America. Have we mentioned that there’s a casino here? Mandalay Bay has a huge 135,000-sq.-ft. gaming floor with flowing water and lots of green oceanfront props. It lets you play Vegas-style without leaving the tropics. Or vice versa!

Related Onsite Offerings

With nearly two million sq. ft. of meeting and event space, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is the fifth-largest convention facility in the United States and home to the largest pillarless ballroom in the nation.

Related activities

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino lets you reserve tee times at several fantastic Las Vegas golf courses including Bali Hai Golf Club, Royal Links Golf Club and Desert Pines Golf Club.

Dates and Prices

Shark Reef Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $16.95 for adults, $10.95 for children 12 and younger and free for children under four.

9 . Mirage Hotel

Las Vegas, Nevada

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We’ve always associated the Mirage with Siegfried and Roy’s white tiger exhibit. It turns out that the white tigers are still here, along with lions, panthers and an entire dolphin habitat. In fact, quite a lot has grown and changed around here.

The enthralling 100-ft.-high domed rainforest at the entrance is just a taste of what the Mirage Hotel offers today. Shopping? Thirteen venues offer the latest fashions from Affliction to Terry Fador, along with fine watches and jewelry at Watch Boutique, sweet treats at Sugar Factory and exclusive The Beatles™ and Cirque du Soleil® merchandise at Love Boutique. Nightlife? Check out the three state-of-the-art spaces at Jet. And energize yourself in a tropical paradise among the vast array of slots, lounges and table games at the Mirage Hotel. The Mirage is also the beneficiary of a recent makeover, resulting in a tremendous selection of “remixed” guest rooms, suites and villas equipped with the latest modern conveniences. If the Secret Garden is a paradise for the tigers, these rooms will be an equal paradise for you!

Address

3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Highlights

We’ve also noted the Mirage for its active manmade volcano on the Las Vegas Strip. Now this landmark has been reborn courtesy of legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain and Fountains of Bellagio design firm WET.

Related Onsite Offerings

Meetings and events take on grand style at the Mirage, with a 40,000-sq.-ft. pillarless Grand Ballroom, 26 meeting rooms and 90,000-sq.-ft. Mirage Event Center.

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