Are you looking for some fresh story angles about Las Vegas? Do you want to be the first to uncover the latest trends in one of the most talked-about destinations in the world? You've come to the right place. The following list of ideas is your trusted resource to discovering the latest happenings in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
Mancations: When men really need to escape, they call up their buddies, leave the women and children at home, and take a "mancation." The "mancation," or man's vacation, is the latest trend in the travel industry involving a group of guys who just need to get away. And, nobody caters to a man's getaway quite like Las Vegas, the quintessential guys-weekend destination. A mancation to Las Vegas is not just for bachelor parties anymore. With plenty of entertainment, action and adventure, there is something for every taste, style and budget.
Girls' Getaways: Sometimes a girl just needs a break from it all. And, what better way to recharge your batteries than with a few of your closest girlfriends? Whether you are celebrating an engagement with a bachelorette party, or celebrating a divorce with a group of other "survivors," Las Vegas offers a unique destination for women. If you're looking for a weekend of peace, relaxation and some bonding therapy with the gals, or if you want to live it up and party like never before, Las Vegas offers a wide variety of unique options for the perfect girls' getaway. Being a girl has never been this much fun!
Nightlife at the Pool: Is it a pool or is it a nightclub? In Las Vegas, it can be both! The rise in poolside entertainment is bigger now than ever before. When summer rolls around, several of the hotel pools offer nightlife experiences. Encore Beach Club and Surrender Nightclub, located at Encore, is a 60,000-square-foot pool complex featuring 26 cabanas, eight, two-story bungalows, a restaurant and poolside blackjack and craps. Connected to the Encore Beach Club is Surrender Nightclub. The 5,000-square-foot nightclub opens to the outdoors. The owners of the popular Tao Asian Bistro and Nightclub at The Venetian opened Tao Beach, a seductive and sophisticated Asian-themed beach club and nightclub with high-end amenities and topnotch service. The Light Group has also added Bare at The Mirage pool, providing an exclusive adult alternative to the typical Las Vegas pool experience. There's also Rehab at the Hard Rock and Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay, plus many more.
Downtown's Renaissance: Downtown Las Vegas is becoming a must-see for the city's 37 million annual visitors. Third Street's popularity is quickly growing as a top-notch entertainment district with an impressive list of bars and restaurants including Triple George, Sidebar, and Hogs & Heifers Nearby on Fremont Street are Hennessy's and Mickie Finnz Fish House and Bar. In addition, classic properties such as the Golden Nugget, El Cortez and The Plaza have invested millions in renovations and expansions to keep visitors coming back to the downtown area for many years to come. The Fremont East Entertainment District, the three blocks from Las Vegas Boulevard to Eighth Street, have been redesigned to include neon-lighted gateways, neon elements placed in new median islands, decorative signage, expanded sidewalks, landscaping, lighting, banners and historical bronze medallions embedded in the sidewalks to commemorate significant Las Vegas milestones. This area is also home to hot nightspots such as Beauty Bar, The Griffin and the Downtown Cocktail Room. Also new downtown is the Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the World Market Center.
Unique Transportation: Explore Las Vegas and beyond with innovative transportation options. Visitors no longer have to be confined to just rental cars and shuttle buses. Now, visitors can cruise in style along the 4.5-mile Las Vegas Strip aboard the Las Vegas Monorail that runs along the east side of the. Pink Jeep tours also are available for outdoor excursions surrounding the destination. Or explore the Strip and downtown from an aerial perspective by taking a sightseeing tour by helicopter.
Unusual Fountains: During any given afternoon, throngs of visitors gather at Bellagio to witness the hotel's awe-inspiring fountain show. But, inside Bellagio, another unique fountain awaits curious guests. Bellagio's Spa Tower is now home to the world's tallest all-chocolate fountain. Cycling tons of liquid white, milk and dark chocolate through a masterfully designed system, the infamous chocolate fountain at Jean-Philippe Patisserie is a sight not to be missed. Wynn Las Vegas also has a remarkable evening fountain show that incorporates laser lighting and dancing water.
Unique Spa Treatments: If you want to be pampered in style, there is no better destination than Las Vegas, where you can find a variety of relaxing spas and unique spa treatments at nearly every resort. Experience the sweet life with an aphrodisiac chocolate or sugar-laden treatment or channel your inner tribal goddess with a themed ritual inspired by cultures from around the world. Indulge in special holiday remedies or enjoy couple or social spa-ing in themed rooms. Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace offers the Laconium Room (providing ultra-heat therapy), the Arctic Ice Room (complete with snow falling from above) and a Tea Room staffed by a sommelier skilled at pairing the herbal beverages with your chosen treatment. Spa treatments are no longer just for daytime, either. For example, AMP Afterhours at The Palms is designed to serve just one privileged couple - or person - at a time. Guests can have the entire spa to themselves. Lingerie-clad nail technicians treat guests to the platinum pedicure in a candle-lit spa while they sip Cristal champagne and enjoy appetizers.
Sports Mecca: While Las Vegas doesn't yet have a professional sports team, the city is quickly becoming a prime destination for major sporting events. Las Vegas' Western heritage makes it a perfect fit for the rowdy and exciting action of the National Finals Rodeo, an annual event in Las Vegas since 1985 and now under a new agreement to stay in Las Vegas until 2014. From NASCAR to the NHL Awards and Major League Baseball games, Las Vegas continues to offer something for the sporting enthusiast in all of us.
Live Music Destination: Music has always been at the heart of Las Vegas entertainment. The destination invented the "lounge act" and eventually become synonymous with the Rat Pack and Elvis Presley. Today, more than ever, Las Vegas is a Mecca for world-class music entertainment, boasting performances by an enviable array of artists, across all genres. Celine Dion calls Caesars Palace home. Carlos Santana plays at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. Playing in Las Vegas is also a must for sell-out, super acts like Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Diana Krall, Beyonce, Keith Urban and many, many more.
Las Vegas Suites: In a society intrigued by the rich and the famous, this story never gets old. There simply isn't enough time to cover all of the luxury high-roller suites in the city that celebrities frequent on a regular basis. The Palms features the Real World Suite which was the home to the cast of MTV's "Real World: Las Vegas." In the hotel's new Fantasy Tower, The Palms has introduced the Hardwood Suite for the basketball enthusiast, complete with an indoor basketball court. A penthouse equipped with a bowling alley is available at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Chairman Suite at the Spa Tower at Bellagio features a waterfall, three fireplaces and remote controls for everything from the drapes to the lights to the music. MGM Grand's Skylofts include pool tables, plasma screens, private chefs, infinity bathtubs, spa butlers, music butlers and much more.
Award-Winning Venues: Las Vegas continues to be recognized year after year for its quality restaurants and resorts. Las Vegas is now home to 15 AAA Five Diamond resorts and restaurants, more than any other city in the country. In its debut year, CityCenter Las Vegas has received the AAA Five Diamond Award for both ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Repeat winners include Bellagio (10 consecutive years), Encore, Four Seasons Las Vegas (12 consecutive years), Skylofts at MGM Grand, The Palazzo, Wynn Las Vegas, The Venetian and the former Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas. The AAA Five Diamond Award designation for hotels is among North America's most coveted symbols of excellence in the hospitality industry. Five Diamond award-winning restaurants in Las Vegas are repeat recipients and include Alex at Wynn Las Vegas, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, and Picasso and Le Cirque at Bellagio. Representing the upper echelon of the hospitality industry, AAA Five Diamond Award winners make up less than one-half percent of more than 31,000 AAA Approved properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.
Locals Las Vegas: Ever wonder what it's like to be one of Las Vegas' two million permanent residents? Where do they go to dine, shop and play? Whether it's neighborhood dining finds like Vintner Grill, or unique watering holes like the quirky Artisan or deliberately dive-y Champagne's Café, or fantastic retail outposts like Talulah G (edgy fashion), Las Vegas locals are experts in off-the-beaten-path locales.
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