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Sure, Las Vegas is land-locked. But that doesn't mean you can't hang out with sharks. And we don't mean the ones at the poker table. Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has a Shark Reef where you can see all kinds of aquatic wonders — sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish and the rare golden crocodile, to name a few. In all, there are over 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of water.
Nightly Rates at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino start at $95 per night >>
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The Bellagio in Las Vegas is known for its spectacular fountain. But did you know you can have brunch there every Sunday? Jasmine presents the Fountains Brunch every Sunday. The brunch features international brunch items to traditional American breakfast selections. Recommended Don't Miss items include the Organic Brown Egg Station offering build-your-own omelets and the Lobster-Potato Cake Eggs Benedict. To complete your Fountains Brunch experience, don't miss dessert. Sweet treats include chocolate fondue along with Sweets and Chocolates from the in-house Pastry Shop.
Not sold on the idea? How about the Lakeside Shellfish Bar featuring Alaskan Red King Crab? Or the seasonal array of sushi? Vegetarians can choose between Blueberry-Stuffed White-Chocolate Brioche French Toast or Lemon-Spiced Asparagus & Mushroom Salad with Fine Herbs. Or both.
Reservations for brunch are suggested, which makes perfect sense seeing as the hotel has a staggering 3,933 Guest Rooms and Suites. A rain slicker is not required.
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Located within Las Vegas' CityCenter, the all-suite, non-gaming, smoke-free and eco-friendly Vdara Hotel & Spa features long-term leasing or rental options within all of their room types.
With a minimum 30 day stay, rates begin at $3,250 - that's only $109 per night. What's included? Weekly housekeeping service, daily fitness center access, access to pool, in-room and wireless internet, valet parking, as well as washer and dryer available in Vdara Suites and above.
Other onsite amenities include: Market Café Vdara, Pool Café, Bar Vdara, In-Suite Dining, Spa & Salon Vdara, Pool & Lounge Vdara, and Cabana & Daybed Rentals Available at the pool. Vdara is located within CityCenter which offers easy access to ARIA, Bellagio and Crystals. Additionally, there are many dining options available within walking distance at ARIA and Crystals.
All room types and rates:
- Deluxe Suites starting at $3,250 monthly
- Vdara Suites starting at $5,000 monthly
- Panoramic Suites starting at $6,250 monthly
- Penthouses starting at $7,500 monthly
But don't worry poker players, you'll still have easy access to ARIA & Bellagio Poker Rooms and you'll only be 1.5 miles from Tournament Headquarters.
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We have nearly 4,000 four-and-five star hotels in our collection, and many of those hotels are duffer's paradise. Here's just a few of the great golfing rates we've seen lately:
Fairmont Hamilton Princess-The Ultimate Tee Time Package includes daily unlimited golf at executive par 3 Southampton or one round per day at Riddels Golf Course. The rate includes buffet breakfast at Harleys. Gratuities and resort levy not included. Every 4th night free. Rates available from 7/10/2013-7/12/2013
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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Take advantage of the hotel's Best Rate Guaranteed. You'll get an Oceanview Guestroom With 1 King Or 2 Queen Bds. The ocean views are easily accessible via the room's balcony.
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Wynn Las Vegas has the Amex Complimentary Golf Package. Receive the Best Available Room Rate and a complimentary round of golf With Each Consecutive Two Nights Stayates Are. Restricted To American Express Cardmembers. Tee times must be arranged with the preferred golf club desk.
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Paris Las Vegas brings the City of Lights to Sin City. Not only is the Broadway hit Jersey Boys playing, you can also catch American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, who has a year-long engagement at the hotel, and there's Napoleon's Dueling Pianos, where pianits face off nightly. Bet you can't see all that at Versailles.
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Up and down the Strip, and throughout the downtown area, spas are serious business in Las Vegas. Two of our favorites are located within City Center, Las Vegas' newest complex nestled between Monte Carlo and Bellagio - The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan and Spa & Salon Vdara. Our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor, recently spelled out their perks.
"The Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas covers 43,000 square feet and has an impressive range of spaces: Think 16 massage rooms, four body treatment rooms—each with private steam showers—six skincare treatment rooms, two hydrotherapy rooms and a series of specialty suites designed for group treatments.
The Hammam has proven to be a popular spot to unwind in for an afternoon. The 1,200-square-foot space can be used individually or by up to four guests, and has separate alcoves for steam and cold water plunge pools. Guests can also relax on the heated stone loungers or get a scrub massage to complete the treatment.
The signature Hammam treatment, the Sahra Journey, incorporates several cleansing, purifying, and exfoliating methods into a 2.5-hour package that also includes the Red Flower Hammam Experience. This unique therapy uses 11 flower oils and fruit essences, including Red Flower Lemon Coffee Blossom Olive Stone Scrub for varied scents and healing properties. A "vigorous scrub" is followed by a purifying clay wrap with essences of cardamom; all the while guests relax on warm stones.
Tops for girlfriends: The Sahra Suite has a living and entertaining area and private spa accommodations. (Perks include a flat-screen TV with DVD player, wet bar, whirlpool tubs, steam room, shower, changing and vanity areas.) Beyond massages and facials, girls can get nail treatments, hair and makeup, and can even order room service for dinner and champagne.
Good to know: Try to book at least a week in advance. Some services are only scheduled once per hour, so the farther out the booking, the better the likelihood of getting the dream treatment.
When staying at the hotel, ask to be booked into Terrace One Bedroom Suites, which have private terraces and deep Japanese soaking tubs (great for continuing the relaxation after spa treatments, we say).
At CityCenter, the three-year-old multifunction city within a city, Vdara has an 18,000-square-foot, two-story spa, salon and fitness center.
The Naturopathica French Lavender Soothing Massage is a specialty treatment offered by the spa, but we hear the signature Bamboo Fusion Massage is tops. This signature treatment uses bamboo for Balinese ritual techniques, such as compression, tapotement, ringing, and skin rolling.
Good for kids: A children's manicure/pedicure is available for anyone under 14 years old. This children's service features a strawberries-and-creme (not "cream") pedicure, which we hear uses "farm fresh products."
Bridal parties are also in luck: Brides should try the "Head Over Heels" pedicure treatment, "Body & Soul" massage package, and Day-of Hair and Make-Up services. Grooms, meanwhile, can get a Men's Cut & Style and MAN-icure. Bonus: After the ceremonies, the couple can join up for a "Happily Ever After" couples massage package.
And at Vdara Pool & Lounge, book one of the six specially designated Spa Cabanas, which have a media unit for television and music, ceiling fans, safety deposit boxes, hand sinks, as well as a refrigerator stocked with mineral water and fresh fruit. Spa treatments can also be booked at the cabanas, including the Cabana Purifying Body Treatment & Massage.
Top Tip: At the hotel, book the Two Bedroom Penthouse Suite, which has two full master bedrooms, spa-style bathrooms and a full kitchen and living room. (Guests staying in the suite get four one-time use Spa Facility passes, so this is an especially good pick for spa-focused vacations.)"
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