ADVERTORIAL • October 2021
MGM Resorts has transformed the glittering Las Vegas skyline with its ultra-luxurious suite of hotels, each one with its own personality to match your own. Welcome to Vegas, baby…
Aria Resort and Casino
Best for… finesse and tech prowess
The sleek, curved glass-and-steel exterior of Aria Resort and Casino (pictured above), set in the heart of the Strip, is a giveaway: this is a hotel that is design-forward and cutting-edge. Take the in-room technology: at the touch of a button, you can personalise every luxury, from ordering takeout and booking a show to choreographing your wake-up with an alarm that will turn on the lights and open the curtains. Floor-to-ceiling windows come as standard but, for knockout views, first-class amenities and private pool access, book a Sky suite.
Tear yourself away to take up residence – at least for a few hours – in the Spa & Salon. Ganbanyoku stone beds, Shio Salt Room, infinity edge therapy pool… every wellbeing whim is catered for. Working up an appetite? The dining options are endless, whether that means margaritas and enchiladas at Javier’s, Bardot Brasserie for brunch or Asian-influenced sushi, seafood and steak at the highly photogenic Catch (pictured above). Come hungry.
Vdara Hotel & Spa
Best for… zen and family time
Las Vegas may be the city that never sleeps, but even in this neon-lit 24-7 playground, there are oases of calm. One such sanctuary is Vdara Hotel & Spa (pictured above). This contemporary, all-suite property has neither a casino nor a nightclub, rendering it a quieter alternative to some of its neighbours. And yet, should the bright lights be calling, it’s mere minutes to the Strip and all the buzz of Aria Resort & Casino.
Enjoy poolside food and cocktails at Pool & Cabanas Vdara
Suites are designed to feel more like a home than a hotel, and many come with kitchenettes, queen-size sofa beds and separate living rooms, making them a popular choice with families. All have custom furnishings and huge windows – for added magic, book a suite overlooking the Bellagio and its iconic water display. But it’s The Spa at Vdara that steals the show. Spread across two floors, its 16,000 square feet are dedicated to your every need, with tailored treatments, signature heat experiences and superb facilities. And breathe…
Best for… retro glamour and decadence
Everything about Park MGM (pictured above) wows. The megaresort oozes cosmopolitan flair, with marble floors, glittering chandeliers and whimsical artwork. NoMad, situated on the hotel’s top four floors, adds to the boutique vibe. Thanks to French interior designer Jacques Garcia, NoMad’s guest rooms are understated (yes, even in Vegas) chic, while its grand bar and restaurant are a lesson in old-world glamour. Cocktails here are de rigueur.
Early nights are not an option. Enjoy a slice of la dolce vita at Eataly, the world-famous Italian food hall, where you can dine and shop under one roof. Work it off at On The Record (pictured above), an intoxicating combination of speakeasy, karaoke rooms, double-decker bus-turned-bar and dance floor. If you prefer rest over revelry, book a Stay Well room, where aromatherapy, air purification and specialised lighting enhance your wellbeing, not to mention the fact that Park MGM is now the first of the city’s casinos to go smoke-free. Viva Las Vegas.
Bellagio Resort and Casino
Best for… maximalist fun and luxury
When the Bellagio Resort and Casino threw open its doors in 1998, it took the Strip by storm. The opulent hotel (pictured above) dazzles in every way, even by Sin City standards. And, of course, its legendary fountains, which weave together water, music and lights, are iconic. Stay in one of the newly refurbished guest rooms and you’ll feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. No detail has been left unturned, from the spacious built-in closet to the remodelled bathrooms (think oversized showers and dual sinks).
Take a dip at Bellagio Resort and Casino
Days here are spent poolside. Hire a cabana at one of the five Mediterranean-inspired pools, which seem a world away from the fast-paced, kaleidoscopic metropolis beyond. As the sun sets, the fun begins. Will it be a return to the jazz age at the Mayfair Supper Club, a blow-out at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse or Italian delicacies and larger-than-life fountain views at Lago? Either way, you can’t leave without diving into O, Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerising aquatic show.