August 25th 2014
A couple of weeks ago I flew to Las Vegas over the Grand Canyon to attend one of the largest luxury travel networking events in the World. Virtuoso Travel Week is hosted at the Bellagio and brings together the finest luxury travel agents with some of the World’s best hotels and travel suppliers. Virtuoso is an American program which we have access to as we are part of Protravel, one of the USA’s largest independent travel agency network. This connects us to not only a wealth of experience and contacts but also exclusive services, experiences, and products for our members.
Whilst there I also visited some of the key hotels we work with in Las Vegas including the Aria, Cosmopolitan, Mandarin Oriental, Encore & Wynn, The Cromwell and the brand new SLS due to be opened the week after.
Cosmopolitan and Aria are owned by the MGM group which also includes the MGM and Bellagio (where the conference was held).
My personal favourite was the Aria which is made up of modern glass towers and which overlooks Crystals shopping centre with brands such as Tom Ford, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana as well as a host of top end restaurants and art galleries.
This is also where you will find the famous Cirque Du Soleil show Zirkana. The Aria features a huge casino floor but the ambience in the other areas of the hotels is chilled with a great soundtrack playing in the background and huge butterflies suspended from the ceilings. With the gorgeous spa you can definitely escape the madness of Vegas at this hotel.
Aria also features Sky Suites for larger parties including a fabulous 2 bedroom penthouse. If you are planning to spend big at the Casino, as in other Casinos you may also have the opportunity to have your accommodation comped courtesy of your Casino Host! Just speak to us for further information.
The Cosmopolitan sits between the Bellagio and the Aria and it’s entrance is directly on the Strip. This is a very sexy hotel where you are greeted by a blingy entrance with a much younger feel and busty young Croupiers doing the dealing.
This hotel feature some great eating places as well as an All Saints store. Rooms have great balconies overlooking the strip and 3 pool areas with 3 distinct scenes. Boulevard which has a polished yacht club feel, Bamboo which offers an indulgent and re-energising escape; and Marquee dayclub which is a vibrant beach club for adults.
Mandarin Oriental takes a more grown up approach to Vegas. With no on-site Casino it offers the more sophisticated visitor some respite from the craziness with a gorgeous spa and rooftop pool. Within 2 minutes walk from Aria you still have access to the Casinos, shops, clubs etc but this really is a haven. As we are members of Protravel we also have access to the preferred partner benefits of Mandarin Oriental Fan Club.
Encore and Wynn is a monster of a hotel with 2 distinct towers and features the Encore Beach Club and XS nightclub. I was hosted here and have written a separate blog with my review.
SLS Vegas is brand new (at time of writing) and actually was due to open the week after my departure from Vegas. I did get to have a sneak peek though as they were just getting ready to open although they wouldn’t allow me to take any pics. SLS is a very cool hotel brand with properties in Miami, Los Angeles and New York. SLS is built on the site of an old Vegas hotel. My host told me that rather than implode the old property as normally happens, they made the decision to keep the old shell and rebuild the inside which definitely gives it a more boutique feel. Designed by Philippe Starck, the rooms feature the quirky SLS style which I personally love and it can be seen in the minibar options, the eating outlets and the pool area which has a beachclub feel with cool, high tech cabanas It also includes the Lux tower which features suite-only options. As with Cosmopolitan this is a ‘young’ hotel which should appeal to a nightclub crowd. The only downside is that it’s quite a bit further down the strip from my other favourites but SLS will definitely have it’s own ‘scene’ and you can cross the road to the monorail which will take you wherever you need to go.
My final pick is a hotel I hadn’t heard of previously. The Cromwell is a boutique hotel right in the middle of the strip opposite Caesar’s Palace This hotel features Drai’s rooftop Beachclub, Nightclub and after hours lounge all of which are a must if you’re in Vegas.
The ground floor is all Casino but the rooms are cooler than your average Vegas room with a luxe style. Definitely one to consider on your next trip to Vegas.
Remember at Limelight, we also have a number of contacts based in the ground in Vegas if you need help with nightclub entry etc.
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