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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas’s Taipan Suite has a modern design with Asian-inspired decor. It comes with two bedrooms, a vast living area, a private dining room and a kitchen.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas’s Taipan Suite has a modern design with Asian-inspired decor. It comes with two bedrooms, a vast living area, a private dining room and a kitchen.

Seeking a trip with the special glitz of Sin City without all the sin? The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has three presidential suites, the Mandarin, the Emperor Suite and the Taipan. These sweet spots offer butler service, roundtrip airport transfers, complimentary continental buffet and free use of the Tian Quan Thermal and Water Experience in the spa. While in the spa, be sure to recommend your clients get the “East Meets West” treatment. As the name suggests, this treatment is a fusion of Eastern and Western practices, focusing on stretching and pressure point therapy. The added relaxation comes from the herbal massage cream that helps provide relief to deep muscle strains and tension. Tip: Large groups can book the spa privately, and bridal parties can have bridal tea in the Tea Lounge or Spa. However, the spa is only open to those who are 18 years and above. Advisors should contact Jennifer Lynn ([email protected]), spa director.

Those looking to be spoiled (and who isn’t?) should dine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, where we suggest the tasting menu with a wine pairing. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the hotel suggests making reservations at the time of the room booking. Special arrangements can be made with Jerome Astolfi ([email protected]), restaurant general manager. After dinner, late night drinks should be sipped slowly at the Mandarin Bar — guests will want to make the experience last. Located on the 23rd floor, the view through the floor-to-ceiling windows allow for stunning sights of the Strip. All the cocktails are handcrafted and made with organic ingredients, and, as a special touch, those celebrating their birthday receive complimentary Zodiac cocktails. For more VIP experiences, book a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon, or if guests prefer to stay in town, exclusive concert tickets can be ordered, as well as personal shopping excursions. Joe Moracco, Megan Paxton and Brendan Bogan are the concierges and can be reached at [email protected] To book a VIP stay, contact Burcu Sahmali ([email protected]) for international sales, or contact Aundrea Taylor-Caldwell ([email protected]) for domestic leisure sales.

The linq offers Poolside Cabana guest rooms that have their own private patio and direct access to the pool.
The LINQ offers Poolside Cabana guest rooms that have their own private patio and direct access to the pool.

The LINQ Hotel & Casino has just finished a full resort renovation with 2,253 newly revamped rooms. The hotel specially caters to the Millennial traveler with touches like advanced online check-in, touchscreen directories, electric vehicle charging stations and free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. Activity-seeking, young travelers will also like the High Roller observation wheel on The LINQ Promenade and The LINQ Pool. The pool (or more specifically, two pools) has details that will please any enthusiastic Strip goer. We personally think the 32-seat center bar sounds like a good time. It is completed with flat-screen TVs and signature cocktails. The main pool is the ideal hangout during the day with lily pad daybeds. When the sun goes down on Friday and Saturday nights, the DJ comes out — and so does the party. Bonus: These pools are only open to hotel guests, which add a touch of exclusivity.

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The affluent traveler will enjoy a stay in one of the two Penthouse Suites. These suites boast a simplified, modern design with pops of color (it is as if the Instagram filter has already been added). Both suites are designed for a Vegas-style party, complete with 1,000 square feet of space, a large living room, a kitchenette with full-size fridge and a bar with seating for four. Fun touches that will keep the party going include Bose speakers and a collection of vinyl records (yes, Millennials love them). However, for more party jams, guests can also access the SONIFI system from their smart phones and personalize their music experience with customized LINQ Hotel playlists on Spotify. Don’t forget, after late night drinks in the Penthouse, guests will want time to rejuvenate, and the Himalayan salt therapy cave at Spa at The LINQ does the trick. This treatment simulates the conditions inside a natural salt cave by infusing the air with small particles of high quality salt. The treatment helps induce relaxation and gives relief from skin and respiratory ailments. Tip: A 45-minute session in the cave is available when a guest books a treatment of $50 or more, and the cave must be booked in advance. Advisors looking to plan a trip for a VIP should contact Bernardo Neto ([email protected]), assistant director of hotel operations.

Looking Forward: Keep an eye out for the Rivea and Skyfall Lounge opening at Delano Las Vegas this fall. Famed Chef Alain Ducasse will debut the new hot spots. Rivea will serve dishes inspired by the French and Italian Rivera with house-made pizza, pasta and desserts like limoncello sorbet. Skyfall will be located on the 64th floor alongside Rivea, and the view will include 180-degree snapshot of the Strip. On tap will be handcrafted cocktails and fun, domestic craft beers.

Reservations are not available yet, but stay tuned for VIP details. 

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