Las Vegas doesn’t leave a lot of room for the middle road. You truly love it or hate it, as it goes. For me, the Technicolor tackiness is the charm. It’s such a bizarro land to explore plus everyone there is just so darn friendly. Now that I’m based in Europe it seems all the more over-the-top. Which just means I want to pay another visit.
Need an escape from the slot machines? The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a five-star non-gaming property located in the CityCenter complex. The Las Vegas outpost delivers both the impeccable service and the understated Asian-style decor that the chain is so well-known for. Rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with views and unique features such as pass-through valet closets.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
Hearthstone is a great casual choice that will please the foodies. Most offerings are from one of the two wood-fired ovens (hello pizza) but you can also try the shared plates, charcuterie or the restaurant’s signature twist on the PG&J: the FG&J (foie gras mousse, Virginia peanuts, and house-made jelly). They also do an awesome brunch.
11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas is the probably the last place that comes to mind for Scuba diving but qualified divers can book a dive in the aquarium at Mandalay Bay. This unique dive offers you a chance to swim with over 30 sharks, including some exotic varieties. If that sounds too exciting, try booking the daily stingray feeding instead.
Shark Reef Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd