Retail Guide: What to Do in Vegas

Mandarin Oriental
3752 Las Vegas Blvd., S.
Twist, 888.881.9367
The Spa, 888.881.9530

A rare oasis of tranquility amid the bustle of the Strip, the casino-free Mandarin Oriental opened in December, drawing a distinctly international crowd seeking a particular kind of Sin City stay. The Mandarin’s world-renowned white-glove service begins at the airport: A Mercedes-Benz S series picks up guests and whisks them to the hotel. Once there, they can enjoy an array of attractions, including Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first U.S. restaurant, Twist, perched on the 23rd floor. The dining room features 20-foot-high windows with breathtaking views of the Strip, as well as 300 illuminated globes that twinkle above the tables. Meanwhile, the Spa at Mandarin Oriental delights with an exotic 1930s, Shanghai-inspired design scheme and amenities including a heated relaxation room and couple’s suites with private steam showers.

Details: Twist is open 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Spa hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Mirage Hotel & Casino
3400 Las Vegas Blvd., S.

When it comes to Las Vegas’ must-see shows, all you need is “Love.” The Cirque du Soleil spectacle, currently playing at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles with a whimsical fantasyland of dancing, acrobatics and more. The show features master recordings from the famous foursome’s Abbey Road Studios, as well as characters drawn straight from Beatles song lyrics, including Lucy, Eleanor Rigby, Kids of Liverpool and Sgt. Pepper. The show’s soundtrack, which is available for purchase, cranks out hit after hit, including “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Revolution” and, of course, “All You Need Is Love.” If a return trip to Vegas is in your future, be sure to check out Cirque’s newest installment, “Viva Elvis,” which is scheduled to premiere Feb. 19 at Aria Resort & Casino.

Details: Show times are 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

Union Restaurant and Lounge
3720 Las Vegas Blvd., S.
Haze Nightclub, 702.693.8310

Nightlifers looking for a change from the usual Tao and Lavo dining and dance club routine have been flocking to Aria Resort & Casino for its Union Restaurant and Lounge/Haze Nightclub killer combo. Created by The Light Group (the brains behind hotspots Light and The Bank), both venues have been packed since opening late last year. At Union, executive chef Brian Massie dishes up creative interpretations of American favorites including fresh seafood and oysters ($60-$140), white clam “chowda” ($14), king crab and jalapeno tacos ($18), and 10 cuts of premium steaks ($42-$96 for the porterhouse for two). The nearly 6,000-sq.-ft. eatery, nestled inside Aria, , features floor-to-ceiling wood panels designed to resemble trees. On the main level of the 25,000-sq.-ft. Haze, club junkies can dance the night away in a futuristic space filled with lasers, lights and interactive projection screens. Upstairs is a cozy lounge dotted with jewel-like furniture that is frequented by VIPs such as John Legend, Katy Perry and Usher.

Details: Union is open 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Haze is open 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

The Spa at Encore
Encore Las Vegas
3121 Las Vegas Blvd., S.

The Spa at Encore is known for its “wow” factor. On the way to the treatment rooms, guests enjoy a tranquil walk down a dramatic floor-to-ceiling corridor, flanked with glowing lanterns. Once inside, it’s easy to melt stress away with the luxurious treatments. The spa’s signature is the Good Luck Ritual ($250), a 50-minute massage followed by foot, hand and scalp rubs. Other options include an Ayurvedic Awakening facial ($160-$250), Lavender Stone Ritual ($250) and Restorative Back and Shoulders service ($150). End your session by stepping into one of the spa’s renowned waterfall showers. (Non-hotel guests are welcome during the week and on weekends, depending on availability.) For some post-pampering shopping, pop into Encore’s Ensemble and In Step boutiques.

Details: The Spa at Encore is open daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m.


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