March 28, 1999 |
A thick coating of Death Valley dust clung to my skin and clothes as I approached the polished-wood-and-marble check-in counter at tropically themed Mandalay Bay, the latest mega-resort to open on the Vegas Strip. Behind the counter, a riot of ersatz jungle roots and vines engulfed a wall of ersatz stone ruins--a Vegas vision of Angkor Wat--while streams of water fell into small basins bordered by palms, ferns and philodendrons.
June 5, 2012
Wait, are those wine fairies ascending skyward, on their way to pluck the perfect vintage from the clouds? Yes! At Aureole - an offshoot of the New York original by celerity chef Charlie Palmer - dining is a show-stopping Vegas glitz-fest. Watch (in awe) as cat-suited damsels are hoisted up a four-story glass tower, filled with more than 60,000 bottles of wine. And the food? Dinner is a three-course prix fixe, with seasonal dishes that reflect Palmer's signature progressive American cuisine.
November 21, 1999 |
Las Vegas has been dealt its first hand of five diamonds--the highest lodging and restaurant rating by AAA--in the new 2000 rankings, announced last week by the national automobile group. The diamonds went to the 8-month-old Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, which is on the upper floors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Complex. (No Las Vegas restaurant has ever been rated five diamonds.) The Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad, Calif., also made the list, the only California addition for 2000.
August 11, 2011 |
Paddle wheel tours and wine tastings will be part of the second annual Sample the Sierra festival in South Lake Tahoe on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) . . . . Ceiba del Mar, near Cancun, is touting 24-hour room service, including “breakfast discreetly delivered to each room through a hidden door ” . . . . Sand Masters (Rusty, Kirk and the team) jump into the deep end at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on the Travel Channel, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. . . . Tickets start at $19.95 for Herman's Hermits and the Turtles , at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas, Sept.
January 20, 2000
What's happening the next few weeks: * "Notre Dame De Paris," a pop-rock adaptation of Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," opens Saturday at Paris Las Vegas Resort & Casino, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Indefinitely. $69.50. (888) 266-5687. * "David Cassidy at the Copa," a musical show with live orchestra and co-starring Sheena Easton, opened Tuesday in the Copacabana Showroom at the Rio Suite Hotel and Casino, 3700 W. Flamingo Road.
February 14, 1999
Let's see, there's a House of Blues club, a Border Grill and a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. Sound like Los Angeles? Actually, they're all part of the $1-billion Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, opening March 2 on the Las Vegas Strip. In a city with a "fake" New York, and later this year adding Venice- and Paris-themed lodgings, the 3,700-room Mandalay Bay mega-resort bills itself as "tropically themed," but it might call itself L.A. East.