Spotlight on Vegas

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The Rivea restaurant at the Delano Las Vegas has unveiled a cocktail pairing menu.
The Rivea restaurant at the Delano Las Vegas has unveiled a cocktail pairing menu.

Offering everything from a new chocolate experience 550 ft. in the air to indulgent spa experiences and high-end suites, Las Vegas knows how to roll out the red carpet for your clients.

Decadent Service
At Aria Resort and Casino, the top indulgence is booking a Sky Suite category accommodation, which features complimentary transportation, private poolside pampering, and 24-hour butler service. Added extravagances include a Gold Facial at The Spa at Aria—it’s a collagen-infused facial that is especially calming for sunburnt skin (50-minute treatment is $300).

A Heavenly Chocolate Affair
Taking in the views of Las Vegas’ glittering Strip while taking a bite out of a heavenly chocolate morsel—on the High Roller, your clients can experience just that. It’s an in-cabin chocolate tasting experience with Ethel M Chocolates—said to be the first tasting experience of its kind in North America where guests will learn about the origins of chocolate and how the pieces were created. The 30-minute (one rotation) journey includes a chocolatier ambassador showcasing five different types of pieces and the story behind them. As an added bonus, each guest will receive a voucher for a complimentary glass of wine. Tastings are available every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; admission is $52 pp, although a private cabin can be purchased for $1,500, and each chocolate tasting cabin can accommodate up to 15 guests.

We’ll Toast to That
Taste buds are in for a treat at Chef Alain Ducasse’s Rivea restaurant, as it recently unveiled a new cocktail pairing menu. The Tour of the Riviera cocktail pairing menu, available nightly and priced at $150, includes five cocktail pairing courses, featuring wines such as Alain Ducasse’s own private label champagne, as well as innovative spirits and fresh ingredients sourced from Southern California. On the menu is everything from roasted duck breast to wild Alaskan halibut. The restaurant, incidentally, is located at Delano Las Vegas and offers 180-degree views of the city.

Pampered Indulgence
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas has debuted a renovated spa space that invites the surrounding desert landscape in, with warm colors, natural materials and nature-inspired artwork. The spa features 12 treatment rooms, including two oversized couples’ suites, and an expanded coed Zen Lounge. Guests are now able to indulge in an array of personalized treatments and services featuring product lines such as Naturopathica, Phytomer and Pure Fiji. Massages include Table Thai Yoga, inspired by traditional Thai massage and yoga practices, as well as the gentleman-specific Muscle Melt Massage, geared toward muscle recovery and tension relief. The Spa renovation is part of several recent enhancements at the resort, including a new nail bar and a recently enhanced fitness center.

a VR Experience
VR Adventures, an immersive experience that plunges guests into a three-dimensional virtual world, has opened its doors at The LINQ Promenade. Guests put on high-tech goggles and use hand movement, walk, sidestep or jump while exploring or flying through the virtual world. VR Adventures offers gamers up to four experiences. For clients opting for this or the High Roller chocolate tasting experience, recommend a stay at Caesars Palace, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Art Space
Featuring 47 works of art ranging from paintings and prints to drawings and photographs, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s newest exhibit, “Town and Country: from Degas to Picasso,” focuses on art pieces inspired by the United States and Europe’s growing urbanization during the 19th and 20th centuries. Organized in partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the intimate exhibit features pieces by Vincent van Gogh, Renoir, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Jean-François Millet and many more. It is on view through Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and with a 2 p.m. docent tour.

Elevating the Guest Experience
This past summer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas introduced a collection of new guest suites, the 2-story Lanai Suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Bamboo Pool, a stylish living area and a private outdoor space with a heated plunge pool. The 11 suites are located on level 14 of the West End Tower, and nine of the 11 suites have private access to the Bamboo Pool. But The Cosmopolitan hits the high note with the announcement of its soon-to-open Boulevard Penthouses in the resort’s Boulevard Tower. The 21 penthouses, with seven unique designs from three separate teams, will range in size from 2,000 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft. and are set to debut in late 2016 into early 2017. Additionally, guests of these penthouse suites will have access to the newly created Private Gaming Salon, which, press material says, will feel like 007 meets The Cosmopolitan, set against the backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip. And for those seeking genuinely innovative entertainment, The Cosmopolitan will soon debut a new production of the long-running show “Absinthe.” The final performance of  “Absinthe” at its current location is on Oct. 21 and it will commence previews at The Cosmopolitan in late 2016.

Become a Gondolier “For a Day”
The Venetian Las Vegas lets guests take charge of the property’s famous gondolas—well, sort of—with its new Gondola University programming. Limited to nine participants daily, the program begins with a primer on the history of Venice, and then those ready for the challenge learn the ins and outs of piloting a gondola, before going through rowing 101, during which they’ll actually row these vessels. The day is topped off with a traditional sash and scarf ceremony, and those who are brave enough to try out this fun program walk away with a gondola hat and t-shirt, a souvenir photo and a degree certificate.

Culinary Playground
Libertine Social has opened its doors at Mandalay Bay. This gastropub, by Chef Shawn McClain, serves up New American bar food, as well as a cocktail program created by mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. Restaurant guests can choose everything from petite bites (think Parmesan churros) to a sausage board with handmade artisanal sausages, as well as flatbreads and local fare. Those with a sweet tooth will embrace the dessert menu, featuring non-alcoholic, cocktail-inspired desserts such as a Margarita donut and the hot chocolate martini. The restaurant contains several distinctive spaces including the Arcade Bar, where patrons can savor “legendary cocktails” from the 19th and 20th centuries, to the chef’s table and the Voyeur Lounge, with a retro jukebox and eccentric furniture.