Vegas Bites

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MGM Resorts International’s The Park on the Strip debuts this month.
MGM Resorts International’s The Park on the Strip debuts this month.

A Shower of Stars at Caesars
Forbes has showered The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace with four stars, while the Restaurant Guy Savoy received a total of five starry nods. The high-end The Laurel Collection accommodations, which combines premier accommodations of the Augustus and Octavius Towers, include such luxury touches as a dedicated service staff, spacious floor plans, plush pillow-top mattresses, luxurious linens, and upgraded bath products. The Restaurant Guy Savoy, meanwhile, houses the only Krug Chef’s Table in the U.S., which provides guests a 6-seat table with an intimate view of the kitchen while they enjoy a tasting menu curated to pair perfectly with Krug’s prestige cuvee Champagnes. For gastronomy aficionados, Caesars Palace recently opened the doors to MR CHOW, serving traditional Beijing cuisine. This being Vegas, after all, it’s no surprise that the restaurant serves up more than fabulous dishes, including a Champagne lounge entry point, and a kinetic sculpture that hangs from a 60-ft. dome and that throughout the evening puts on a 4-minute show as it maneuvers into various configurations. The dessert selection is also sublime, presented on a custom-made Christofle trolley and including Grand Marnier marinated oranges and toasted coconut cakes, among other divine morsels.

“For Foodies’ Eyes Only”
For clients who want to delve into the Las Vegas culinary scene, recommend one of Lip Smacking Foodie Tours’ commissionable cuisine-focused walking tours. We hunger for the Savors of the Strip tour, a 3-hour journey that indulges guests in gourmet dishes prepared at restaurants throughout the city. Rates for the Savors of the Strip tour start at $199 pp, and include up to five stops at some of Vegas’ top restaurants, 15 or more signature dishes, expedited seating and service, and a personal guide. For an additional $60 pp, guests receive a pre-selected signature drink at various stops.

The Park
It’s here—it’s finally here. The much-talked-about Park on Las Vegas’ Strip. Nestled between the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts on the Strip’s west side, as well as the new T-Mobile Arena, The Park, which debuted early this month, is an immersive outdoor dining and entertainment district with plenty of spaces to relax, unwind and take a breather from the Strip’s hustle and bustle. The Park, created by MGM Resorts International, takes its design cue from the plazas, promenades and squares found throughout Europe’s grand cities. It features areas for visitors to bask in the sun or wile the afternoon away under the shade of a tree or one of the 16 trumpet-like shade structures, some towering 75 ft., that line The Park. While strolling through the park, guests will come upon acoustic guitarists, street performers, and unique water features such as water walls that stretch more than 100 ft. in length (a treat on those hot summer days). Dining under the stars will also be part of the appeal, with clusters of casual restaurants and bars opening each resort to The Park; confirmed food and beverage partners include Shake Shack, the Beerhaus beer garden—serving Vegas-local breweries crafts—California Pizza Kitchen, Sake Rok and Bruxie.

SLS Redevelopment with New W
Two of the mixed-use SLS Las Vegas hotel towers are now under Starwood’s Tribute Portfolio brand, while the third, the 289-guestroom LUX Tower, is being converted into a W Hotel—the first W-branded hotel on The Strip. Upon completion, the W Las Vegas will feature a W Living Room, a dedicated entrance for W guests, and the brand’s signature Away Spa, plus a FIT fitness center, and an exclusive outdoor WET pool deck and bar. Between its three towers, the SLS Las Vegas encompasses 1,613 guestrooms, including 120 suites; eight restaurants; three nightlife and entertainment venues; two pools; and a 54,000-sq.-ft. casino.

Tropicana Las Vegas’ Party Central
Tropicana Las Vegas has opened its brand-new pool club, Sky Beach Club (opening date is April 8). The South Beach-inspired venue offers bikini-clad bottle service, two luxury pools, VIP cabanas, a DJ booth and two bars. The 21+ crowd at Sky Beach Club has access to an entertainment lineup that includes A-list celebrity hosts, live music acts, beer pong and live table games. It’s open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.

“Breaking Bad” Returns, Sort Of
The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas has debuted a permanent display from AMC’s award-winning crime drama “Breaking Bad.” Artifacts on display include the yellow hazmat suit worn by Bryan Cranston in the scenes where his character, Walter White, was cooking meth; two gas masks; and a rubber apron worn during the series. According to the museum’s director of content Geoff Schumacher, the exhibit was added because “‘Breaking Bad’ effectively dramatized organized crime and today’s illicit drug trade.”

More Shop ‘til You Drop at Wynn Las Vegas
Come fall 2017, shopaholics are going to want to head to Wynn Plaza, an expansive retail complex featuring 75,518 sq. ft. of luxury retail space being developed by Wynn Las Vegas. The complex will augment the existing luxury retail collection currently showcased at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore as well as bring the shopping experience to the high traffic area bordering Las Vegas Blvd. The opening of Wynn Plaza will bring the total retail square footage to more than 173,500 sq. ft. and augment the iconic brands that currently occupy Wynn and Encore, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermes, Prada, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy.