Las Vegas

From the dancing fountains to the dolphin shows to the legendary nightlife and unsurpassed entertainment. How do they do it? I decided to find out, and probe under the hood of the greatest attractions, restaurants, hotel suites, shows, and nightlife in the city. This is Richard’s video guide to Las Vegas.

EXPLORE | EAT | SLEEP | TOP PICKS​​​​​​​​​​​​​


WHERE TO STAY

The 5 most sumptuous suites in Las Vegas:

1) The ARIA Sky Villa #18 : A private castle on the 58th floor; two-stories, floor-to-ceiling windows; original art, full gym, personal butler, private elevator, sauna and steam rooms, billiard table, hair salon, apple computers, 12-year-old scotch and Bombay Sapphire.

2) The Chairman’s Suite at The Bellagio #33606: Faces the legendary Fountains; fire places, a smoking room, pool and waterfall, seven tvs, solarium, indoor garden, conference room, Chihuly chandelier; space, light & luxury.

3) The Delano Loft #60812: Full views on three sides, 80” TV (one of nine), brass telescope, massage room with table, Malin-Goetz amenities, full bar, hand-made furniture, library. The effortless style of the original Delano South Beach.

4) Skyloft #98 at The MGM Grand: Tony Chi-designed, Facing the City Center, 4800 square feet, Pre-Columbian style sculptures, outdoor patio with plunge pool, Bang & Olufsen sound system, private workout room with free weights, elliptical, & treadmill, eleven TVs, game area, Bulgari products, Immersion Chamber showers, infinity Jacuzzis, remote control toilets. ​

5) Villa # 10 at The Mirage: Your personal oasis. 7,000’ feet, including the private backyard with fire pit, full kitchen, bar, heated pool & putting green; custom-built furniture, custom monogramed linen, Egyptian cotton and silk blend sheets, Apple TV, pillow menu, , Clarisonic Facial Cleansing system, and Molton Brown sundries. …you can hear the lions in the private park beyond the palm trees.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​WHAT TO DO

1. Overindulge in Entertainment.

No pleasure is so lasting, so conducive to joy, than great entertainment, and this is the town to ride that torrent of jaw-dropping delights. When it comes to Entertainment, nothing beats Las Vegas. The variety and scope nourish every soul, widen every eye, tap every foot, and stretch smiles on every face, and provoke every nerve.

There is brilliant, unsurpassed entertainment for…
…The music lover
…For fantasy seekers
…For adults
…For when you need a laugh
…For magic and enchantment
…For whimsical escapes.

The entertainment here is big, bold, telekinetic, indulgent and gratifying. It thrills people of all ages, casts its spells on people from everywhere in the world. This, my friend, is the pulsing heart, the center of the universe, for Entertainment!

2. Pack your nights full of life.

When it comes to nighttime entertainment, there’s simply no argument: Vegas is king. The nightlife capital of the world knows how to put on a good show, and the best clubs compete to fill coveted spots with top talent and high-profile artists in every one of their events. In Vegas, expect to see something bigger and better than anything you’ve seen before all 52 weeks, 365 days a year.

3. Satisfy your curiosity.

Everything dazzles here. But, did you ever wonder, how do they do it? What goes on behind the curtains? What alchemy is concocted beyond the locked doors and one-way mirrors?

Hang on….I’m going to take you on an adventure to glimpse the secrets Behind the Scenes here in Las Vegas, including Behind the Scenes at The Bellagio Fountains; the Shark Reef Aquarium; the Bellagio Conservatory; and the Mirage Dolphin Habitat.

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​​​​​WHERE TO EAT

Do you delight in fine cuisine from far-away places? Well, you can always travel to Europe or Asia or the Middle East, and fight off the jet lag as you dig into a local meal.

Or, you can come here. There is no place on the planet that offers up so much exceptional food, created by so many award-winning chefs, representing so many international cuisines, in so few city blocks, than here in Las Vegas.

So, put your passport away, and pull up a chair, open the napkin, sip the paired wine, and savor the epicurean latitudes and longitudes of the world, without customs and immigration, without translation. There is but one language here….the prose and poetry of amazing food. Enjoy!

My top picks for restaurants in Las Vegas (mentioned in the video above):

Sage – This farm-to-table restaurant serves creative American cuisine in an atmosphere that makes you feel comfortably at home. James Beard award-winning chef Shawn McClain is running the show, and he turns simple dishes into extraordinary masterpieces. If you’re in the mood for drinks, Sage has an extensive mobile absinthe selection and ranks among the best in the Wine Spectator’s “Hall of Fame.”

Fleur – Fleur is famous for small plates done exceptionally. The inventive dishes, inspired by Chef Keller’s worldly travels, have the breadth and creativity to please every type of traveler. From rich and hearty to light and refreshing, Fleur serves happiness on every plate and, if you’re feeling exceptionally indulgent, a mind-blowing $5,000 burger.

Jöel Robuchon Restaurant – Chef Jöel Rubuchon has redefined Las Vegas dining.  Take a step back in time and a trip around the world at once, when you enter Jöel Robuchon’s Restaurant in Las Vegas. Likened to a 1930’s Parisian eatery, this place continually impresses guests with its atmosphere. Diners can pick from a variety of tasting menus and personalize their experience. Quiet and intimate, this place promises to be one of the finest meals of your life.

Lago – Lago is an elegant Italian eatery that puts a new spin on classic dishes. In defiance of Italian tradition, Lagos instead serves this traditional cuisine on small plates, with bold flavors. Beyond the delectable fare, dining at Lago affords you instant, front row seats to the Bellagio’s spectacular fountain show and with, floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, there’s not a bad seat in the house.

Yusho – A high caliber, non-glamorous noodle house where you can try traditional Japanese street food cooked by a 5-star chef. If this idea doesn’t have you salivating, then don’t go to Yusho, because everything renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges whips up is a wonderful rendition of traditional Japanese fare.


For more information on these and other Las Vegas Resorts, contact:

MGM Resorts International

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