Vegas Thunderstorm Brings High Water to Strip
5 of the Most Uber-Luxurious Suites in Las Vegas
by Kelsey on June 28, 2013 Oyster
Vegas is a city that is decidedly over-the-top, so it’s no wonder that it’s host to some of the most luxurious hotel accommodations in the world. We’ve selected five of the city’s most jaw-dropping, high-roller-worthy suites that we think embody modern Las Vegas decadence. Forget the kitsch and tacky opulence of yore; these beauties are sleek, sophisticated, and, well, pricey. Continue reading
Everyone knows Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off of summer (that actually happens on June 21) but here in Vegas, it’s the official kick-off of the raging pool party scene. Where else can you drink, dive, and dayclub it?
VegasChatter has once again compiled an essential Field Guide to Vegas Pools detailing the hottest parties, how to get into them, what to expect when you’re splashing around, and where to go if you’d rather just chillax. And, it’s all below. Grab a cold one and pursue it at your leisure or use the jumps below to go straight to the sections that interest you most. Continue reading
The 10 Best Restaurants In Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known for gambling, show girls, and wild bachelor parties a la The Hangover, but it is also becoming a new food mecca of the world. As Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh seeks to revitalize Las Vegas with his Downtown Project, it seems many chefs are following suit by bringing new life, culture, and cuisines to the fine restaurants centered in the city of Las Vegas.
Our friends at Zagat compiled a list of the 10 best restaurants in Las Vegas, and we have them here from the brazenly bold to the subtly subdued. Continue reading
How Sheldon Adelson Came From Nothing To Build The Largest Casino Empire In The World
But of course, all of that only dates back to 2001 at the earliest. We wanted to take you back to the beginning, and explain how Adelson ended up at the top of the casino world.
MACHINE GUN VEGAS: Luxury tourist gun range with ‘sexy hostesses’ opens in Vegas…Sin City, isn’t it time to get professional help?
Posted by Frank Barrett, The Mail on Sunday Travel Editor May 17 2013
The US is a likeable friend whose company you enjoy but whose increasingly erratic behaviour suggests that maybe they ought to be seeking professional help.
Ever since Sir Walter Raleigh brought us back tobacco and potatoes we’ve always looked to America to keep us amused. Now our former colonial cousins across the Atlantic are mostly just scaring us.
Hold on to your hats. The Las Vegas Strip may be getting another attraction for risk-loving thrill seekers.
Amusement ride company, U.S. Thrill Rides, plans to spend $100 million on building what they call a “Polercoaster” near the Tropicana Hotel on the Strip. The 650-foot tall coaster would be the tallest in the world and would be a combination of a ride and an observation tower with stunning views of Las Vegas.
KEN RITTER Associated Press
The downsizing from a 40-plus acre spread to a $3 million mansion and several adjacent properties totaling 20 acres is taking place this week, the crooner’s sister-in-law, Tricia McCrone, and Newton publicist Kevin Sasaki said Wednesday.
“There’s room for all his animals — the peacocks, the horses, and Charlie the penguin,” McCrone said of the properties that she said include a main mansion, a guest house and four other homes.
Mandalay Bay‘s new show ONE debuted by bringing back Michael Jackson on stage through his hologram. Michael Jackson rocked the 1,800 venue when a hologram of the dead King of Pop deliver a rounding rendition of “Man in the Mirror“. The Michael Jackson’s apparition danced, stomp, drop into one knee and getting back up while dancers swirl around him dancing in chorus with the phantom’s singer. The song ended with the singer transformed into a Jackson 5 version of himself. The awe-spiring performance had the crowd holding their breath as they watch the hologram of the dead superstar bringing a glimpse of phantom reality.
Last year during the Coachella festival, the first hologram to perform on stage was introduced to public when Tupac Shakur’s hologram rapped on stage walking towards rapper Snoop Dogg. The shocked crowd could not believe what they were seeing. But with Michael Jackson, the famous King of Pop is more well known than Tupac and therefore has larger audience worldwide willing to pay and watch the dead singer perform again even if it’s just a phantom of MJ. Expect tourists with money from all over the world who come to Vegas to put the new show as one of their “must-watch” Las Vegas show.
The new Mandalay Bay show ONE is a joint venture between Michael’s estate and Cirque du Soliel and this month all tickets are sold out already with average price $125. They expect the show to be very successful. Michael Jackson made $125 million last year and with the new shows in Vegas, the dead singer’s worth will just keep on rising.
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- Michael Jackson’s Hologram Rocks Las Vegas Arena (forbes.com)
Actor Nicolas Cage was in Carson City today and had a cameo role during a Nevada Legislature hearing about the proposed Nevada film tax credit bill. Cage had private meetings also with Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and other lawmakers to look into the proposed state Senate bill. Fox 5 News reported the Nevada film tax credit bill is a proposal of 20% tax credits for filmmakers making movies in the state and up to 24% if production outfits would hire Nevadans for the movie. Cage said the lack of tax incentives is making filmmakers like him to make large-scale movies in Nevada. A great example is the t.v. show “Vegas” which is actually filmed in New Mexico. Movies like Oceans 11 and 13 and the Hangover have put Las Vegas more noticeable to moviegoers as a subject and choice of place in making movies.
Cage told Associated Press that ” Nevada is an untapped resource in terms of its natural beauty…There’s a magic in Nevada that applies to filmmaking in an excellent way.” He said that he has four scripts right now that could be shot in Nevada and other directors are also tired of filming in other states and yet the states being chosen for filming are based on the offered tax incentives. He pointed out that the states where the movies are filmed become the world’s picture of America, albeit he appealed about Nevada by saying, ” I want to request we make our beautiful state the new America to the international community.”
State Senator Aaron Ford, D- Las Vegas, told the committee, “Nevada should be a top destination for films, but unfortunately w are letting other states pass us by.” The state Senate Bill 165 may get passed according to Carole Vilardo of Nevada Taxpayers Association, also a critic of the bill. Nicolas Cage is a former resident of Las Vegas whose mansion got foreclosed on in 2010 and was sold for $4.9 million in January 2012.
- Nicolas Cage supports Nevada film tax credit bill (miamiherald.com)
Everybody loves watching Air shows and Tom Cruise movie Top Gun is one of the best movies ever made, and for all thrill seekers out there how they wish they can fly like “Maverick” even just for a day. Well, next time you come to Las Vegas for a real adventurous vacation set aside a budget of $400 to $1,300 and get ready for the ultimate ride of a lifetime.
Sky Combat Ace is a Las Vegas based( Henderson) thrill ride company. They have many packages to offer from flight simulator to Top Gun or the Adrenaline Rush of 30 minute aerial dogfighting or aerobatics. They will train you, and you will fly with a real fighter pilot next to you. Fly like fighter pilot, no flight experience needed. Requirement is good health with no blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems.
For ultimate visit check their website www.skycombatace.com to see their packages and to answer all your questions. Since I don’t have the guts to do it, I’m just spreading the great news to thrill seekers out there that you can come to Vegas and be Maverick for few hours.
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What happens in Vegas, can only happen in Vegas! The 108-year-old city has enjoyed many titles from “Sin City” to “Entertainment Capital of the World” but now Las Vegas has added a new one, the “Club Capital of the World”. It has become the place for the most lavish, the biggest, the most celebrity-saturated and most spectacular nightclubs in the world.
With a total of more than 50 nightclubs, Las Vegas has more nightclubs than hotels and with the gaming revenue going down since the recession, the casino moguls noticed one business that’s thriving and partying like there’s no tomorrow- and that’s the night club. Vegas billboards everywhere greet tourists with faces of DJs like the $22 million worth Tiesto who got snagged exclusively by Hakkasan, the latest “it” nightclub of Vegas who is willing to pay $70 million for its DJs.
The nightclub war is bound to happen. When you have nightclubs bringing in $60-$90 million in annual revenue, no businessman will let that pass. The XS Nightclub at Encore brought in an estimated $90 million revenue to Wynn Resorts last year. Marquee at Cosmopolitan, Tao at Venetian, Pure at Caesar’s Palace and LAX at Luxor all generate estimate annual revenue of $60 – $70 million.
In 2011, revenue for beverage department on the Strip was $1 billion. VIP clubbers would spend tens of thousands of dollars for their “preferred lounges” and recently a high roller at the opening of Hakkasan spent $600,000 for his magnums-for-all-party. A $15 shots of Jack Daniels to $1,400 a pop champagnes. Vegas nightclubs are for the rich and the “acting rich”. It’s about waiting for two hours in line ( if you are not a VIP ) to have one of your Vegas fantasy come true – to experience the feeling of being the sexiest and richest person on earth and getting drunk Vegas style. In the past, 61% of revenues come from gaming but today non-gaming comprises 64% of the revenue. Now you know why.
- Las Vegas – Home of the Memorial Day weekender (prweb.com)
- Casino Bosses Transform Sin City Into Club City (theepochtimes.com)
- Hakkasan Las Vegas Revenge Story: How a Middle Eastern Billionaire Disrespected by a Vegas Nightclub Bankrolled the $200 Million Club to Teach Them a Lesson (katenews2day.com)
- J Lo and Casper Sizzle in Sin City at a Nightclub Opening (eyeoncelebs.com)
Las Vegas has a growing list of titles but in the past few years the “Buffet Capital of the World” is transforming itself into becoming a “Celebrity Chef Destination of the World.” Las Vegas has almost 2,500 restaurants and if you are a gourmet foodie with unlimited money supply, Las Vegas will dazzle you with its many star-rated restaurants – plus its assortment of other restaurants with unique concepts if you get tired of being fancy.
But Vegas evolution from buffet to Michelin star is owed to one guy, Austrian celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Puck in the past would come to Vegas to watch fights and finding it hard to find a place to eat after the fights, he took a gutsy move by opening his own restaurant at the time when Las Vegas was still a steakhouse and buffet territory. In 1992, Spago Las Vegas debuted in Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and from then on all eyes of the fine-dining world shifted and focused on Vegas.
Spago opened on December 11, 1992 and instead of being swamped by excited guests, they only had 60 people according to Las Vegas Review Journal. According to Puck, when a group of cowboys from National Finals Rodeo walked in and saw the open kitchen they lined up and started ordering burgers and ribs that’s when Puck realized Vegas still had a long way to go in appreciating gourmet food. But a year later, it became the place to see and be seen for the locals. Celebrities like Jack Nicholson were spotted and Spago fan hotel builder Steve Wynn was happy to have his favorite restaurant finally came to Vegas. In the past 21 years, Vegas saw a parade of celebrity chefs invading the city. Mission accomplished. The “Buffet Capital” is now the new “Gourmet Capital” of the world ( Tokyo is the real gourmet capital).
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- Top places to spot stars in Las Vegas (usatoday.com)
Steve Wynn, the 71-year-old CEO of Wynn Resorts, according to company filings has severance deal with the company to be paid of up to $239 million in the event he gets demoted or forced out by a new majority owner. The legally blind billionaire is worth $2.5 billion and is considered the 49th richest man in the world. He also owns a lot of art collections worth hundreds of millions that he leases to his hotels for a $1 a year. According to last year’s filings, Wynn received $17.7 million in compensation and $92 million in dividends. Added perks are use of a $1.2 million worth corporate jet and his own 6,522 sq. ft. villa at Wynn Las Vegas Fairway Villa resort.
The man behind the elegant facelift of Las Vegas changed the Strip from gambling mecca into entertainment destination for both the well-heeled and the commoners from all over the world. He set a new standard of entertainment for Las Vegas from his first project in 1989 The Mirage introducing the erupting volcano theme. In 1998 Bellagio set the tone for Vegas going luxury and was credited for developments of Mandalay Bay, Venetian Hotel and Paris Hotel. But today the City Center group of Aria, Cosmopolitan, Vdara and Mandarin Oriental have raised the notch of elegance and sophistication to new level but Wynn’s creations are still considered a beauty to behold. Steve Wynn is a vegan.
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Have you heard of DJs to be paid $70 million by a club on its first year of opening? The former Studio 24 turned Hakkasan is doing that for their superstar DJs like Deadmau5, Tiesto and others. Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM is the new 5-storey, 80,000 sq. ft. restaurant and nightclub that is going to make Las Vegas the Nightlife Capital of the World.
The $100 million spent on construction and decoration, 500 employees hired ( cocktail servers are called Hakkasan honeys) , advertising and other PR campaigns and the $70 million package for DJs put a $200 million price tag on the “King of clubs”. It has three elevators designed to take partiers to the two top club levels. MGM President Scott Sibella said in an interview that “70% of their revenue is from non-gaming” and added also that the club “will attract the high-end people throughout the city.”
But what’s the story behind Hakkasan Las Vegas? Hakkasan is a famous London Chinese restaurant for wealthy clientele and it was founded by Alan Yau, a non-English speaking Hong Kong Chinese immigrant who moved to England when he was 12 years old and later built the Michelin star Chinese restaurant chain that spread all over the world. It caters to the rich and rich only with its most expensive item on the menu a $999 platter.
It was bought in 2008 by an Abu Dhabi billionaire Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Tasameem Real Estate. Tasameem are silent about their investments and they are estimated to be worth $15 to $40 billion. The Hakkasan and Yauatcha purchased from Alan Yau are the only public investments the Sheik’s company have ever disclosed.
Stories abound that Hakkasan nightclub is a story of revenge. A Middle Eastern billionaire and regular high-roller at a high-end Vegas nightclub was refused one night to get the specific table that he wanted. He felt so disrespected that he said he is “going to open his own place to teach them a lesson”. He said it’s going to be the best nightclub in the world and nobody could match it, and that it will have the best DJs that money can secure by contract so others can’t have them.
No identity of the said “disrespectful” nightclub revealed nor the name of the “disrespected” billionaire. Lesson of the story folks, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. You got a high roller client, let him roll as much as he want. In a service industry, the guest is always right. For the mega-wealthy, not only they get mad but they also get even and they do that by making sure you are kicked out of your top spot…by them. For more information, just visit www.hakkasanlv.com/home/ .
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- Vegas flexes its nightclub muscle! (lasvegasnewsandreviews.com)
- Vegas Casino Bosses Have Transformed Sin City Into Club City (businessinsider.com)
I bet if you’ve been to Las Vegas already in the past, maybe you know already these hidden treasures that could save you lots of money while on vacation here and also give you the best local map so you have better grasp of the whole city on and off the Strip. But if you don’t this yet then it’s time for you to know now. Here’s what you do, once you arrived in Vegas, pick up the following weekly magazines. You can find them for free in all hotels, casinos and some stores all over the city. Grab these magazines before you spend money in Vegas:
1. WHAT’S ON ( The Las Vegas Guide ) :
Weekly magazine with pages of coupons and discounts; complete guide for shows, dining, shopping, activities and off the Strip; great map; medium size magazine; check website www.whats-on.com ( current week cover power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ) . Discounts and coupons are found in magazine not online.
Another weekly magazine with coupons and discounts; complete Vegas guide; great map; red arrow with word Vegas inside is the fixed cover; the smallest in size; website is www.lasvegasmagazine.com/vegas2go/ .
3. LAS VEGAS WEEKLY
Another guide but focus more on Las Vegas locals; discounts/coupons and weekly guide for off-the-Strip hotels and casinos; no map; bands and singers from the 60s, 70s and 80s usually perform in casinos outside the Strip and you could get tickets for as low as $10; visit www.lasvegasweekly.com for more info. I know someone who recently got a whole month supply of 2-for-1 buffet for South Point Casino from coupons found in one of their issues. South Point Casino buffet serve seafood dishes like shrimp, tuna, scallops, salmon, crawfish, etc., even during lunch for $9.45 for club members ( sign up is free ) , dishes you get with dinner price in other local casinos. Locals know the best deals and local casinos try to outperform each other on their battle on who loves the locals best. Locals get local discounts for shows on the Strip and LVW is their weekly guide for that.
4. WHERE ( LAS VEGAS )
Very few discount or coupons but the best guide for all Strip actions – dining, nightclubs, shows including their prices, shopping, transportation and adventures. I prefer using their map over other magazines. Check www.wheretraveler.com/classic/us/nv/las-vegas/ .
Now that you know the secret to Vegas coupons and discounts, don’t forget to grab these three free weekly magazines when you come here. Just like the locals, you don’t need to spend more money than you should. That’s another secret to Vegas fabulousity.
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