Vegas: The Suite Life

A revolution in luxury hotel accommodations has been born in Vegas.
By: Erica Walsh

Photo by: Wynn


In 1989, Steve Wynn opened Mirage Hotel and Casino Resort, the most expensive hotel and casino built at the time, to the tune of $630 million. The hotel featured shark tanks in the lobby and an active hotel on the front grounds. Guests of the hotel enjoyed beautiful rooms, a sophisticated casino and first-rate restaurants. The overwhelming success of the Mirage was a reality, and a revolution in luxury hotel accommodations was born.

Luxury Hotels and Heavenly Guest Rooms
The Las Vegas luxury hotel experience starts as soon as a guest walks in the door. The entrances, front desks and lobbies at these opulent hotels are among the best in the world. Unique marble, hand-blown glass and enticing aromas appeal to all your senses. There are 3 hotels whose names are synonymous with luxury. The fountains at The Bellagio are Las Vegas, but step inside and you'll enjoy the botanical gardens, a gallery of fine art and a lobby whose ceiling is art. Likewise, The Venetian and the Wynn Las Vegas satiate refined tastes, gourmet appetites and a hunger for all things lavish.

Theme Suites
Seven strangers, picked to live in a house - or in one of the most extravagant hotel suites the world has ever seen. With the launch of MTV's 2002 "Real World: Las Vegas," the theme suite was born. At The Palms, these seven strangers stayed in a three-bedroom megasuite, the first of three suites now available -- the Kingpin Suite with full-sized bowling lanes; the Hardwood Suite, featuring a basketball court; and the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa Suite, boasting an outdoor infinity pool overlooking the Las Vegas skyline.

Another theme suite finding fame on the big screen is the Duplex Suite at Caesars. Kmart may suck, but Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise found nothing to complain about here.

Resorts Off the Strip
If you find yourself looking for an oasis from the sounds of the slots and the bright lights, take a short drive off the strip to some of the most luxurious and sophisticated Las Vegas resorts. At the ultra-indulgent Red Rock Hotel's spa, 35,000 square feet of tranquil, luxurious surroundings invite you to a level of relaxation that's out of this world. Featuring private treatment suites that appear to float on the water, you'll never even miss the strip.

The Green Valley Ranch combines the serenity of spa treatments with the best of Vegas nightlife. Here you can enjoy outdoor concerts, lively lounges and even bare it all at the secluded Pond, where European-style sunbathing is the norm.

Condominiums and Apartments
Looking for a home away from home? No problem. There are a variety of extravagant condominiums and apartments adorning the Las Vegas skyline that feature the kind of privacy you might not experience at a hotel without sacrificing the perks.

Whether you're looking to buy or rent, for a modern high-rise or an industrial-style loft, the Las Vegas realty system will not disappoint. At the Palms Place Condominiums, amenities include gourmet kitchens, balconies, expansive views and the kind of personal service you've come to love and expect from Las Vegas. In 2009, Las Vegas takes another step in revolutionizing luxury accommodations with the completion of the City Center -- a 76-acre city-within-a-city that's destined to redefine both the skyline and the standards of private living. It will be an urban setting unlike any in the United States.

Private Homes
If Las Vegas is designed and built by wizards, then let's take a look at the men behind the curtains -- more specifically, where they call home. Outside the strip, there are beautiful towns and majestic communities founded by individualists like Howard Hughes and the Blasco Family. In fact, the famous Howard Hughes house is in an area known as the Scotch 80. It sits on 2.5 acres and is over 7,000 square feet.

Luxury real estate also goes by the name Spanish Trails in Vegas. A gated community of custom, luxury single-family homes, condominiums and town houses that also features a private golf course, clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming, it's a bit of heaven on Earth.

At the Southern Highlands Golf Club, utopia is achieved. An all-inclusive luxury community, it offers shopping, dining, a fire station, both public and private schools and luxury housing. Here extravagance may be a perk, but community is the goal.

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