Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

January 7th, 2008
Another Day, Another Butler…

First the Burj Al Arab, now the g-Suite at the Palms in Vegas! I had an epic Vegas weekend! Of course most of it I can’t tell you about, but here’s what I can say:

The Suites:

I was in the g-Suite, fashioned after the hip, must-see ghostbar on the 55th floor of the Palms, a Maloof Casino Resort. This slick suite included a posh pool table and a stripper pole in the shower. Slippery when wet, girls! 

The whole Party Floor in the aptly named Fantasy Tower of rooms goes off! One room boasts a basketball court (jerseys available in the shop downstairs), another a bowling alley. One is Erotic, another is Hot Pink, another for the Celebrity within. Have a ball checking out all the photos online and plan your next fantasy! These rooms are all popular with movie, pop and rock stars.

My friends stayed in one of the Sky Villas with a hottub jutting out off the building with a view of the Las Vegas strip just above the Playboy club’s bunny ears. Enjoy your own gym and sauna, over 6000 square feet, and views to die for. Oh, and butlers of course! 

Dinners:

Thursday night we started off slow at our own casino, staying local at the Palms and booking a dinner at N9NE Steak House. Yum!! DO NOT leave here without ordering a Pink Pussycat — champagne with pink ice cubes. Delicious! As usual, the rock stars were out. MTV was filming Life of Ryan, the touching story of a skateboarder and his estranged dad. And one of the Maloof brothers was seeing and being seen within the doors of his casino empire in the private dining room. What with the lobster mashed potatoes and Kobe beef burgers, we were too tired to have s’mores for dessert. Sad, really.

Oh, girl. Friday night we dined like royalty at famed chef Bradly Ogden’s self-named restaurant at Caesars Palace. He’s the one behind Marin County’s most beautiful brunch spot, The Lark Creek Inn, among other restaurants. The cornbread muffins were to die for, and anything this chef touches is beyond delicious.

Then we BLEW OUR MINDS at one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to in my entire life. Did I say restaurant? I meant dining experience. I was transported to another level of food entirely during my four-hour, 16-course evening at Joel Robuchon at MGM. I did not want to leave the plush, purple velvet couch. Did not want to say adieu to the magnificent petitfour tray. Did not want to lose my elegant staff.

The caviar, the gold and silver leaf garnishes, the dozens of homemade bread choices…. For that once-in-a-lifetime meal, for a big birthday, landmark anniversary, or other rite of passage, make it an evening to remember at Joel Robuchon. Or enjoy the chef if you happen to be in Tokyo, Monte Carlo, New York, Hong Kong, Macao, Paris or London… 

Spa:

I had the wonderful Vineyard Treatment at the Palms Spa, a scrub, exfoliate, wrap and massage number. It was fabulous! Most casinos have spas now, not the least of which is a huge Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian.

What’s New in Vegas:

Be the first to know! Opening this month is the The Palazzo Las Vegas Resort-Hotel-Casino, with a grand opening weekend January 17 – 19 featuring Diana Ross!

On the way– the mysteriously named CityCenter development is nearly finished. The newest vision of the MGM Mirage group, our most excellent cabbie says that no one even knows what it’s going to be called! But keep an eye on this mega-thang which will boast a Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Fabulous!

 

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