A lush, tropical-themed resort, Mandalay Bay offers a variety of accommodation choices -- from the relaxed ambience of its main towers to the sheer luxury of THEhotel (which will become Delano Las Vegas in late 2013), the contemporary all-suite adjoining tower. With an enviable location on the southern tip of the Strip, just a short distance from the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, Mandalay Bay not only features all the comforts of home, but also an array of restaurants, attractions, bars and entertainment options that are worlds beyond the ordinary.
This 120-acre hotel is all things to all people. Families, couples, singles, business travelers, the college crowd, seniors...everyone is catered to here. Massive in size and grand in architecture, Mandalay Bay is an events marvel. Not only are world-class concerts and world-championship sporting contests hosted in the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, but you'll also discover all sorts of functions in the three-story, 1.7 million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Other venues at the resort are always rocking -- like the House of Blues concert hall and its fashionable Foundation Room, which sits high atop the property on the 43rd floor.
On May 23, "Michael Jackson ONE" will open at Mandalay Bay. It's being created by the estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil. The over-the-top visual and audio experience is meant to evoke Jackson's creative genius. Filled with his music, the show will follow four misfits on a transformative adventure that will end on a note of unity, harmony and hope for a better world.
In addition, the beach-loving resort has devoted itself completely to the sun-seeking pleasures of life. Take the Mandalay Bay Beach, for example. This 11-acre water complex is comprised of more than 2,700 tons of sand. There are also four swimming pools, a lazy river and a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool. Guests can while away afternoons in extravagant private gazebos, cabanas and bungalows. Concerts are held on a huge outdoor stage during the summer months, while gaming is available in the Beachside Casino and food and drinks are served in the open-air Beach Bar & Grill. Adults will likely be lured into the secluded, European-style Moorea Beach Club, which has enticing daybeds, opium beds, dipping pools and its own poolside bar.
At Mandalay Bay, guests also have a unique opportunity to explore a remarkable collection of marine predators and habitats in Shark Reef. At 1.6 million gallons, the aquarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world. There are more than 2,000 animals on display here, including 15 different types of sharks and a rare Komodo dragon.
Only a mythical resort like Mandalay Bay could bring you eating beyond the sumptuous. It features more than 20 restaurants spread throughout the complex offering everything from gourmet dining to quick-and-easy favorites. Awaken your taste buds at master chef Rick Moonen’s RM seafood, which is known for the inventive seafood menu and sprawling sushi/raw bar. Along with unforgettable cuisine, renowned chef Charlie Palmer's award-winning Aureole features a spectacular four-story wine-tower attended to by "wine angels" on a high-tech suspension system. Enjoy the exquisite creations at Fleur by Hubert Keller and in STRIPSTEAK, where chef Michael Mina uses only sustainable foods like all-natural meat, line-caught seafood and fresh produce. Island life was made for laid-back meals al fresco at the Border Grill, which boasts vibrant Mexican dishes by chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. Citizens Kitchen and Bar is a delicious American bistro that's open 24 hours. Grab a casual bite at Rí Rá, Raffles Café, The Noodle Shop, Slice of Vegas or the Burger Bar, indulge in an abundant variety of favorites at the Bayside Buffet or devour the Baja-influenced cuisine at Hussong's Cantina -- as no matter what, Mandalay Bay's dining scene is sure to satisfy your appetite. Moonen will debut the steampunk-inspired RX Boiler Room on the second floor of his RM seafood restaurant in June 2013, and The Light Group will unveil Kumi Japanese Restaurant and Bar, which will showcase the innovative Japanese cuisine of chef Toshiyuki Motoyama, in summer 2013.
At the resort, there's also a wide variety of places to dance, soak up sounds spun by a DJ, chug a beer or share an intimate nightcap. In Eyecandy Sound Lounge & Bar, you'll find an elegant lounge setting along with high-tech touch tables that allow you to create images and send messages to fellow patrons. Delight in live entertainment, sexy libations and a stunning view at Mix Lounge in THEhotel. For a fun and unique experience, step into the Minus5 Ice Lounge, where you can sit on an ice couch and drink from an ice glass. Red Square marked by the massive, headless Lenin statue, also possesses an ice bar along with 200 varieties of vodka. And on Memorial Day weekend, a new nightclub dubbed Light, the first ever turned on by Cirque du Soleil, will debut merging state-of-the-art production, theatrics and world-renowned DJs and performers.
Catch your favorite sporting events on 17 giant screens placed throughout the resort's expansive, 300-seat race and sports book. You can also feast on snacks like pastrami sandwiches and burgers at the Sports Book Grill.
Dedicated to delighting the senses of every guest, Mandalay Bay has two spas, Spa Mandalay and the Bathhouse at THEhotel, both of which offer an unparalleled range of culturally inspired world treatments and therapeutic services. The Cardio Center has everything you need to stay in shape while on vacation, including the latest cardio and strength-training equipment. And famed tattoo artist Mario Barth has brought Starlight Tattoo to the House of Blues, where guests can get inked by their choice of Japanese, Samoan or Western techniques.
Mandalay Bay features plenty of shopping as well. Forget Madison Avenue and Rodeo Drive. The Shoppes at Mandalay Place offer an equally impressive atmosphere. Along with all the fashion and accessories stores located on a 100,000-square-foot sky bridge that connects Mandalay Bay and Luxor, you'll come across eclectic merchants like a barber spa, a sock market and the largest Guinness store outside of Ireland.
Rounding out the hotel's wealth of amenities are three wedding chapels, a poker room and a 135,000-square-foot casino with everything from Batman-themed slots to blackjack, craps and roulette. There is even a complimentary, 24-hour tram that runs between Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur.
Your experience as a guest at Mandalay Bay will feel just like home, only happier -- thanks to spacious rooms and suites that are artfully designed and contain upscale amenities like pillow-top beds, big-screen plasma TVs, iHome clock radios, cordless phones, multi-jet spa tubs and more.
The promise of exotic extravagance combined with every type of dining and entertainment alternative imaginable is yours at Mandalay Bay. You could stay here for a week -- without leaving -- and every day will still be filled with new experiences. It truly provides you with the best of Las Vegas in one resort destination.
-- By Renée LiButti
550 square foot room that features an extended living room that accommodates seating for four, floor to ceiling windows, his and hers lighted closets, 42" flat screen television, desk, wireless and high-speed internet access (for a fee).
Bathroom features imported stone floors and surfaces, separate glass-enclosed shower and tub, twin vanities with make-up mirror.Amenities Include: Air conditioning, Iron / Ironing board, Alarm clock, Desk, Electronic key, Daily maid service, High-Speed Internet access (Complimentary), Wireless Internet access (Complimentary), Hair dryer, Separate shower and bathtub, Makeup / shaving mirror, Flatscreen television, Cable / Satellite television channels, Pay-Per-View movies, Radio, MP3 player docking station, Telephone
A 600 square foot suite with 1 king bed, extended living area with seating for four that features his and hers lighted closets, floor to ceiling windows, mini bar, loveseat, wireless and high-speed internet access (for a fee), iPod compatible alarm clock radio, 42" HD plasma television and a desk with two chairs.
Luxury bathroom features imported stone floors and surfaces, large spa tub, separate glass-enclosed shower and bathtub, 15" LCD TV, twin vanities with make-up mirror and third telephone.Amenities Include: Air conditioning, Iron / Ironing board, In-room safe, Mini bar, Alarm clock, Desk, Electronic key, Daily maid service, High-Speed Internet access (Complimentary), Wireless Internet access (Complimentary), Hair dryer, Separate shower and bathtub, Spa tub, Multiple flatscreen televisions, Cable / Satellite television channels, Pay-Per-View movies, Radio, MP3 player docking station, Telephone, Bathroom telephone, Multi-line telephone
Located in THEhotel, this 725-square-foot two-room suite offers floor-to-ceiling windows and luxurious amenities. The bedroom has either one king bed or two double beds, a 32-inch flat-screen television and two armchairs. The living room has a 42-inch plasma television, a couch (no pull out), an armchair, a desk with a chair and a half bath.
The granite and marble bathroom features his-and-her sinks, a separate tub and glass enclosed shower and a 13-inch flat-screen television.Amenities Include: Air conditioning, Iron / Ironing board, In-room safe, Mini bar, Alarm clock, Desk, Climate control, Electronic key, Daily maid service, Room service, High-Speed Internet access (For a fee), Wireless Internet access (Complimentary), Hair dryer, Separate shower and bathtub, Complimentary toiletries, Multiple flatscreen televisions, Bathroom television, Cable / Satellite television channels, Pay-Per-View movies, Radio, Telephone, Multi-line telephone, Voice Mail, Wake-up Calls
A 750 square foot suite with a master bedroom, extended living area with a unique playpen couch that allows for face to face seating. It also features his and hers lighted closets, floor to ceiling windows, 42" HD plasma television, iPod-compatible alarm clock radio, desk, wireless and high-speed internet access (for a fee), and a cordless phone with dual phone lines.
Bathroom features imported stone floors and surfaces, large spa tub, separate glass-enclosed shower and tub, 15" LCD TV, twin vanities with make-up mirror.Amenities Include: Air conditioning, Iron / Ironing board, In-room safe, Alarm clock, Desk, Electronic key, Daily maid service, High-Speed Internet access (Complimentary), Wireless Internet access (Complimentary), Hair dryer, Separate shower and bathtub, Multiple flatscreen televisions, Cable / Satellite television channels, Pay-Per-View movies, Radio, MP3 player docking station, Cordless telephone
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