#SummerTravel The Most Sought-After Casinos in Vegas
(Courtesy: The Bellagio)
It’s summer and the weather’s getting warm. Where do you want to head? To the desert, of course!
Fortunately, Vegas has more than enough inside its massive resorts for you to enjoy without even having to leave the grounds: pools, nightclubs, movie theaters, bowling alleys, concerts, even replicas of famous landmarks. Here are the most-searched Vegas casinos on Yahoo, and what they have to offer:
This casino, which opened in 1998, is known for its dancing water fountains. Set to music (ranging from Pavarotti to The Beatles) and lights, the 1,200 fountains perform every 30 minutes in the afternoon and every 15 minutes from 7 p.m. to midnight. The 8.5-acre lake is accompanied by a large conservatory and botanic gardens, which are open 24 hours. If you want to take a break from splurging, the horticulturists on staff offer gardening tips every day at 10:30 a.m. There are also two wedding chapels on the grounds – so you never need to wait.
Rooms: 3,933 guest rooms, including 512 suites
Rates: $240-$6,000 (the most expensive villa in Vegas)
(Courtesy: Mandalay Bay)
If you want a tropical experience in the middle of the desert, you go to Mandalay Bay. The resort has four swimming pools, including a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool, a lazy river, beachside cabanas, and a “top-tional” beach club – all set inside 11 acres of lush trees. Achieving that result takes 2,700 tons of sand. In the summer, the outdoor concert series overlooks the wave pool and has featured The Beach Boys, Sugarland, and Cypress Hill. If you’d rather watch than swim, there’s the shark reef aquarium, which has 2,000 animals, 14 exhibits, and another 1.6 million gallons of water. And not to be outdone, there are three wedding chapels at Mandalay Bay. The resort also includes a separate hotel, THEHotel, which runs an all-suite tower, and a separately run entrance, lobby, and rooms from The Four Seasons.
Rooms: 3,211 rooms, including 436 suites
Can’t decide what sounds best? The Mirage has it all: Cirque du Soleil shows, a dolphin habitat, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. The second most famous feature at the Mirage is its 20,000-gallon saltwater aquarium, which features artificial corral that replicates the Great Barrier Reef. But the most famous feature is the Mirage’s volcano – erupting to life in 2008. Unlike regular volcanos, this one erupts on schedule: every half hour from 8 p.m. to midnight with fireshooters choreographed to music and a giant fire eruption finale.