How to do Sin City the Right Way: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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The Cosmopolitan exterior
The Cosmopolitan exterior

In the summertime, there is nothing more sultry or hedonistic than a weekend in Las Vegas. Think pool parties, gourmet food, gambling, nightclubs and some of the best DJs in the world. In fact, it’s the only place in the world that’s designed purely for your pleasure. So where should you stay and play while in Sin City? This time around we checked out the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas—a haute hotel with a 100,000 square foot gaming room, a plethora of amazing culinary options, great shopping (hello Jason of Beverly Hills!) and a ridiculously amazing spa in a setting so stunning that returning is not an option, it’s a guarantee: you will come back to time and time again.


The rooms
The rooms

The suites at The Cosmopolitan—or “The Cosmo” as it’s often referred to—remind us of Carrie Bradshaw and her favorite cocktail in the best way possible. Like the hotel itself, they’re glittery, art-filled and unusual; they’re young, hip and fun. While the Bungalow Suites— three-level exclusive suites overlooking the pool deck of Marquee Dayclub—are made for partying, we can’t say enough about the West End Penthouses. Expect to find opulent extras like crystal-encrusted wall textures, an unexpected art collection and rich, tailor-made fabrics. Decorated and classified as “Light” and “Dark,” each of the two top suites are each carefully and elegantly designed to every detail. You’ll also find the most advanced technology, floor-to-ceiling windows, a wet bar and a kitchenette with serving space and panoramic views of the endless neon Las Vegas lights. Guests who stay in one of the penthouses will also have their own butler service to cater to every particular need, no matter what that might be. You are in Las Vegas, after all. Just saying.


The Spa
The Spa

Bliss looks a lot like the Sahara Spa and Hammam, the Cosmopolitan’s 43,000-square-foot oasis of decadence. Hit one of two fitness centers before heading into the Space Between, a soothing serenity lounge where you’ll find a monsoon cave, a reimagined steam room with a cooling micromist and huge stone slab that you can lie on as if you were a lizard lounging in the sun. Take a load off and settle down before being whisked off to one of 30 treatment rooms and enjoying one of several innovative treatments. Why not make use of the hammam but indulging in the Red Flower Hammam Experience, a ritual utilizing  heat, steam and detoxification? You begin by lying on the warm stone, and are given time to bask in the heat of the stone surface and the air that surrounds you. Basins of water are then poured over the body, emulating relaxing waves that cleanse the skin. A vigorous scrub is performed followed by a purifying Jasmine Rose Rhassoul Clay and Cardamom Amber Oil application. We also can’t say enough about the Decadent.Youth. Glow. facial, which left us feeling five years younger when we left. This treatment fuses three current beauty gold star standard technologies – HydraFacial™, Intraceuticals and NuFace Microcurrent – into one de-aging treatment.  It begins with exfoliation and infusion of Hydrafacial™ serums and concludes with methodical infusion of anti-aging ingredients delivered through hyperbaric oxygen. You WILL see results immediately.


Cabana at Boulevard Pool
Cabana at Boulevard Pool

When it comes to parties, Vegas does them all in a big way. In the summertime, nighttime can’t even begin to touch the epic daytime pool parties available. At the Cosmopolitan, that party would be Marquee Dayclub, where the party seriously doesn’t stop. This Strip pool features three-story Bungalow Lofts which include Las Vegas pool cabanas with infinity pools and a party deck on top.Get a table, hit the pool, dance the day away or gamble at the outdoor club casino—either way, you’re having fun.

Option number two—Boulevard Pool—is slightly more relaxed than Marquee, though still a hot kind of place. Lastly, there’s a quiet option for those who want to rest, relax and recover. The Bamboo Pool offers different degrees of seclusion and is reminiscent of a park (an oasis in the desert?) thanks to its covered walkways and grassy banks.


The Library at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

The dining options at The Cosmopolitan are vast (there are 14). We couldn’t possibly fit everything in in one weekend, so we’ve highlighted three of our favorites though must insist you try Scott Conant‘s Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. and Jose Andres’ Jaleo and China Poblano if you have time.

ROSE. RABBIT. LIE. You’ll feel like you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole when you set foot in this trippy, fabulous, fun-filled eatery. This modern supper club helmed by Executive Chef Wesley Holton offers up a glamorous menu of shareable plates like caviar tacos made of hackleback caviar, a Yukon gold potato shell and hamachi; Oysters Rockefeller topped with house-cured bacon, spinach, chartreuse and bacon dust; Beef Wellington—prime Tenderloin served in a puff pastry atrium with seared Hudson Valley foie gras, creamed spinach, roasted king trumpets and black truffle. We also suggest you indulge in the caviar flight of Osetra, California White Sturgeon and Hackleback with a glass of champagne before moving on to speakeasy-style cocktails (served in a flask you can bring home) such as the Seasonal Milk Punch: Denizen rum, seasonal botanicals and clarified milk. Whether you’re focusing on a focal replica of Hieronymus Bosch‘s Garden of Earthly delights, the eclectic live entertainment or the good-looking staff (Christian Bale’s body double could be your server), this is easily one of the most entertaining evenings you’ll be likely to have in Las Vegas.

BLUE RIBBON SUSHI BAR & GRILL Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, created by brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg, is a familiar name to New Yorkers. This sensational eatery has some of the best sushi you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas along with signature dishes such as beef marrow bones, fried chicken with wasabi honey, bone-in rib steak and miso lobster.

ESTIATORIO MILOS This modern Greek restaurant courtesy of restaurateur Costas Spiliadis‘ does things differently. For starters, its wide array of fish is imported fresh daily from the Mediterranean. Secondly, its fare is some of the most naturally, elegantly prepared seafood you’ll find. Thirdly, you can actually pick the very fish you want to eat. Yes, we mean you can actually choose your dinner. How’s that for innovation?

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, (702) 698-7000

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