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BEAUTY 

BEST SPOT TO GET AN A-LIST HAIRCUT:

Claude BarukPhoto Credit: Barbara Kraft

CLAUDE BARUK
French stylist Claude Baruk was cherry-picked by Steve Wynn himself to open a matching set of salons at Wynn and Encore, which should say it all. This might be one of the best cuts you’ll ever have in your life. Baruk is a hands-on owner, always around to primp, snip and style at one of his two locations. Options include cut, color and rejuvenating treatments, and there’s something for men in The Barbershop—which offers facial grooming, hairline trims and unique shaving services.
The Wynn
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 770-4772

MOST EXPENSIVE SPA TREATMENT: 

 

ENCORE COUPLE’S ESCAPE AT THE SPA AT ENCORE
You’ll shell out $1,040 for 130 minutes of bliss with your partner at The Spa at Encore, but it’s worth it. This couple’s massage will leave you detoxified, hydrated and deeply relaxed.
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 770-4772

HOTELS

THE BEST PLACE TO FLEX OUT WITH YOUR FAMILY: 

THE PALMS’ SKY VILLA
Stay in style at The Palms’ Sky Villa, a $35,000 per night, 9,000 square foot, two-story affair that’s fun for every luxury-loving family. You’ll find a glass-enclosed cantilevered pool, private terraces, massage and fitness rooms, a dry sauna, a personal elevator, 24-hour butler service and, yes, even a room for your nanny.
4321 W. Flamingo Road
(702) 942-7777

BEST NON-GAMING HOTELS:

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Mandarin Oriental Lobby

TIE: THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL & THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL
Trust the Four Seasons brand to offer an elegant experience among the madness of the Las Vegas Strip. Relax in one of the plush, art deco-inspired suites at night and, by day, book a luxury cabana at the quiet and serene outdoor pool. Make sure not to miss hotel updates like the hotel’s new and ultra-luxe nail salon. Meanwhile, the Mandarien Oriental offers guests complete, unadulterated luxury, from a private airport transfer and its unparalleled spa to its serene, blissfully relaxing suites.
960 S. Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 632-5000
752 S. Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 590-8888

BEST BOUTIQUE HOTEL:

DELANO LAS VEGAS
Located next door to the massive Mandalay Bay resort, the Delano is the best new thing to happen to The Strip. It’s easy to overlook this chic boutique hotel, but you shouldn’t. This haute hotel offers sleek décor in neutral shades dotted with gold accents, an outstanding restaurant in Alain Ducasse’s Rivea and a 180-degree lounge, Skyfall, worthy of James Bond himself.
3940 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 632-7888

MOST VIP PLACE TO STAY:

THE NOBU VILLA AT NOBU HOTEL
The $35,000 per night Nobu Villa is the crème de la crème of luxury suites. As designed by David Rockwell, this three-bedroom, 10,3000 square foot den of luxury is the hotel’s only rooftop villa. It is meant to invoke the five senses with its modern Japanese-inspired design, lemon-ginger scents, custom music, fine cuisine made by Nobu chefs and in-suite spa services. There’s also a fire and water feature, a full bar and barbecue pit, a Zen garden and an Italian-made whirlpool.
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 785-6677

DINING

BEST NEW YORK TRANSPLANT:

CARBONE
This dark, masculine and supremely elegant Greenwich Village-born concept from Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick pays homage to the Italian-American restaurants of the mid-20th century—an era of glamor, showmanship and tableside service. Try elevated classics such as lobster fra diavolo, chicken scarpariello, veal parmesan and octopus pizzaiolo.
Aria Resort & Casino
3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(877) 230-2742

MOST AWE-INSPIRING DINNERTIME VIEW:

RIVEA LAS VEGAS
The Delano, 3940 S. Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 632-9500
The sky is the limit at Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s masterpiece of a restaurant. You’ll love his mix of French and Italian Riviera-inspired cuisine while enjoying the best 180-degree views of Sin City from the 64th floor. Make sure to also soak up the restaurant’s beauty: it’s “Wave Wall” by acclaimed Parisian design duo Patrick Jouin and Sankit Manku contains hundreds of glass pieces that mimic the lapping water.

A CARNIVORE’S CULINARY DELIGHT:

BAZAAR MEAT BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS
If any type of steak is your favorite meal, Bazaar Meat by James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés is the place for you. The restaurant is a wild and wonderful celebration of the carnivorous, in all its forms. From tartares to carpacccios to authenic Kobe beef, Bazaar has it all.
SLS Las Vegas
2535 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(855) 761-7757

MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT:

Costa Di Mare

COSTA DI MARE
If you’re planning on proposing in Las Vegas, Costa di Mare is the place to do it. Score a premium table on the veranda in an outside cabana, where you’ll enjoy a candlelit dinner over a lagoon and some of the best Italian food you’re likely to ever have. Over 40 types of fish are flown in daily from Italy’s coastal waters, including langostino—one of the only places on the west coast you can find this particular shellfish.
The Wynn
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 770-3305

THE HARDEST RESERVATION TO GET IN SIN CITY:

JOËL ROBUCHON
Every bite and every glance is a treat at Joël Robuchon’s eponymous eatery, located at the MGM Grand. Expect to find some of the most exquisite French fare you’ll ever hope to have in your life from this three Michelin-starred master.
MGM Grand
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 891-7925

ENTERTAINMENT

BEST NEW NIGHTCLUB:

IntriguePhoto Credit: Barbara Kraft

INTRIGUE
At Intrigue, you’ll discover a curated experience that’s all VIP, all the time. A night here will feel different every time you go, thanks to consistently changing color palettes, designed to keep things fresh and the demand furious. What remains the same: a 94-foot waterfall cascading down a man-made mountain (that man being Steve Wynn) and a 54-degree pond with flaming fountains. There’s also a secret room for VIPs, complete with bookcase liquor lockers and Louis Vuitton trunks.
The Wynn
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 770-7300

BEST PLACE TO SAY ‘WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS’:

Sake RokPhoto Credit: Ella Gagano

SAKE ROK
Everything you’ve imagined Las Vegas to be can be found in its newest and surefire hotspot, Sake Rok, located within the new outdoor retail and dining space, The Park. Sure, you’ll find sushi and private label sake here, but Sake Rok is so much more than a simple dining concept. The eatery transforms a basic evening out into an absolute spectacle. You’ll find entertainers doubling as waiters, impromptu flash mob-style dance routines, restaurant-wide sake bombs, dance parties and lip-sync serenades. Just try to leave without a smile on your face—we dare you.
6 Park Ave.
(702) 706-3022

BEST PLACE TO HAVE FUN IN THE SUN:

Encore Las VegasPhoto Credit: Russell Macmasters

ENCORE BEACH CLUB
Get your dance on to some of the world’s best DJs (think: David Guetta, Diplo, Alesso and Kaskade) from the big daddy of all day clubs. Encore Beach Club, unlike many others, offers an extremely luxe experience for partygoers with eight premium bungalows—all of which offer a private bathroom, infinity dipping pool, cooling system and a private balcony.
Encore
3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 770-7300

BEST CELEBRITY OWNED SPOT:

FIZZ LAS VEGAS AT CAESARS PALACE
A lavishly unique concept fashioned by Creative Director David Furnish, FIZZ Las Vegas invites guests on a visually exquisite journey the moment they enter the 2,750 square foot champagne lounge and bar. Wrapped in the aura of Furnish and his partner, Sir Elton John, FIZZ blends fashion and avant-garde photography from the couple’s personal collection as the backdrop to an extravagant night out, complete with our favorite libation: champagne.
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
(702) 776-3200

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