Villas Designed for an Emperor

Las Vegas is a city of one-upmanship. When one casino builds a tower, another builds their tower a few stories taller. One celebrity chef comes to a resort and two more are recruited to the next.

Well, the ante just went way up when it comes to suites. To be fair, Caesars Palace doesn’t even use that dainty term to describe these residencies. They’re called the Octavius Villas, a trio of themed rooms that average 8,800 square feet each. Like all things Caesar, each is named for a Roman emperor who lived in the region that defines the decor. Each overlooks the new Garden of the Gods with a terrace worthy of the watching over minions.

Michael Medeiros, the lead project designer of interior architectural design firm Wilson Associates, created each villa to combine architecture with residential warmth and comfort throughout the space.

Look for imported marble floors, a private elevator, hand-distressed wood parquet and inlaid wood floors, hand-painted wall murals and ceiling designs, wood and stone archways and casings, a billiard room, home entertainment theaters, whirlpool bathtubs in the master and guest baths, steam mist showers in all bathrooms, fully integrated audio visual systems with televisions in nearly every room and custom contemporary artwork. The private terraces have spa tubs, fire pits, seating and dining areas with a gas lanterns.

Staying in one of these villas entitles you to a 24-hour private butler who will prepare meals. You can even ring up Bobby Flay or Wolfgang Puck (if they’re in town) to prepare a dinner for you.

Not even President Barack Obama would stay in these villas; none have access to a suite of rooms below for staff to be on hand.

The French Countryside

The French Villa, named for Claudius, the first Caesar born outside of Italia, comes in at 8,500 square feet inside with a 1,150 square foot terrace. The four-bedroom villa features a custom-designed fish tank and grand piano.

This villa features a warm cream decor with yellow Sienna marble walls and a European-style wall-mounted water fountain. The master suite has upholstered walls and an 8-foot custom bed draped with Anichini bed linens beneath a grand chandelier. A hand-carved Crema Marfil stone bathtub imported from Italy rests on the marble mosaic floor of the master bath.

The media room boasts custom millwork and an inset 65-inch flat panel television with diamond button tufted upholstered walls. The dining room features hand-painted and metal-leafed wall coverings and a custom-made walnut dining table that seats 10.

Casa de Marcus
The Spanish Villa, known as the Marcus Aurelius, clocks in at 8,170 square feet with three bedrooms and a 1,250 square foot terrace. The old world design showcases masculine classic furnishings and rich, earthy tones. The grand entry gallery has vaulted barrel ceilings and a custom-designed fish tank.

The Spanish Villa’s master suite has sophisticated wood and leather inset panel walls and a custom 8-foot bed with Anichini linens. The master bath features marble walls and a bathtub and steam shower with a marble mosaic floor.

The dining area includes a custom-made dining room table that seats 10 and features finely detailed, hand-embroidered and appliquéd leather chairs. The Spanish Villa living room features a cozy, imported marble double-sided fireplace and grand piano, a custom-carved walnut Adler pool table and a media room complete with wood and suede walls. A custom-curved sofa and massage chairs round out the space.

Go Greek
The Greek-inspired Villa, named after Constantine, is 9,930 square feet with four bedrooms and a 1,380-square-foot terrace. Marble embellishments and Doric, hand-painted columns greet you as you enter. The living room boasts a grand piano, carved marble fireplace and an eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories.

In the master suite, custom Greek-styled wainscot paneling with upholstered and nail-head studded walls complement the custom 8-foot bed that sits beneath a gold-plated chandelier. The master bath includes his and her water closets adorned with travertine walls and decorative Greek columns.

The Constantine Villa is equipped with an exercise room and a media room with a 120-inch screen television.

If you want to stay in one of the villas, you either need to be one of the highest of high rollers, royalty, a celebrity or willing to shell out $40,000 a night.

For reservations, call 1.800.634.6001 or visit