Anchoring the south end of the Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay offers myriad experiences from a large gaming floor to a comfortable sports book for serious bettors to a wide variety of dining options, from fancy Aurole to funky Rx Boiler Room. Within its breezy, tropical-inspired design, weary travelers can also find a spacious spa and singular Mandalay Beach swim and sun area, with raucous wave pool and relaxing lazy river. Rooms are bright and modern, but cozy, with pillow top beds and large bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Entertainment experiences include the Cirque du Soleil production Michael Jackson ONE, rotating rock, pop and roots headliners at House of Blues, state-of-the-art LIGHT nightclub and outdoor DAYLIGHT beach club. During the summer, acts also perform at Mandalay Beach. The property connects to three other hotels – Four Seasons, THEhotel (set to be rebranded as The Delano) and Luxor via Mandalay Place shops.
Outside, fountains pulse, bright lights shine, and sidewalks remain crowded well into the night. But inside the Spa and Salon at the Golden Nugget, classical decor and full-body spa services keep the outside world at bay. The sunny atrium, ringed with columns and draped white curtains, cocoons clients with an atmosphere that BestOfVegas.com says, "evokes class, elegance, and luxury." Within the spa, aestheticians perform massages or body treatments with organic royal honey or seaweed that go hand-in-hand with salon services to craft a knockout nighttime look. Beyond the beautifying treatment rooms, clients can jog, run, or endlessly summersault on Cybex cardiovascular machines poised above the hotel's shark tank.
Grammy-winner and R & B singer Rihanna unleashes her formidable pipes and celebrated songbook as she continues her LOUD tour. Vibrant costumes and first-rate production harmoniously augment the singer's chart-topping oeuvre, which includes hits such as "Umbrella," "S & M," "Only Girl (In the World)," "SOS," and "What's My Name?" From the Mandalay Bay Events Center's 200-level seats, concertgoers can marvel at the elaborate set pieces gilding the stage as their eardrums feast like hungry dachshunds in an unmanned pizza parlor. Special guest B.o.B will add his own vocal talents to the evening's aural enticements, creating a devastating pincer attack on musical monotony.
Divers as young as 10 years old can discover the life of a flippered amphibian in a Discover Scuba class ($65) at Scuba Views. During the three-hour introductory class, one of the PADI-certified instructors will guide you from land-based preparations through exploring the aqueous abyss within the safety and confines of a pool. All the necessary equipment will be provided, along with safety tips, diving techniques, and equipment-handling skills to help you navigate the balmy waters. Lessons are year round, and because there is no minimum number of students required for classes, Scuba Views will accommodate your schedule any day except Tuesday, the Scuba Sabbath day of rest.
At one lab station, an interim investigator carefully examines bullet casings. At another, single strands of hair deliver the DNA samples necessary to send a suspect to imaginary prison for a long, long time. Around every shadowy corner of CSI: The Experience, the latest recruits in forensic science slide into the latex gloves or behind the majestic mustaches of popular TV characters to solve crimes through interactive detective work.
A total of 15 lab stations harbor the evidence of three murders, each of which throws multiple suspects into the mix to trip up investigations. Videos featuring cast members and real-life scientists provide guidance throughout analyses, and afterward, newly established sleuths receive certification by prying an official CSI: The Experience diploma from the cold, lifeless hands of their email inbox.
Maybe you've wondered what it's like inside a tornado. At Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas, you can find out firsthand. The award-winning Tornado slide simulates a twister, launching riders through a 110-foot tunnel and plunging them into the storm's eye. Here, the group spins while experiencing a weightless feeling similar to floating in space or sitting on the shoulders of a professional basketball player.
As Nevada's largest water park, though, Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas doesn't stop there. The park houses more than 25 slides and attractions, including the shaking Rattler, the first slide of its kind in North America. Wet'n'Wild also features an interactive children's area for younger guests. Between dips, visitors can dine on burgers, hotdogs, and other American favorites.