Tuesday 5 August 2008

What’s new in Las Vegas

The good and the bad news from Las Vegas is that even if you have been to the city within the past six months, there is so much new development that you might just need to go back to see it all again. The city is buzzing with such huge amounts of expansion it is hard to keep up to speed on what's new. An astonishing US$30billion is being invested in current and planned resort construction. Here's a lowdown of some new and upcoming developments.

Fashionable nightlife at TI
Fashionistas will flock to be seen at Treasure Island's trendy new nightclub. Pure Management Group and fashion designer Christian Audigier have teamed up to open 'Christian Audigier The Nightclub'. Think rock 'n' roll glam-inspired décor including red velvet tufted walls, black glass chandeliers, skull-and-rose encrusted mirrors and black crocodile embossed leather banquettes and a pair of massive jellyfish tanks. W:

Rock on at Hard Rock
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has opened a rock lounge called Wasted Space as part of its US$800 million expansion and renovation. The signature drinks have been named the Hart Attack (after co-owner action sports star Carey Hart) and Sunday Bloody Sunday.

TAO team does it again
The team responsible for celebrity hot spot TAO Las Vegas are doing it again with a new restaurant and nightclub at The Palazzo Resort Hotel casino. The design of LAVO, which is Latin for 'to bathe or cleanse', will be inspired by ancient Mediterranean bathhouses and the menu influenced by the food and cultures of Spain, France and Italy. LAVO will open in August.

Las Vegas welcomes Aliante Station
Station Casinos are set to open their eleventh Las Vegas property in November. Aliante Staion is a move away from the Las Vegas trend of building mega resorts as it will only have 202 rooms. However, with the total price tag in excess of US$600 million you can imagine the level of luxury and mod cons guests can expect. W:

When the FontaineBleau Las Vegas opens next year it will boast the world's largest rooftop pool. Guests will be able to enjoy champagne and caviar service in the Serenity Pool or swim to a floating island in the centre of the pool. If guests work up an appetite while swimming FountaineBleau will have 24-resturants onsite – if this seems excessive then just think about the number of guests the hotel will be able to accommodate with 3,800 rooms.

Caesars Palace
Despite being one of the older hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace remains competitive. A US$1 billion expansion will see a sixth tower called Octavius bring the total room count to a massive 4,013. The tower is scheduled to open early next year.


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