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Weekend in Vegas
Tina Borgatta | Photo: Courtesy of the Companies | May 29, 2018
How to spend two days in Sin City: A guys’ weekend game plan.
A guys’ getaway to Sin City doesn’t have to be limited to the tables. The high-end cuisine, the shows and the nightclubs provide plenty of action. Plus, all the luxury boutiques at The Shops at Crystals offer the perfect opportunity to do a little spring wardrobe refresh. Here’s your two-day game plan.
Make Dior one of your first stops. This season’s Dior Homme collection could be Creative Director Kris Van Assche’s most captivating yet, with playful silhouettes that venture beyond the standard. Think backless gilets, trousers and polos shirts with jacket peplums, and dress coats with bomber-jacket sleeves—divine innovation. Level 1
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
This Forbes Travel Guide five-star hotel makes an ideal home base—a sanctuary of sorts, with its game- and smoke-free tenets. But, because it’s located in the heart of the Vegas strip, it’s central to all the action. And it’s a quick walk (only four minutes) from The Shops at Crystals. Make time for a spa session, though, and try the Chinese foot treatment. Arrive 45 minutes early to indulge in The Spa at Mandarin Oriental’s vitality pool, and steam and ice fountain. Suite rates from $599 per night, spa treatment prices vary, 3752 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Need a sports watch? Known for creating luxury timepieces that are a study in architectural design, supreme horological function and stunning style, Richard Mille partnered with celebrated high-jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim to create a lightweight offering. The result: this RM 67-08. Weighing only 32 grams, it features a handprinted titanium dial and seamless nonslip strap. $120,500, Level 2
Jewel of the Desert
The Shops at Crystals
Its exterior is as luxe as its 50 designer boutiques and jewelry salons. Day and night, it sparkles against the desert landscape and beckons fans of the brands featured here, in addition to many others. (Fendi, Gucci, Harry Winston—they never disappoint.) Nestled between Aria; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; and The Cosmopolitan, it spans 500,000 square feet. There’s plenty of room to explore and—quite likely—discover a few new favorites (Dsquared2 or Paul Smith, perhaps?). 3720 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Sporting a drawing that depicts the progression of gaming throughout history—notice the dice, the equestrian rider and the video controls—The Game scarf 100 ($740) makes for the perfect Vegas keepsake. And, in the spirit of Hermès’ Parisian roots, it all appears under the glass ceiling of the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. Level 1
“O” What a Night
Cirque du Soleil
You can’t leave Sin City until you’ve taken in a show, and “O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio is a can’t-miss theatrical performance that’s captivated more than 15 million guests who witness mind- bending acrobatics in, on and around a stage made of 15 million gallons of water. For a truly memorable night, book La Grande Expérience (from $429 per person). It’ll get you and your pals into a VIP pre-performance reception that takes you behind the scenes and includes a meet-and-greet with performers. And your seats during the show? Those will be in a VIP suite, complete with wine or Champagne, gourmet bites and cocktail service. 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Dinner & Drinks
Mastro's Ocean Club
Culinary art meets architectural drama at this chic restaurant known for its three-tiered chilled seafood tower, prime steaks and lobster mashed potatoes. (Hungry yet?) So what sets this Mastro’s apart from its brother spots? Here, the dining room is situated under the canopy of Crystals’ giant treehouse sculpture, a central design element of the shopping destination created by famed architect David Rockwell. Start off your dining experience with the Mastro’s classic martini; then order a bottle of vino—the list offers wines to suit every taste and dish. Cheers! Level 2
Hakkasan Nightclub is touted as Las Vegas’ best night spot, with top DJs like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and Tiësto working their magic and wowing the crowd. Hakkasan’s three levels in the MGM Grand offer night owls a multitude of experiences. Like a lot of action? Head to the Ling Ling Club, Main Room or Mezzanine. And those who prefer a more exclusive experience will find it in the Ling Ling Lounge. Or, better yet, reserve a VIP table with bottle service (price upon request). 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
In the Bag
With summer travel on the horizon, Berluti’s Jour-Off bag will certainly come in handy for future getaways with the guys. The interior pockets are perfect for stashing small toiletries, and the exterior zipper compartment can hold necessary travel documents for quick and easy access. It’s spacious but lightweight and compact—a perfect carry-on for the jet set. $4,200, Level 2
A gentleman can never have too many suits and dress coats in his wardrobe. And this season, Tom Ford is suiting up the stylish set in looks boasting bright colors (check out the velvet Shelton jacket in fuchsia, $3,420, shown here) and bold graphic prints (like the multicolored Splash jacquard evening and cocktail coats, $6,590). For the VIP treatment, request the made-to-order suit service. Level 1
Originally published in the April/May issue of Silicon Valley