Inspired by the breezy style of South Beach, the newest hotel on the block is also one of the most alluring. Here, your ultimate itinerary for one day at the all-suite Delano Las Vegas.
Delano Las Vegas.
1 p.m. Check-in time might not be till 3 p.m., but why not head over early for a little lunch? Minimalist design meets farm-fresh cuisine at Della’s Kitchen, a comfortable, quiet retreat in the hallway off the main lobby. Stop in for a fresh-pressed juice or late brunch (the Benedicts here are the stuff of legend, especially the one made with blue crab, Brie cheese, and roasted tomatoes), but plan on arriving before 2 p.m., when the restaurant closes for the day.
3 p.m. Head up to your suite, but only after taking a good look around the lobby. The hotel tempers the Miami theme with a healthy dose of desert influence, beginning with the enormous split-down-the-center rock that sits just beyond the valet entrance. The boulder was discovered in Jean, Nevada, and is believed to be roughly 150 million years old. Of additional visual interest are the oversize mirrors, clusters of candles, and hanging-stone sculpture by Korean artist Jaehyo Lee—all backed by a cool-kid soundtrack from artists like The Strokes and Arcade Fire.
Upstairs, a typical king suite reflects the glittery glamour of a coastal pied-à-terre, with polished gold accents complementing crisp white linens, mid-century furnishings, and framed black-and-white photographs. Bathrooms feature marble showers and tubs big enough for two, as well as top-of-the-line hair and skincare products from Malin + Goetz.
3:30 p.m. One of the few remaining hallmarks of THEhotel, which occupied the Delano space prior to the transition, Bathhouse Spa is a shadowy oasis replete with black tile and a variety of soothing water features. Services at the spa pay tribute to the natural environment with ingredients like lemon oil, sage, and desert honey; if you’re a spa regular, opt for the Cactus and Desert Lily Firming Body Treatment, an intensive experience that includes a full-body massage and a cupping session (not for the faint of heart) to soften and smooth skin. Also remarkably popular among both men and women, we’re told, is the Thai Fusion Massage, which uses traditional Thai and Shiatsu techniques as well as reflexology sticks.
7 p.m. By now you’re likely famished from all that relaxation; luckily, Delano rises to the occasion with a Michelin-starred French restaurant from iconic chef Alain Ducasse. Overlooking Luxor’s pyramid from the hotel’s 64th floor, Mix offers up one of the best views of the Strip alongside decadent dishes like seared duck foie gras and Colorado lamb lion. The restaurant will transform into a new concept called Rivea in 2015, so stop in soon for a glimpse of the current space, known for its icy, all-white furnishings, red-hot accents, and dramatic central staircase accented by shimmering crystals.
Michael Jackson One.
9:30 p.m. What would a night in Vegas be without a show? Its theater entrance conveniently located in the corridor that connects Delano to Mandalay Bay’s casino, Michael Jackson One is a Cirque du Soleil best-seller and provides a thorough retrospective of the King of Pop’s career, highlighting hits ranging from “Beat It,” “Bad,” and “Smooth Criminal” to “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” and “Black or White.” The 90-minute show runs twice nightly Friday-Tuesday; find tickets here.
11:30 p.m. Keep the party going back at Delano’s Franklin, a dimly lit lounge named for the 32nd president where leather armchairs and craft cocktails take center stage. Try the Delano Daiquiri, the lounge’s updated take on a classic, or ask to sample one of the punches that are made fresh daily by the morning bartender. Come for the drinks, but stay for the DJs, games, and gourmet appetizers (like sweet potato tots and house-made chips with blue cheese fondue).
9 a.m.3940 Coffee and Tea might as well be the lobby’s central hub; step up to the counter for your early-morning caffeine fix, or choose from a menu of teas, grab-and-go snacks, and breakfast sandwiches. We recommend the S’mores Mocha, an espresso drink that mimics the classic childhood treat with chocolate, marshmallow whipped cream, and a graham cracker topping.
Mandalay Beach Bay.
10:30 a.m. Delano will debut its own pool in 2015, but for the time being, guests can unwind at Mandalay Bay Beach, an 11-acre paradise blanketed by 2,700 gallons of golden sand. Cabanas, daybeds, bungalows, and villas are all available for rent to Delano guests, but it’s more likely you’ll find yourself floating down the Lazy River, plotting your next stay.