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Lively cabaret and timeless love songs collide in "BAZ—A Musical Mash-Up" at The Palazzo Theatre.


Sin City Showdown

By Allison Mitchell



Whether you’re looking to revel until the wee hours, dine impeccably or unwind poolside, new offerings at the W Las Vegas and The Venetian Las Vegas satisfy let-loose cravings for luxury travelers of all tastes.

W Las Vegas

Modern and sexy, the W Las Vegas (Mega suites from $439 per night) made its grand debut just under a year ago with 289 Philippe Starck-designed rooms boasting extravagant wall murals and spacious peek-a-boo showers. For a truly sumptuous slumber, book the sprawling 2,382-square-foot Extreme WOW Suite (from $5,000 per night), which was custom-designed in collaboration with Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz.

Attached to the SLS Las Vegas, the W offers access to world-class eateries, including Katsuya and Cleo. A must-book bite awaits at Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, where the James Beard Award-winning chef serves a carnivorous feast marked by an innovative take on the traditional. Start with the Super-Giant Pork-Skin Chicharrón (servers crack the oversize pork rind tableside). Then, dig into the jaw-dropping 9- to 11-pound suckling pig, available by the quarter ($160) or whole ($540, by pre-order only). Savor every forkful before snatching a plate of cream puffs as the tiered dessert cart makes its rounds.

Make a splash at W’s rooftop WET Deck. Walls of contemporary art and a slew of private cabanas turn up the heat as you sip on a signature Floradora cocktail. As the sun sets, head to The Glam App salon, where a team of beauty experts will primp you from head to toe. And once you’re all dolled up, it’s game on at the neon Living Room Bar, where a Keith Lemley-designed “desert” garden provides the perfect backdrop for revelry as a live DJ spins. 

The Extreme WOW Suite at the W Las Vegas welcomes guests with a baby grand piano in its foyer.

The Venetian Las Vegas

Culture vultures will find reprieve from the chaos of the Strip at the epic Renaissance-inspired compound that is The Venetian Las Vegas (Siena suites from $449 per night), where standard suites are nearly twice the size of the average Vegas hotel room. Connected to The Palazzo, the expansive property houses 1 million square feet of retail shops and more than 40 restaurants, seven of which are operated by James Beard Award winners.

After a ride on a gondola in the Grand Canal, it’s time to toast an extravagant night on the town. Head to the Strip’s newest cocktail lounge, The Dorsey, where award-winning bartender Sam Ross (of NYC’s Attaboy and Milk & Honey fame) gets the party started with The New York Times-touted Penicillin sipper. Then, awaken taste buds with bold Latin fare from celebrity chef Lorena Garcia at the John Kunkel concept Chica Las Vegas. Showcasing South American flavors, Garcia delights foodies from breakfast through dinner with everything from lemon ricotta doughnuts to grilled Peruvian octopus.

One of 11 pools on-site, The Aquatic Club will satisfy the sophisticate with Wolfgang Puck fare and retro snacks from The Prohibition Treat Trike. But it wouldn’t be a true Vegas vacation without a live show. An homage to famed director Baz Luhrmann, BAZ—A Musical Mash-Up (tickets from $59) highlights sounds from Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby for an experience that will have you singing along from start to finish. 

More than 500,000 visitors ride the gondolas at the Grand Canal each year.