· The Mandarin Bar: This is one of our favorite bars in Vegas and trust us, we've been around to a lot of bars in Vegas. But the Mandarin Bar, located next to the hotel's Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor (with killer views of the Strip), is a respite from the craziness of the casinos. Also, the drinks are outstanding. We indulged in multiple mojitos and margaritas while there (both around $18 a piece.)
· The Spa : We can't say enough about the Mandarin Oriental Spa which is a 27,000-sq.ft. two story sanctuary wonderland. We opted for a 45-minute foot massage ($120) from the Foot Spa but that gave us access to all the other spa perks like the vitality pool, the ice fountain and the steam rooms. Best of all, the lounge room has little beds so you can take a nap after your treatment instead of having to go right back up to your room.
· The Pool: The Mandarin Oriental's pool is small compared to other Las Vegas pool scenes but it's also quiet. That means you can get some real relaxing done here, whether you're in a lounge chair or in a cabana. While we were there, our room key melted in the sun thanks to a record-setting heat wave. So we had to call it quits and seek shelter at the pool cafe, which was delicious. Read VegasChatter's review here.
· The Price : Rates at the Mandarin Oriental start at around $275 a night but vary depending on availability. That said, that's still a good rate for the Mandarin Oriental brand which means you get to experience all the luxury and great hospitality without paying as much as you would in New York or Paris. Also, we paid $275 a night through American Express' Fine Hotels & Resorts which gave us a room upgrade, a spa credit and free continental breakfast, giving us even more perks for our money. Like we said, it's going to be hard going to Vegas and not staying at the Mandarin. Well, at least there's always the bar for a quick Mandarin fix.