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If you haven't been to Vegas for a few years, then you're going to be blown away by the amount of changes that have happened in Sin City. Heck, even if you haven't been to Vegas in a year or two years, you might not recognize the latest re-incarnation of Fabulous Las Vegas.
Our sibling, VegasChatter is constantly chronicling the changes but if you've got a short attention span (and this is the internet so who doesn't?), here are 5 New Things to Try in Vegas (and 1 Big Thing to Avoid.)
1. THE PALMS' 24-HOUR HOTEL STAYS
We named 24-Hour Hotel Stays the Best New Service of 2013 and now, the trend has hit Vegas at the Palms Hotel and Casino. So if you check-in at 8pm on a Friday, you don't have to leave until 8pm on Saturday. There are some contingencies such as you must book through Palms.com and you must note your check-in time when you make the reservation. You also have to book either a Superior or Premier room, or the Ivory Suite to get the 24-hour stay. But it's totally worth it if it means saving you five hours from hanging around the airport with a nasty hangover. (Read more about it here.)
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is upping its game in the amenities department, partnering with gourmet food and wine shopkeepers Dean & DeLuca to offer a gourmet wine club membership available exclusively to their President’s Club members (which is free to join, by the way, and gets you free Wi-Fi at all Fairmont properties).
Called Fairmont Vintages, every three months wine club members will receive six rare and highly-rated California wines curated by Dean & DeLuca's Napa-based Wine Director, Kerrin Laz, along with access to private tasting sessions at Dean & DeLuca in Napa Valley.
Membership is tiered and starts at $400 for the Vintage Select program, $575 for Vintage Reserve and a princely $1,125 for Vintage Marquis. Note that the Fairmont Vintage membership is only open to those of you in the US.
[Photo: Dean & Deluca]
...Miami's Epic Hotel!
When this Kimpton hotel does a pool party--they do it up right, as you can see. Last night, this benefit party, called "A Sound for All The Senses" was for a cause--to support The Starkey Hearing Foundation. The DJ of the night was none other than "That Deaf Dj", aka Robbie Wilde. Wilde, who's been playing clubs for more than a decade, has been 90% deaf since age 11. He didn't let his disability detract him from his love of music, and he has soared to, well, epic heights in the DJ world.
Apparently his music not only inspires people to get on the dance floor, but groove in the pool as well.
So we say "Salute!" to Wilde and his wild, funky style! Looking for a place to party this weekend? Check out the Epic!
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As quickly as it came, NY Fashion Week is now but a memory, with the final runway shows, VIP hotel events, and Victoria Beckham sightings all coming to an end today. Shortly, the fashion herds will drift east for London Fashion Week, so it's fitting that flame-haired British pop star Florence Welch was on hand to send off NYFW with a bang.
Plenty of parties peppered NYC hotels last night, though we managed to find one in particular that made us feel more Studio 54 than Devil Wears Prada. Over at W Union Square's basement club Lilium, Welch was the feature presentation, decked out in her trademark white, gauze-y nightgown and daisy chain crown, presiding over the crowds not as a singer but as a DJ. And she sure got folks dancing.
The tunes were hip-hop-y, ranging from Justin Timberlake to Drake, but by far the best part of the evening was Welch's infectious cheer. Not only was she frequently seen jumping up and down on the dance floor along with everyone else (good thing there was a backup DJ), she even joined us for a few quick drunken snapshots inside the club's free photobooth.
Oh, and she managed to go the entire evening without setting fire to the hotel. Best NYFW ever!
That's right: we're not done babbling about SLS South Beach. There's lots to love about this hotel and we've only experienced some of it.
During our visit, this hybrid pool/lounge/day club wasn't fully operational, but the Katsuya kitchen was sending sushi down and a few of the cocktails were being previewed. Personally, we loved the laidback vibe and were thrilled to get a swim in before Hyde Beach opens for real and becomes the hottest of all South Beach hotspots.
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The girl in the box is actually NOT a hot mess.
The Standard Hotel on Sunset in West Hollywood has long been a famous spot for pretty much everything else aside from its hotel rooms thanks to its chicquarium, adult Sunday brunches and rotating art installations. And now this month, it's the hotel's secret club, Smoke and Mirrors, that's making the news.
For starters actress Amanda Bynes has been banned from the hotel after she was last spotted leaving the club drunk, just moments before she swiped a cop car and was arrested for drunk driving.
And today we learn that our old favorite hot mess, Lindsay Lohan has been accused of attacking a woman at the club for talking to a male friend of Lohan's. Lindsanity is denying the allegations, saying she was home all night but now a hotel employee is telling cops that he saw Lohan there. TMZ reports:
All week long, we'll be fantasizing about some of the Over The Top New Year's Eve events and packages that ritzy hotels are putting together. Who knows? Maybe one of you moneybags out there will invite us to party with you! Know of an OTT hotel package for NYE? Send it to us!
How's this for OTT--a poolside party to ring in 2011 with one of the year's breakout stars? Drake had a helluva 2010, with his debut album Thank Me Later going platinum and snagging him a Grammy nomination.
Now, if you've got somewhere between $400 and $10,000, you can help him celebrate the year that was and welcome the new one ahead at the W South Beach.
It's only fitting that with LeBron James in town, Miami sets itself the task of polishing up its nightlife. And the King himself was in the house for the grand opening of Arkadia, the new lounge at the Fontainebleau.
The brand new "ultra-lounge and pool experience" (we'll get to the pool in a sec) had a private opening party about a week ago, where A-Rod, Edward Norton & Elle Macpherson all joined James to get the bottle service rollin'. Now, Arkadia has officially opened to the public this past weekend.
Watch out, Soho Beach House, you're not the only new members-only club to hit the Miami hotel scene this fall. ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa is also getting into the exclusivity game with the debut of its Beach Club in early November.
While membership applications for Soho House properties are (ahem) always subject to scrutiny, membership at ONE Bal Harbour's Beach Club will be by invitation only, with 500 fabulous and famous folks getting the nod. Need to know what company you'd be keeping as you wait for that invite to hit your mailbox? Charter members include Stephen Dorff, Harry Morton, hair god Oscar Blandi and designer India Hicks.
How close you are to the beach at Casa del Mar.
Looks like The Standard NYC isn't the only hotel interested in going "private." The Hotel Casa del Mar, a luxury beachfront hotel in Santa Monica, has just announced their own private club membership that gives guests year-round access to the pool and fitness center, along with spa discounts and priority seating at the hotel lounge and restaurant, as well as one-time "benefits" such as a one-night stay in the Penthouse, breakfast in bed for two and several spa treatments. Total cost per year? Just $2,500.
Here's the complete breakdown of what you get:
· One night, Penthouse stay
· Breakfast in Bed for two
· One 60 minute facial treatment
· Two 60 minute massages
· One 70 minute Thai Ritual
· Two personal trainer or yoga sessions
· One Moonview session of your choice (a half-day mind/body/spirit experience)
Remember the heyday of the Hotel Gansevoort in New York's Meatpacking District, before The Standard came and when the Gansevoort still had bedspreads without cigarette burns in them? It was the place to go on a Friday or Saturday night in summer, for a drink at their rooftop "Plunge" pool bar or down at their garden restaurant/club.
Now that the garden lounge has closed, leaving the corner of the Meatpacking eerily quieter at night, what will move into the prime space? Another club of course, but this time not of your typical $19 cocktails and black minidresses sort, or so it seems. The new venture will be called "Provocateur" and is billing itself as "The [heart] of Progressing, Vocal & Indie Music."
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Guests of the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara have a choice when it comes to pools: the "intimate" Resort Jungle Pool or the "legendary" Olympic-sized pool across the street at the private-membership Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club.
The spa, and fitness facilities here are open to club members and Four Seasons guests only. And with that kind of exclusivity, numbers matter.Below, we've rounded up some interesting numbers regarding this exclusive pool area.