What Happens in Vegas…Might Improve Your Health?
Five New and Exciting Attractions Coming to Las Vegas This Year
Among the gambling, the partying, the flashy artificiality and all that comes to mind when someone says “Vegas,” there are unique opportunities for a different kind of fun, awaiting patrons who are looking to diversify their visit to Sin City.
1. Stay Well Rooms: A New way to Rejuvenate on Vacation
Stay Well Rooms at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, are, in fact, Vegas attractions meant to make you healthier. The rooms were unveiled in late 2012, the first of their kind, using science and technology to increase guests’ well-being.
The Stay Well Rooms contain 17 science-based features to increase health, happiness and relaxation. These features including a Vitamin C Shower Infusion, Stay Well Air Purification System, LED Dawn Simulator Alarm clocks intended to awaken guests gradually, optional aromatherapy, a mini bar stocked with nutritional goodies among a slew of other forward-thinking, health-improving amenities.
Remaining healthy does come at a cost, though not remarkably higher than what it already costs to stay at MGM Grand. Guests can secure one of these rooms by paying a $30 upgrade.
A Regal Welcome
Arriving outside the MGM Grand hotel, patrons are greeted by a 45-foot-tall, 100,000-pound bronze lion statue, sitting regally on a high pedestal, surrounded by fountains and LED screens. Just past this king of the concrete jungle, is a hotel one can only find in Vegas.
MGM Grand hotels first opened on December 18, 1993, with four 30-story towers at a staggering 280 feet tall, and 5,044 guest rooms plus 751 suites. Being a part of the heart and soul of Las Vegas, the hotels have more than 2,500 slot machines and an assortment of table games including poker, craps and roulette. Guests can also go shopping, go to shows and visit spas.
With over 170,000 square feet of gaming, MGM Grand is not short on attractions to draw in new guests. But that hasn’t stopped them by bringing in even more tourists by more than doubling their already existing number of Stay Well Rooms.
Stay Well Rooms, which have proven very popular, are expanding from 42 existing rooms to 171, plus suites, which will occupy the entire 14th floor of MGM Grand’s main tower.
They were pioneered by Delos, creator of Wellness Real Estate™, and founder of WELL Building Standard ®.
Healthy is in
These healthful rooms are growing in popularity, especially with people in their late 20’s to early 40’s, a wide range, though according to Public Relations Coordinator for MGM Resorts International, Jessica Weaver, an understandable one.
“Our research…indicates that an increasing number of guests are looking to take their wellness lifestyle on the road, as an extension of their daily, healthful lives at home,” said Weaver. “These individuals tend to seek out these types of accommodations and are willing to pay a premium for the experience.”
This new kind of hotel experience, Weaver said, will hopefully become a trend “throughout the country,” adding that MGM will be “proud to say we were the first.”
Vegas, a city where guests come to “escape and unwind,” as Weaver says, is offering a number of other new attractions for just that purpose, including a public park, the artwork of famous female artists soon to be shown at the Bellagio, a hotel getting a complete makeover, restaurant openings and shows.
2. Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” at the Bellagio
At the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts (BGFA), “Painting Women: Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” will open February 14, and feature the works of female artists between 1860 and 1950. The purpose of the display, which will contain 34 paintings total, is to demonstrate not only the artistic talents of these women but their activism.
Activism is shown through works of art demonstrating what these particular women, and women in general, overcame in order to achieve freedom domestically, educationally and artistically.
The paintings are representative of how women have struggled to achieve success in the art world throughout history, specifically the 90-year period from which they originate. Among the artists showcased will be Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe and Berthe Morisot, who were all a part of the exhibit when it originated in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before it was transferred to Las Vegas. “Painting Women” will also display art crafted by male and female artistic partners, including Philip and Lilian Hale.
The exhibit will be on display from this Valentine’s Day through October 23, 2014, with tickets for the general public costing $16 and $13 for Nevada residents.
Equality Through Art
“Painting Women” represents the contributions women made to the art world before they were recognized as equal in skill and ability to male artists.
“Each of the works represents a time period when talent was under-appreciated because it was assigned to gender, as the wheels of equality were slowly, but purposefully, grinding,” said BGFA Executive Director Tarissa Tiberti.
The exhibit, Tiberti explains, “Tells a powerful and emotional story detailing how women artists developed and contributed in an era when they were yet to be fully recognized.”
The exhibit, showcasing paintings that represent female artists as confident and skilled in their art, plus paintings by these female artists, will be arranged chronologically from the 1870’s during which time fine arts training programs were made available to women for the first time, to the mid-20th century, the age of more modern, abstract works.
As these paintings leave their home of Boston and visit Las Vegas, other locales around the city are also adding new and exciting attractions.
3. THEhotel to Undergo a Dramatic Transformation
Mandalay Bay and Morgans Hotel Group intend to renovate THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, and turn it into Delano Las Vegas, a hotel with nothing but suites, which will open this year and “embody the soul of Delano south Beach with Vegas flair,” according to their website.
The 43-story, gold tower once known as THEhotel, is now being renovated, and the Delano will be unveiled in autumn of this year. When renovations are complete, it will have transformed into a tower of 1100 suites, the same number of rooms as it had before, but revamped into more luxurious dwellings.
Along with the redone rooms, the Delano will also have new bars, lounges, nightclubs and restaurants for guests to enjoy.
THEhotel, a well-known brand in Western States, especially Nevada, is not well-known internationally like its replacement, Delano, and is a non-gaming hotel, unlike many of the hotels in the city.
Stay in Style at the Cromwell
Also set to open its doors in 2014, The Cromwell.
The lavish “luxury lifestyle” hotel is still under construction, but when it opens it will be complete with a casino, dining, and luxurious outdoor swimming pool.
The boutique hotel will start welcoming guests in the spring, and Total Rewards members can start booking rooms as of Feb. 21, reservations being made available to the general public three days later on the 24.
4. Michael Jackson Takes to the Stage at Mandalay Bay
A number of new shows have come to Vegas this past year, including Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay.
That is not the only show, though, in a city with no shortage of performers and performances for its tourists and residents to attend. Also recently setting up camp in the city is Hakkasan, at MGM Grand, LIGHT at Mandalay Bay, PRISM by Jabbawockeez at Luxor and El Loco Roller Coaster at Adventuredome at Circus Circus, set to open at the end of this month.
5. You’ve Got to Eat
Last but not least, what’s a trip to Vegas without dinner out on the town? And with a slew of new restaurants that have opened over the past year, and continue to open into 2014, the Vegas-bound will find plenty to dine on.
Among the openings, Tom Colicchoo’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage opened in August. PUB 1842 at MGM Grand by Chef Michael Mina in June, Five50 Pizza bar & Lounge at ARIA in July and Hecho en Vegas at MGM Grand on December 28. Also, Double Barrel at Monte Carlo will open its doors in spring of this year, as will 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza at Monte Carlo and Sambalatte, a popular Vegas coffee shop, also at the Monte Carlo.
Steffi Porter is a creative writer and journalist who has written for The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Hearst Newspapers and the Houston Chronicle. She is a former writer and editor for her college paper, the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and an alumnus of the Institute for Political Journalism and the Fund for American Studies.
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