VIP Vegas

Essential Toolbox
CONVENTION CENTERS & FACILITIES
Las Vegas Convention Center (2.3 million square feet); Sands Expo and Convention Center (1.8 million square feet); Cashman Center (483,000 square feet); Mandalay Bay Convention Center (38,000 square feet of exhibit space and 26,000 square feet of 
meeting and function space)

ROOM TAX 
12 percent

PINNACLE AWARDS GO TO:
• Las Vegas CVA
• Aria Resort & Casino
• Bellagio
• Caesars Palace
• Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
• Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
• The Mirage
• MGM Grand Las Vegas
• New York-New York Hotel & Casino
• Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
• Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
• The Venetian/Palazzo
• Wynn Las Vegas/Encore 

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The Mandarin Suite at The Mandarin Las Vegas

Forget “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”—these hedonistic, ultra-luxury experiences will have your attendees crowing to friends and family once they return home (or to Earth, in one case). Read on for the creme de la creme of exclusive suites, private dining rooms, million-dollar views, spas, and only-in-Las Vegas experiences.

Top 5 VIP Activities
1. Dream Car Racing
Want to amp up the adrenaline at your meeting? Send attendees to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to drive 10 laps in two different dream cars. Choices include the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560, Porsche 997 Carrera S, and Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Packages start at $499. www.viator.com

2. Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Sometimes you don’t want to mess with classic adventures, like a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon. The Dream Catcher Sunset Tour by Maverick Tours combines the Valley of Fire and the Grand Canyon with a return flight over the Strip at night. www.maverickhelicopter.com

3. 24K Gold Cocktail Hour
Tryst, the outrageously exclusive nightclub located within the Wynn Resort & Casino, serves up a cocktail that clocks in at $3,000. The Menage a Trois is made from Cristal Rosé champagne, Hennessey Ellipse, 150-year-old Grand Marnier Cent Cinquantenaire, and liquid gold syrup. The drink is sprinkled with gold flakes and served with a 24-karat gold, diamond-studded straw—a souvenir keepsake. www.trystlasvegas.com

4. Golf Golden Bear-Style
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus didn’t leave anything to the imagination in his design of the SouthShore Golf Club, which is located in the $4 billion Lake Las Vegas resort community 17 miles from the Strip. The course was rated among the top 10 best new private courses in the country by Golf Magazine in 2009. Private tournaments can be arranged most Mondays for $80-$225 per attendee, depending on the time of year. www.golfsouthshore.com

5. Zero-Gravity Flight
ZERO G uses a specially modified Boeing 727 to allow a select few passengers to experience the thrill of weightless flight. The experience includes 12-15 inflight parabolas, a flight suit, and photos and video of this unique experience. A zero-gravity flight starts at $4,950 per person. Dates are limited, so be sure to plan ahead. www.gozerog.com

Top 5 Private Dining Spaces
1. Nobu Las Vegas
Nobu Matsuhisa’s name is practically synonymous with sushi, and the beauty of this restaurant, located in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, is almost unparalleled. Private dining is available for groups of 11-500 in a variety of spaces. www.noburestaurants.com

2. Fleur by Hubert Keller
French chef Keller is renowned for his unrestrained use of the finest ingredients. His newest Las Vegas restaurant, Fleur—housed in the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino—offers small plates from around the world. Parties of up to 30 can be seated in a semi-private cabana area. www.mandalaybay.com

3. B&B Ristorante
This hip new Italian restaurant at The Venetian is the brainchild of celebrity chef Mario Batali and his partner, winemaker Joe Bastianich. The menu offers a wide range of pasta, seafood, and meat dishes. The restaurant’s Murano Room seats up to 45 guests, the Lido Room holds 90 guests, and the Wine Grotto can be reserved for private  seated dinners for two to 12 guests. In addition, the entire restaurant is available for events through full buyouts for up to 150 guests. www.bandbristorante.com

4. Delmonico Steakhouse
Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico at The Venetian puts a Creole twist on modern steakhouse fare. The restaurant’s two semi-private rooms can accommodate 16-65 guests. The Cobblestone I room is reserved for parties of 16-20 and the Cobblestone II room accommodates 35-45 guests. www.emerils.com

5. Michael Mina
Michelin award-winning chef Michael Mina puts his own stamp on New American cuisine at his sleek, eponymous restaurant at the Bellagio. The menu highlights seafood, vegetarian, and seasonal dishes from Mina’s latest cookbook. A semi-private dining room seats 45, and the restaurant is available for full and partial buyouts. www.bellagio.com/michaelmina

Top 5 Presidential Suites
1. Sky Villa at the Aria Resort & Casino
The two-story Sky Villa at the Aria Resort & Casino offers guests a respite from the noise of the Strip and casino floor, while offering extraordinary Strip views through its panoramic windows. Guests enjoy an exclusive entrance that is accessible by limousine only. Once situated, bar, bed, and bath butlers are on hand 24/7 to cater to the every whim and need of the lucky guest. The suite is equipped with the latest technology, such as flat-screen televisions in every room—including the five bathrooms. The nine-room suite rents for $7,500 per night. www.arialasvegas.com

2. Three-Bedroom Skyloft at the MGM Grand
Located on the 29th floor, the Skyloft’s 24-foot floor-to-ceiling windows provide dramatic views of the Vegas skyline. The suite features three luxurious bedrooms, a dining area, three bathrooms, and a generous living area. Spanning two stories, it has its own bar, butler’s pantry, and billiard room. The rack rate of the 10-room Skyloft is a mere $8,000 per night. www.mgmgrand.com

3. The Mandarin Suite at The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
The six-room Mandarin Suite offers guests an oasis away from the Strip. Located on the 22nd floor, the suite has a state-of-the-art kitchen, gym, bar, dining room, study, and even a bathroom mirror with an integrated television. Amenities include custom Frette robes and 480-thread-count sheets. The suite runs $15,000 per night. www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas

4. Spanish Villa at Caesars Palace 
The Spanish Villa at Caesars Palace Las Vegas is one of three culturally themed villas but it is perhaps the most opulent. The lavish interiors incorporate Old World design with vaulted barrel ceilings, marble floors, and stone archways. The living room features an imported double-sided fireplace and a custom-carved pool table. Other features include a private elevator and butler service, remote-controlled heated toilets, and chairs that massage to the beat of your chosen music. The expansive 10-room suite goes for a cool $40,000 per night. www.caesarspalace.com

5. Chairman Suite at the Bellagio Resort & Casino 
Accessed by a suspended walkway above a reflecting pool, the Chairman Suite’s luxury and splendor is apparent from the moment you enter the marble foyer, adorned with glass chandeliers and water features. The two-bedroom suite has a solarium, an indoor garden with a fountain, and multiple fireplaces. The bathrooms are adorned with mother-of-pearl inlays and have whirlpool tubs and steam showers. For those who want to mix business with pleasure, the suite contains an L-shaped bar and a private conference room. A butler is on hand 24 hours a day to cater to your every need. This five-room suite costs $6,000 per night. www.bellagio.com

Top 5 Spas
1. Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace 
Located inside the Augustus Tower at Caesars Palace, Qua combines modern amenities with classical Roman elements for the ultimate luxury experience. The spa is accented by smooth stone floors, dark woods, and cascading waterfalls and has 51 treatment rooms. Amenities include an arctic ice room (kept at 55 degrees, and complete with falling snow to help relieve stress—heated benches and floors keep you comfortable), a laconium room (a sauna), an herbal steam room, Roman baths, and a cedarwood sauna and whirlpool. www.caesars.com/qua

2. Paris Spa by Mandara
Everything in the Paris Spa is meant to make you feel as if you were vacationing overseas. A typical spa experience includes Balinese-based health, beauty, and massage techniques blended with the offerings of a continental spa. The luxury is amped up by handcrafted Balinese hardwood massage tables, imported silks and carpets, and artwork from around the globe. Guests can indulge in anything from massages to teeth whitening. www.parislasvegas.com

3. Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Palazzo and The Venetian
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub underwent a significant expansion when The Palazzo opened in 2008 and is now one of the largest spas in the country. The menu of services at the 134,000-square-foot space includes more than 20 massages and body treatments, as well as nutritional analysis and physical therapy. Guests can also enjoy a 40-foot rock wall, whirlpools, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. www.canyonranch.com/spaclub

4. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas 
The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental stays true to its heritage by providing treatments inspired by traditional Eastern philosophies. For the most indulgent experience, a visit to the hammam, a steam room with glistening mosaic tiles and lights, is a must. Other amenities include vitality pools, ice fountains, and “personal experience showers,” which offer five shower types, ranging from a light sprinkling to heavy rainfall. Guests may choose from the Arctic Mist, Body Spray, Island Storm, Body Drench, and Tropical Rain experiences, each accompanied by coordinating lighting, aroma, and sound. www.mandarinoriental.com

5. The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
The spa at the Wynn and Encore Las Vegas drips with luxury. The arched and shimmering design of the lobby carries through to the rest of the space, and the treatment rooms feature full mirrors, heated tables, and high-tech showers. The spa has 37 treatment rooms and 14 naturally-lit garden suites and offers a wide array of treatments and massages including a sake and rice body treatment and the Good Luck Ritual, which incorporates feng shui and aromatherapy. www.wynnlasvegas.com

Top 5 Views
1. Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Located on the 11th floor, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant provides one of the most vibrant views in Vegas. While satiating their palates, guests are treated to magnificent views of the Strip and the dancing waters of the Bellagio. www.parislasvegas.com

2. Skywalk 
Located on the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, the Skywalk is a glass bridge that offers sweeping (and stomach-dropping) views of the canyon and the Colorado River below. Cantilevered more than 4,000 feet above the river, it’s taller than any skyscraper ever built. The bridge has glass walls and a glass floor so that visitors do not feel confined. For a greater amount of luxury, visitors can access the Skywalk by chopper. www.grandcanyonskywalk.com

3. Nighttime Helicopter Tour of the Las Vegas Strip 
A helicopter ride above the twinkling lights of the Las Vegas Strip is sure to beat any other view. Toast with a glass of Champagne, then catch a glimpse of every iconic hotel as you fly by, hundreds of feet above the people below. www.maverickhelicopter.com

4. The One 80 Suite at Red Rock Casino
If you’re lucky enough to spend the night in this suite then you are bound to be astounded by the magnificent views it has to offer. The floor-to-ceiling windows create a breathtaking 180-degree vista (hence the name) of the Las Vegas Strip and majestic Red Rock Canyon, which you are free to enjoy from the comfort of your couch. www.redrocklasvegas.com

5. Observation Deck of the Stratosphere Hotel 
The Tower of the Stratosphere Hotel is home to restaurants, an air bar, a wedding chapel, and a 360-degree view of Las Vegas and the surrounding mountains. For the brave, a ride on one of the four attractions atop the tower affords an even more spectacular view. www.stratospherehotel.com