Strip Steeze

Some cast Vegas off as a tacky mecca for quarter wielding bumpkins on the hunt for all-you-can-eat buffets, but if you know where to look a shiny biosphere of lavish overload and genuine steeze will await you. Tom O’Connor, the felix & slink group’s Creative Director, shows us how to master your universe in Sin City.

A kind of filthy compulsion takes hold as soon as you disembark the plane, you will either want to immediately drop trou, or loose bodily function a la Charlie Sheen (the patron saint of Vegas). But hold up son, you will first need a place to hold court. There are a plethora of hotel options in Las Vegas and I chose to stay at The Palms Hotel and Casino, a three tower utopia located 5 minutes off the strip.

Palms Hotel Palms Place Tower Pool

When the revolving glass doors of the Palms Place tower spun open time stood still and I was hit with the responsibility to uphold the legacy of thousands of thy breathern before me.  I made my way to the check-in desk and immediately dug the warm and hip residential vibe.

Palms Place Lobby

With my shiny plastic room key in hand and big dick swinging, I pushed Level 58 in the elevator and headed to what would be my Las Vegas kingdom; the Palms Place Penthouse.

Palms Place Penthouse 2

The Penthouse came complete with gargantuan marble bathrooms, a movie theatre and a cray-cray infinity pool with a panoramic view of the Las Vegas strip. Some dude called Usher had checked out of the same room the day before I arrived (not to mention second gen sprouters Georgia May Jagger and Cara Delevingne christening the room, I am going to speculate here, but some kind of a Zoolander walk off was probably had).

Palms Place Penthouse Bathroom

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With the view of sparkling lady Vegas pulling us in like a siren song we decided to hit the strip in search of gastronomic delights. Las Vegas is world-renowned for it’s incredible fine dinning and no place makes you feel more like a king than at The Wynn’s dazzling SW Steakhouse. We were looked after by Bradley, not a regular GM but a cool GM, and seated lakeside for an extravagant multi course dinner-to-end-all-dinners.

SW Steakhouse Balcony

SW has a high end feel without being stuffy, it’s sophisticated but very fun. The Kobi beef served on a searing cube of salt dissolved in our mouths like chocolate fudge and the orange infused whisky was served with a perfect spherical ball of ice. The Sommelier here was fantastic, taking us through the extensive wine list and suggesting a spicy medium bodied Spanish Shiraz and Cabernet blend to match our faultless sirloin.

SW Steakhouse Interior

Michelin Star awarded chef Michael Mina, runs a namesake fine dining restaurant in the Bellagio Hotel. The experience is one to be savored, with a wave of well thought out and delectate flavour combinations. We started with chilled Belvedere Vodka and a Caviar Parfait and ended with Passion Fruit Panecotta and a nifty Root-Beer Float. You can expect a ballet of waiters who personally come to your table to combine Chef Mina’s famous tuna tartar #nailedit.

Tuna Tartare

If you’re still looking for great food but sans suit, head over to the new Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for a bump n’ grind late night dinner at the sleek STK, complete with DJ, party atmosphere and a mouthwatering menu. From here keep the merrymaking going and try Rose.Rabbit.Lie,. a stones throw from STK, part social experiment and part Vegas show. It’s an interlocking series of rooms with each promising a new experience.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie

Vegas is notorious for its nightlife and whilst there are literally hundreds of bars and clubz only a few get rattled off the tongue of those in the know. Beware of the politics, making hotspots like Hyde overlooking the Bellagio fountains a hierarchical jungle of fist pumping show offs. Don’t bother if you haven’t reserved a table with bottle service.

Hyde Bellagio Terrace

XS at The Wynn is as luxe as a super club will come, spilling out around the lush pool of the hotel. Hakkasun and Marquee are another two to dip your brogues into. The party at Drais at Ballys keeps going well into the mid morning. My nightlife tip is to plan ahead and roll out with a crew. Also no tee shirts and jeans, it’s Vegas you knob.

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When you are balls deep in a raging hangover there is heaps to do that doesn’t involve much cognitive function. I was lucky enough to experience ESPA at The Vdara Hotel, one of Las Vegas’s finest spas. It would be easy to spend an entire day at the 18,000-square-foot, two-level sanctuary featuring 11 treatment rooms. You’ll also find three distinct relaxation lounges, a meditation room, sauna, eucalyptus steam rooms and boiling hot plunge pools. Before I could say “back, sac and crack”, I’d booked myself in for a dreamlike 110 minute ESPA Escape in which I inhaled detoxifying essential oils, got wrapped in algae and had my body polished.

ESPA-at-Vdara

Feeling rejuvenated from the epic rampage that was the night before, I was invited to attend the Akhob (2013) installation by James Turrell atop the largest Louis Vuitton store in North America, located in the Shops at Crystals. As the elevator doors opened I was greeted with two symmetrically faced attendants dressed head to toe in pure white. The room was sparsely lit to encourage ‘retinal acclimation’. I was lead to the installation chamber and asked to remove my shoes and to notify the attendants in case of distress. Feeling like I had arrived at a scientology space camp, I hesitated slightly before entering the coloured portal of light. Turrell uses space and light to create sensory deprivation, the experience is both meditative and otherworldly.

James Turrell LV

Las Vegas is the place of legend, where you can live like P. Diddy or get swallowed whole. It’s also a place of vast contrast, where one minute you can be taking in world class art work and the next winding up naked and disorientated in the Hoover Dam. If you’re not careful you won’t rule Vegas it will rule you, like many a fallen solider before us. Follow my lead and I can almost guarantee you won’t end up marrying a toothless stripper or waking up with a tiger in your bathroom. You are ready son, go forth and conquer.

Thanks to:

Palms Place Hotel and Spa
4381 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
+1 702.932.7777
[email protected]
www.palms.com

SW Steakhouse
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 702.770.3325
http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Restaurants/FineDining/SWSteakhouse

Michael Mina, Las Vegas
The Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 702.693.7223
http://www.bellagio.com/restaurants/michael-mina.aspx

STK Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89019
+1 702.698.7990
http://togrp.com/togrp-stk-las-vegas/about/

Rose. Rabbit. Lie.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Level 2, West End Tower
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89019
+1 877.667.0585
http://roserabbitlie.com

Hyde Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 702.693.8700
http://hydebellagio.com

XS at The Wynn
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 702.770.3387
http://www.xslasvegas.com

Hakkasan Las Vegas,
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 702.891.3838
http://hakkasanlv.com

Marquee Las Vegas
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 702.333.9000
http://marqueelasvegas.com

Drai’s After Hours at Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
+1 877.603.4390
http://www.ballyslasvegas.com/things-to-do/drais-after-hours.html#.UwWQcHloqlI

ESPA at The Vdara Hotel
2600 Harmon Ave. West
Las Vegas, NV 89158
+1 866.745.5654
http://www.vdara.com/spa/espa.aspx

Louis Vuitton
#103, Las Vegas CityCenter
3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89158
+1 702.262.6189
www.louisvuutton.com

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