By Jackie Strause for Yahoo! Travel
"Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada" sign (Photo: Thinkstock)
Hey, high rollers, big spenders, and “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” shouters: We’ve got some suites for you.
When it comes to Las Vegas, a suite is more than just a suite: It’s a villa, a penthouse, a bungalow — sometimes (ahem, Bellagio) it’s an estate.
We’re not kidding! For the best of the best, you can enjoy in-room elevators, 24-hour butler service, glass-enclosed lap pools and Jacuzzi hot tubs, movie theaters, full spa and salon services, fireplaces, rain showers, terraces with plunge pools, and courtyard gardens without ever leaving your “room.”
So cash in your chips and get ready to cash out with one of these 15 überluxurious dream pads. It’s no gamble: You’re sure to feel like you’ve died and gone to Sin City once you do.
What’s the point of having a bed that rotates if you can’t watch it on an overhead mirror? The Palms’ Sky Villa has it all. (Photo: Palms Casino Resort)
Two Story Sky Villa, the Palms Casino Resort
Previously named the Hugh Hefner Villa, the 9,000-square-foot Two Story Sky Villa at the top of the Palms Casino Resort is certainly a mansion fit for a king. With a private glass elevator, 24-hour butler service, and your very own indoor infinity pool that hangs off the edge of the penthouse and overlooks the Strip, you may as well rock Hef’s signature slipper shoes because there’s no reason to leave the Sky Villa. Did we mention the massage, sauna, and fitness rooms? Oh, and the round, rotating bed situated beneath a matching ceiling mirror.
The SLS Story Penthouse will be a major player when it opens later this summer (Photo: SLS)
Story Penthouse, SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
Cost: Price upon request
You can’t have this two-bedroom just yet, but an early peek at SLS’s chic 3,300-square-foot Story Penthouse is sure to have you anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the SLS on Aug. 23. Located in one of the space’s three towers (there’s Story, World, and Lux), the floating beds are meant to conjure up images of a poolside day bed — much like the ones you will find at the rooftop party pool, Beach LiFE. All of the usual players in an SLS boudoir are here, as custom art installations and sliding floor-to-ceiling mirrors create that industrial loft feel. But it’s the two roof decks, fireplace, and hot tub that will make you want to double down.
Happiness is a well-stocked minibar, which is exactly what you’ll find in the Cromwell’s Boulevard suite (Photo: The Cromwell)
The Boulevard Suite, the Cromwell
Cost: From $759
The Cromwell became Vegas’s first standalone boutique hotel when it opened its renovated doors in May. Among the 188 rooms and 19 suites awaits the 1,061-square-foot Boulevard Suite. There’s a pinball machine for playing, a steam shower for relaxing, and a dining area and wet bar for entertaining. But what impresses most is the personalization. The Cromwell does its research and not only stocks the fridge and minibar with your favorite drinks, but also sends you off with a personalized gift based on your interests. Another perk is the vanity bar in the bathroom, which has grooming items like a curling iron. The newest suites to join Caesars’s Anthology collection, this hands-on hotel also boasts an impressive rooftop view from Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub for when you’re ready to party.
Be the master of all you survey in the Penthouse Suite at the Venetian (Photo: Venetian)
Penthouse Suite, the Venetian
Cost: Ranges from $1,000 to $1,700
After taking a romantic gondola ride through the Venetian’s Grand Canal and admiring the color-changing sky ceiling, continue to be transported to Venice by staying in your very own Italian palace. Occupying the highest three floors, this regal 2,900-square-foot Penthouse Suite is the ruler of all the suites in Venetian land. Open the double doors, walk through an Italian marble foyer, and claim your throne inside the massive open living room as you peer out beyond the Roman shades flanking the windows. Continue to imagine that you are in a land far away (and one that isn’t 100 degrees) when you cap off the night by the master bedroom’s fireplace.
If you have to watch TV in Vegas, do it in style at the Palazzo’s Lago Media Suite (Photo: The Palazzo)
Lago Media Suite, the Palazzo
Cost: Ranges from $800 to $1,200
When planning your Vegas trip, “watching TV” doesn’t usually sit high on the mandatory activity list. But don’t underestimate the luxury of having your own movie theater in your suite. Every room is a suite inside the Palazzo, but the 1,943-square-foot, two-bedroom Lago Media Suite’s private theater is a perfect exclusive space to watch the big game, host fight night, or provide the perfect setting for embarrassing bachelor or bachelorette party videos. Outside the theater, there is more than enough room to keep the bash going with the plush, fully furnished living room that has a pool table, another flat-screen TV, and a piano (for a little extra dough, of course).
A silk and ivory color scheme enhances the luxurious feeling at Wynn Las Vegas’ Fairway Villas (Photo: Wynn Las Vegas)
Fairway Villa, Wynn Las Vegas
Nothing says indulgence like a Steve Wynn property. Wynn Las Vegas and Encore are the newest on the Strip, and the silk and ivory upholstered interiors and panoramic golf-course view from inside the Wynn’s 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom Fairway Villas do not disappoint what Strip-goers have come to expect from the self-made billionaire. Pour yourself a drink from the mahogany and marble wet bar, hop on the private massage table, wash off in a rain shower, and then soak in the sights from your private pool and terrace.
A Japanese flair adorns the Nobu Hotel’s Sake Suite (Photo: Caesars Palace)
The Sake Suite at Nobu Hotel, Caesars Palace
Cost: $949 and up
Inside Caesars Palace sits a hotel within a hotel: the world’s first Nobu Hotel, comprising 181 rooms and suites. Opened by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his partners, including Robert De Niro, in early 2013, this exclusive experience offers more than just yummy Nobu room service. The 1,300-square-foot, one-bedroom or 1,950-square-foot, two-bedroom Sake Suites welcome you with Nobu’s signature hot tea and entice you with a custom Japanese expressionist bar and lounge area. Outside the suite, head to the ground floor for priority seating in one of the first-ever teppanyaki rooms and group pod lounges at the world’s largest Nobu restaurant and lounge, trek across Caesars for complimentary access to Pure Nightclub, and enjoy complimentary access to a private Nobu concierge.
Make a Vegas-sized entrance with the spiral staircase in Aria’s Sky Villas (Photo: Aria)
Sky Villas, Aria
Cost: Starting from $3,500 to $7,500
Travel up the spiral wood-and-metal staircase to truly soak up the floor-to-ceiling view from inside Aria’s modern, tech-savvy, and convenient (hello, in-room elevator bank!) Sky Villas. Ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet, two or three bedrooms, and one or two stories, your lap of luxury could include a 12-person formal dining room, an exercise room, or a private salon. All of the suites offer 24-hour butler service, billiard, massage, and steam rooms, a complimentary limo ride to and from the airport, and a private check-in lounge, which isn’t a too-shabby start. And if you feel blissfully paralyzed after that rainforest-misting shower upstairs, have no fear: Everything in the suite is remote-controlled.
Party like a reality show star in the Real World Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Photo: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino)
Real World Suite, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Cost: Ranges from $8,000 to $12,000
Remember the MTV story about seven strangers who were picked to live in a house and have their lives taped? Well, in 2011, the 25th season of “The Real World” stormed Sin City, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino has since memorialized their penthouse as the Real World Suite. The 4,200-square-foot, three-bedroom, and six-person hot-tub shrine has all of the reality TV show’s impressive accommodations available for purchase. The decor is a mix of rock and modern, with multicolored guitars, graffiti art, and a fish tank lining the walls. Throw back a drink in the lounge with a full bar, pool table, and flat-panel TVs and then invite your guests to continue the party in the single-lane bowling alley. On “The Real World,” what happened in Vegas didn’t get to stay in Vegas, but for you, a camera crew is not an in-room extra.
This Planet Hollywood Bay Spa Suite is so massive, it could be its own planet (Photo: Planet Hollywood)
PH Bay Spa Suite, Planet Hollywood
Cost: Starting at $3,500
Planet Hollywood has Bay Suites, which are massive enough to host an impromptu post-wedding chapel reception, and Spa Suites, which devote one of the two levels of the suite to a private spa experience. Don’t worry, because you won’t be forced to pick just one; the PH Bay Spa Suite provides the perfect combo solution. As Planet Hollywood demands, party like rock stars upstairs and then switch gears by stripping down (to bathing suits, of course) in the whirlpool hot tub that bubbles beneath the suite’s winding staircase. If you drink too much at the blackjack tables or during Britney Spears’s “Britney: Piece of Me” show downstairs, that spa will become the best thing that ever happened to you come Sunday. Nurse your hangover by sweating out the toxins in the walk-in shower, steam room, and sauna after requesting a late checkout.
The Bungalows at the Cosmopolitan put you right at the poolside action (Photo: The Cosmopolitan)
Bungalows, the Cosmopolitan
Cost: Price upon request (ranges from $5,500 to $6,500 and up)
The Cosmopolitan hotel knows that you’ve come to Vegas ready to party, and it also knows that you like the VIP treatment. So it has erected three-floor Bungalows overlooking the Marquee Dayclub Pool. With direct pool access from the first floor, you can experience the hotel’s raging all-day DJ pool party without ever waiting in line. There’s no need to order a day bed with bottle service, because your butler will take care of the mixed drinks. And if you want to make friends with fun-loving pool partiers, just invite them inside. Downstairs, the media room, bar, and couches can be your own miniclub. And on the terrace on level three (above the bedroom suite, which has full-length mirrors that reveal themselves as TVs), a Jacuzzi plunge pool awaits.
There’s a reason it’s not called the “MGM Okay”; its Skylofts truly are Grand (Photo: MGM Grand)
Skylofts, MGM Grand
Cost: Price upon request
VIP treatment is one thing when it comes to partying, and it’s another entirely when it comes to living. The Skyloft experience at MGM rolls out the red carpet in every way. There’s an “intimate” 1,400-square-foot one-bedroom; a 3,000-square-foot, two-bedroom loft with a wet bar, pool or foosball table, and multiple living areas; a 4,800-square-foot two-bedroom with an outdoor patio, plunge pool, and private workout room; or a massive 6,000-square-foot three-bedroom with — you guessed it — the works. Plus, you get your own personal butler and concierge. When you get a complimentary pickup from the airport in a Rolls-Royce, why would you expect anything less?
The private garden and pool at the Bellagio Villas give you your own personal paradise in Vegas (Photo: Bellagio)
Cost: $7,000 to $8,000
Whoever says that you can’t relax in Vegas has never stayed at Bellagio. The Villas up the ante when it comes to enjoying the finer things in life. The European-designed 6,500-square-foot, two-bedroom and 8,000-square-foot, three-bedroom estates (they actually deserve to be called estates) come with every amenity imaginable. After your limo drops you at the private entrance, head to your room where welcome fruit and candy and your favorite beverages await. Wander from the private workout room to the massage room and dry sauna, through the hair salon, his-and-her bathrooms, and into the formal dining room and bar — and don’t forget to say hi to your butler! — before stumbling upon a little piece of paradise: a quiet courtyard garden with chaise lounges, a pool, and a fireplace.
This Presidential Suite wins in a landslide (Photo: Four Seasons)
Presidential Strip-View Suite, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Cost: Ranges from $3,000 to $3,500
With wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows from the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay main tower, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas shows its hand with the Presidential Strip-View Suite. The 2,225-square-foot modern sanctuary (there is one on each floor) boasts a dining room for eight, oversize living room, full kitchen, and media and data hubs. Even in Las Vegas, you get the tranquil Four Seasons experience, with a private lobby, health and spa, pool, library, and even restaurants Charlie Palmer Steak and Verandah. If it starts to get too quiet, join the chaos downstairs at the Mandalay and marvel at the famous Shark Reef Aquarium.
The Apex Suite bathroom: try to resist the temptation to spend your entire Vegas vacation in here (Photo: Mandarin Oriental)
Apex Suite, Mandarin Oriental
Cost: Starting at $1,505
On the apex of the Mandarin Oriental, these sleek one-bedroom suites really let their bathrooms do the selling. Inside the glass-enclosed oasis, forgo the walk-in shower for the standalone tub. Natural light shines through as you bathe inside subtle and calming surroundings. Over in the bedroom, check out the view from underneath the covers: The converging floor-to-ceiling windows at the corner of the hotel offer a 270-degree view of the Strip and City Center. If you need more space, the connecting-room option gets you a two-bedroom suite, which adds a living and dining room, bar area, kitchen, and work desk into the mix.