Nine times out of 10, if you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, you’re gearing up for one of those round-the-clock “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” weekends. And thanks to hospitality group Sbe, you can enjoy such a trip at the new SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. After a $415 million renovation to what was once the Sahara Hotel & Casino, the 2-million-square-foot, everything-you-could-want-in-one property offers everything from tasty restaurants and nightlife options to risqué rooms and a soothing spa.
With so much to do at SLS Vegas, you’re sure to stay busy. Add these activities to your must-do list to ensure your own memorable time.
Find Fred Segal
If shopping is your thing, you’re going to love the eight Fred Segal stores located inside of the Las Vegas hotel. Each boutique is dedicated to a certain specialty — She (women’s clothing), He (men’s attire), Jewelry, Women’s Shoes, Denim (women’s and men’s), Play (intimate apparel), Goods (home accessories) and Etc. (miscellaneous items). Our favorite is Goods. We purchased chic notecards with “XOXO” engraved at the top. Other standout items found at this cutesy shop include shot glasses with “702” — the Las Vegas area code — etched on the front in purple (and other hues like burnt orange and blue) or huge jars filled with candy like plain M&Ms or gummi bears.
Pay Attention To Playful Touches
World-renowned designer Philippe Starck (along with integrated architecture and design firm Gensler) led the creative efforts at SLS Las Vegas. From the hotel’s three towers — Story, World and Lux — you will find everything from peekaboo showers to rooms outfitted with a mirror on the ceiling. Other accommodation highlights include double-sided mirrors outlined with contrast lighting, sophisticated tapestry-like wall coverings and edgy furnishings like a silver tree trunk (it doubles as a seat and a table that can hold a plate of Mies Vanilla Rohe — chocolate chip cookies and Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream — from the hotel’s very own Umami Burger). And as usual, Starck lovers will get their fill of other eccentric, crisp and contemporary offerings here at the whimsical property.
Live It Up at Life
You won’t have to leave the property to party. In what used to be the Sahara Theater, the 20,000-square-foot Life takes clubbing to another level. Imagine being surrounded by flashing LED lights while aerialists perform. And if that’s not enough to keep you entertained, check out the unicorn prop hovering over the dance floor. Oh, and did we mention that glitter falls from the mythical creature as it’s flying through the air? With 70 VIP tables, a photo booth for you and friends to capture crazy moments, and a 10,000-square-foot rooftop pool that’s expected to open this spring, you’ll find plenty of reasons to partake in revelry here. Plus, house music stars such as 3Lau (Jan. 9) and Erick Morillo (Jan. 24) regularly take the stage.
Wind Down At Ciel Spa
Make your way to the second floor of the hotel’s Lux Tower to find the 4,755-square-foot Ciel Spa. We recommend trying any of the signature 80-minute massages, including Sooth Life’s Stresses with heated basalt stones, the Soft Like Silk hydrating body wrap or the Soul Lifting Sanctuary, which aims to detoxify the body during the therapeutic service. Should you want to up the ante on your moment in paradise, add on a 20-minute youthful eye treatment or pure aromatherapy oils to take your pampering to another tranquilizing dimension.
Savor Fare At Cleo
When searching for dinner options, be sure to put Cleo on your list. As you explore the casino level of SLS Las Vegas, just look for the 14-foot framed image of Cleopatra to know you’re in the right place. The Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serves small plates such as meatball tagine with soft egg, smoked tomato and piquillo peppers; spinach and ricotta dumplings in creamy pesto and Parmesan; and a variety of flatbreads, including seasonal mushroom with Gruyère, Fresno chili and wilted arugula, or Roman with tomato, niçoise olives and aged mozzarella. Our top flatbreads from chef Danny Elmaleh were the merguez (with peppers, onions, smoked mozzarella) and kale (crème fraîche, Parmesan, garlic oil).
In between small bites, nosh on housemade laffa bread (the dough goes great with the lebaneh with feta dip), which is served straight from the eatery’s wood-burning oven. And to complement your meal, ask the bar for a Lotus Flower (Grey Goose vodka, crushed blackberries, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and fresh lemon) for a sweet and fruity flavor or the Old Hollywood (Bulleit bourbon whiskey, housemade fig-almond syrup and a dash of walnut bitters) for more of a strong, complex and nutty taste.