Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Mandalay Bay has stepped up its game as the chic and fun place to stay when in Vegas. While other hotels are touting party hardy reputations, Mandalay Bay and its newest install THE Hotel are bringing back a little class to twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings who want to have a great time in Vegas, but don't want to eat greasy tacos like at Pink Taco at Hard Rock. The pool is the perfect example of this. Hard Rock hotel hosts Rehab on Sundays, which is an all day, heavy-partying, very crowded pool party that attracts lots of people. Yopu have to wait in line form 9am to get in and pay $40. Mandalay Bay has a smaller, more tame but more fun adults-only area called Moorea Beach. DJs spin cool house music, and the crowd is older than the punk rock kids of Hard Rock hotel. The pool is topless for those who want to reveal a little more. What is coolest about this pool is that it is a pretty small area, so it's easier to meet people and keeps up with your friends. There is also a good amount of seating, which you will NOT find at Rehab. The music is great and the food is okay, better than most pool fare, but not the best. Guys are usually charged $40 admission. Girls are free. It's worth it for a great day at a chic pool.
Most hotels have something of interest to experience. For one some of the plays and concerts may be held at a different hotel than the one that you are staying in. Most hotels have free performances or have architectural and botanical beauty for you to admire.
Ceasars Palace -- Forum Shops, laser performance, moving statues, go-go girls
Bellagio -- dancing waters and botanical conservatory
Wynn-- botanical conservatory, laser light show performance
Treasure Island -- sirens and pirates performance
MGM -- lions exhibit
Mandalay Bay -- House of Blues courtyard Dope MC's on Wednesdays
Mirage -- volcano, lions tigers exhibit and zoo with dolphins acts ($13 for the zoo and $12 to train dolphins)
Planet Hollywood --acrobats
Bally's --Price Is Right game show (49.99)
Luxor -- motion rides and egyptian museum ($)
Excaliber -- motion rides and childrens games ($)
Circus Circus -- rides ($)
New York -- roller coaster ($)
Venetian -- gondola rides with singing $15 to get on the ride but it is free to look and listen
Well, all my exterior pictures turned out bad because theres a shiny gold background. Oh well, they're here anyway. The inside was nothing special, but the outside entrance area was really nice. There was a waterfall, big archway, something that looks like a temple. If you look closely its all starting to fall apart. Visit now before it all collapses into the pond. Thats right, theres a shark reef, but I'm too cheap to pay $16 to see it when there was so much to see for free.
It was the best show we saw. If you even remotely like ABBA then you will like Mama Mia. The plot and the music were great. Well okay one of the stars could have had a slightly less high voice but I can't really throw stones as I'm horrid. So anyway, we saw Mama Mia and I wasn't expecting much. Mom is from the ABBA era and I was not. But it was a great musically. However, if you disliked ABBA, don't go, cause you'll hate it. It's all ABBA music. However this did not disappoint. The plot was great and the dialog entertaining.
A good hours fun if you like tropical fish and all things that swim! Mandalay Bays Shark Reef has quite a lot to see although its a bit pricey to enter. $16.99! Kids and pensioners cheaper.
The lay out is pretty stunning and gives a tropical jungle feel as if you are lost in South America somewhere. Huge glass tanks hold many species and there is also a stroking pool where you can gently stroke the baby manta rays.....weird feeling! The highlight of the visit is the shipwreck. You approach and stand in a creaking shipwreck of a boat with huge sharks, mantas and turtles swimming all around, above and below you. Theres even a glass tunnel to exit thru just like in Jaws where again everything is moving around you....good fun!
In my opinion, the Mandalay Bay casino is the nicest looking of the hotels judging by the outside. the shimmering golden look comes from the tint which has been infused with actual gold. the casino was very elegant and there wsa a tram car that connected this casino with the luxor and excalibur. Mandalay bay is the casino located furthest south on the strip.
Zip up the elevator at Mandalay Bay to the tip top and you'll find Mix, a swanky chic and dimly lit bar with incredible views of the strip by night... there are low lying couches to sit on outside on their open air balcony... really cool. There is also a restaurant adjoining Mix. The name eludes me but it looked funky, chic and worth checking out. Also boasting great views of the Vegas strip.
What’s better than nursing a hangover poolside? The Beach is great – the only hassle is that you’ve really got to motivate and get down there early enough to claim lounge chairs. They fill up very quickly and are essential to your pool time enjoyment. While you’re there, make sure to check out the lazy river off in the corner. Even after multiple stays at Mandalay Bay, I had no idea it was there. It’s a nice change of scenery from poolside and makes for a great break from the desert heat. If you can’t spot it, don’t be afraid to ask one of the servers to direct you.
Club Morrea. This is the “private” pool adjacent to the already epic beach/pool available to guests of the Mandalay Bay. The cost for entry is $25, and in my opinion, is worth every penny. It is a “topless optional” pool, and although I rarely mind seeing naked breasts in my line of vision, I would hardly say the topless aspect is its strongest feature. Sometimes it’s just nice to enjoy “Adult Swim” all day long. Your $25 goes toward a stylish and understated pool landscape. There are no children running around screaming for their parents and friends to come play with them. The area is much smaller, so it’s easier to either meet your fellow patrons, or catch a glimpse of whatever US Weekly regular who may have flown in from LA for the weekend.
Go to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and see the shark exhibit. It will cost about $ 15-18 to get in, kids 4 & under are free. Besides sharks, they have crocodiles, piranhas, giant lizards, mora eels, sea turtles, jelly fish and more. You can even touch the little rays. The tunnel acquarium was cool, too.
Mandalay Bay, at the south end of the Strip, has the usual casino offerings. In addition, it has Shark Reef, an aquarium to rival those of some cities (OK, it doesn't match Sea World in San Diego). It's a real indoor adventure. Go to the web site for times and tickets.
Mandalay Bay has much to offer, aside from the hotel and casino, there is a huge sports book, abundant restaurants, shops and night spots. Strongly recommend the Burger Bar on the 2nd floor of Mandalay Place, and Rum Jungle, the restaurant turned night club.
This hotel is famous for its Boxing Matches.
It also houses a shark reef. See sharks, crocodiles, sea turtles and monitors to name a few of the different species.
Admission: Adults $15.95
Children 5-12yrs $9.95
Children under 4 - free
In 2004 the Autumn decor included Swans (or maybe ducks or geese) formed from foliage. Incredible detail, you will notice the wings and the feathers. The artist captured the birds in motion, ready to take off.
So the waves don't exactly measure up to the wedge in Newport, but for a nice poolside experience, I would recommend the pool at Mandalay. If you don't like to gamble, there's not much else to do on a hot day in Vegas besides lay at the pool, and this is a good one. Two problems: you have to be a hotel guest, and finding a lounge chair can be a challlenge. But other than that, it's a great place to relax with a tropical beverage and friends!
The attention to detail of this South Seas themed resort is so good you can wander for hours just taking note of handrails and door handles, it's that good.
Plus who can resist a ride on the monorail that links this resort to the Luxor?