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.
One of my favorite spots is at the Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay. Everything in Vegas is overpriced and a tourist trap in my opinion, this one is no exception. But if you have an hour or so and enjoy an aquarium this is a fun place. Don't expect tons of sharks here because of the name shark reef. There are sharks, but there are also lots of tropical fish, sea turtles,jellyfish,crocodiles and stingrays. My favorite part is probably the "touch pool" where you can touch the stingrays,crabs, and small bamboo sharks. and the Jellyfish tanks are very cool with a black light they glow.
Cost around $15.00 Since I don't waste any money gambling here i waste it on overpriced tourist attractions it wasn't that bad to me.
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 Shark Reef aquarium. If you never visited an aquarium before, then probably it is worth a visit. The attraction is very small - it took us about 25 minutes to see everything was there to see. Shark Reef did not match any aquariums we have seen in USA (Seattle, Baltimore, Camden, and Florida) or abroad (Sydney, Australia) and, in my opinion, it was not worth spending $15.95.
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
Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay is a walkthrough aquarium where you get the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of fish and sea creatures including, of course, sharks.
You walk through various themed areas – Jungle, Temple and Shipwreck – guided by both your “passport”, which includes some handy photographs for identifying various species, and an extremely informative audio guide. Along the way you will see some of what must be some of the most beautiful and bizarre creatures on the planet. Spots, stripes, bright reds, vivacious blues and poster paint yellow catch your eye, as does the range of shapes and sizes from dainty Angelfish to huge Tarpons and gracefully sleek Stingrays. Try and look out for the Lookdown, whose flat face makes it seems as if it has just run into a wall, and the magnificent Lionfish, a blend of stripes, fans and tendrils that looks like it should be fantasy rather than reality!
Rays swim in a small pool where you encouraged – under supervision – to touch them. It’s a strange sensation. I though they would be soft and squashy but instead they felt rather hard and leathery. A nearby display of jellyfish again look like creations of an imagination run wild.
The culmination of the tour is the shipwreck where, in a huge tank, sharks and fish swim round, under and above you. The sharks are amazing creatures, inspiring an almost primeval sense of both fear and respect. Wait for one to swim over our head so you can see its rows of teeth and feel that slight tremor go up your spine!
Education and conservation are two of the aims of the aquarium - it has links to various organisations that promote research and conservation – and I liked the last page of the passport guide that gives some small tips about how people can try and help conserving the environment.
The adult admission cost of 15.95 dollars (I think it is less for children) is very reasonable for what is an interesting and informative exhibition. I’d recommend a visit.
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!
This tour costs $15 per person. I would do it once but not twice. this was very pleasant and was suprisingly full of sights and things to do. There is even a touch tank that visitors can touch the sting rays.
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?
This hotel has a cute water-light show! It's basically water that shoots up and dances around to the music played overhead. It's really pretty to watch. I can't remember the times it runs, but they do it all night.
Being poolside is just as much a Las Vegas experience as anything. I have only seen the Mandalay Bay pool (By accident) and the Luxor. The Luxor had 6 different pools including a pyramid in the middle of one pool complex. The only thing that stunk about the Luxor pool is that the pool never goes deeper than 3 1/2 ft. I personally like a pool where you can jump into it. There were 4 hot tubs there as well.
The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is at the southern end of the Las Vegas trip. While I was there, this was the casino with the most activity. Prince was doing a big concert that night for charity. There were a lot of big name stars such as Tiger Woods and Jessica Alba. It is also another major boxing venue in Las Vegas. It is connected to the Luxor and the Excalibur by tram. There is a nice little mall that runs between Mandalay Bay and the Luxor. I also accidently ended up in the pool area here too. The pool area was very impressive.
I'm not much for pampering myself at the spa. Sure, I enjoy the heck out of a good soak in the hot tub, and even a few minutes in the steam room too. But, as Lisa wanted to be pampered and since we weren't staying at Mandalay Bay, I might as well put that walk to good use and get a little (pampering) myself!
OK, this is no joke. The only open appointment left for me was a "deep tissue" massage. I knew I should have been concerned when "BAM-BAM" walked into my chamber of death. Oh, sure, he starts gentle enough, even uses a little massage oil to help reduce the friction. Friends, Bam-Bam is up to no good, trust me.
The first hint of trouble I got was when Bam-bam suddenly pulled a black hood over his head and cackled menacingly..........(okay, okay! So I've taken a bit of creative license here.) Alright, so there was no hood, nor any menacing cackle. But there should have been! You see, in a mere instant, Bam-Bam had converted from using his hands (as MOST masseurs do) to grinding his(......clean it up, gutter brains!) ELBOWS! into my back. Top to bottom, side to side, turning any muscle I have back there into mush. I literally felt that my straps were in the throes of death, they were convulsing so much.
Thankfully, it was only a 30 minute session. The only thing I could do after that was fight to stay awake while lounging beside the Roman bath. And I now understood why all the gentlemen were asleep.