Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
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.
Buy an all day bus ticket and you can hop the bus anywhere on the strip. Visit the Mandalay Bay Hotel via tram and visit the aquarium. The children can touch the sting rays in the aquarium! Walk towards the Luxor Hotel and have your pictures taken on the pyramid. The Excalibur Hotel has free shows in the morning at the hotel lobby while Cesar's Palace has free shows every hour inside the dome. Belagio has the water show every hour also. At night, watch the free show of the Mirage Hotel- the volcanic eruption and the fight of the pirates. These are amazing free shows at night!
Make sure to have good walking shoes to hop around hotels. If you have children, bring a lot of water to drink!
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.
There are so many things to see in Las Vegas. At one point, we just walk around and found out some neat places to take pictures. There is this little garden at the back of Mandalay Bay. There are so many grown palm trees and some little tiny water spouts and fountains. The place is kind of cool to take pictures. The grass is so green and there are so many trees! It is just amazing how the people there maintain the lushness of the area despite the scorching heat in Las Vegas!
Head up to the bar at Mix in Mandalay Bay's THEhotel before 10:00PM for a fantastic free view of the Strip. It is truly amazing and especially splendid as the sun sets.
I have not seen this but my friends did. I will definitely not miss this on my next visit to the city. This tip is posted as I have seen this luxurious hotel and I believe the information I gave will be of help. Moreover, for more detailed information and online reservation, visit the website I provided below.
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 Hotel & Casino is located near the very southern end of the Strip and for that reason, many people don't bother going all the way out there - they do miss out on a gorgeous hotel, though! If you don't feel like walking, it is always possible to hop on the free skytrain that connects the Mandalay Bay to the Luxor and Excalibur hotels.
One of the main attractions at the Mandalay Bay is the Shark Reef aquarium, but at $16.95 per person we decided to skip it. Instead we spent about an hour walking around the resort - the pool area has been voted the nicest one in Las Vegas and I can understand why: for a while, it feels like you've just discovered a tropical island just off the Strip! There is also some good shopping to be done at Mandalay Place - it's the only place where I was able to find a bookshop on the Strip (The Reading Room, it is rather small but it offers a good book selection). The other purchase I made was at Fat Tuesday, where I got a pretty good mango daiquiri that came in a souvenir mug (you can get refills and yes, drinking on the street is allowed in Las Vegas!). Another interesting feature at the Mandalay Bay is the Las Vegas House of Blues, where you can get a pretty good meal while listening to great live music. Truly worth the detour!
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!
Mandalay Bay is fantastically elegant and exotic. It's truly like another country...or island. It's attached to the Four Seasons and has a lovely pool area - not open to the public. The chapel is gorgeous and not too, too expensive.
The trees, details in decoration, and atmosphere made Mandalay Bay one of my favorite hotel stops!
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 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.
The hotel is nice and modern. You do not need to walk through the noisy casino to get in and out...
Do not miss the Wine tower in Aureole restaurant.
It located at the far South of the Strip, but there is a tram that runs from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur, and then if you cross over to MGM there is also another tram that runs down further.
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.
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.
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