BEST OF EV­ERY­THING

Your guide to the good life kicks off with a stylish visit to Ve­gas, where spring’s glitzi­est gowns shine on the fa­bled Strip

The Kit - - FRONT PAGE - BY RANI SHEEN | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY NOR­MAN WONG | FASH­ION DI­REC­TION BY JIL­LIAN VIEIRA

Las Ve­gas has al­ways been a play­ground for adults, an oa­sis of in­dul­gence in con­trast to its serene Mo­jave Desert sur­round­ings. In the 1940s and ’50s it owed its suc­cess to a taste for the il­licit: gambling, pros­ti­tu­tion and a cer­tain seedy glam­our. But while you can still try your luck at a blackjack ta­ble any hour of the day or night, in re­cent years some­thing about the Strip has shifted. Of the nearly 50 mil­lion vis­i­tors who flocked to this hive of he­do­nism last year, there were more first-timers, and more younger, di­verse vis­i­tors who are as or more in­ter­ested in din­ing, club­bing, cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences and shop­ping as they are in gambling. The city has an­swered that de­mand with new hot spots along­side the clas­sic hid­den gems. Here’s where to stay and play, whether your taste runs to­ward con­tem­po­rary cool or retro glam­our. STAY New: Linq The Linq is pared down and mod­ern, of­fer­ing op­tions for friends trav­el­ling to­gether such as bunk bed­rooms. Cen­trally lo­cated and eas­ily rec­og­niz­able by its mas­sive High Roller Fer­ris wheel that of­fers a 30-minute ride of stun­ning views over the strip and sur­round­ings, the ho­tel also fea­tures an open-air strip of lively res­tau­rants and bars such as Gor­don Ram­say’s new fish and chips spot and a rare non-drive-through out­post of beloved burger joint In- n- Out. cae­sars.com/linq Clas­sic: Flamingo

The pink-mir­rored glass fa­cade of the Flamingo is a glit­ter­ing land­mark on the Strip. Though it’s a new it­er­a­tion of the orig­i­nal, built in 1946 by mob­ster Bugsy Siegel, it’s def­i­nitely a clas­sic, and you’ll feel at home in your pin-up-in­spired one- piece by the tree- lined Beach Club Pool flanked by stone flamingo foun­tains squirt­ing into the wa­ter. cae­sars.com/flamingo-las-ve­gas EAT New: Har­vest Roy El­la­mar, the Hawaii-born chef at Har­vest, is bring­ing the farm- to- ta­ble, veg­etable-for­ward trend to a town hardly known for its healthy eats. The menu is con­stantly up­dated to re­flect what’s in sea­son, whether it’s grown in the herb gar­den on the premises or at the nearby Blue Lizard Farm. Sta­ples in­clude farro por­ridge made with for­aged wild mush­rooms and black truf­fle and ro­tis­serie chicken brined in ale and per­fumed with hay smoke. bel­la­gio.com/res­tau­rants/har­vest Clas­sic: Golden Steer

Founded in 1958, Golden Steer proudly de­clares it­self the old­est steak­house in Ve­gas. While there have been some up­dates, you can feel the ghosts of its for­mer pa­trons— Elvis Pres­ley, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, the en­tire Rat Pack—as you walk into the din­ing room with its glossy black or red leather cir­cu­lar booths. Dine on veal marsala, oys­ters Rock­e­feller or—what else?— dry aged, bone- in rib eye with a twice- baked potato. gold­en­steer­lasve­gas.com SEE New: Seven Magic Moun­tains What you don’t ex­pect to see 10 miles out of town: seven stacked tow­ers of enor­mous neon­painted boul­ders, bold and bright against the sandy desert tones all around and Jean Dry Lake in the dis­tance. Swiss artist Ugo Rondi­none cre­ated the in­stal­la­tion, which has vis­i­tors flock­ing to marvel at (and In­sta­gram) it. For more free art, swing by down­town Las Ve­gas to check out the many im­pres­sive mu­rals by artists such as Banksy and Shep­ard Fairey. sev­en­mag­ic­moun­tains.com Clas­sic: Neon Sign Mu­seum

You have to join a tour to pe­ruse the “bone­yard” of trea­sures at the Neon Sign Mu­seum—its wares are too pre­cious to risk a vis­i­tor stum­ble dur­ing an over- en­thu­si­as­tic selfie. Stand­outs in­clude signs from such de­funct hot spots as Golden Nugget and Bin­ion’s Horse­shoe, and the gor­geous pas­tel “in love” sign from the Moulin Rouge de­signed by Betty Wil­lis, who also cre­ated the fa­mous “Wel­come to Fab­u­lous Ve­gas” sign. neon­mu­seum.org DRINK New: Fizz When it’s too tire­some to wait for the bar­tender to no­tice you, hit up the Moet & Chan­don vend­ing ma­chine at the art-filled, golden-toned

PHOTO: NOR­MAN WONG

ALESSANDRA RICH DRESS, $5,890, THE ROOM AT HUD­SON’S BAY. FOREVERMARK RING, $27,300, BY SPECIAL OR­DER AT FOREVERMARK.COM

SHOT ON LO­CA­TION AT GOLDEN STEER STEAK­HOUSE

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