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De­tails like triple-sheeted beds and thought­ful tech­nol­ogy make Aria a draw, and nat­u­ral light from floor-to­ceil­ing win­dows soft­ens sleek lines. The restau­rants span the globe: Span­ish from Julian Ser­rano, con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can at Shawn Mcclain’s Sage. Re­cent ad­di­tions in­clude Car­bone, Bar­dot Brasserie, and Herringbone. IN­SIDER TIP: Aria’s Sky Suites, with their sep­a­rate in­door and out­door en­trances to the ho­tel and casino—and a new pool for Suite guests only—lets guests stay close to all the ac­tion, the in­cred­i­ble Ci­ty­cen­ter art col­lec­tion, and the 80,000-square-foot spa, but still feel like they’re in a bou­tique ho­tel. 702-590-7111; aria.com


With its blue-chip art, sea­son­ally ro­tat­ing botan­i­cal dis­plays in the mas­sive con­ser­va­tory, danc­ing foun­tains, and the Miche­lin two-star Pi­casso restau­rant, Bel­la­gio pi­o­neered the so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the Strip. Up­grades to the Lake Como-themed re­sort in­clude the re­cent trans­for­ma­tion of the dated Circo restau­rant into Julian Ser­rano’s Lago. Re­quest a room with a lake view, en­joy a mas­sage in a pool­side ca­bana, and sam­ple lib­er­ally from mas­ter pâtissier Jean-philippe’s choco­late and pas­try shop (or just ogle its choco­late foun­tain, the largest in the world). 702-693-7111; bel­la­gio.com


One of the old­est ho­tels on the Strip con­tin­ues to evolve with the re­cent de­buts of its re­vamped Julius Tower, Omnia Night­club, and trend­set­ting restau­rants. Pre­pare to walk, since the nearly 4,000-room ho­tel spans five tow­ers. Cae­sars is like a self-con­tained city, with its many restau­rants, mas­sive buf­fet (Bac­cha­nal), Gar­den of the Gods pool area, and ad­join­ing Fo­rum Shops. IN­SIDER TIP: The best rooms are in the Au­gus­tus and Oc­tavius tow­ers; from Au­gus­tus Tower’s south side, you’ll get the best views of Bel­la­gio’s foun­tains. 866-227-5938; cae­sars.com


The Cos­mopoli­tan mul­ti­plies Ve­gas luxe to the nth power: a 100,000-square­foot casino, three pools, 32 spa treat­ment rooms and suites, Turk­ish­style ham­mam, and restau­rants that in­clude out­posts of Scar­petta, Estiatorio Mi­los, and Beauty & Es­sex. Its edgy art col­lec­tion that ex­tends from top to park­ing garage, wild New Year’s Eve per­for­mances, and out­door con­certs under the Boule­vard Pool’s mas­sive mar­quee (go for the boozy ice skat­ing in win­ter) have se­cured Cosmo as the fa­vorite of Ve­gas’s hippest vis­i­tors. With brand-new pent­houses, the ho­tel is newly cater­ing to a high-roller crowd. 702-698-7000; cos­mopoli­tan­lasve­gas.com


This bou­tique-style ho­tel plays host to

Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis’s epony­mous restau­rant, Sal­va­tore Cal­abrese’s bar Bound, and the rooftop Drai’s Beach­club & Night­club. Rooms are quirky, with a steam­punk vibe—but the ho­tel is one of the best lo­cated for those who love to walk the Strip. 702-7773777; the­cromwell.com


The breezy so­phis­ti­ca­tion of Mi­ami’s orig­i­nal De­lano meets grandly mod­ern desert dé­cor at this bou­tique ho­tel at Man­dalay, which oc­cu­pies its own tower. The more than 1,000 suites each mea­sure at least 725 square feet in a white-on-white color scheme. Don’t miss the serene Bath­house Spa and Alain Du­casse’s 64th-floor king­dom, the French Riviera-themed Rivea. 702-632-7888; de­lanolasve­gas.com


Wynn Las Ve­gas’s sis­ter re­sort is home to a dy­namic col­lec­tion of suites, restau­rants, and in­door/out­door en­ter­tain­ment venues, in­clud­ing Encore Beach Club and XS Night­club. IN­SIDER TIP: The Tower Suite lobby bar is one of Las Ve­gas’s power rooms for ca­sual meet­ings and drinks with clients. 702-770-7000; wynnlasve­gas.com


This rare bou­tique Four Sea­sons pro­vides a casino-free respite from Ve­gas. Guests have their own en­trance and el­e­va­tor as well as ac­cess to babysit­ters, mak­ing this a family fa­vorite. The brunch at the re­cently ren­o­vated Ve­randa restau­rant is a huge draw, and it’s the week­day break­fast and lunch of lo­cal and vis­it­ing power bro­kers, casino ex­ec­u­tives, and Hol­ly­wood elite. 702-632-5000; foursea­sons.com


Just a short drive from the Strip, Green Val­ley’s lush Mediter­ranean re­sort has an award-win­ning spa and a clutch of great new restau­rants, in­clud­ing Bot­tiglia (Ital­ian) and Bor­racha (an up­scale Mex­i­can cantina). Just ren­o­vated at 15 years, the 500-room re­sort is newly glam—its lobby lined in traver­tine mar­ble from Peru, Span­ish lime­stone Prom­e­nade col­umns, and with 12-foot-tall and 21-foot-wide high-def LED video dis­plays in the Race and Sports Book—the best view­ing tech­nol­ogy in the in­dus­try. 702-617-7777; green­val­leyranch.sclv.com


Em­brace Ve­gas’s rock ’n’ roll spirit at this mem­o­ra­bilia-filled re­sort with mul­ti­ple nightlife venues, the­aters, and ac­tion-packed pools. One mile off the Strip on Har­mon Av­enue, plenty of guests come in for con­certs at The Joint and stay for the out­ra­geous pool scene. Meals at 24/7 diner Mr. Lucky’s are one of the best deals in Las Ve­gas, and there’s a lesser-known (but de­li­cious) Nobu out­post. Culi­nary Dropout and Pink Taco both have out­door pa­tios that over­look the pool scene. 702-6935000; hardrock­ho­tel.com


The grand Span­ish colo­nial-style re­sort 20 min­utes west of the Strip on 50 acres of gar­dens is a lo­cals’ es­cape for its Spa Aquae and one of the best‚—and most se­date—pool scenes around. It’s also min­utes from TPC Las Ve­gas, and its new Hawthorn Grill steak­house, fronting a wa­ter­fall and trop­i­cal fo­liage, is set to be­come one of the west side’s pop­u­lar es­capes. 221 N. Ram­part Blvd., 702-869-7777; mar­riott.com


The gold-plated palace at the south end of the Strip is the fo­cal point of a re­sort com­plex that also fea­tures a sprawl­ing pool play­ground, aquar­ium, and events cen­ter. 877-632-7700; man­dalay­bay.com


Tra­di­tional East­ern in­flu­ences mix with a min­i­mal­ist mod­ern aes­thetic. A hid­den gem is Twist, by Miche­lin three-star chef Pierre Gag­naire, for its witty takes on tra­di­tional French cui­sine. Af­ter loung­ing in the spa’s early 20th-cen­tury Shang­hainese-in­spired spa, head to the 23rd-floor Tea Lounge for breath­tak­ing views. The ca­banas around the hushed, very grown-up pool are some of the best around. 702- 5908888; man­dari­nori­en­tal.com


Guarded by a 45-foot bronze lion, this mas­sive 5,000-plus-room ho­tel is home to Hakkasan night­club and restau­rants from celebrity chefs Emeril La­gasse, Tom Colic­chio, and the brand-new Morimoto Las Ve­gas by Masa­haru Morimoto, among many oth­ers. IN­SIDER TIP: For­merly only avail­able by in­vi­ta­tion, The Man­sion at MGM Grand, a deca­dent 29-villa re­treat within the re­sort, can now be booked by any­one (60 days ahead of time). Lux­u­ries like an­tique fur­nish­ings and ac­cess to a Miche­lin three-star Joël Robu­chon restau­rant abound. 877-880-0880; mg­m­grand.com


The Mi­rage’s trop­i­cally in­spired grounds chan­nel the spirit of Poly­ne­sia with an erupt­ing vol­cano, salt­wa­ter aquar­ium, and ded­i­cated an­i­mal habi­tats. 702-791-7111; mi­rage.com


The pala­tial Monte Carlo Re­sort of­fers nearly 3,000 gue­strooms and suites, as well as prime po­si­tion­ing near the new T-mo­bile Arena. Its own new theater, The Park, a 5,000-seat sta­dium, opened with Ste­vie Nicks and the Pre­tenders, and will host res­i­den­cies by Cher, Bruno Mars, and Ricky Martin among oth­ers in 2017. 702-730-7777; mon­te­carlo.com


Lo­cated inside Cae­sars Palace, the first Nobu Ho­tel world­wide is a Ja­pane­sein­spired haven beloved by celebri­ties and Vips—who covet the 10,500-square­foot David Rock­well villa, which has a pri­vate Zen gar­den, sauna and me­dia room, and in-room Nobu chefs on de­mand. 702-785-6677; cae­sars.com


The ex­clu­sive tower con­nected to Vene­tian pro­vides un­com­pro­mised ac­cess to gourmet din­ing, Canyon Ranch Spaclub, and the Grand Canal Shoppes. 702-607-7777; palazzo.com


This sexy three-tow­ered re­sort fea­tures a glam­orous ar­ray of Fan­tasy Suites in­spired by themes like clas­sic Hol­ly­wood and Bar­bie’s Dream House, plus the nightspot Ghost­bar. 702-942-7777; palms.com


In­spired by the City of Lights, this themed ho­tel fea­tures its own replica of the Eif­fel Tower and Strip-front eater­ies like Mon Ami Gabi and Eif­fel Tower Restau­rant. 877-7962096; paris­lasve­gas.com


Brit­ney Spears and Jen­nifer Lopez hold court at this ul­tra-hip casino re­sort con­nected to the Axis Theater and Mir­a­cle Mile Shops. 866-9197472; plan­ethol­ly­woodresort.com


This con­tem­po­rary re­sort of­fers ameni­ties rang­ing from a bowl­ing al­ley to a top-ranked sports book to a newly rein­vig­o­rated din­ing scene. A brand-new spa, man­aged by Well & Be­ing, is a des­ti­na­tion all its own. And newly ren­o­vated, art-filled pent­houses have some of the best views of Red Rock Con­ser­va­tion Area in the val­ley. 702-797-7777; re­drock.sclv.com


SLS brings ur­ban cool to the Strip’s north end with celebrity chef-helmed restau­rants and a va­ri­ety of chic nightspots. W Ho­tel has just opened in one of its tow­ers. High rollers should check out its nearly 2,400-square-foot “Ex­treme Wow” suite de­signed by Lenny Kravitz atop the tower, whose bal­cony has great views of the moun­tains. 702-761-7000; slslasve­gas.com


Sit­u­ated across from Aria, this un­der­stated, non-gam­ing, all-suite ho­tel of­fers a fire­side pa­tio bar, an Espa-branded spa, and an en­vi­able cen­ter-strip lo­ca­tion. 702-590-2111; vdara.com


Large suites, miles of dreamy canals, some of the best din­ing on the Strip, and ac­cess to the 118,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch Spaclub make this one of the Strip’s most pop­u­lar re­sorts. With its “out­door” cafés and shops lin­ing a sys­tem of canals, it’s in­fin­itely pos­si­ble to check in and never leave for days. 702-414-1000; vene­tian.com


A Strip icon, Steve Wynn’s swoop­ing build­ing is light-filled, from the lobby atrium to the floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows in most rooms. All of the rooms are quite large (even the small­est), with huge bath­tubs and great views (re­quest a view of the moun­tains or Wynn’s golf course.) Gour­mands will want to head to any of the restau­rants around the re­sort. The re­tail in Wynn—from the US flag­ship of Givenchy to the Wynn Col­lec­tion bou­tique—is un­par­al­leled. 702-770-7000; wynnlasve­gas.com

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