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Turk­ish-style ham­mam, and restau­rants that in­clude out­posts of Scar­petta, Estiatorio Mi­los, and Beauty & Es­sex. Its edgy art col­lec­tion (ex­tend­ing from the top floor to the 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’s spot as the fa­vorite of Ve­gas’s hippest vis­i­tors. With brand-new pent­houses, the ho­tel is newly cater­ing to the high-roller crowd. 702-698-7000; cos­mopoli­tan­lasve­gas.com

THE CROMWELL

This bou­tique ho­tel plays host to Gi­ada De Lau­ren­tiis’s epony­mous restau­rant, Sal­va­tore Cal­abrese’s bar Bound, and the rooftop Drai’s Beach­club & Night­club. The rooms are quirky, with a steam­punk vibe, but the ho­tel is one of the best-lo­cated for those who love to walk the Strip. 702-777-3777; the­cromwell.com

DE­LANO LAS VE­GAS

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 and fea­ture a white-on-white color scheme. Don’t miss the serene Bath­house Spa or Alain Du­casse’s 64th-floor king­dom, the French Riviera-themed Rivea. 702-6327888; de­lanolasve­gas.com

ENCORE LAS VE­GAS

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. 702-7707000; wynnlasve­gas.com

FOUR SEA­SONS LAS VE­GAS

This rare bou­tique Four Sea­sons ho­tel pro­vides a casino-free respite from Ve­gas gam­ing. 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 is a huge draw, and the restau­rant is the week­day break­fast and lunch spot of lo­cal and vis­it­ing power bro­kers, casino ex­ec­u­tives, and Hol­ly­wood elite. 702-632-5000; foursea­sons.com

GREEN VALLEY RANCH RE­SORT, SPA & CASINO

Just a short drive from the Strip, Green Valley’s lush Mediter­ranean-style 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 old, the 500-room re­sort is newly glam—its lobby lined in traver­tine mar­ble from Peru, its prom­e­nade fea­tur­ing Span­ish lime­stone col­umns, and its Race and Sports Book boast­ing 12-by-21-foot high-def LED video dis­plays, the best in the in­dus­try. 702-617-7777; green­val­leyranch.sclv.com

HARD ROCK HO­TEL & CASINO

Em­brace Ve­gas’s rock ’n’ roll spirit at this mem­o­ra­bilia-filled re­sort with mul­ti­ple nightlife venues, the­aters, and ac­tion-packed pools, lo­cated one mile off the Strip on Har­mon Av­enue. Plenty of guests come for con­certs at The Joint and stay for the out­ra­geous pool scene. Meals at the 24/7 diner Mr. Lucky’s are one of the best deals in Las Ve­gas, and there’s a lesser-known (but no less de­li­cious) Nobu out­post. Culi­nary Dropout and Pink Taco both have out­door pa­tios that over­look the pools. 702-693-5000; hardrock­ho­tel.com

JW MAR­RIOTT LAS VE­GAS RE­SORT & SPA

This 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 steak­house, Hawthorn Grill, fronting a wa­ter­fall and trop­i­cal fo­liage, is set to be­come one of the west side’s pop­u­lar eater­ies. 221 N. Ram­part Blvd., 702-869-7777; mar­riott.com

MAN­DALAY BAY

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

MANDARIN ORIENTAL

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 (in­spired by Shang­hai in the 1930s), head to the 23rd-floor Tea Lounge for breath­tak­ing views. The ca­banas around the hushed, very grown-up pool are some of the best in town. 702- 590-8888; mandarinoriental.com

MGM GRAND

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

THE MI­RAGE

The Mi­rage’s trop­i­cal grounds chan­nel the spirit of Poly­ne­sia with an erupt­ing vol­cano, a salt­wa­ter

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