Plan a Summer Getaway to the Mandalay Bay Resort.

by Diana Edelman on June 6, 2011

When it comes to Strip location, Mandalay Bay is the last grand resort on the South end of Las Vegas Blvd. And, while it may be tucked at the end, with most of the hype happening up towards Cosmopolitan and City Center, Mandalay Bay still is one of the more upscale resorts. Plus, it’s got the tram that whisks people down the block to Luxor and Excalibur, and closer to the heart of the Strip.

Great Entertainment Options

It’s easy to spend time at Mandalay. There’s plenty to do, including world-class dining and shopping. The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay, which connects the property to Luxor, includes the popular clothing store Urban Outfitters, as well as the bath and beauty store, Lush.

Rock out at The House of Blues

Mandalay is also loaded with entertainment options. Housed in the resort is The House of Blues that plays host to local and national acts, but also the Mandalay Bay Events Center which features concerts and big name fights. The hotel also has Shark Reef Aquarium, a family-friendly aquatic attraction focusing on predators of the deep sea. For theater, catch a performance of “The Lion King.”

One of the Best Pools in Las Vegas

Chances are the sun will be shining when you visit Vegas. Mandalay Bay has plenty of activities for people to enjoy outside. The Mandalay Bay Beach is 11 acres and includes a wave pool, lazy river, three swimming pools, a jogging track and more than 2,500 tons of sand to complete the beach experience. And, from May to September, the Mandalay Beach plays hosts to the beach concert series featuring well-known music acts. For those 21 and older, head over to the Moorea Beach Club. This outdoor South Beach-esque club features dipping pools, daybeds, poolside spa treatments and more.

Relax at The Spa

There are at least two ways to relax and unwind at Mandalay Bay. The first is the bathhouse, a unique 14,000 square foot spa with European slate walls, marble floors and water features. The bathhouse features a full salon, gym and spa treatments. There’s also Spa Mandalay, a 30,000 square foot world-class spa, for guests to indulge and be pampered.

Eat. Lots.

Red Square Las Vegas. Anyone for Vodka? How about Siberian Nachos?

In terms of dining, Mandalay Bay has a variety of options. For classic American cuisine, there’s Burger Bar. Craving Mexican? Head over to Border Grill with its gorgeous patio. Upscale options include Fleur by Hubert Keller which featured globally inspired small plates, Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK and Lupo by Wolfgang Puck. For even more international flavor, head over to Red Square, which serves up Russian dishes and international favorites with Russian twists. Other options include China Grill for Asian inspired dishes and Shanghai Lilly serving Cantonese and Szechwan. Popular restaurants also include Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood and Auereole. If it’s a view you are after, hit the elevator and head up to Mix on the top floor of THEhotel where you can eat, drink and soak in the Las Vegas skyline. In a rush? Mandalay also has a Starbucks for coffee, snacks and more.

Anyone for Cocktails?

There are a few options for those looking to strut their stuff at the resort. Get dressed up and head over to eyecandy sound lounge and bar for an interactive experience. Located in the heart of the casino floor, this lounge uses cool technology to create a unique personal sensory experience for guests. Patrons can create visuals and messaging that is projected onto the dance floor. For a more swanky option, there is Mix Lounge. Open nightly, the top floor lounge features cocktails, bar eats and a DJs to entertain while marveling at the lights of the city below.

Mandalay Bay Room Options

The two towers of Mandalay Bay are home to more than just Mandalay Bay. Four Seasons and THEhotel are both located within the property and feature upscale and hip accommodations at a higher price point. Mandalay Bay has a large selection of rooms to choose from. If a stunning view is what you want, the 550DR View Rooms provide great value. The rooms are basically named based on their size and type, so it’s pretty self-explanatory when booking. 550DR (550 square feet, deluxe room) is the lowest priced option. Then, there is the 600SS (Spa Suite), 750GR (Great Room), 1050SV (Sky View) and 1500 X2 and X3. There are even a few high-end suites to choose from at Mandalay Bay ranging in size from 1,700 square feet with panoramic views to more than 2,000 square feet.

Gaming

Feeling lucky? Mandalay’s tropical-themed casino spans 135,000 square feet. Table games include Baccarat, Blackjack, Pai Gow, Let it Ride, Poker (there’s also a popular poker room), Seven Card Stud, Craps and more. Love sports? Mandalay’s Race and Sports Book is world-class and offers 17 large televisions, along with 100 individual race seats with personal monitors. A part of MGM Resorts, M life is the players club at Mandalay and offers all sorts of perks for its members.

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