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Alizé

Alizé

Alizé! Alizé! Alizé!  Where shall I begin?  If you want an incredible view of Las Vegas, the opportunity to sip cognac from the 1700s, or have one of the most delicious meals you have ever tasted, all you have to do is hop in an elevator and head up to the 56th story of the Palms Resort Casino and you will find gourmet French cuisine at Chef André Rochat’s restaurant, Alizé! Before I go into any more detail about how spectacular this dining establishment is, I really suggest making reservations in advance to ensure that there will not be a long wait or any issues with getting a table.  I used OpenTable and everything went very smoothly.

My friend and I decided to have a late dinner around 9:30pm on our last day in Las Vegas back in November of 2011 and it was the perfect ending to a great vacation.  As soon as we arrived at the Palms, we made our way through the casino and over to Alizé and were immediately greeted by the hostess with a warm, friendly smile.  After we confirmed our reservation, the hostess escorted us over to and in the elevator and sent us up, up, and away to our destination!

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After making our ascent to the top of the hotel, the elevator doors opened and we stepped into Alizé and the atmosphere was stunning!  The view of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding areas were just breathtaking and I was sold on the place instantly.  Near the entrance of the restaurant you will run into a world-class collection of various wines, cognacs, and other liquors.  I remember my buddy saying to me, “Hey, check out this wine it dates back to the 1940s!” and I was pretty impressed.  I then replied, “Hey man, that is nothing!  This cognac is from the 1700s!!!” and suddenly the 1900s seemed like “No Big Deal” in comparison.  The bottom line is that if you are a connoisseur of fine liquors, you will marvel at the immense collection that is showcased and it was by far the best one that I had ever seen in my entire life!

After making our way past the alcohol display, we were greeted by the host and were given a table right against the windows which was exactly what I was hoping for before arriving at the restaurant.  After gazing at the sights around us for a few minutes and being the typical tourist that I am snapping photos with both my camera and phone in case I happen to lose one, it was finally time to commence our dining experience.

We were pleasantly greeted by our waiter and our first order of business was taking a look at the wine list.  My friend was given an iPad that held the coveted information and I patiently awaited my turn to browse through the items on this technologically advanced list. Our waiter must have seen how anxious I was to use the iPad and decided to bring me one as well so I was quite pleased with the customer service.  It was a great first impression and things only seemed to get better as the night went on!


 

After selecting our wines, we went back to the archaic menu style for our dinner selection and took a few moments to decide on what we were going to order.  I chose the Filet Mignon which was top-notch and I honestly do not remember what my friend tried but I know he loved it!  Before our meals came out, the waiter brought us some Ceviche “compliments of the chef” and I thought that was a nice little bonus.  Whether it be bread or one million dollars, I always feel like royalty when a waiter says “compliments of the chef” so I was extra happy at this point.

After taking our time to savor each and every morsel in front of us, we finished our dinners but made sure that we saved a little room for dessert because a night at Alizé would not be complete without it!  The dessert was stupendous and I cannot stress enough how perfect the presentation of the food was and the wait staff paid great attention to detail.  My expectations of the place were exceeded and I highly recommend Alizé to anyone that enjoys fine dining and excellent service.  I cannot wait to go back and try something new off of the menu and possibly one of the exotic liquors from the case!

Click here for more information about Alizé!

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Red Rock Canyon

If you have been to Las Vegas numerous times like myself and are getting a little tired of doing the same old thing, I may have the answer for you.  The hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip can be exhausting and seeing Elvis and Barney impersonators, the men and women handing out those little cards with questionable numbers to call, and just too many people trying to relive their college glory days can be overwhelming.  If you would like to escape all of this and go on a quick day trip with some adventure that also provides many excellent opportunities to snap some very beautiful photos of the landscape in the area, head over to Red Rock Canyon and you will not be disappointed!

P. S. – Don’t worry because all of the things that I mentioned that you will see on the Strip will be there when you get back!

My friend and I did the popular weekend getaway to Las Vegas back in November of this year and we decided to check out Red Rock Canyon while we were there.  We had rented a car for our four-day stay in Sin City and it really came in handy for this little excursion.  It was only about a thirty-minute drive to get there from the Flamingo which is near the center of the Strip and the scenery was quite a nice surprise.  Most people tend to stay in the party zone in Las Vegas and never get to enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer even though it is only a short distance away so I highly recommend putting some time aside to get out and explore the area.

Prior to our journey to Red Rock Canyon, we were debating about whether or not we should do an actual hike on one of the trails or if we should just drive around the 13-mile Scenic Loop and stop a few times to take some pictures.  After driving through the park entrance and paying a small fee at the gate, we ended up pulling over at the first parking lot we saw and got out of the car.

The views were incredible and we hiked around for an hour or so and took some pretty amazing photos.  After we were done with our mini-hike, we continued to drive around the loop and took some more pictures at a stop near the end.  At one point, it actually started to hail so we had to get back in the car.  I am sure that most people would not expect it to hail in the desert but you are up in elevation so it can get very cold so pack accordingly.

I noticed several groups of climbers scaling the rocks in various places and I was pretty impressed!  If you are interested in hiking, climbing, or just relaxing outdoors, Red Rock Canyon is the place to do it!

Please make sure that you bring ample water, appropriate clothing, and first aid materials in case of injury.  The website is full of helpful information so click here to find out more!

Here are some pictures from my visit to Red Rock Canyon!

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For more interesting things to do in Las Vegas, check out this page!


 

Caesars Palace

The Forum Shops at Caesars

The Forum Shops at Caesars are quite impressive and can compete with any other luxury shopping center that I have ever seen such as the Bal Harbour Shops in Florida, Fashion Island in California, or Ala Moana Center in Hawaii.  In addition to all of the trendy stores that you will discover as you stroll through this fashion lover’s paradise, the sights and sounds that surround you will surely make you stop and stare for a few moments.  There are beautiful statues, fountains, and various other structures methodically placed around the interior of The Forum Shops at Caesars in order to increase the shopper’s overall experience.  If you want to start your vacation in Sin City off in the right direction, this is one of the best places to help you achieve that goal!

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Head over to Caesars Palace and check out the Forum Shops!

To give you a little taste of what is in store for you here, just think of your three favorite friends named Gucci, Fendi, and Louis V!  You will come across many top designers along the way so just remember to bring some extra cash or credit cards with you.  One store that caught my eye was the Peter Lik Photo Gallery which had some jaw-dropping shots that were showcased throughout the room.  If you love photography, traveling, or just appreciate the natural beauty of the earth, take a couple of minutes out of your day of shopping and check out all of the amazing photographs from around the world!


 

If you are looking for some fine dining options, there are a number of restaurants that will be right up your alley whether you prefer sushi, steak, or Italian. There are also a few more nice little spots at The Forum Shops at Caesars for you to choose from if you just want to grab something quick and do not want to sit down and waste any precious time.

For detailed information on The Forum Shops at Caesars including the store directory, hours of operation, and special events, click here!

If you are in Las Vegas and want to live the good life and feel like one of the celebs that you will most likely run into on the Strip or in the nightclubs, head over to The Forum Shops at Caesars and spend, spend, spend!  If you are not satisfied with only shopping at one high-end mall, walk over to Crystals at CityCenter and that should be more than enough to curb your hunger for designer apparel!

After you work up a sweat from a long day of shopping for luxurious things for yourself, take a trip over to Serendipity 3 and grab one of their famous frozen hot chocolates or other delicious treats!

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Wet Republic Ultra Pool

Wet Republic Ultra Pool
Wet Republic Ultra Pool

One of the few things in this world that can compare to the high energy and excitement of Las Vegas nightlife is the ever-so-popular daytime pool party scene that the “702″ has become so well-known for.  Who wants to wait until the sun goes down to start having fun?  You probably guessed right. Not many of us!  The MGM Grand Hotel & Casino was a pioneer in realizing this and decided that Las Vegas needed an “Ultra Pool” where the majority of the party people who could not wait until nightfall would have somewhere to go and call their own and that is how Wet Republic came to be.  Fun in the sun, music from the best DJs around the world, beautiful people, VIP pampering to the max, A-List celebs, drinks galore, and heck, even a few pools if you want to take a dip to cool off from the hot Vegas sun is what helps to make this one of the best parties in town!

Lounge Area at Wet Republic
Lounge Area at Wet Republic

I went to Wet Republic on a Saturday in May of 2011 with a friend of mine when Audrina Patridge was celebrating her birthday and it was a great experience!  In order to avoid a huge hassle and wasting any of our precious time, I decided to purchase tickets online in advance and we quickly zipped past the several hundred anxious ”waiters” that formed an enormous line at the entrance.  Just keep this in mind when planning out your trip because every minute counts!

My friend and I were some of the first people inside and we quickly grabbed a drink at the bar and hit the pool before it started getting crowded.  We were able to scope out the entire area and there were daybeds, cabanas, lounge chairs, and bungalows surrounding the main pools.  The bar was opposite of where the cabanas were and this formed a nice little lounge area where you could dance to the beats coming from the DJ Booth nearby and sip on a refreshing cocktail while loving life!

For general information on Wet Republic, you can check out the website for MGM Grand and for more detailed information about events and special appearances, take a look at the website for Wet Republic Ultra Pool.

Party People at Wet Republic!
Party People at Wet Republic!

If you would like to attend some more pool parties when you are in Las Vegas, I highly recommend heading over to the Hard Rock on Sunday for their Rehab Party!


 

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Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub

I will start this review off by giving you an eleven-second sneak preview at what you will find at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas……….

* Make sure the volume on your computer is on “low” before you hit play, trust me.

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Now that you are awake and I have your attention, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of this absolutely mind-blowing venue.  Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is one of the hottest clubs in the country and there are a number of reasons for this.  Marquee has multiple levels of entertainment, world-famous DJs, indoor and outdoor sections equipped with all of the nightlife amenities one could desire (and more), it is frequented by many celebrities, sports stars, and musicians, and it is all available for you to take advantage of!

Let me give you a quick breakdown of the setup of the club.  The first part I will talk about is the Boom Box Room.  This is a smaller room where you will find hip-hop music and fellow club-goers that are looking to get out on the dance floor and show off their skills.  This is where my night started and I was graced by the Notorious B.I.G.’s very popular “One More Chance” as I walked through the doors.  I grabbed a drink, danced for a couple of minutes, and kept it moving because I was anxious to see what else was in store for me.

After leaving the Boom Box room, I made my way to the main part of the club where the DJ was performing.  There are VIP areas for those looking to get bottle service and live the good life all around the dance floor.  If you have the money and do not want to be out with the masses bumpin’ and grindin’, reserve a booth so that you will have some extra room to kick back and enjoy the night.  There is also a humongous LED screen behind the DJ which adds a smorgasbord of visual effects and stimuli to satisfy any clubbers’ appetite.  If you look above the DJ, there is a catwalk where the dancers for the club strut up and down while performing to the crowd below and I thought that was a nice touch by the designers of the space.  If you need a break from the insanity (in a good way) of the main room, you can head upstairs to another semi-hidden room aka the Living Room.

The Living Room is a more intimate setting and good for anyone trying to take a beak from the madness out on the dance floor.  Let me first say that this is no ordinary living room by any means.  This one comes with another bar, a pool table, several cozy sections so that you can get to know your date a little better, bookshelves filled with material covering Las Vegas from top to bottom, yet another spot to pop bottles, and just an overall chill vibe.  Please do not forget to check out the Living Room while you are at Marquee because it is very interesting to say the least!

Here are some pictures from my night at Marquee!

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You may think that this article was just about over, but if you refer to the title, you will notice that I did not even get to the Dayclub yet!  The Dayclub at Marquee hosts some phenomenal pool parties much like some of my other favorites such as Rehab, Wet Republic, and the Palms Pool.  I did not go during the day but I will talk about the actual area outside of the nightclub.

As you walk outside of Marquee Nightclub, you are hit with some spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding hotels.  There are some more bars out here and the energy is very intense.  The Dayclub has a few main pools and many private pools as well.  There is gaming out here, cabanas with all of the VIP essentials, and even bungalows for real high rollers which you can practically live in because they are several stories high and are completely pimped out!  The Dayclub alone is enough for me to want to come here and this combined with the three rooms inside makes Marquee one of my favorite nightclubs!

For a very in-depth look into Marquee, check out the website and take these great virtual tours of the Nightclub and Dayclub!

Before I leave you, here is another short clip of one of the hottest DJs out right now, Chuckie, performing on Friday the 13th!

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As you can see, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is so immense and all of the elements come together to form quite frankly one of the best places to party in the world!  For information about upcoming events and DJs, hours of operation, and more, check out the website for Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub!

I do have one final word of advice for anyone interested in going to Marquee.  I ended up purchasing pre-sale tickets to go see Chuckie which were relatively cheap and I was able to pretty much skip past everyone waiting without tickets.  To be honest, I bought tickets for two pool parties and another nightclub and my entire trip to Las Vegas was made ten times better because I did not have to wait on any lines at all.  If you do not know anyone that can get you on some sort of guest list and there are tickets available in advance, I would really consider buying them to avoid the hassle of having to wait for an extended period of time before getting in.

Marquee has all different lines for people who are waiting to get in the club and they are on various floors of the Cosmopolitan so make sure that you ask where you should be standing when you arrive.  My pre-sale tickets had me up on the third floor and I went in within minutes.  When it comes to clubbing at popular places, be smart and do your research so that you can just go out and have a blast without having to worry about any unwanted roadblocks.  I hope you enjoy Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub!

Another very beautiful bar at the Cosmopolitan is called The Chandelier and you can grab a quick drink before hitting up Marquee!


 

Chateau Nightclub

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens

Chateau Nightclub
Chateau Nightclub

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens is a beautiful venue that opened up in 2011 at Paris Las Vegas.  It features both indoor AND outdoor areas and several different types of experiences for guests to explore.  You will find fancy leather couches, multiple bars, luxurious chandeliers, a DJ Booth that overlooks the dance floor, and some VIP sections inside.  Chateau Nightclub & Gardens has something for everyone so make room on your itinerary so that you can see if for yourself!

If you want some fresh air, just take a few steps outside and you will be on the terrace that overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip.  This terrace acts as a beer garden by day and it transforms into a hot spot for club goers as the sun goes down.  You will be able to get some wonderful views of the Fountains of Bellagio while you are here so make sure that you bring your camera!  One of the reasons that I loved this part of the club was because you were able to sip a cocktail under the moonlight while dancing directly above the strip.  The scenery was just unbelievable and I truly had one of the best times of my life here!

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Great view of the Eiffel Tower

If you still are not satisfied, there is also another part of the club called Chateau Gardens and it is located directly under the Eiffel Tower and it gives guests another way to enjoy themselves.  You will find more VIP sections with cabanas and bottle service, a dance floor, and most likely, a great time so check it out when you are there!

Mix some French influence with a little Sin City swag and you will come up with Chateau Nightclub & Gardens.  The decor is sexy and so is the staff.  Spectacular views, beautiful people, and hospitality are what made this a top pick of mine.  I also really like when an establishment offers a few unique atmospheres for its guests so that you can move around from one to the next and things never seem to get boring.  Grab your friends and head over to Chateau Nightclub & Gardens for a night of classy indulgence!

For more information about the club such as pricing, upcoming events, and hours, take a look at the website!

Inside the club
Inside the club
Out on the terrace
Out on the terrace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas is one of my favorite places to visit because there are just so many different exciting attractions, restaurants, and nightclubs to see!  I created this page with some more fun things to do in Las Vegas for your reference!