Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is one of the first things visitors to Vegas can spot upon arriving on the Strip from the airport. The mega-resort from MGM boasts more than 3,000 rooms, 20 restaurants, an events center, a nightclub and dayclub, and Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Michael Jackson ONE’ show. The pedestrian entrance of the resort is flanked by majestic statues. Tourists take a selfie at the regal entrance. A fountain and palm trees welcome guests to the resort at the south end of the Strip. The fountain and columns offer a serene, natural setting.
A limousine arrives at the porte-cochere. Check in at the bright front desk with images of the ocean. Agents like Nina Sicat greet guests. A renovated Resort King room features bright blues and greens against floor-to-ceiling windows. The Resort King room features a work space, dresser, seating area, casino gambling area and flat-screen TV. Glimpse the view from a Resort King room.
Find a bathtub and walk-in shower in the Resort King room bathroom. The double vanity is illuminated by an LED-lit mirror and features marble countertops. The Resort King room comes with custom toiletries.
Snacks and water are available in the Resort King room. An ice bucket and glasses are also on-hand. Outlets and computer ports offer connectivity. One of the bedrooms in a renovated two-bedroom Panorama Suite features abstract art and floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathroom of a renovated two-bedroom Panorama Suite is spacious and accommodating with a double vanity, standing shower and bathtub. One of the bedrooms in a renovated two-bedroom Panorama Suite features a pillow-topped bed, a plasma TV and sweeping views.
The bedroom includes a work space. Guests will love the aerial view of the Strip from a renovated two-bedroom Panorama Suite. The living area in a renovated two-bedroom Panorama Suite includes an L-shaped sofa with seating for four to five guests.
A bar table additionally accommodates four for dining or drinks. The open space goes on to include a kitchen area with a sink, amenities and a TV. Amenities include Fiji water, Pringles chips and more snacks. The accompanying seating area offers chairs and tables for dining or visiting against floor-to-ceiling views. The massive Mandalay Beach is a haven for sun seekers. The pool area includes a 1.6 million gallon wave pool and 2,700 tons of real sand.
Float along the quarter mile of lazy river or bask in four other swimming pools. Guests enjoy the wave pool’s up to six-foot waves. A lifeguard paddles on a surfboard in the beachy wave pool.
The Moorea Beach Club is a top optional pool for adults 21 and older. Day beds and living rooms are set up right next to the water. The beach’s perimeter features 48 cabanas, which can accommodate up to 10 people each, and will run you upwards of $325 during the week and $475 on the weekends. Elephant fountains flow near the pool. Guests can dine on small plates by Hubert Keller at Fleur. Fleur features food from America, France, Japan, Peru and Italy.
The resort’s Aureole restaurant pairs Charlie Palmer’s seasonal fare with an award-winning wine program. Aureole restaurant was designed by Adam Tihany and offers French and American fare. Guests look at the four-story wine tower in the Aureole restaurant.
Choose from 3,200 bottles. Aureole’s wine list has been recognized by ‘Wine Spectator’ and Michelin guides. The resort’s STRIPSTEAK restaurant was renowned chef Michael Mina’s first steakhouse. Rick Moonen, a frequent guest on ‘Top Chef’ and one of the most outspoken chefs on sustainable seafood, serves just that at RM Seafood.
Find sustainable seafood such as cobia, Arctic char and barramundi — though the menu changes often. Chef Rick Moonen told us Rx Boiler Room is the reinterpretation of the upstairs part of RM Seafood, a new brand and not seafood based. He calls it chef’s comfort food reinvented. The shared dining includes dishes such as chicken pot pie nuggets or peking duck lettuce wraps. Guests can relax or be pampered in the 30,000 square-foot spa.
Among the more than 10 treatments is a hot stone massage. Visitors can pass through a tunnel exhibit with sharks swimming above. A shark swims in a 1.3 million gallon shipwreck-themed aquarium in Shark Reef.
A green sea turtle swims in a 1.3 million gallon shipwreck-themed aquarium. Pacu, cousins to the piranha, swim in Shark Reef. Piranha can also be viewed at Shark Reef. Colorful jellyfish are shown in Shark Reef. Visitors to Shark Reef can see a Golden Crocodile.
Among the diverse residents is a Komodo dragon. A viewing area is themed like the hull of a sunken ship. Even the handrail is themed in Shark Reef. Shark merchandise is available in the Shark Reef gift shop.
Shark plush toys are among the souvenirs. Performers dance during a preview of Cirque du Soleil’s show ‘Michael Jackson ONE’ in 2013. Bob Sehlinger says, “The show is vigorous, sentimental and bittersweet”.
The property is also home to boutique hotel Delano Las Vegas, a separate tower, and the Four Seasons Hotel, which occupies the top five floors of the main tower. Mandalay Bay also hosts meetings, trade shows, conventions and events.