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Las Vegas: A Decadent Feast

written by | Posted on October 1st, 2009

For clients keen on packages with a grazing component, the Bellagio’s Romance Retreat features a spacious 1,525-sq.-ft. Cypress Suite with executive lounge check-in, limo airport transfers, bottle of champagne with chocolate-covered strawberries, prix fixe dinner for two at AAA five-diamond Picasso or Michael Mina—where executive chef Anthony Amoroso serves innovative seafood preparations, vegetarian and seasonal dishes from Mina’s cookbook—and couples’ massage at Spa Bellagio for $995 per couple nightly. The spacious arc-shaped suite is designed with luxury touches such as steam shower, soaking whirlpool tub, plush robes with slippers and upgraded spa products.

Sister properties Wynn and Encore combine offerings in a 2-night Romantic Retreat from $289 nightly dbl. The plan includes accommodations at either property, prix fixe dinner with bottle of wine at Stratta and two premium tickets to the aquatic spectacle “Le Reve.”

Additionally, clients will want to know that The Taste of Wynn is offered on select evenings in each of 13 Wynn and Encore eateries. Menus were created to remain true to each chef’s concept and utilize the finest ingredients possible. Best bet is the $89 ALEX offering that includes choice of seasonal appetizer, entree and dessert.

Meanwhile, the 2-night Taste of Caesars provides accommodations and $25 dining credit from $120 nightly dbl. Clients can partake from the culinary empire’s Restaurant Guy Savoy, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill or Bradley Ogden—the only Las Vegas restaurant to win the James Beard Foundation’s coveted “Best New Restaurant of the Year” award.

For your clients into fine dining and hot nightlife, Palms Place Hotel & Spa’s Simon Dining & Room package includes accommodations in a 600-sq.-ft. studio suite, $50 dining credit at Simon Restaurant & Lounge, two complimentary drinks at Rojo, access to all Drift Spa amenities for two, and VIP Nightlife Pass to Playboy Club, Moon, ghostbar and RAIN from $159 nightly Sunday through Thursday.

class acts Jumping on the take-away experience bandwagon, Las Vegas restaurants are converting off-hours into teaching opportunities where master chefs share their craft. Schedules and rates vary, and reservations are required.

The Palazzo goes raw at the avant-garde SUSHISAMBA strip, where fanatics study the art of maki and sake. The $85 fee covers a 5-course meal with 5-flight sake tasting that detail converting a kitchen into a temporary sushi bar. Throughout the program, participants sip and snack on a variety of cold and hot sakes, edamame, tempura, sashimi and sushi.

Book clients on the Palazzo’s Concierge package, which features a luxury suite on the exclusive Concierge Level, airport limo transfers, private check-in area, evening hors d’oeuvres, complimentary bottle of champagne or fruit basket, $50 Canyon Ranch SpaClub credit per day and 20 percent dining discount at Restaurant Charlie by Charlie Trotter from $339 nightly. With its 20-ft.-tall ceilings and a walk-through wine cellar, the swank eatery presents such dishes as slow poached Tasmanian ocean trout with savoy cabbage and trout roe-shiso vinaigrette.

At Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! at The Fashion Show, groups learn to prep classic Spanish paella while imbibing in wine and a 5-course lunch with tapas. Served with vegetables and meat or seafood, the classic Valencian rice dish reflects owner-chef Gabino Sotelino’s culinary roots and love of Spanish cocinas. His colorful eatery has garnered a following not only for its quality, but its novel presentations in cast-iron pots, paella pans, hot slabs of granite and hanging hooks from grill skewers.

Geared to groups is Bellagio’s Tuscany Kitchen, the city’s pioneer exhibition facility dedicated to teaching. Participants revel in the fine art of cooking and entertaining as the property’s award-winning chefs and master sommeliers gather to share culinary secrets and intricacies of wine pairings.