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The M Resort Hits its Off-Strip Stride

written by | Posted on January 1st, 2011

Reflecting the Marnell family’s passion for rooftop dining and intriguing design, the Riva wooden speedboat-inspired Veloce opens to expansive views of the Las Vegas valley and sparkling Strip. On top of its extensive sushi and sashimi offerings, your clients can also nibble on a dozen “share” plates like Kobe sliders and lobster tacos.

When it comes to meals that redefine generous servings, Hash House A Go-Go overloads with a mother lode of twisted farm fare. Those heading in for breakfast after a long night should be prepared to clear the cobwebs while perusing the eclectic menu. Our group found decisions hard to come by when weighing indulgences like sage-fried chicken atop bacon waffles, fried chicken benedict, meatloaf hash and sausage gravy pot pie with scrambled eggs.

It was even difficult—with our huge appetite—to make a dent in our HH quesadilla stuffed with potatoes, eggs, jalapenos, tomato and cheese smothered in a chili cream sauce on a bed of mashed potatoes. Pleasantly, prices aren’t proportional to the substantial portions of chow.

True to form, The M Resort has put its own spin on the Vegas institution of buffets. Its Studio B Show Kitchen Buffet is integrated with Tina Martini’s live-action cooking studio. Diners can watch this vivacious chef and other cooking demos on the venue’s 117 video monitors.

The 60-minute Martini Time with Chef Tina Martini entertains a live studio audience of 40 with educational demonstrations, complimentary samplings and healthy tips focusing on nutrition, fitness and mind/body. You guessed it—this interactive gastronomical event is yet another first for Vegas. The $39.95 admission covers the chef in action as well as reserved seating at the massive buffet immediately following.

Tucked quietly below the main level off the pool area, the resort’s 23,000-sq.-ft. Spa Mio is definitely a calming retreat after an intense session on the casino floor. The therapeutic sanctuary pampers with relaxation treatments in 16 private rooms, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi wet areas, full-service salon and state-of-the-art fitness center.

As with dining, spa prices are reasonable compared to other facilities in the destination. Suggest your clients request packages like the Spa Mio Tease that bring it all together with a 25-minute massage, 25-minute salt scrub and manicure for $130. Short on time, we snagged a $15 pass allowing access to all Spa Mio amenities aside from treatments.

In the short time since opening, The M Resort is finding great success with repeat business—especially among groups. “For groups, the ratio-to-date is more than 50 percent,” says Varga. “The top reasons guests cite for visiting us again and again are our service, and our food and beverage options. In both areas, we feel we’re top-notch.”

Ultimately, The M Resort’s individual amenities and venues each have their own distinctive thumbprint. But you’ll certainly recognize how seamlessly and creatively these personalities converge into a single family.