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Entrance Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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(November 21, 2005)

Pool Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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It's hot in Las Vegas in September. You step outside and feel like you've stepped inside an oven. But at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, I am lounging in a private shaded cabana and pool attendants are making the rounds, my face is misted with Evian water. Glasses of lemon ice water are refilled before the ice in the glass melts and chilled towels and cucumber slices are offered to soothe. In the dry, scorching heat of the desert, the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is an oasis of luxury that offers five-diamond service that does not disappoint.


Haven

Lobby Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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Entering the Four Seasons is a calming experience, the ambiance of shimmering marble, polished woods and dazzling flower arrangements is elegant. This is the antithesis of every other hotel in Las Vegas since your senses are not ambushed by cigarette smoke and the electronic babble of poker and slot machines --the Four Seasons has no casino. 

Still a casino is only steps away as the Four Seasons is attached to Mandalay Bay; guests have their own private entrance and elevators into the casino. Unlike your typical sin city hotel, the Four Seasons prefers to focus on exclusive amenities such as: complimentary cabana use, free Wi-Fi Internet access in the lobby and pool areas, morning coffee, newspapers, overnight shoeshine, one-hour pressing, four-hour laundry and dry cleaning, private room bars, 24-hour concierge service, and the aforementioned pool services. With service like that, who needs a casino?

Rooms

Standard Guest Room
 Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

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Four Season's 424 well-appointed guestrooms and suites are located on the top five floors of the Mandalay Bay and offer views of the desert, mountains, and the glittering Las Vegas strip. When I checked into my spacious 500 square foot guestroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, I was in awe of my spectacular view of the entire Las Vegas strip; clearly the best in the city with the added dramatic mountain backdrop.

Guestroom View At Night From 
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

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Guestrooms feature the famous multipillowed, elegantly duveted chariot of sleep - The Four Seasons Bed. There are also an abundance of special touches such as down duvet and pillows, high thread count linens, plush bathrobes and towels, coffee maker, extra long shoe horn, fabric brush, and iron and ironing board with lavender linen spray and starch. In the oversized marble bathroom with its deep soaking tub and separate shower and toilet, you'll find L'Occitane bathroom soaps, shampoo, conditioner, bath salts and shower gel. If you want to sample of the high life check into one of the Four Seasons' 86 suites that range in square footage from 1,100 to 4,400 and have one, two or three bedrooms and are stocked with Bvlgari toiletries.

Dining

Verandah Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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With an elegant hotel comes first-rate dining. The Four Seasons has two restaurants: The Verandah and Charlie Palmer's Steakhouse. The Verandah offers an informal dining experience for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a level of comfortable sophistication. An outdoor terrace and indoor dining area provide the relaxed setting of a Mediterranean mansion overlooking the lush gardens of the Four Seasons pool. The Verandah seats 103 indoors and 106 outdoors. The restaurant also offers two intimate private dining rooms which are ideal for small gatherings, business meetings or private parties. The food is exceptional and the weekend breakfast buffet should not be missed. You can dine al fresco at the pool and have your breakfast or lunch served to you in your plush lounge chair. Lastly, should you wish to dine in your room there is 24 hour room service with an extensive menu.

Spa

The Spa At Four Seasons Hotel 
Las Vegas

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In a city where spas are everywhere, The Spa at Four Seasons adds a Balinese twist to pampering. Kuan Yin, the goddess of compassion, greets you upon arrival and the air is infused with the fragrance of ginger, cloves and cardamom making for a peaceful, relaxing environment. The spa features JAMU Asian spa rituals, which blend exotic ingredients and ancient traditions for internal and external health and beauty. There are sixteen pleasingly appointed treatment rooms where Four Seasons staff will make sure that your pursuit of relaxation and personal well-being is met.

There are dozens of pampering options, the hardest part is choosing. I opt for a package of deep tissue massage and collagen facial. The Spa at Four Seasons is all about the details: While soothing music is played during my massage, I turned over onto my stomach and saw that pink rose petals had been placed in a crystal bowl on the floor below - more beauty to reflect upon. During my facial, my esthetician exfoliated and re-hydrated my complexion back to life. Afterwards as she handed me my robe she was dismayed that it had not been pressed properly, she then insisted on getting me a properly pressed robe -- again the attention to detail. After the treatments I was escorted to a Relaxation Room where lemon water, tea, and zucchini muffins were served. Now that's pampering!

Day View From Guestroom at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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Keeping up your fitness routine is not a problem as the Four Seasons health club is fully equipped with the latest cardio workout equipment. And, should you decide to go for a jog, upon your return you'll be greeted by a cool bottle of Evian water - again the attention to detail is amazing.

Special Touches For Little Guests

While riding in the elevator, I notice a family of four with two adorable long-haired Dachshunds. Dogs (small), as well as children are welcome here. The parents told me when they checked into their suite the room had been childproofed and glasses of milk, cookies, and stuffed teddy bears awaited the children. In the bathroom, each of the children's names was spelled out with colorful sponges in the tub and child-sized robes hung on the door. When the family was busy, the Four Seasons' staff even walked the dogs.

Who Needs Slots?

After a fun few hours of gambling at Mandalay Bay, I was relieved as I entered the exclusive doors back into the Four Seasons. Walking down the quiet foyer it was a relief to return to this serene haven. Clearly, the Four Seasons has a great advantage over its competitors in Vegas: It offers the best of both worlds.

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For more information please visit the following:
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
*Standard room rates range from $250-$550 per night.



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