Las Vegas pool season is the real deal. There are experiences for every person, mood, and age. We recently highlighted the Las Vegas dayclubs and pool parties opening for the 2021 pool season. Today we’re going to look at the pools for everyone to enjoy at the different MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties. Altogether there are more than 10 different pool environments at properties that fall under the M Life Rewards loyalty program.
Las Vegas dayclubs and pool parties will be opening around the same time as usual this year despite coronavirus still spreading around the country. The first Las Vegas dayclub and pool parties will be ready for visitors on March 5.
The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas has launched an all-new loyalty program. Much like the new Wynn Rewards program, The Venetian’s Grazie Rewards was designed with every guest in mind. Grazie Rewards provides its loyalty club members with more ways to earn access and benefits than ever before. Grazie Rewards are based on the total amount of money spent throughout the property (including The Palazzo). Spending money at slot machines, table games, hotel, food, and beverage outlets, and retail all go towards earning rewards.
It’s been almost a year since Las Vegas casinos were forced to close. The closures were an effort to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Most properties on the Vegas Strip reopened last June. However, some casinos had to reduce hours or close due to a lack of demand. MGM Resorts will be bringing three Vegas Strip back online for the 24/7 service so many have come to love and expect.
Treasure Island seems to be a forgotten casino on the Vegas Strip. The property was created by Steve Wynn and opened in 1993. Treasure Island isn’t quite old but it isn’t new. Longtime visitors to Las Vegas probably remember Treasure Island for its campy Siren’s Pirate Show that was canceled a few years ago.
In the past few months, I’ve been staying in some of the fantastic Las Vegas casino-hotels. It took some time to feel comfortable staying in hotels again but I’ve modified my visits for the current environment. That means less time hanging out drinking and gambling. There will also be more time in the hotel rooms. You may remember my working holiday at Delano last year. This year, I’ve already stayed in two different Las Vegas casino resorts. In fact, I’m writing this in a hotel room with a view of the Bellagio.
Some slot machines are more popular than others in Las Vegas. The latest slot machine title to get its own dedicated space on a casino floor is Wheel Of Fortune. The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas is dedicating nearly 3,000 square feet of its casino floor to various incarnations of the popular slot game.
Las Vegas is a lot of things to different people. While many enjoy the traditional Vegas vacation of eating, drinking, and gambling there are others looking for more. The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are a testament to those looking for something beyond the typical trip to Las Vegas. Yeah, the Forum Shops are a mall. However, this is one of the busiest malls in the country and it’s connected to one of the most popular casinos in the world – Caesars Palace.
Bellagio changes the display in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens five times a year. Most of the displays are similar to prior years. The current display may be similar to previous years but the overall theme changes annually with the calendar. Guests can now experience “A Season of Love” at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The Lunar New Year display is open through Saturday, March 6.
In December, MGM Resorts announced a unique partnership for visitors driving to its casinos from Arizona, California, and elsewhere. The Vegas Strip casino operator has a multi-year agreement with a company called Fuelster. If you’re not familiar with Fuelster, it’s a company that provides contactless fuel delivery to automobiles.
Wynn Resorts recently announced the debut of Wynn Rewards in Las Vegas. The loyalty rewards program replaces Wynn’s Red Card loyalty program. While this is new to Las Vegas, Wynn Rewards was rolled out earlier in 2020 at Encore Boston Harbor. The program now works at casinos on both sides of the country. In a press release, the company says that Wynn Rewards “offers the finest rewards at the world’s largest Five-Star resort, presenting members with an unmatched level of personalized offers and experiences.”
I was recently speaking with some friends considering a trip to Las Vegas in 2021. They’re generally a little cautious about spending a lot of time inside public places. With that in mind, I’m going to look at some things they, or someone like them, can enjoy in Las Vegas.
The Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continues to evolve. Pok Pok Chicken recently closed all of its locations in the US. It will be replaced by Bāng Bar from chef David Chang. More on that shortly. I want to look at the food hall as a whole because it offers some of the most affordable dining options at the Cosmopolitan.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed Las Vegas in many ways this year. One of the most noticeable differences for visitors is the lack of entertainment. Sure, visiting a casino that isn’t full of people enjoying the gaming, drinking, and dining isn’t the optimal experience but those parts of Las Vegas can still be fun – albeit a different kind of fun.
Circa Resort and Casino in downtown Las Vegas is completely open. We’ve covered the progress of this new downtown Vegas casino from the initial announcement to the halfway point of construction to the casino opening in October. Now the hotel tower and Legacy Club openings. After two years entire Circa Resort and Casino is available for guests to stay, play, eat, and drink.
Downtown Las Vegas will continue to evolve next year. This part of town was considered “Old Vegas” when I first started visiting Sin City. The old casinos in the area were in a bit of disrepair. Playing blackjack on tables with cigarette burns was charming but it wasn’t the kind of experience most people are looking for on vacation.
The next big sporting event that should happen in the US is the 2021 Super Bowl. The Big Game is currently scheduled for Feb. 7, 2021. The NFL is trying to keep on schedule but nobody knows if that will remain intact.
The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is reopening on December 22. Once the Rio opens, all of Caesars’ properties in Las Vegas and around the country will be open. The Rio will be completely open seven days a week from Dec. 23, 2020, through Jan. 3, 2021. After this period, the property will have hours similar to other Caesars Las Vegas casino-hotels.
Donny Osmond will return to Las Vegas next year with his first solo residency at Harrah’s. The announcement by Caesars Entertainment comes less than a year after Donny and Marie ended their 11-year residency at Flamingo. The new show will be the first time guests can get up close and personal with one of the most famous names to grace the Vegas Strip.