M-Bay’s gold-tinted high-rise towers are like elegant exclamation points at the Strip‘s southern end. A posh casino is accented by two boutique hotels: the Four Seasons, a nongaming hideaway; and the modern Delano, splashed with contemporary art and a top-tier spa. Don’t miss the dizzying 64th-floor Skyfall Lounge reached via a glass elevator, or the equally sky-high Foundation Room. Also check out Red Square’s ice vodka bar and the House of Blues concert venue for live shows by big-name touring acts.
M-Bay’s showy dining options include Hubert Keller’s Fleur, Michael Mina’s StripSteak, Alain Ducasse’s Rivea, and Charlie Palmer’s steakhouse. Open since St. Patrick’s Day in 2011, Rí Rá Irish Pub features the USA’s first officially licensed Guinness logo shop. It’s located in the adjacent Mandalay Place mall, which is also where you’ll find Top Chef Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood restaurant and tequila-soaked Hussong’s Cantina. At the Delano hotel, Della’s Kitchen is your best bet for breakfast and brunch, while the clubby Franklin lounge mixes imaginative top-shelf cocktails.
For kids, the Shark Reef is a glass-tunneled walk-through aquarium that’s overpriced, but is arguably the most humane animal attraction on the Strip. Just outside Mandalay Bay hotel, families will also love the artificial wave pool and faux beach with real California sand (what, there’s not enough sand in the Mojave Desert?). For an adults-only scene, head to Daylight pool club or topless Moorea Beach Club for DJs, cocktails, and bathing beauties. After dark, Light nightclub has a kaleidoscopic dance floor where Cirque du Soleil-style aerialists perform overhead.