Las Vegas Jet Lag Journal: Asian Influence
The Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas is dark, quiet and chic. It is the un-Vegas of hotels on the Strip. It feels Zen and calming, and the rooms themselves are beautiful.
I took a deep, cleansing breath as soon as I walked into my hotel room. And then I could not get myself into that bathtub fast enough! The bright orange bath products packaging and the television flush to the wall were such a treat. And of course, I found myself back in that tub with Lindsay in our swimsuits and a bottle of prosecco the next day.
Oh, how we missed the big Vegas pool scene at the Cosmopolitan! This pool at the Mandarin was lovely and Zen, but we were clearly the only ones hitting the bottle in the middle of the day. That said, there are still lots of fun treats here. For example, complimentary New York Times and multiple smoothie samples and frozen grapes throughout the day. And when dining poolside, the staff will open a giant orange umbrella to shade you from the heat, and set up your meal on heavy wooden tray tables.
Lindsay had a fit when strangers took two of our chairs that we were saving (for hours and hours with no patrons, but still the fury broke loose). So we were offered a complimentary cabana to appease us. Yes, please! (High roller example #4. See 1-3 here.)
A red-eye flight is a staple in my life. I love to squeeze as much out of a vacation as I can, and in Vegas I’m happy to check my luggage at the bell desk and go for a spa treatment before having drinks at the airport bar and attempting a fitful night’s sleep on the plane. The spa at the Mandarin Oriental embraced their Asian heritage by providing us plenty of green tea and doing a ceremonial shoe exchange at check-in. Then I had an hour long foot massage at the Chinese Foot Salon while cuddled into a deep loveseat and wrapped up in heating pads.
This is an ice machine suspended from the ceiling that slowly dispenses crushed ice into the bowl below to make yourself an icy post-sauna towel.
Then off to the airport for some late night drinks and some shut-eye before work first thing in the morning!