Affordable Travel Guide to ARIA Resort & Casino

A Self-Contained Hedonistic Microcosm Amid the Din

ARIA Resort & Casino

Like the expressive melody of an operatic aria, the aptly-named ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas soars a notch above the background music that surrounds it. It’s the perfect solution for people who love the glitz of Vegas, but can’t handle the zoo. Walking past the soothing fountains and into the posh three-story lobby, the Strip melts into a memory and there you are, in opulence and elegance, with everything at your fingertips. You won’t need to leave the building.

One of the most technologically advanced, energy-efficient large hotels in the world, the 4,004-room ARIA opened in December 2009 in the new Las Vegas CityCenter complex, entering the scene with a bang, winning immediate recognition from Forbes magazine for its design and fabulous restaurants. Set into two curvilinear towers, immediately adjacent to the glittering “The Crystals” high-end shopping complex (Tiffany’s anyone?), ARIA is an exotic mix of the sensual and the sublime. For more information, please explore either the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority or the ARIA website.

ARIA’s on-site, lavish casino boasts all the games you can imagine, including off-site betting. Its 10 nightclubs, bars and lounges are indulgent; the design flair is “I wouldn’t decorate my home this way, but it’s so cool for a fantasy getaway.” In the 1,800-seat theater, the permanent show is Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana”, a must-see spectacle. For lovers of the sun and water, there are several pools, three outdoor hot tubs, 80 cabanas, and an outdoor therapy pool within the auspices of the luxury spa and salon.

This is an AAA Five-diamond property, with surprisingly modest standard room rates, to positively regal (check out the two-story Sky Villa with its gold ribbon-like spiral staircase), and amenities that are described in detail at Wikipedia. ARIA has given the nod to ultra-luxe; no detail has been spared.

In this separate, pampering world that is ARIA, you’ll find a range of dining options, from chef Michael Mina’s seafood establishment, American Fish, to a grand buffet to a pizza joint. When you arrive you’ll understand the ARIA Resort & Casino’s tagline: “seduce you”. With no reason to step away from this all-encompassing resort, the seduction is complete and yet never ends.

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