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The Venetian

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The spirit of Italy is alive in The Venetian resort, complete with frescos, plenty of pasta, canals, gondolas and strolling performers. The hotel offers spacious, beautifully appointed suites, an impressive upscale shopping center, a wide variety of gourmet restaurants and cafés, several attractions and more.

The breathtaking megaresort combines the latest technology and the venerable art and culture of the European jewel: Venice. The Venetian’s take on this world-renowned city is a must-see. Coming to this resort is the next best thing to visiting Venice itself. Plus, The Venetian is an eco-friendly property with an impressive array of green initiatives in place — like LED lighting, solar panels, a reclaimed water system, eco-safe cleaning products, low-flush toilets and much more.

As you enter the lobby, don’t be surprised by the visitors taking pictures of the ceiling as if they were in the Sistine Chapel: A detailed, exquisite fresco covers the arched ceiling leading from the registration desk to the casino, promising great things.

The accommodations at The Venetian are aesthetically stunning as well as technologically advanced, with refinements from Italian marble in the bathrooms to 32-inch flat-screen HDTVs, wireless internet access and minibars. At the Venezia Tower, the resort’s luxury tower designed to impart an even higher sense of refinement, the suites start at 700 square feet and boast 9.5-foot-high ceilings, 130-square-foot bathrooms, three telephones, multiple flat-screen TVs and Roman tubs with separate glass-enclosed showers, among other things.

Take a ride along a canal in the popular gondolas that run outdoors and through The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo. This impressive Italian street-themed retail complex features an abundance of exclusive stores, priceless art and even performers, sure to please the avid shopper. Authentic cobblestone covers the shopping mecca.

After shopping, there’s more fun to be had at the internationally beloved Madame Tussauds Las Vegas wax museum.

Treat your taste buds at any of the numerous acclaimed fine dining restaurants that The Venetian has to offer, which include the creations of culinary giants Thomas Keller (of Bouchon and Bouchon Bakery) and Tom Moloney (of AquaKnox). Buddy V’s, a restaurant by “Cake Boss” star and internationally renowned baker Buddy Valastro, features an Italian-American menu and is inspired by Valastro’s family gatherings and the beloved recipes passed down by his mother, grandmother and aunts. Carlo’s Bakery, which serves Valastro’s famous cannolis, Italian cookies and cakes, is adjacent to it.

Enjoy gourmet pub fare paired with artisanal brews in the Public House, or sink your teeth into a succulent cut of meat at Delmonico Steakhouse. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar features delicious Southern fare and an outstanding brunch, but also an innovative cocktail menu with a special on-site ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut blocks to create many of the libations.Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s restaurant B&B Burger & Beer has a menu that features local ingredients and the beer-driven beverages that are sourced from Las Vegas and Southern California craft breweries. Traditional and contemporary takes on Italian cuisine abound in Canaletto, B&B Ristorante and Zeffirino. Plus, there’s an extensive menu of international favorites and 20 fine desserts at the Grand Lux Café.

If you want to pamper your body as lovingly as your palate, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub should not be missed. It’s the largest spa in town with more than 120 different services and activities including massages, beauty treatments, fitness classes, wellness training and more.

There is also no shortage of nightlife thanks to the celebrity-studded Tao nightclub and other smaller yet ultra chic venues such as the V Bar and Oculus. The Bellini Bar serves up specially crafted Bellinis and a long list of beers, wines and cocktails nightly. The Rockhouse, a dive bar designed like an adult playground with tire swings, birdcages, billiards, beer pong tables and a mechanical bull, is open in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo.

With pools that resemble the fountains of Italian palazzos and amenities that will leave you exclaiming “Bellissimo!” Venice’s twin sister city has come afloat at The Venetian. Ah, la dolce vita!

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