Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Opened in early 1999, Mandalay Bay is tropically themed, with lush landscaping and island features wherever you turn. The 60-acre property is built around an 11-acre tropical lagoon that includes a sand-and-surf beach with a wave generator that creates two-foot swells for body surfers’ California dreaming. There’s also a lazy river ride, water gardens, a variety of pools and a half-mile jogging track to provide a remarkable recreation and outdoor experience. On the indoor scene, Mandalay Bay placed a premium on attracting top-name entertainment when it made the decision to build a 12,000-seat sports and entertainment complex. The events center is the setting for superstar concerts, major sporting events and television specials. The resort also features nightly entertainment in the House of Blues just off the casino floor. The opening line-up at House of Blues included Bob Dylan, Michael Bolton, Blondie, Sheryl Crow and The Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi and John Goodman).
Mandalay Bay’s casino has more than 135,000 square feet filled with 122 gaming tables and 2,400 slot machines. For high-stakes gamblers, there’s an intimate Salon Prive where you can bet thousands while being pampered with deluxe service, food and drink.
When it’s time to refuel, guests have no less than 15 dining choices. Some restaurants overlook the tropical lagoon as well as spill over into its surroundings. The better choices include the China Grill, Aureole of New York, Wolfgang Puck’s Trattoria del Lupo, a Tuscan-themed restaurant, the spicy Border Grill, host of TV’s Too Hot Tamales, and Red Square, an original restaurant where you’ll discover vodka and caviar fit for a Czar. The resort’s 43-story hotel consists of 3,300 rooms and suites with most guest rooms averaging more than 500 square feet and featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, separate tubs and showers, armoires, his and hers closets and imported stone floors and counter tops. There are about 500 suites ranging in size from 700 to 6,670 square feet.