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The new SLS Hotel & Casino. PHOTO: Getty Images.
Delano hotel at Mandalay Bay.
Giada restaurant in The Cromwell hotel.

Desert Redux

by C California Style

From a newly opened mod, designer hotel to a light-and-airy eatery backed by one of the hottest culinary stars, here’s what’s at the top of the Sin City to-do list.

Loved and loathed for its over-the-top chintz and glitz, Las Vegas is introducing a slew of noteworthy arrivals erring on the side of elevated glamour.

STAY Philippe Starck’s 1,613-room SLS Hotel & Casino (2535 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) on the former site of the legendary Sahara features three distinct towers, eight eateries (try The Griddle Cafe, with short stacks served all day long), seven Fred Segal stores and a nightclub outfitted with Tarek Benaoum calligraphy. The new Delano hotel (3940 Las Vegas Blvd. S.) at Mandalay Bay is marked by a glittering gold facade and a bold entrance flanked by giant boulders. The property offers such perks as a spa with 12 treatment rooms, a beachside casino, and a beach club with nearly 3,000 pounds of real sand, a massive wave pool and 100 cabanas.

DINE For lunch, snag a table at Giada, opened by Food Network host Giada De Laurentiis, inside The Cromwell hotel (3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S.). Don’t miss the hearty margherita pizza and white sangria. Michelin-starred Cantonese hot spot Hakkasan, at the MGM Grand (3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.), serves up stir-fry lobster with sweet and spicy sauce and grilled Wagyu beef. After dinner, adjourn to the restaurant’s 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling Club for a world-renowned DJ set.

Written by Jennie Nunn.