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Vegas Hot Spots

Sin City still has bragging rights to some of the best restaurants, resorts and spas for tourists.

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POOL PARTIES
Wet Republic, MGM Grand, 702.891.3563
Tao Beach, Venetian Resort Casino, 702.388.8588
XS, Wynn Encore, 702.770.0097
Rehab, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 702.693.5555

If it’s a Sunday afternoon during pool season, all dedicated party people worth their (margarita) salt end the weekend at one of the city’s infamously raucous pool parties. Wet Republic’s Daylife Sundays (left) garners celebs such as Sean Combs and DJs like Danny Tenaglia. The Sunset Sessions at Tao Beach top off a weekend-long party that’s an extension of one of the city’s hottest nightclubs. XS’ Poolside Sundays packs in the local scenesters after 10 p.m. And Rehab still holds the most party-hearty daytime bacchanalia.

Details: Most pool venues are now open seven days a week; call for daybed and VIP reservations. In addition to fun in the sun, expect gourmet food, pool-side massages, frozen beverages and cabanas with such amenities as ceiling fans and plasma TVs.

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RARE 120
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
702.693.5500

Lonnie Moore and Mike Malin, the brains behind such L.A. celebrity hot spots as Geisha House and Les Deux, have finally opened a Vegas venue: Rare 120 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “It’s girl-friendly and feels like a party inside,” said Moore. “The clientele will compete with The Hotel and the Wynn, but will still have a rock ’n’ roll attitude.” The three-month-old steakhouse boasts refreshing appetizers such as Hawaiian ahi and hamachi tartare with mint and lemon chili sorbet ($16) and rice-cracker tuna with blood-orange lime aioli ($12). Follow that up with Polynesian chicken wings with tupelo honey ($12) or a tender 10 oz. filet mignon ($39). “Before going to Rehab on Sundays,” said Moore of the infamous Vegas pool party, “hit up our bikini brunch.”

Details: Open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 5:30 p.m.-midnight; Friday and Saturday until 1 a.m.

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M RESORT SPA CASINO
12300 Las Vegas Blvd., S.
702.797.1000

Perched more than 400 feet higher than any other resort on the Strip, this four-month-old South Strip property offers breathtaking views, skylights on the casino floor (natural light!) and Vegas’ first “in-running” betting that allows wagering on live sporting events during play. With only 390 rooms and suites, guests at the M enjoy more personal attention than at the larger hotels. “We are bringing back the old Las Vegas hands-on approach,” said M Resort Chairman and CEO Anthony Marnell. Dining options include nine restaurants and five bars, all owned and operated by the property. Hostile Grape has made the biggest splash, serving a whopping 160 wines by the glass via prepaid cards that allow for one-, three- or five-ounce pours.

Details: Hostile Grape is open Thursday
3 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday
3 p.m.-1 a.m.

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ELEVENSPA
Town Square
702.967.1100

In-the-know locals have been frequenting this Town Square oasis for more than a year, and even more have been flocking to it since its February launch party drew Eva Longoria Parker and celebrity hairdresser Ken Paves, who has a hair salon at the spa. Popular treatments at the 20,000-sq.-ft. spa include a 90-minute Glitterati Body ultra-exfoliation and pink diamond massage ($245) and customized 60-minute Ocean’s Eleven Facial ($140). To add to the pampering, white-glove butler champagne service is available anywhere in the co-ed facility. “What’s a day at the spa without bubbles?” quipped owner Nicole Oden. A fantasy pool area, with six water pods and crystal chandeliers, offers up romance, as do six couples rooms — all accessible by a private helipad across the street. “I have literally pulled out all the stops to make it the most decadent, indulgent spa experience you could ever imagine,” Oden said.

Details: Open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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