Majestic Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Luxury, sophistication, elegance, and warmth are just some of the words that can aptly describe the glorious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. From the moment you set foot onto the triple Forbes Five-Star award-winning property, you’re transported into a world of opulence.
Check in at the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor, which offers stunning views of the Strip, and where a beverage and warm towel awaits you. Also there is the Mandarin Bar for amazing cocktails and bar snacks in a vibrant atmosphere. And just by the elevator is one of my favorite features, the Moet Champagne Vending Machine, the first of its kind in the U.S., and so fun!
The 47-story non-gaming hotel has 392 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites, high-tech enhancements with automated control panels to manage lighting, entertainment, and room temperatures at the touch of a button.
Dining at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a treat in itself. You’ll be spoiled with the talents of three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire at his restaurant Twist. Indulge in the six-course Grand Tasting Menu, which is as decadent as it is delicious.
MOzen Bistro offers up authentic Asian cuisine and world-class fare. Instead of a traditional breakfast when ordering room service, try the Japanese bento breakfast. You will not be disappointed!
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is on another level of relaxation experiences. With 17 treatment rooms, a yoga studio, pool, and gym, you can truly enjoy a different kind of Vegas during your stay. The stunning Shanghai 1930s design and tranquility will make you not want to leave.
The blend of modern techniques with Eastern traditions in their treatments is bliss. Choose from full body cleanses, clay treatments to release toxins, facials, vitality pool soaks, steam rooms, ice fountains, and five different type of shower journeys.
It’s an urban oasis that spans the entire seventh and eighth floor of the property, and with floor-to-ceiling windows, you’ll unwind while enjoying the incredible views.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas sucks you in, pampers you, feeds you, spoils you, and entertains you at the highest level that you will be far pushed to find another experience on the Strip that even comes close. MandarinOriental.com
The Ranch at Laguna Beach
In a departure from the typical hotels you’d expect in the area, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers something unique and is a perfect addition to the Orange County enclave.
An hour south of Los Angeles, The Ranch is nestled just inside the walls of Aliso and Wood Canyons, where the majestic mountains meet the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by 87 acres of lush greenery and all the beauty nature has to offer.
In addition, the resort is the first and only hotel in California to join the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
The 97-room boutique hotel has an authentic beach cottage vibe with sophisticated charm in abundance. The rooms boast beautifully appointed decor of distressed woods, craft stonework, and vibrant color schemes. Each room features state-of-the-art technology, an oversized walk-in shower, and a mini refrigerator.
Enjoy a bite poolside at The Pond, pick up a snack on the go from Ben’s Pantry, or partake in a leisurely meal at Harvest, which highlights the best California has to offer on its menu.
Sycamore Spa is the perfect place to decompress from city life and surrender to the beautiful climate, soothing breeze, and perfect blend of earth and sea, which they incorporate into their therapies. A must-try experience is the Plein Air massage, which takes place outdoors in the two-acre Scout Camp surrounded by massive eucalyptus trees, verdant canyon walls, and the half-acre organic garden. It’s truly transformational.
The Ranch is also a perfect place to hold a wedding or treasured event thanks to dramatic backdrops and incredible mountain views your guests will love. TheRanchLB.com
When Lionfish opened its doors in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, it promised to bring a hip vibe, healthy food, and delicious modern coastal cuisine—and it surely has delivered.
The beautifully decorated two-level space at the Pendry Hotel showcases amazing ambience, fresh-catch menu items, and innovate twists from local chef JoJo Ruiz.
The rotating sushi menu and trademark Nigiri flights featuring big eye tuna, ora king, salmon and baja hiramasa are just to whet your appetite. Seared scallops with brown butter and roasted pistachios, spicy grilled octopus on marble potatoes with cilantro aioli are highlights. Lionfish also has an impressive farm-friendly menu with dry aged New York steak with black truffle bordelaise or lamb tartar with yogurt and fennel.
Set in the heart of downtown, it’s also a perfect spot for happy hour with popular craft cocktails and yummy small bites. There’s something special about Lionfish and as a newcomer to the impressive dining scene, it really sets itself apart and worthy of a visit. LionFishSD.com
Nine-Ten Nails It
Award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant in the Grande Colonial Hotel is deserving of its numerous accolades for many reasons. An elegant, contemporary eatery in the heart of beautiful La Jolla, it’s a place serving up evolving California cuisine with a focus on produce from local artisan farmers.
At the helm is Chef Jason Knibb who deftly blends his eclectic mix of classic and modern styles, with a sprinkling of his Jamaican heritage to spice things up. A favorite first course on the menu is the jerk pork belly with plantain and black-eyed peas. So good! For something lighter the stone fruit salad with burrata, basil, and peach vinaigrette is scrumptious.
You’ll be spoiled for choice deciding on an entree. Smoked maple leaf duck breast with hushpuppies and plums, or the braised Colorado lamb shank with potted polenta and baby broccoli are delightful options.
The specialty cocktails are also reason enough to try Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar, which has critics and diners alike raving about it as one of San Diego’s best places to dine. Nine-Ten.com