Winter in August at Azure is mostly wishful thinking
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 (11:16 a.m.)
Photo: Sarah Feldberg
You can’t fight mother nature. That was the take-home lesson of Azure’s August 28 Snow Day party with Bridget Marquardt. As delightfully irreverent as a summer snow day sounds, in Las Vegas in August it’s awfully hard to deliver. So instead of chills, we got a perfect summer day with low humidity, plenty of sun, a strong breeze—and not a chance of snow flurries. The promised snow machine slated to give partygoers a taste of winter was a no-show thanks to strong winds, and a snowman-shaped ice sculpture melted into a skinny ice stud in the summer heat.
But the lack of winter-themed attractions didn’t stop anyone from having a good time. Bridget arrived to cheers in a sparkling bikini of her own design and took a dip in the pool as staffers showered her and the rest of the crowd in champagne. And the warm day couldn’t take the chill out of the bar’s made-to-order alcoholic snow cones, which came with whatever blend of booze and mixers revelers desired. (Bartender’s recommendation: Ciroc Coconut and pineapple.) Even without a snow day on the schedule, these icy treats were so fun to eat, I’d order them all summer long.
With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.