ARIA Resort and Casino does Vegas differently. Filled with seemingly endless unexpected indulgences, this heart-of-the-Strip AAA Five Diamond Award- winning property creates an exclusive guest experience marked by incredible attention to detail and myriad state-of- the-art touches.
The surprises start before guests even enter ARIA, with a staggering four miles of fiber-optic cable feeding the 11 million pixels of its towering marquee.
Once inside, Maya Lin's graceful 84-foot "Silver River" sculpture greets guests behind the front desk of ARIA's palatial three-story lobby, setting a tone of sleek contemporary elegance found throughout the resort's 4 million square feet.
Upstairs, every one of ARIA's 4,004 high-tech guest rooms features not only corner views and floor-to-ceiling windows but also 12 layers of bedding and a "goodnight button" that, with a single push, will ready everything from lighting to blackout curtains for a restful night's sleep.
Common areas at ARIA are different too, including a naturally lit casino, a living "green wall" of 14,000 plants (the largest in Nevada) and an opulent million-dollar wine wall. Around the resort's trio of distinctive elliptical pools are nearly three-dozen plush private cabanas and four year-round outdoor hot tubs. ARIA's 80,000-square-foot spa is an adventure in relaxation, including the serene Shio Salt Room clad in illuminated Tibetan salt bricks, genuine micronized diamonds used in its decadent gemstone facial and softly lit Ganbanyoku heated stone beds. As well as the sanctuary of its water garden, Therapy Pool and intimate Fireside Lounge, the Spa Salon at ARIA offers red-carpet-ready pedicures, manicures, makeup and hairstyling.
The resort's food and beverage program displays an unrivaled dedication to quality and customer care, including a Certified Master Sommelier (one of just 186 in the world) and two certified sake sommeliers; a full-time forager charged with sourcing ingredients; and a three-star Michelin chef in Masa Takayama.
While it takes three days to make a single batch of ARIA's wonderfully nuanced sangria, the 70-person staff of Chef Jean-Philippe Maury's Philippe Patisserie craft about 15,000 exquisite pastries every day. Perfectly prepared and presented fish arrives at ARIA's tables within 24 hours of being caught, while a daily delivery flight from Italy further underlines the property's rare commitment to ultra-freshness.
Extraordinary ARIA luxury continues with its fleet of environmentally friendly compressed-natural-gas-powered limos and flagship Rolls-Royce Phantom. The resort is rich with culture too, from the curtain-to-curtain awe of "Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil to museum-quality art pieces.
Boasting 300,000 square feet of meeting space and expert wedding planners creating unforgettable ceremonies and celebrations (including all-inclusive, in-suite and vow- renewal packages), ARIA is also uniquely prepared for special events and occasions.
The inimitable collective effect of all this unparalleled pampering is how ARIA does Vegas.
-Paul Rogers, Brand Publishing WriterCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times