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A Lake Mead houseboat dream come true: Las Vegas chefs from Alizé cook everything for you

A Lake Mead houseboat dream come true: Las Vegas chefs from Alizé cook everything for you
Houseboats will drop anchor on a deserted beach along Lake Mead for a lavish clambake during an upscale on-the-water glamping experience this spring. (Forever Resorts)

Pampered campers: Ready for glamping on water? Houseboats replace the luxury tent or camper and come with personal chefs for an upscale weekend on the water this spring in Southern Nevada.

There'll be plenty of glamour — hence the "glamping" moniker — as Forever Resorts presents its first Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion on vast Lake Mead, about 30 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.

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Chef Mark Purdy of French restaurant Alizé in Las Vegas will team up with his wife to prepare fine cuisine during an exclusive houseboating weekend April 29 to May 1.
Chef Mark Purdy of French restaurant Alizé in Las Vegas will team up with his wife to prepare fine cuisine during an exclusive houseboating weekend April 29 to May 1. (Forever Resorts)

While most trips aboard houseboats require guests to manage their own cooking, this package comes with gourmet meals prepared by two respected Sin City chefs — Mark Purdy and his wife, Tammy Alana.

Both work at the Michelin-starred Alizé French restaurant atop the Palms Casino Resort.

Purdy and Alana will be unobtrusive as they travel in a separate houseboat during the April 29 to May 1 excursion.

The voyage will be a food lover's dream come true. The experiences include:

  • Breakfasts of made-to-order omelets accompanied by freshly baked biscuits and muffins. The libations include Bloody Marys, Kona coffee with grappa and mimosas.
  • A clambake on a deserted beach with not only clams, but lobster, mussels, shrimp and more, followed by homemade desserts by Alana, a pastry chef.
  • A cooking class during which guests will learn to prepare stuffed poussin (young chicken) and veal, both of which will be served as part of that evening’s lavish dinner.
Seventy-foot houseboats with private staterooms, satellite TV and rooftop hot tubs will be deployed for this spring's gourmet weekend on Lake Mead, about 30 miles east of Las Vegas.
Seventy-foot houseboats with private staterooms, satellite TV and rooftop hot tubs will be deployed for this spring's gourmet weekend on Lake Mead, about 30 miles east of Las Vegas. (Forever Resorts)

The two-night, three-day journey will take place aboard a 70-foot houseboat with features such as private staterooms, satellite TV and rooftop sundecks complete with hot tubs.

Luxury, of course, comes at a cost. The excursion is priced at $4,110 per person, based on double occupancy. A maximum of 12 guests will be accommodated on two houseboats.

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