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PARTY LIKE A ROCKSTAR
RPM, Tropicana’s new nightclub, opened on New Year’s Eve with a two-day blowout, and it hasn’t stopped partying since.
Open from 10:30 p.m. until 4 a.m. daily, the club prides itself on being an interactive experience for guests, with special performances by recording artists, DJs, dancers and other acts. DJ Hollywood — named DJ of the Year multiple times by Las Vegas Weekly readers — spins regularly on Wednesdays. Mary J. Blige performed during the opening festivities, and Sean Kingston was set to celebrate his birthday at RPM Saturday with a live performance.
Order a favorite cocktail from one of the club’s three bars or grab a bottle of Champagne from the “Spirit Goddess,” whom you will either find sitting on her lighted swing or mingling with guests on the packed dance floor. For those who want to party and play at the same time, RPM brings a bit of the casino into the club with three blackjack tables and roulette. This nightclub is the first in Vegas to include a gaming lounge.
The club has also become a popular venue for celebrity birthday bashes, including Jordin Sparks of “American Idol” and Evan Peters of “American Horror Story.”
For fans of “Jersey Shore,” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who will be attending MAGIC to support clothing brand Headrush, will host a party at RPM on Valentine’s Day. Headrush will show its 2012 line and Sorrentino’s brother, Marc “The Man” Sorrentino, will DJ.
Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Hours: 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily
ABOVE IT ALL
If you’re itching for a change of scenery, escape the city and see the sights of the nearby Mojave Desert.
But instead of exploring the desert by foot, soar through the air on ziplines for a bird’s-eye view of Bootleg Canyon, Lake Meade, Eldorado Valley and the Las Vegas strip. BC Flightlines, which calls itself Nevada’s “first ever flightline adventure,” takes guests on a two-and-a-half hour tour stretching 1.5 miles. Riders glide on four consecutive lines, which start at 2,546 feet above ground and drop a total of more than 1,000 feet, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph.
Even at the high speeds, the ride is secure, with harnesses featuring advanced technology. The zipping stops without the rider having to touch the line, and additional brakes on each line ensure a safe excursion.
While crossing the desert landscape, guests can see animals in their natural habitat, including lizards, birds, tortoises, and a number of the 40,000 bighorn sheep that call Red Mountain home. Tour guides offer insight into the desert ecosystem.
To document the trip, photographers are available for hire or riders can rent HD Go Pro video cameras to capture their own memories.
1512 Industrial Road
Boulder City, NV
Hours: Open daily, call for tour times and availability.
Cost: $169, $99 for children
Recover from traveling or work at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Reliquary Spa. Relax in the bathhouse, which features Turkish-inspired decorative tile, with private cabana-style alcoves and a hot thermal water soaking pool. The coed bathhouse accommodates 80, and is a haven away from the Strip.
A fully stocked bar serves fresh juices like cucumber, Asian pear and blood orange, as well as liquor and cocktails. The signature drink is the Lavender Lemon Drop, a mix of Grey Goose citron vodka and lemon and lavender syrups.
Among spa services are the Ancient Cane Ritual ($225), a treatment unique to Reliquary. This 80-minute massage utilizes raw sugar cane juice mixed with oils to exfoliate and moisturize skin. As part of the ritual, bamboo reeds are drummed, tapped and rolled along the body to restore energy and balance.
Another spa signature is the Fountain of Youth facial ($215), which works to combat environmental stresses to the skin with a warm paraffin mask that helps the unique combination of products work deeper into the skin.
The spa also has a fitness center with TVs in front of every cardiovascular machine, so guests can be entertained while they get their hearts pumping.
And to get someone else’s heart pumping, try a pole dancing class, offered through February.
Hard Rock Hotel
4455 Paradise Road
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
SPECTACLE ON THE STRIP
Looking for some high-energy Vegas-style entertainment? Check out “Absinthe,” playing in a wooden tent outside of Caesar’s Palace for a limited engagement.
The acro-cabaret variety show, named best new show of 2011 by Vegas Seven magazine, takes the audience on a wild ride, mixing acrobatics, burlesque and comedy. Performers tightrope above the audience, headstand on each other, act out a crude sock puppet routine, and sing while stripping.
No two shows are ever the same, with lots of ad-libbing. Through it all, the show’s producer and MC, Voki Kalfayan, who calls himself “The Gazillionaire,” taunts the audience. It’s an intimate setting: With the front row a mere foot from the stage and only six rows of seats and booths, nobody is more than 25 feet from the action.
Performers often interact with the audience, touching them as they leave the stage or even making them part of the show. The Gazillionaire claims he once got a Marine in uniform to make out with a “Beverly Hills 90210” star in exchange for a free drink of “lucid absinthe.”
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Show times: Tuesday through Sunday 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.
Cost: General Admission $79, VIP reserved seating $109