Anyone who has ever dreamed of bathing in chocolate will be mesmerized by the 27-foot-tall freestanding fountain of melted chocolate that emerges from the Bellagio’s Jean-Philippe Patisserie, helmed by executive pastry chef Jean-Philippe Maury. The fountain, which took a year-and-a-half to plan, is the largest chocolate fountain in the world and circulates nearly two tons of melted dark, milk and white chocolate at a rate of 120 quarts a minute.
Jean-Philippe Patisserie: 702-693-8788
Wynn’s Hot Outfit
The hotly anticipated $2.7 billion Wynn resort, which opened last month, raised the curtain on 75,000 square feet of tony retail shops from Dior and Graff to Oscar de la Renta and Manolo Blahnik. Included among these is Outfit, a Wynn-owned multibrand boutique catering to cutting-edge design. “The first piece we sold from this store was Margiela,” said buyer Todd Hanshow. “And I don’t know how many people said you can’t sell that here.” In fact, they not only sold Margiela like hot cakes in the first few days after its April 28 opening, but had to pull out back stock for pieces from Zac Posen and Narciso Rodriguez. The store has the Vegas exclusive on Jil Sander, but it is also doing brisk business with lines such as Narciso Rodriguez, Proenza Schouler, Blumarine, Ferre, Tufi Duek, Yigal Azrouel and more.
Outfit at Wynn Resort: 702-770-3465
Bumping and grinding is hardly new to Las Vegas, but doing it with more style and less skin is. Now, Hollywood’s famous Pussycat Dolls burlesque troop, dolled up in fishnets, bustiers and leather, has brought a Thirties flavor to Sin City with the recently opened show in the Pussycat Dolls Lounge adjacent to Pier nightclub in Caesars Palace.
The shows play about every 30 minutes and feature the Dolls strutting their stuff to rock and Eighties music while singing, dancing and even swinging. Los Angeles celebrity guest performers have included the likes of Paris Hilton, Charlize Theron and Christina Aguilera. Eva Longoria of “Desperate Housewives” performed for the opening of the Vegas club.
Caesars Palace: 877-427-7243 (toll free)
The fourth beauty bar, famous for its martini-and-manicure happy hour, opened its new location in Vegas this month, following outposts in New York, Hollywood and San Francisco. Patrons can get their nails done while sipping down Prell and Shampoo cocktails at the new spot, located in the old strip on Fremont Street, once a Rat Pack haunt and currently in resurrection mode. Guests at the opening soiree included Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, who was the first manicure customer, and former mobster-turned-manicurist Frankie Fingers. Like the other locations, vintage hair-dryer chairs and other salon tchotchkes lend a nostalgic air to the 2,100-square-foot lounge designed in the spirit of a Fifties beauty salon.
Beauty Bar: 702-646-2168
Both the Wynn resort and the spa inside of it share one surprising element — at least for Las Vegas: They are bathed in natural light with sun-drenched atriums, bamboo and artfully placed fountains. And like the resort, the Asian-Moroccan-styled spa is pure luxury all the way — from the spacious changing room to the two cold plunge pools and deluge shower, complete with a $25,000 shower head. Two long, regal halls punctuated by stone Buddhas house 45 rooms for services ranging from a sake and rice body treatment to a La Mer facial. The downside: Only hotel guests may use the spa.
Wynn Resort Spa: 702-770-3900