Las Vegas has more stars glittering through its cosmos than the Milky Way, and this past week it has sparkled as brightly as ever. The Latin Grammy Awards have been in town which has meant that musical superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin were in need of somewhere to rest their gorgeous heads following the ceremony. So where did they stay?
Las Vegas is one of the world’s best destinations for celebrity spotting and when there’s an award ceremony or a big boxing match in town, it’s practically impossible to turn around without seeing a top personality. The best places to rub shoulders with the world’s beautiful people are around the luxury hotel malls. The Caesar’s Palace Forum, The Wynn’s Esplanade and Mandalay Place are great places to catch a glimpse of stars stocking up on the kind of luxury goods we’ll all be coveting the following week. Star guests need their privacy though, so if you see a boutique that has been mysteriously closed in the middle of the afternoon, chances are there’s a celeb browsing inside. The Las Vegas club scene also makes for plenty of celebrity eye-candy with Sin City’s pool parties being this year’s hottest hang-outs.
The best guess as to where the lovely J-Lo might have stayed is with the host of the Latin Grammys, the Mandalay Bay. In the past, more than a few glitzy guests have been sighted amidst its South East Asian-inspired splendour including Fergie (the Black Eye Peas lovely, not the grumpy football manager!) and, in happier days, Sandra Bullock honeymoon here too. The Mandalay Bay itself is a fabulous five-star, but family gal J-Lo was apparently laying low in Vegas last week and, although top hotels never reveal their celebrity guest list, it is rumoured that Jen and husband Marc Anthony tucked themselves away in the serene Four Seasons instead.
Located on the 35th to the 39th floors of the Mandalay Bay tower, the Four Seasons offers its illustrious guests paparazzi-free access to their accommodation via a pretty porte-cochere and private elevators. The first thing I noticed when I entered was the hush of the lobby. There’s no casino cacophony here – slot machines are banned – in fact the only thing to be heard is the occasional click of a Louis Vuitton clasp – it’s lovely, like an oasis of calm amidst the Vegas madness, and the perfect celebrity hideaway.
The most fabulous suites have a show-stopping one hundred and eighty degree view of the Strip, a kitchen, a dining room, a host of bedrooms, and a grand piano – perfect for an impromptu in-room performance! The spa-like bathrooms are enormous with lots of chic Italian marble, gold fittings and L’Occitane goodies. Although it’s been reported in the past that Lady J requests a jar of her favourite Creme de la Mer face cream for her bathroom amenities, as well as white sheets and furnishings, and Jo Malone candles to scent the star’s space.
The Four Season’s prides itself on its poolside pampering, and with good reason. The pool area itself is designed in the style of a verdant tropical garden with super-comfortable Daydream sunbeds (I loathe plastic pool furniture) and sweet little arbours to hide away when the wrinkle-causing midday sun gets too much.
I need not have worried about the aging effects of the sun, though, as to my surprise and delight there were suncream stations positioned around the pool – how nice! And I didn’t need to worry about dehydrating myself either as it seemed that every time I started to feel like a delicate flower wilting in the sun, a pool-angel would appear to water me with ice-cold drinks, chilled fruit, sprays of Evian, cold towels, and cucumber slices for any puffiness that may have been threatening my eyes. I was already enjoying feeling so pampered but when the “Spa Tapas” came round I entered a new Zen-like level of happiness. FS pool guests can enjoy a twenty-five minute foot massage that uses cool scoops of fragrant body butters to soothe away any tension that might have been accrued from walking to and from the whirlpool baths. VIP guests can choose from green tea and lime leaf, pomegranate and cranberry, or mango and mandarin – all gorgeous! The star treatment finishes with cool towel wrap and a spritzes of neroli water.
If there’s one place that demands a bit of bling, its Vegas baby so make sure you shimmer in this fabulous Maxmara Gold Dress.