Honoring our shining stars

Housekeepers and maintenance engineers are the backbone of any resort operation. Here at Club de Soleil, a sunny French Mediterranean-style property near the world famous Las Vegas Strip, we took the opportunity recently to celebrate their hard work with a day a food, fun and recognition. Nearly 20 of our most valuable team members gathered on the Club 1 tennis court, where they participated in a series of contests that tested their steadiness, challenged their precision and relieved them of their senses.

“Thank you for taking the time to join us for our celebration,” assistant general manager Thomas Price told the assembled prior to the competition. “We appreciate what you do here every day and extend our sincere gratitude to you for your hard work and dedication. I am constantly amazed by your ability to keep smiling and maintain a positive attitude, so it is with great pleasure that we hold this special day for you.”

Splitting into two teams for each event, the participants competed in what may be termed a Housekeeper Olympics, where the winners earned gold-colored medals, the accolades of their peers and bragging rights for an entire year.

SHAKY TRAY RELAY RACE

Club de Soleil Las Vegas Housekeeper Appreciation Week

First to test their skill was the four-person Shaky Tray Relay Race, a nervy balance exercise that required each contestant to carry a tray of wobbly shower amenities from the tennis court baseline to a partner standing at the net. That individual in turn would retrace the steps back to the baseline and hand off the tray to another waiting teammate. If the contents of the tray spilled before each carrier reached the desired destination, the individual was required to return to the original starting point, reset the amenities and try again, meanwhile falling ever farther behind. This was repeated four times until the team with the steadiest gate crossed the finish line first without a spill.

WILD WILD WASHCLOTH

Club de Soleil Las Vegas Housekeeper Appreciation Week

Next was the Wild Wild Washcloth, a pressure-packed exercise in fast folding aptitude where the winners were judged to have folded the most towels in three minutes. The catch? Each folded washcloth had to meet a strict set of guidelines as determined by management, which was as follows:

Guideline 1: the label must hidden.
Guideline 2: the fluffy ends must be visible on both sides.

Folded towels that did not conform to these exacting standards were disqualified.

Lastly, Can’t See Sheet was an object lesson in ocular independence. For this event, two teams of two blindfolded participants stood face to face holding an outstretched bed sheet. The team to fold it neat, fold it fast and fold it first was declared the winner.

Thanks to our valuable guest room attendants and all our team members for their dedication and hard work. We appreciate their efforts and hope to make Housekeeper Appreciation Day a yearly event.

Book a stay today at Club de Soleil and get to know our shining stars!

 

You’ll fall for Las Vegas in autumn

It is almost impossible to think of Las Vegas without our ubiquitous entertainment options (read: gambling, eating, shopping and partying) coming immediately to mind. There is much more to experience here than the stereotype, however, and with cooling weather accompanying the arrival of September, fall is a great time to plan a visit to Club de Soleil and sample autumnal Las Vegas. Club de Soleil is a sunny and charming French Mediterranean-themed property just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Book your fall visit today!

Pumpkin Patches in Las Vegas

Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch

For more than 20 years, Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch has been providing excellent pumpkin choices to residents and visitors of Las Vegas. They do a step beyond that to celebrate Halloween with games, rides, and other activities. Their main location is Boca Park, but they have since branched out and have several locations. Boca Park is open October 5 -31. Additional locations open October 12-31.

Gilcrease Orchard

Have a craving for delicious donuts and apple cider to go along with your pumpkin hunting adventure? How about a caramel apple? You can get those things and more at Gilcrease Orchard. This is a genuine pumpkin patch. That’s right. You’ll find a field where the pumpkins were actually grown. The small hay maze and hayride are free and so is the parking.

Las Vegas fall activities Gilcrease Ranch

Las Vegas Farm

Las Vegas Farm has been around since 1961 and open to the public since 1968. It is truly a one-of-a-kind landmark here in the Las Vegas Valley, and an ideal place for the entire family to enjoy. The Farm offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with many different animals, including chickens, peacocks, ducks, a goose, turkeys, goats, pigs, horses, cows, a mule, a llama, rabbits, cats, tortoises and more.

Fall Festival activities will include cow train for toddlers, pony rides, amazing maize maze, concession stand and more. Visitors will find a large selection of specialty pumpkins and squash, along with artisanal breads, jams/jellies, amazing local honey, and fresh farm eggs.

McKee Ranch

Mckee Ranch is open year-round, but it has a special event each autumn. This is a special area that will delight the entire household. There are horses, pigs, sheep, chickens, and more! You can even meet Duncan the Donkey and Oreo the Goat. There are plenty of scenic areas for photo taking.

Haunted Houses in Las Vegas

Vegas Fright Nights

The spooky fun is hosted by Opportunity Village inside the Magical Forest. Begin the night with a visit to the Nightmare Manor where you may meet a demonic spirit or two. If you can make it through that experience, join the brave souls who are coming face to face with the scariest clowns you’ll ever meet.

 

The Trilogy of Terror

Ranked the scariest haunt in the country by USA Today and number one in Vegas by Las Vegas Weekly, this is the longest running horror show in town and a local and tourist favorite since 1992. Trilogy of Terror is home to three critically acclaimed haunted houses, including the first and only R-rated haunt in Nevada, the shocking Gates of Hell.

Asylum and Hotel Fear

They’ve been scaring Las Vegas residents and visitors for 20 years. We think they know pretty well what’s going to make us run screaming for an exit. Does that stop us? No! We love the thrill, and we are betting that you will, too. What makes this experience so cool is that the stories are linked. Feeling that romantic Halloween vibe? Why not get married at The Haunt? Sounds like a great idea to us!

Fun Things to Do with Kids in Fall

Springs Preserve Haunted Harvest

Make the Haunted Harvest at Springs Preserve an annual tradition for your household – an added part of your Halloween season events to remember. Trick-or-Treat stations and the Boo Town Train are sure to be a hit this year! You’ll also find a petting zoo, hay maze, crafts, live entertainment, food, games, and more!

 

HallOVeen at Magical Forest

HallOVeen at the Magical Forest of Opportunity Village celebrates its sixth year! They are open October 5-7, 12-14 and 19 -31. Get ready for the fascinated exclamations you’re sure to hear from everyone in the household when it comes to the enchanting Halloween themed decorations along the winding trails. Ride the Forest Express Ghost Train, Cheyenne’s Enchanted Carousel, and The Blizzard Mini-Coaster.

Free things to do in Las Vegas!

It’s easy to lose your money in Vegas. All it takes to land in the red is a run of bad luck at the tables or a greedy machine. Fortunately, there are a lot of free things to do in Las Vegas. They may not compensate for your losses, but at least you’ll have something to do before boarding the plane back to boredom. We present our five favorite freebies for you here on the Club de Soleil blog.

OUR TOP 5 VEGAS FREEBIES!

  1. If you’ve lost your loot at Circus-Circus, just look up. You can watch acrobats flying through the air high above the casino floor at no charge every half hour.

2. Everything goes better with chocolate – even the bitter taste of bankruptcy – so take a tour of local chocolate maker Ethel M and enjoy the free samples. Also free? The 10-mile walk from the Strip to Ethel M’s suburban Henderson headquarters.

3. Made of chrome, the 9-foot-tall Lucky Cat at the Cosmopolitan spits out free fortunes to those who place their hand on his paw. On second thought, maybe you should have visited Lucky before you lost your money.

4. Hungry but short of cash after spending your last $95 getting married at the chapel inside the Fremont Street Denny’s? Free pancakes come with every wedding!

5. Take a rueful selfie at The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, the iconic, double-backed sign that says hello and goodbye to visitors driving on either side of 5100 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Open 24 hours, the sign will help you remember the time you went to Las Vegas, bet it all on red, and spent the next three days looking for free things to do.

Please click here to read 26 more, submitted to the World Wide Web by local writer Andrea Bennett.

CLUB DE SOLEIL

Club de Soleil evokes the warmth and charm of the French Mediterranean three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. It is divided into two distinct properties, Club 1 and Club 2. Club’s 162 suites offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy. Guests can enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center and numerous onsite activities. Book a visit today!

Las Vegas Labor Day weekend activities

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer in Las Vegas (if not the sunshine and triple digit temperatures). Predictably, more than 300,000 people are expected in town to wring every last drop of fun out of the remaining days of summer. Las Vegas being Las Vegas, they will have no shortage of opportunities to live it up one last time before the hot months give way to fall and football. Labor Day weekend visitors to Club de Soleil, a charming French Mediterranean-themed property just minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, are encouraged to enjoy the numerous pool parties and nightlife opportunities that mark the last three-day weekend of the year.

Club de Soleil evokes the warmth and charm of the French Mediterranean three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. It is divided into two distinct properties, Club 1 and Club 2. Club’s 162 suites offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy. Guests can enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center and numerous onsite activities.

Club’s comfortable guest suites offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy and feature numerous desirable amenities, including separate bedrooms and full kitchens. Guests can enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center and numerous onsite activities. Club also provides a shuttle with daily service to two Strip hotels and weekly tours to popular local destinations.

Don’t miss the fun!

Book your Las Vegas Labor Day weekend visit to Club de Soleil!

Own your vacation at Club de Soleil!

Las Vegas vacation ownership Club de Soleil

The decision to own your vacation comes with numerous considerations. These include your budget, your travel frequency and your vacation style. They are different for everyone, but one thing is certain: People who become vacation owners at Club de Soleil, a charming French Mediterranean-themed property in Las Vegas, are more passionate about their vacations, tend to travel more often and are more likely to participate in memorable activities at their destination. We are in Las Vegas, after all!

Las Vegas vacation ownership Club de SoleilAccording to an online survey, vacation owners will budget more for vacations than non-owners, travel longer and farther, spend more on travel per year, and take a wider range of vacations, including family reunions, annual getaways, special occasions and outdoor adventures.

When you become a vacation owner with Club de Soleil, conveniently located just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, vacation instantly becomes a more important part of your life. Evoking the warmth and charm of the French Mediterranean, Club de Soleil is divided into two distinct properties on West Tropicana Avenue in Las Vegas.

Club de Soleil evokes the warmth and charm of the French Mediterranean three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. It is divided into two distinct properties, Club 1 and Club 2. Club’s 162 suites offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy. Guests can enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center and numerous onsite activities.

Club’s comfortable guest suites offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy and feature numerous desirable amenities, including separate bedrooms and full kitchens. Guests can enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center and numerous onsite activities. Club also provides a shuttle with daily service to two Strip hotels and weekly tours to popular local destinations.

Join our Club de Soleil Vacation Club family!

July 4th comes to Las Vegas!

You have a lot of options if you’re staying with us over the Fourth of July holiday and looking for a place to watch the celebratory fireworks. The night sky will alight with colorful explosions all over Las Vegas, from the world famous Strip just three miles from charming Club de Soleil to the far reaches of the valley. Click here for a comprehensive list of Las Vegas fireworks locations as we celebrate the Fourth of July!

Summer barbecue returns to Club!

As if our weekly wine and cheese soiree wasn’t enough temptation for one week, we’re following it up the very next day with our popular poolside barbecue.  Dictionary.com defines soiree as “an evening party or social gathering, especially held for a particular purpose.” Here at Club de Soleil, a charming French Mediterranean property just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, we can’t think of a better purpose than wine and cheese. That’s why we’re offering the perfect pairing every Tuesday from 3-5 p.m.

The next day, Wednesday, we present our  our poolside barbecue from noon-1 p.m. every Wednesday through Labor Day. The free barbecue, featuring juicy and delicious hamburgers, is limited to 24 guests so please reserve your spot with the concierge. Charming Club de Soleil, a sunny timeshare property in Las Vegas, features spacious condo-style accommodations with separate bedrooms and full kitchens in some units. We have also have 24-pools and hot tubs for your convenience. Book an enjoyable stay today!

Las Vegas Club de Soleil summer barbecue

Take scenic pictures of Las Vegas’ nearby natural attractions

Today, June 15, is Nature Photography Day in America the Beautiful. If you enjoy a good road trip and taking photos of natural scenic wonders, it is easy to indulge your passions on your visit to Las Vegas and Club de Soleil, a charming French Mediterranean property just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

In accordance with Nature Photography Day, we thought now would be a good time to reveal our Top 5 favorite destinations. All of them offer breathtaking vistas and wonderful photo opportunities. Best of all, they’re just a short drive from Club de Soleil on West Tropicana Avenue.

 

RED ROCK CANYON (NEVADA)
20 MILES FROM CLUB DE SOLEIL

Visited by more than two million people each year, the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area showcases a set of red sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 feet high, making them popular hiking and climbing destination. The 13-mile scenic loop provides vehicle access to many of the features in the area and offers breathtaking views of the rock formations. A visitor center is located at the start of the loop road inside the park.

Home to some of the best rock climbing in the world
Rich eco system
Has host of petroglyphs throughout park
$7 per car to get in
Abundant wildlife
Open from sunup to sundown
Most trails are well marked

 

DEATH VALLEY (CALIFORNIA)
142 MILES FROM CLUB DE SOLEIL

Located about three hours’ driving time from Las Vegas is the deceptively-named Death Valley, an area teeming with locals, tourists and wildlife. Here you’ll discover Furnace Creek, the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat before heading on to landmarks like Zabriskie Point and Stovetop Wells. Be careful when traveling during the summer; temperatures in Death Valley are known to reach 130 degrees!

Below sea level
A great place to visit is Scotty’s Castle
An organization coordinates a desert marathon in the summer
Lots of fault lines through ought park
Lots of wildlife
Telescope Peak is one of the highest points in the park
Lowest being Bad Water Basin
Close to no shade throughout park (if needed be sure to bring your own)
Very easy to get lost; a large part of park is considered off grid and does not have cell service; GPS does not work in many areas
There is a path that you can drive through and see some of the sights without getting out of your car

 

ANGELS LANDING AT ZION NATIONAL PARK (UTAH)
165 MILES FROM CLUB DE SOLEIL

Angels Landing is one of the world’s most renowned hikes, and is an unforgettable short adventure hike worthy of all bucket lists. The views of Zion Canyon’s 270 million-year-old rock layers will time travel you back to the Triassic period when this section of the Colorado Plateau was a flat basin at sea level. Anyone in average physical condition can make this heavenward trek, but it can be mentally challenging with its steep switchbacks and sheer drop-offs. There are chains bolted into the cliff to provide secure handholds. People who have a severe fear of heights should not attempt the final stretch, but they can enjoy the trail all the way to Scout Lookout.

Three-hour drive from Las Vegas
Home to some of the largest sandstone walls in the world
Park provides transportation to main/remote areas in the main canyon
East side has rock tunnels that were created by the Conservation Corps in the 1920s and `30s
A great spot to visit on the way up is Oscar’s Café & Restaurant
Dogs are allowed on only one trail (Pyrus Trail)
Observation point is about an eight-mile hike
Less busy in winter
Famous for a hike called the Narrows
Home to some of the busiest and best “Big Wall” and “Canyonier” climbing areas

 

GRAND CANYON (ARIZONA)
275 MILES FROM CLUB DE SOLEIL

One famous landmark you won’t want to miss while on vacation in Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon. Located about four hours from the city is the Grand Canyon Skywalk, where you can get a breathtaking view of the area that you’ll never forget. You can even ride a donkey or hike deep into one of the most unforgettable natural landscapes in the entire world.

One of the 8 Wonders of the World
One of oldest geological sites
There is a hotel at the bottom of the canyon called Phantom Ranch
The Conservation Corps made abundant improvements throughout canyon to make the sights more accessible
John Wesley Powell was the first person to navigate and tap the waters of the Grand Canyon
Has become one of the most valued water resources since its acquisition

 

 

MONUMENT VALLEY (ARIZONA-UTAH BORDER)
401 MILES FROM CLUB DE SOLEIL

Monument Valley, a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, is known for the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The park, a frequent filming location for Western movies, is accessed by the looping 17-mile Valley Drive. The famous, steeply sloped Mittens buttes can be viewed from the road or from overlooks such as John Ford’s Point.

Not a national park and on a Navajo Reservation
Scenery filled with those of the iconic southwest settings
Located on the Colorado Plateau
Has a museum on top of a hill named Goulding’s Trading Post Museum
A great place for sunrise and sunset photos
Visitors may drive through an unpaved road right up to some of the sights

Summer vacation packing tips for Vegas!

In our last blog post, we told you what and how to pack for your children on vacation. Now we turn our attention to you! Often competing with the anticipation of a long-awaited summer visit to Vegas and Club de Soleil, a sunny French-Mediterranean property three miles from the Strip, is the nagging consideration of what and how much to bring. This debate can befuddle even the most seasoned traveler, leaving you to anguish over the consequences of either packing too little or stuffing a suitcase to the exploding point (also known as Going Anaconda).

After scouring the web for helpful tips on the subject, we were surprised to learn packing is more complex than we thought, especially since our own packing practices typically adhere to the following rudimentary three-part formula:

  1. Get suitcase
  2. Open
  3. Put stuff in

Well it turns out there’s so much more to this packing stuff than we would have ever guessed. In researching these helpful suggestions, we learned it was possible to cram more information into a single article than is necessary and have therefore concluded that, when it comes to packing tips, like packing itself less is best.

 

DO

Roll your clothes

Tightly rolled clothes take up less space than folded ones and are less likely to get deep wrinkles from creases. If you can’t break the lifelong habit of folding your clothes, consider placing them in air compression bags. They squeeze the air out of garments and give you more room in your suitcase.

Carry-on

If you’re traveling light consider the carry-on option instead of checking your bag. It will expedite your immediate departure from the airport after you’ve reached your destination.

Check-in early

Checking in online 24 hours before your flight is also recommendable for saving time at the airport and getting a better seat.

Make a packing list

Start your packing process well ahead of your departure date. Doing so will give you time to purchase any additional items you may need and ensure you won’t forget something important.

Familiarize yourself with the TSA’s liquids rule

The Transportation Security Administration permits you to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams, and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces or less per item. The TSA suggests placing these items in a small bag and separating them from your carry-on baggage to facilitate the screening process. Any liquid, aerosol, gel, cream or paste that alarms during screening will require additional screening.

Keep your essentials close

It goes without saying but it’s probably worth repeating to keep your valuable and essential belongings in your carry-on bag, not in your checked luggage. These include your identification, money, credit cards, jewelry, electronics, passport, and other valuables. You should also pack a zippered pouch containing in-flight comfort items such as remedies, tissues, hand wipes, personal hygiene items, earbuds or headphones, and a pen.

Charge it

It is recommended that you charge all electronic devices before reaching the airport. This will keep you from frantically searching for that rare unused outlet if you are running late.

Know your airline’s baggage fee policy

The airlines’ baggage fee policies are nothing if not arbitrary. Knowing them will save you a lot of frustration – and maybe some money.

Pack Snacks

Healthy snacks, that is. Nuts, breakfast bars, fruit, and baby carrots are preferable to chips and other empty calorie choices for keeping you energized on a long flight. Keep hydrated with water and avoid excessive coffee consumption, which is a recipe for dehydration and edginess.

 

DON’T

Pack More Clothes than You Need

Reducing the number of outfits you pack can significantly lighten your load. Bring neutral colored clothing you can mix and match, and only pack shoes you can wear with multiple outfits.

Bring Things You Can Buy At Your Destination

Save on luggage weight fees by bringing only what you need. Unless you’re going third world, you can safely assume most places have drug and convenience stores that stock simple items that are better left unpacked.

Flash Jewelry and Other Valuables

Or better yet, don’t bring them. Tourists are frequent targets of thieves, and most homeowners’ insurance will not cover the cost of lost or stolen jewelry. If you must bring along your Rolex or diamonds, pack them in your carry-on and not in your checked luggage, which some airlines have a tendency to lose.

Pack Extraneous Gadgets

Not only do they take up valuable room in your personal carry-on, they also require you to pack the items that keep them running (spare batteries, chargers, electrical adapters and converters). Keep it simple. Your precious phone and a laptop or tablet should more than suffice. And really, does anyone need to bring along a toothbrush sanitizer or a hotel door alarm system?

CLUB DE SOLEIL

Club de Soleil evokes the warmth and charm of the French Mediterranean three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Divided into two distinct properties, Club’s 162 suites offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy. Guests can enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center and complimentary shuttle to the Strip.

Book your summer visit today!

Pack these kid essentials for your summer vacation to Vegas and Club de Soleil

With another school year coming to a blessed conclusion, you’ve probably given at least some thought to where you’re going on summer vacation. What to pack for the kids? Now that’s another story.

Packing for Vegas and family friendly Club de Soleil used to be so simple when you were single. Usually a change of clothes would do, and maybe not even that if you weren’t planning to ever leave the craps table.

But those days are over. You’re respectable now, which means you’ve probably become a parent. And a taxi. Life in its present iteration is a series of take-me-tos and pick-me-ups – from dance classes, from soccer games, from youth orchestra rehearsal.

And yet you still make time for Vegas and Club de Soleil, a sunny French Mediterranean-themed property just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. If this summer marks your first trip with the kids to Sin City, you may be wondering what you should pack. Trust us: you’ll need more than bail money.

Suitcases

How many to bring? This question has bedeviled travelers making their first trip to Las Vegas with children since the early `90s, when it officially became a family destination. Don’t sweat it: We’ve devised a foolproof formula to help you determine how many bags to pack.

First, subtract the number of children you’re bringing from the number of days you’re staying. Do the reverse if the number of children exceeds the number of days.

Next, divide the difference by the number of numbers on a roulette wheel, multiply the result by the number of seats at a blackjack table, then add by the number of times you’ve left Vegas in the red instead of the black.

Now take that number and subtract it by Las Vegas’ daily average July temperature and you’ll have the answer.

Or to put it simply – one suitcase per child.

Clothing

Yes, bring it. Las Vegas, believe it or not, has the same mandatory clothing expectations as your own hometown. Use the length-of-stay metric as a barometer for determining how much to pack, but be sure to include two extra shirts per child in the event of profuse sweating, sleepwear, an extra pair of shoes per child if you’re planning on walking a lot – not recommended in 100-plus degree temperatures during the day – and of course bathing suits for our beautiful 24-hour pools and hot tubs!

Toiletries

Whatever products contribute to your kids’ personal hygiene at home will also suffice in Las Vegas. See? We’re not that different after all.

Gadgets

As any parent can attest, a happy child is a distracted child – and nothing distracts better (which is to say longer) than a gadget. If you’re taking your kids on vacation, the key to your contentment is finding those devices whose unique trance-inducing qualities can significantly reduce the likelihood you’ll hear those two dreaded little words: “I’m bored.” Find the right ones, in fact, and it may just be you telling them to put the darn things down – “or else.” Click here for a comprehensive list.

Sunscreen

Think of this as extra clothing. Unlike regular clothing, you’ll want to wear more in summer.

Travel Toys

Click here for a handy guide to age-appropriate transportable toys. You’ll need `em.

Things For Baby

If you’re planning on making your children lifelong Vegas visitors, you have to start them young. We recommend no later than two weeks postpartum just to get their little lungs acclimated to smoky casinos. Here’s what you should bring with you:

Five diapers per day per child

One full package of wipes

A sling

Sippies and microwave sterilizing bags

Formula

Baby food

Transportable toddler snacks

Disposable diaper sacks

Now that you know what to pack, just remember to bring your kids. Book your summer visit to Club de Soleil today!