Unusual Vegas activities for the adventurous

Finding fun things to do on your Las Vegas vacation doesn’t take a lot of effort or imagination. Just point yourself in the direction of the nearest casino, showroom, shopping mall or celebrity chef restaurant and you’re all but guaranteed a great time.

However …

What if you’re the type whose tastes run towards the unconventional, the unpredictable, the unapologetically offbeat? Can you still have a good time in Vegas?

The answer is a resounding yes. You just have to know where to look. Don’t worry about knowing where to start. Here at Club de Soleil, a sunny French Mediterranean vacation ownership property just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, we’ve done the research for you. Enjoy!

DIG THIS

Described as a giant sandbox for grown-ups, Dig This lets you live out your heavy equipment-operating fantasies in bulldozers and excavators. Following a 30-minute training and orientation session, guests can dig trenches or build large earthen mounds. There are also skill tests, like moving humongous tires or deftly plucking basketballs from their resting place on top of safety cones. Feel what it’s like to be a real construction worker!

SPEED VEGAS

Tired of living life in the slow lane? Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Corvette at Speed Vegas and put the pedal to the metal. Feel the raw power and precise handling of a fire breathing supercar with a thrilling driving experience on one of Las Vegas’s longest racetracks. What a rush!

SIGNA DERBY MACHINE

Mechanical horse racing machines were once a common site at Las Vegas’ free standing race book gambling emporiums, but now there is only one left in the city. Found on the second floor of the D Las Vegas on Fremont Street, the quarter-operated Sigma Derby Machine allows bettors to book action on five mechanical horses. Betting odds range from 2-1 to 200-1. Once you’ve selected your horse, you have 30 seconds to put in your quarter. Then it’s off to the races!

ZAK BAGANS’ THE HAUNTED MUSEUM

Housed in a Tudor-style home built in 1938 for a prominent Las Vegas businessman and his family, Zak Bagans’ The Haunted Museum is a storehouse of the weird and macabre the Ghost Adventures personality has acquired traveling the world for his popular Travel Channel show. Take the mandatory guided tour and see Zak’s “possessions,” some of which are allegedly haunted. The collection even includes personal effects once belonging to infamous serial killers. Visitors beware: The once-abandoned house may still harbor evil spirits and was allegedly the site of satanic rituals in the basement. How many times do we have to say it? Don’t go in the basement!

JOHNSON J-BAR-B STABLES

This private horse ranch and equestrian center offers a whimsical visual feast just 20 minutes northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Sheet metal cowboys and cowgirls sit atop various structures, bombs and cutout metal flowers decorate the side gate, silhouettes of horses and sunflowers dot the fences and interior buildings, and old farm implements and horseshoes have been repurposed for maximum esthetic appeal. Built in 1961, the once far-flung stables have been reeled in and overtaken by the city. They are a reminder of a time when Las Vegas was not the runaway metropolis it has become, but an open desert with a patchwork population.

SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS

Art to some, painted rocks to others, Seven Magic Mountains is a series of stacked neon boulders that rise some 35 feet above the desert floor 20 minutes south of Las Vegas. Like all public works of art, Seven Magic Mountains is in the eye of the boulder – er, beholder.

KISS MONSTER MINI-GOLF COURSE

Located inside the Rio Hotel and Casino, this KISS-themed mini golf course gives duffers the opportunity to roll a putt up the 15-foot tongue and into the gaping maw of Gene Simmons. Added bonus: a live DJ playing KISS music while you play.

MERMAID SWIM SHOW

If swimming with the fishes isn’t high on your bucket list, perhaps you’d prefer to watch lovely mermaids cavort with our gilled friends in the 117,000 gallon aquarium of the Silverton Hotel’s Mermaid Lounge. The effect is mesmeric and the price is right – free!

CLUB DE SOLEIL

If you’ve never been to Club de Soleil, you simply must experience a getaway to Las Vegas’ French Mediterranean-themed property. Club de Soleil evokes the warmth and charm of the Riviera just 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.

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NFL Draft is coming to Vegas! Book your Club de Soleil hotel room now!

With the conclusion of the Big Game we can now turn our football attention to the NFL Draft, which, like the former Raiders of Oakland, is coming to Las Vegas in 2020.

More than 400,000 people are expected in town April 23-25 to witness the annual rite of passage for college players into the pros. If you’re planning to be among the nearly half million visitors in attendance, please consider that there are 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas. So unless you have Vegas friends with a spare room or couch, it is therefore advisable to book your Club de Soleil visit now or risk getting locked out of all the fun.

Don’t wait. Book a visit to sunny and charming Club de Soleil today and ensure you’ll have comfortable accommodations for the NFL draft.

If you’ve never been to Club de Soleil, you simply must experience a getaway to Las Vegas’ French Mediterranean-themed property. Club de Soleil evokes the warmth and charm of the Riviera just 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 Club de Soleil visit today!

According to news reports, the NFL Draft will be worthy of a Las Vegas production. Draft prospects will be ferried by boat to a stage at the Fountains of Bellagio and introduced one by one.

The celebration — at the NFL Draft red carpet, main stage and NFL Draft Experience — will include immersive activities, live entertainment and performances, the league said. All events are free and open to the public.

The main stage will be next to the Caesars Forum conference center, where fans can watch the draft selections. The Las Vegas Raiders – how does that sound? – have seven picks in the draft, including picks No. 12 and 19 in the first round and five in the initial three rounds. This is the NFL as only Las Vegas can do it!

How to bet the Big Game in Las Vegas

The biggest sporting event of the year is upon us.

For fans of the two teams playing for the championship of professional football on Feb. 2, the Big Game is a culmination of a season’s or lifetime’s worth of devotion. Hopes and dreams of vicarious glory are fulfilled or dashed depending on which side of the scoreboard your rooting interest falls.

For everyone else, it’s all about the money.

The Big Game is the most heavily wagered sporting contest in the nation if not the world; people come to Las Vegas from all over to lay down their cash and hope for a bountiful return on investment. While bets on the point spread, money line and over/under commonly cross the sportsbook window, over the years prop bets have gained in popularity among the (especially low stakes) wagering public.

The appeal of prop bets lies in their ubiquity and quirky character. Bettors can wager on hundreds of propositions ranging from the game-centric (which team or player will score first?) to the exotic (will the national anthem take more or less than two minutes?). Please click here to see a comprehensive list of prop bets for this year’s Big Game.

What follows are some of our favorites (and some we would like to see offered). If you’re fuzzy on sports betting terminology and wondering what the plus and minus figures are, they are the money line totals. For instance, plus 300 means you have to bet $100 to win $300 (or $10 to win $30). Minus $500 means you have to bet $500 to win $100 (or $50 to win $10).

OUR FAVORITE BIG GAME PROP BETS

Will the coin toss be heads or tails?

Get your betting day off to a great start with a proposition that gives you a 50-50 chance of success.
Yes (Even)
No (Even)

Will the singer of the national anthem forget or omit a word?

In other words, will 28-year-old Demi Lovato have a senior moment in front 80,000 people at the game and millions around the world watching on television and streaming devices?
Yes (+300)
No (-500)

Jersey number of the first player to score a touchdown.

The two numerals before the decimal point in the 31.5 over-under figure below indicate a player number. Taking the over means you’re betting that a player wearing a jersey number higher than 31 scores the first touchdown. Taking the under means you’re betting that a player wearing jersey number 31 or less than 31 scores the first touchdown. The arbitrarily chosen figure comes at a steep price: The San Francisco player who wears No. 31, running back Raheem Mostert, is a touchdown machine who crossed the goal line four times in his last game.
Over 31.5 (+140)
Under 31.5 (-400)

Will both teams score in all four quarters?

A yes means you think the 49ers and Chiefs will score a touchdown, field goal or safety in every quarter. Even with offenses as explosive as Kansas City and San Francisco’s, this is a lot to ask.
Yes (+140)
No (-270)

Will there be overtime?

Only one previous Big Game has extended beyond four quarters.  That was in 2017, when Tom Brady famously led the Patriots back from a 28-3 third quarter deficit against the Falcons, tied the game in regulation, and won it in overtime.
Yes (+350)
No (-375)

Will San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan blow another 28-3 lead in the third quarter? Shanahan was offensive coordinator of the Falcons in their unprecedented Big Game meltdown against the Patriots. His play calling was widely criticized and largely blamed for Atlanta’s historic collapse.
(Yes +50)
(No -2000)

PROP BETS WE’D LIKE TO SEE

Will a player injure himself in celebration and be unable to continue?

This would be a first in Big Game history, which explains the low odds. Injury owing to excessive celebration, though rare, isn’t unheard of. In a regular season game in 2001, an excitable Arizona kicker injured himself when, after converting a field goal, he jumped for joy and blew out his knee on the landing.
Yes (-400)
No (+120)  

Will the referee tossing the coin to determine who gets the ball first mistakenly call tails if it lands heads or vice versa?

This actually happened during a regular season Thanksgiving Day game a number of years ago. What will it be next, reviewing the coin toss?
Yes (+500)
No (-400)

If you’re planning to spend the Big Game weekend in Las Vegas, book a spacious guest room at Club de Soleil. We’re a sunny French Mediterranean-style vacation property just three miles from the world famous Las Vegas Strip. Evoking the warmth and charm of the French Riviera, Club de Soleil’s 162 suites are divided across two properties and offer uncommon space, convenience and privacy.  You’ll enjoy two 24-hour pools and hot tubs, two putting greens, a tennis court, a fitness center, full kitchen in select units and a complimentary shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip.

Book your Big Game weekend visit to Las Vegas and Club de Soleil today. We’re an easy commute to dozens of Las Vegas Strip sportsbooks including the Tropicana and Mirage, where our free Strip shuttle stops every hour. Please remember: only bet what you can afford to win!

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas comes with a license to party. Inhibitions, already in short supply on any garden variety visit to Vegas, are shed in even greater numbers when party animals of all stripes descend upon the city by the hundreds of thousands to celebrate the birth of another year. Resolutions? Those are for Jan. 1. On New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas it’s all about reveling in excess and wringing every last ounce of fun out of the remaining hours, minutes and seconds of the 365th day.

How one chooses to celebrate is up to the individual, but whatever your preference – dining with friends in extravagant restaurants on the Strip, dancing till dawn in the ubiquitous casino nightclubs, attending one of the numerous hotel parties or concerts, or braving the cold to watch the midnight fireworks spectacular blazing from the hotel rooftops – Las Vegas has no shortage of options.

Las Vegas is where the world (or maybe just Los Angeles) goes to party on New Year’s Eve, and sunny French Mediterranean-property Club de Soleil just west of the world famous Las Vegas Strip is the lodging choice of many New Year’s Eve visitor to Vegas. Our condo-style accommodations, with their private bedrooms and full kitchens in select units, offer uncommon space, comfort and privacy you won’t typically find in a standard Strip hotel room.

And what could be better after a long night of celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Strip or downtown than returning to Club de Soleil and sinking into one of our two 24-hour hot tubs? Not much, we tell you. Think of it as a renewing baptismal of body, mind and soul, a relaxing ritual that cleanses you of previous night’s party patina and primes a born-again you  for the year to come.

If you’re staying at Club de Soleil in Las Vegas and planning to spend New Year’s Eve on the Strip, but wisely want to avoid the traffic and parking complications that come with driving yourself, be sure to hop aboard our Strip shuttle. It will be making deliveries to the Tropicana Hotel all night long, depositing you into the heart of the action for an evening of fun, celebration and an eight-minute midnight fireworks display that will ring in 2020 with a breathtaking blast of shock and awe. We will also be picking you up from the same location and returning you to Club de Soleil all night until 1:45 a.m.

Click here and here for a comprehensive list of Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve events and activities, including featured parties at TAO nightclub and the Stratosphere, concerts by Third Eye Blind and Christina Aguilera, and the popular Fremont Street Experience block party in downtown Las Vegas.

And be sure to visit Club de Soleil, a charming French Mediterranean-style property in Las Vegas, in 2020. We wish you a happy and healthy new year.

Las Vegas holiday attractions

Christmas lights are almost redundant in a place like Las Vegas, the eternally glowing city whose preternatural radiance is visible even from outer space. Nevertheless, the holidays are a festive time in the Entertainment Capital of the World, and the city feverishly celebrates the occasion with seasonal events that are fun for the whole family.

If you’re spending Christmas with us at sunny Club de Soleil, a French Mediterranean-themed property just minutes from the world famous Las Vegas Strip, you should take the time to sample the many wondrous attractions throughout the city – attractions that belie the notion of Las Vegas as nothing but an adult playground.

LAS VEGAS STRIP

Bellagio Fountains and Conservatory

The dancing waters outside the Bellagio, just three miles from Club de Soleil on the Las Vegas Strip, put on a special holiday show featuring classic holiday tunes on the half and quarter hours throughout the Christmas season. While you’re there, step inside the hotel and marvel at the awe-inspiring Christmas display at the Bellagio Conservatory. It’s a spectacular winter wonderland that features abundant lights, poinsettias and a 40-foot Christmas tree!

Cosmo, Mandalay Bay, LINQ

While you’re on the Strip be sure to take in the holiday attractions at the Cosmopolitan, Mandalay Bay and the LINQ. Nothing is more emblematic of the holiday season than the Cosmopolitan’s rooftop ice skating rink overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. You’ll find fire pits, plenty of places to sit, and a menu of warm cocktails, comfort foods and hot chocolate. Snow showers fall every 30 minutes to complement the wintry holiday atmosphere. There is also a 65-foot digital marquee showing holiday movies while skaters navigate the 4,200-square foot rink.

ARIA

The sweetest holiday attraction on the Strip resides at Aria, in whose lobby resides a 15-foot tall gingerbread house. The three-tiered display is seven feet wide, 12 feet deep and is comprised of more than 400 pounds of gingerbread in addition to more than 60,000 peppermints, 200 pounds of icing, 80 pounds of chocolate and more than 1,000 pounds of candy. It is accompanied by a 5-foot-tall gingerbread man who tips the scales at a svelte 120 pounds. Please resist the temptation to sample. The gingerbread house is for viewing only.

Venetian and Palazzo

These center Strip sister properties celebrate the holidays with thousands of lights, towering Christmas trees and nightly shows.

The Venetian’s 65-foot-tall Christmas Tree is lit with 50,000 programmable LED lights, adorned with more than 5,000 ornaments and weighs more than 12,000 pounds. It takes approximately 12 people nearly three days to install.

The Palazzo’s  winter gardens feature white poinsettias, ice branches and glittering frosted trees courtesy of the resort’s horticulture team. Hand-crafted white and pearl peacock statues overlook the guests.

Wynn

Not to be outdone, the neighboring Wynn celebrates the season with festive activities and events throughout the resort.

CELEBRATE LIKE A LOCAL

Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden

Located in suburban Henderson, about 13 miles east of Club de Soleil, Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden is one of Las Vegas’ favorite holiday attractions. The three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden, adjacent to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, is a sight to behold during the holiday season and features more than one million lights. Open through January 1, 2020, the annual event is free to attend. Visit us on select nights for choir performances in the garden and photos with Santa.

 

The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Celebrate the holidays with a cherished Southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest, approximately five miles north of Club de Soleil, is filled with sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. Every year through Dec. 31 Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring hundreds of trees lit with millions of bright LED lights and fun activities. Don’t miss it!

 

Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show

Every year Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, approximately 12 miles east of the Strip on Boulder Highway, transforms its pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show into a Winter Wonderland experience. The holiday display gives visitors a peek inside Santa’s workshop, where the elves are busy making toys and loading the sleigh. A nine-minute holiday laser light show features classic holiday tunes and runs daily every hour.

Book a visit to sunny Club de Soleil, a French Mediterranean-themed timeshare property just three miles west of the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

Let’s talk turkey!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving at family friendly Club de Soleil, a sunny French Mediterranean-inspired resort near the Las Vegas Strip, we take this opportunity to tell you, ahead of the biggest eating day of the year in America, that select guest suites come with full kitchens and large ovens. So if you’re visiting us over the Thanksgiving holiday and would rather cook your own turkey than eat out, you’re in luck!

In the meantime, here are some interesting and surprising facts about America’s favorite sacrificial lamb, the turkey.

DID YOU KNOW?

Turkeys can exhibit more than 20 distinct vocalizations, including the distinctive male gobble that can be heard a mile away.

Turkeys recognize other turkeys by their distinctive voices. No two sound alike.

Turkeys have their own internal GPS. They have the ability to learn precise details of even the largest habitat.

Wild turkeys (the bird, not the beverage) can reach the old driving speed limit of 55 miles per hour in flight.  Due to selective breeding (for obvious fattening reasons), domestic turkeys are ill-suited for lift-off and unable to fly.

Turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. Fast, but not fast enough to evade their dinner table fate.

Founding father Benjamin Franklin is said to have proposed to make wild turkeys the symbolic American bird instead of the bald eagle. Who knows? If he had gotten his way we may have all been eating bald eagles for Thanksgiving.

Male turkeys will attack their reflection in mirrors or windows.

The red dangly appendage under a turkey’s chin is called a wattle. The red flappy thing atop the beak is called the snood, which can change color with the bird’s mood.

Turkey meat in and of itself does not make you sleepy. More likely your post-dinner lethargy is caused by the over-consumption of carbs and alcohol.

Turkeys have two stomachs and no teeth. How did they evolve to have an extra tummy? Lacking the chompers to break down food, turkeys developed an extra stomach to aid in digestion.

There is an organization called the National Turkey Foundation. No one knows what it does precisely, but apparently one of its missions is extracting pertinent turkey data that can be shared with journalists looking for pertinent turkey data. Like this: According to official National Turkey Foundation research, the vast majority of people (88 percent) eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

If you’re staying at Club de Soleil in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving and planning to cook your own bird, we are pleased to share the following tips for a juicy and flavorful turkey from renowned celebrity chef Jason Diaz.

CHEF JASON’S TURKEY TIPS

Chef Jason Diaz 17 South Booze & Bites Las Vegas
Chef Jason Diaz

Brine the turkey at least 24 hours in a mixture of salt and sugar (equal parts), lemons, oranges and herb sachet (I like to use sage, thyme and whole peppercorns).

Rub compound butter made with unsalted butter, garlic and herbs under the skin of the bird and on the skin prior to roasting to infuse flavor and also help to keep the bird moist.

Baste the turkey during the roasting process to help ensure that the bird stays juicy.

One thing most people tend to do is overcook turkey, leaving it dry. Poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I personally like to pull it out of the oven at around 160 degrees and allow it to rest. The carryover cooking process should take it to 165 degrees.

Thank you, Jason!

And happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Meet our Stars of the Industry

It is with great pleasure that we acknowledge two of our own for earning top honors at the 2019 Stars of the Industry Awards Gala Oct. 17 in Las Vegas.  Chris Breed, Vice President of Operations for Soleil Management, won the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award. Dave Campbell, Tahiti Village Recreation Services Manager, took home the award for Management Professional of the Year.

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Our Stars of the Industry Awards winners Chris Breed and Dave Campbell.

The event, sponsored by the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association and held annually in Las Vegas, celebrates exceptional professionalism and outstanding service of top individuals in the hospitality industry.

Chris joined the company in 2017 and served as Tahiti Village general manager until her promotion to Soleil Management VP of Operations in 2018. She is an active participant in our company’s community volunteer efforts and was appointed Vice Chairman of the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association in 2019.

“I was completely surprised to be chosen to receive this award,” Chris said. “The work that the NHLA takes on for the state is so beneficial. Assisting our emerging leaders through workshops, mentoring and networking is our responsibility, and something that I am personally passionate about and will continue doing as long as they will have me.”

Dave has overseen Tahiti Village’s recreation department since joining the company in 2016. He is responsible for putting in place many of the poolside activities and events our guests presently enjoy.  Like Chris, Dave is also an enthusiastic participant in our company’s charitable events, particularly as they relate to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada.

“Being nominated for this award was an honor itself, but to be selected is something I never would have thought possible as it relates to my career,” Dave said.  “The NHLA is a great organization that provides individuals opportunities beyond their roles at work, and that is something I am grateful for.  I have been working with young adults for over a decade, and I have learned two very important things:

Each day is something different that continues to shape the way I speak with individuals about work and their personal life.

If you have young adults on the team who are quick to voice their thoughts or introduce change, invest in them however you can. They are the ones saying, `Hey, I think this can be done better’ or `I don’t like the way this is going.’  These are the individuals who are taking the risk to stand out among their peers in a group that is quick to judge.

“I am humbled by this and will continue to pay it forward.”

In addition to Chris and Dave, we would also like to recognize our Stars of the Industry Awards nominees for their exceptional professionalism and outstanding service. They are:

Monique Makhlouf
Director of Learning and Development, Soleil Management
Category: Learning & Development Professional of the Year

Julian Ross
Director of Owner Services & Revenue Management, Soleil Management
Category: Revenue Management Professional of the Year

Thomas Gardipee
Front Desk Agent, Tahiti Resort Las Vegas
Category: Guest Services Professional of the Year

Michele Kline
Area General Manager, Tahiti Resort Las Vegas and Club de Soleil
Category: Woman in Lodging of the Year

Nominees were selected based on their length of service, their outstanding service skills as well their community involvement. A winner was chosen in each of 20 categories. We congratulate all our winners and nominees – they are truly Stars of the Industry!

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Our Stars of the Industry award winners and nominees pose for a post-gala photo.
Stars of the Industry Awards Las Vegas

Meet our Stars of the Industry Awards nominees

Please join us in acknowledging our Soleil Management nominees for the Stars of the Industry Hospitality Awards Gala. The event, sponsored by the Nevada Hotel and Lodging Association and held annually in Las Vegas, celebrates exceptional professionalism and outstanding service of top individuals in the hospitality industry. Each of the candidates from our Soleil Management Las Vegas properties – family friendly Club de Soleil, Tahiti All-Suite Resort and Tahiti Village – has exhibited those requisite qualities in abundance. We are pleased to nominate them in their respective categories for this prestigious award.

They are:

Monique Makhlouf
Director of Learning and Development, Soleil Management
Learning & Development Professional of the Year

Julian Ross
Director of Owner Services & Revenue Management, Soleil Management
Revenue Management Professional of the Year

Thomas Gardipee
Front Desk Agent, Tahiti Resort Las Vegas
Guest Services Professional of the Year

Dave Campbell
Recreation Manager, Tahiti Village
Emerging Leader of the Year

Michele Kline
Area General Manager, Tahiti Resort Las Vegas & Club de Soleil
Woman in Lodging of the Year

Nominees are chosen based on their length of service, their outstanding service skills as well their community involvement. Many are nominated by their leaders, however many are also nominated by peers. Winners are determined through a voting process and kept top secret until the awards ceremony.

Based on the submitted criteria, a winner is chosen in each of 20 categories. Their identities are kept top secret until the night of the gala.  The program lists every nominee and the slide show also shows each nominee, giving everyone the chance to recognize and thank these extraordinary people for their exceptional service.

The 9th Annual Stars of the Industry Awards Gala (SOTI) will take place on October 17 from 6-9 p.m. at Mandalay Bay.  Best of luck to all our nominees.

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Monique
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Michele
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Julian
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Thomas

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.