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The Mansion at MGM Grand

The promotional literature provided in the villas at the Mansion at MGM Grand mentions the property’s “legendary wishing well.” The text fails to explain what makes the water feature so renowned—or how anything at an eight-year-old hotel can be “legendary”—but a glance inside the well offers fuel for speculation. Located in a quadrangle-like space not far from the pool, the well is filled with water and artfully arranged rocks—and nothing else. Its bottom is free of coins or poker chips, suggesting that guests of this Las Vegas retreat need not wish for anything. The Mansion’s 170-strong staff, which includes more than 30 multilingual butlers for the hotel’s 29 villas, maintains that state of affairs. Accommodations The 29 villas range in size from 2,400 square feet to 12,000 square feet. All are decorated with antiques and selections from the hotel’s 1,500-piece art collection. Facilities A domed, climate-controlled courtyard, a screening room, an outdoor pool with adjacent koi pond, two spa treatment rooms, a boardroom, a salon, a game room, and a private casino. Dining The 16-course tasting menu at the Mansion’s Joël Robuchon restaurant is exhilarating, but room service should not be overlooked. Guests who desire a decadent morning repast can order eggs Benedict topped with golden Osetra caviar from the Western side of the two-page breakfast menu or foie gras and lobster dumplings from the Asian side. Concierge Recommends Play a round at Shadow Creek, the once-private Las Vegas–area golf course that Tom Fazio designed for casino developer Steve Wynn. Rates From $5,000 to $15,000.

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