I found this beach to be one of the nicer beaches I’ve seen in my life. The sand was soft, the water was clear, and the entire area appeared very clean. Certain portions of the beach had a protective barrier which made us feel safe since we didn’t have to worry about sharks. There were so many senior citizens on the beach that I felt I was at a retirement community but overall the beach was not excessively crowded and all along the beach there were lots of tourist activities like surfing classes, dinner cruises, and boat rides.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
I was visiting Honolulu and needed about 15 Hawaiian shirts for my entire family so I visited the Swap Meet after I heard they have good prices. It’s open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, and there’s an entrance fee of a dollar per person. You walk around the outside of Aloha Stadium and most of the vendors sell the same sort of stuff so if you have something in particular in mind that you need to buy, don’t pay a lot for it. If you continue walking you will eventually find a good price. For example, several vendors wanted $18 for a Hawaiian shirt but I found a man selling the women’s shirt for $10 and the men’s shirts for $13. If you like, you can negotiate the price down.
Buffet at TI – Treasure Island
This buffet was very clean and decorated in a modern style. It must have been renovated recently because it looked newer than everything else in the casino. The tables had plenty of space between them which is unusual for a Vegas buffet.
Qua Baths & Spa – Caesars Palace
I made a reservation for a massage at 11:00am but showed up at 8:30am. The first desk I approached was located outside the spa, in the spa shop where I was asked what my name was and then told, “That will be $140.” I have to say that the man and young girl at the desk weren’t very friendly and this gave me a negative first impression.
I then walked into the women’s spa where I was told to wait at the desk for someone to show me around. Being so early, I was the only person there and it was neat having the place all to myself but I noticed that service was lacking severely. I stood at the desk for 5 minutes before a woman came out and showed me the locker room and then said after I changed to wait in the adjacent Tea Room for someone to show me around. After I had waited about 10 minutes in the Tea Room without someone coming to give me a tour, I proceeded to show myself around. An hour later I noticed attendants showing women around. I suppose if you arrive very early in the morning, you shouldn’t expect any service.
The Spa is for women only. Men have their own spa which is completely separate from the women’s spa therefore, if you feel so inclined, you are welcome to walk around the spa completely naked! Most women, however, opt to wear a bathing suit under the robe that is provided for you. The spa also provides you with slippers to wear during your visit.
The spa is large, nicely laid out, and is decorated with elegance. The Roman Baths are in the very front of the facility and have three jetted pools. One is heated to body temperature, one is frigid, and one is incredibly hot. I personally never saw anyone make it fully into the frigid or scalding pools so they pretty much seem to be an interesting concept that is meant to be aesthetically pleasing and nothing more. There is also a column of water that shoots out from the ceiling, a couple of private shower stalls in the corner, and a few dreamy loungers that are heated but are usually always occupied.
STACK – The Mirage
My husband and I were seeing Love at The Mirage and had dinner at Stack right before the show. When we first walked in we were very surprised with the unique design of the restaurant. We felt like we were sitting inside a lovely bat cave.
MGM Grand Buffet
I decided to try the all-day buffet pass while I was staying at the MGM. You get breakfast, lunch, and dinner for $29.99. They only tell you after you’ve paid that there are set times you have to show up. For me, that made things difficult because I was there for breakfast at 10:30am and found out I’d have to be back before 2pm for lunch.
Breakfast consisted of a very small selection of food including fresh fruit, some muffins, do-nuts, eggs, hashed brows, biscuits with gravy, an omelet station, oatmeal and a few other basics. The majority of serving stations were closed.
For lunch, more than half or the serving stations were still closed and again there were not many food choices. There was fruit, pot roast, mashed potatoes, Mexican flavored meat for tacos, lasagna, a ham carving station, and a couple of Asian flavored meats. I have a sweet tooth that can’t be controlled so I tried several of the miniature sized desserts and was severely let down by the non-existent flavor.
For dinner, most of the serving stations were still closed. I couldn’t believe it! Isn’t dinner the best opportunity to showcase why you’re better than the other Vegas buffets? My husband said the crab legs were good and there was lots of seafood including sushi but he thought the salad bar was terrible which really disappointed him since he loves salads. Furthermore, the desserts available were the same ones from lunch- chocolate mousse in a cup, a chocolate cream cake and soft serve ice cream.
The appeal of a buffet is not only having the freedom to stuff yourself like a pig if you so desire but also having what seems like endless choices. Apparently, the MGM buffet needs to be educated about this.
Rainforest Cafe – MGM Grand
We visited this restaurant in the MGM while we were staying on the property. The atmosphere is appealing to children and adults alike. Massive fish tanks, a starry ceiling, elephants, gorillas, a waterfall and so much more all came alive every 15 minutes or so.
The food and service, however, left much to be desired. We sat at our table for ten minutes before a server greeted us and then he regularly disappeared for long periods of time even though the restaurant was half empty. The food was ridiculously overpriced. Our bland and dry burgers were $15 each and only came with a few potato chips. You have to pay more for fries. Obviously, you’re paying for the ambience of the restaurant, not for good quality food. On the plus side, we tried an Oreo and Orange Creamsicle Smoothie and they were fantastic but overpriced.
This is the type of place that is worth visiting once, especially if you have kids, but when there are so many excellent dining options in Las Vegas, why would you want to settle for mediocre food?
Tuscany Suites & Casino
My husband is an avid poker player and loves visiting Las Vegas a few times a year. When we got together, he often shared his love of Vegas with me, but I, not being a gambler, never showed any interest in going until we happened to win a 2 night stay in Vegas at a charity auction.
The hotel was called The Tuscany Suites & Casino and was off the strip but really not that far from all the action. My husband had never stayed off strip before and I was worried that it would not be very nice but we were both pleasantly surprised with our stay.
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