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Experience the Winter Olympics in Las Vegas

By Stephan Martin

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This February Sochi Russia will be home to more than 2,500 athletes who will be competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. You probably aren’t participating in the Olympics or even heading over to Russia for the games but that doesn’t mean you can’t feel as if you are there. MGM Resorts has put together experiences that will give you a sense of what the Olympics will be like in Russia this year.

A room that has all the amenities that an athlete would want resides right inside the MGM Grand, the STAY WELL rooms. The STAY WELL rooms would not only give an athlete an edge, but they will provide a boost to anyone who stays there. The STAY WELL rooms feature 17 wellness benefits such as wake-up light therapy to help increase energy and a Vitamin C infused shower that promotes healthy hair and skin. Of course air quality is important to all athletes and the STAY WELL rooms have the most advanced HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air)-standard air purification system around. You will not find a comparable room anywhere in Las Vegas.

Getting in a hardcore workout might not be the first thing on your mind when you are in Las Vegas, but if you want to get a unique and tough workout give the Indoor Hike at ARIA a try. The Indoor Hike will challenge your entire body as you sprint through the convention center, get in some jumping jacks in front of HAZE nightclub and pushups in other scenic spots throughout the resort. The Indoor Hike is the perfect workout to burn off some of those extra calories from dinner, one of the best parts is simply the uniqueness of working out while you are going through different spots of the resort, including taking a look at ARIA’s world-class public art collection. If that is not enough for you, ARIA also has one of the finest fitness centers on the strip.

Yoga might not be part of the Olympic Games, but it is popular among athletes when it comes to training. One thing that Vegas offers that you will night find in Russia is Yoga Among the Dolphins at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage. This class is held in the underwater dolphin viewing area and can be customized according to skill level. If you want to find balance and harmony while getting an amazing stretch while strengthening muscles at the same time as you enjoy the Dolphins, this experience can’t be beat.

As you can imagine what an Olympic athlete puts their body through is far more than your typical workout so a simple stretch usually is not going to cut it. The Spa Bellagio offers the professionally developed Aquastretch therapy session that takes place in a heated pool, taking stretching to another lever. Considered a breakthrough in pain management and preventative medicine, this unique-to-The-Strip aquatic session introduces stretching techniques that restore flexibility, reduce chronic pain and create a sense of relaxation as you float in a private, heated pool.

Have you ever wanted to get that rush that Shaun White might get at the Winter Games? Las Vegas has some heart-pumping thrills that will give you that rush. At Mandalay Bay, daredevils can dive into a 1.3-million-gallon exhibit at Shark Reef Aquarium and swim side-by-side with more than 30 sharks. Certainly not an Olympic Game, but it will get your heart racing! The rollercoaster at New York-New York features the first ever 180-degree “heart-line twist,” the thrilling ride zips over the track among New York City skyscrapers at 67 mph.

While you might not have a medal to celebrate the conclusion of the Olympics, Las Vegas offers you a few celebratory spots that will make you feel Russian at heart. There is no place in all of Las Vegas that epitomizes Russia quite like the Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge at Mandalay Bay. To give you a sense of what you are missing by not being in Russia for the Olympics, toss on a fur coat while you enjoy the Red Square’s private vodka vault and ice bar. If you want to experience Russia, Red Square is the one place in Vegas that gets it right.

Red Square

Imagine how you might celebrate if you just took the gold medal and the menu at MICHAEL MINA Bellagio would have to enter your mind. The pairing of Russian Osetra caviar parfait to go along with some fine champagne would make any celebration complete.

Michael Mina Bellagio

Finally you know that an athlete must be careful what they put in their body and to make sure you get that perfect nutritious and healthy meal, MGM Resorts restaurants recently launched the Smart Plate program. The Smart Plate program provides guests with delicious menu items that come in at 700 calories or less per dish. The exclusive calorie-conscious items are available on select in-room dining menus at ARIA, MGM Grand, The Mirage and Monte Carlo and participating cafes including Café Bellagio, Raffles Café at Mandalay Bay, Pyramid Café at Luxor and The Café at Monte Carlo.

“The Smart Plate program is an excellent resource for Las Vegas visitors wanting to manage their healthy lifestyle on the go,” said Mandalay Bay Vice President of Food and Beverage Sean DiCicco. “In order to positively impact eating decisions, it’s important to provide guests flexible options that cater to their dietary needs. Smart Plate menu items provide all of the essential nutrients required per meal while allowing guests the opportunity to stay on track and motivated throughout their travels.”

The Smart Plate program is available at the following MGM Resorts properties and features offerings such as:


•             Café Bellagio

Grilled Atlantic Salmon served with a side of broccolini and topped with yellow tomato and cucumber salsa (690 calories)

•             Raffles Café at Mandalay Bay

Blackened Ahi Tuna Sandwich served with a side of fresh cut fruit (510 calories)

•             The Café at Monte Carlo

Club Wrap made with Boar’s Head ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo; served with a pickle and side of fresh cut fruit (620 calories)

•             Pyramid Café at Luxor

Chicken Breast topped with Monari Federzoni balsamic glaze and served with a side of steamed vegetables and quinoa pilaf (580 calories)

•             Market Café at Vdara

Primavera Pizza made with summer squash, artichokes, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini, fresh basil, crumbled feta cheese, nonfat mozzarella cheese, black pepper, olive oil and raw garlic (700 calories)

•             Garden Grill at Circus Circus

Chef’s Salad made with spring mix lettuce, turkey breast, ham, cheddar cheese, Swiss cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, croutons, cabbage, carrots, hard-boiled eggs and red onions and topped with balsamic vinaigrette (680 calories)

Room service has certainly come a long way in recent years In-Room Dining Menus

•             ARIA

Cracked Wheat Fettuccine mixed with chicken fennel sausage, shrimp, asparagus and tomatoes (570 calories)

•             MGM Grand

Caprese Sandwich made with Buffalo Mozzarella, yellow and red tomatoes, balsamic pesto aioli, fresh basil and pickled vegetables (690 calories)

•             The Mirage

Market Fresh Greens with Chicken made with spring lettuce mix, tomatoes, cucumbers and radishes, topped with balsamic vinaigrette and served with a fresh fruit cup (630 calories)

•             Monte Carlo

Red Bean Chili Bowl made with red bean chili mix, cilantro leaves, onions and cheddar cheese (260 calories)

Promoting healthy eating is one component of MGM Resorts’ greater healthy living efforts. In February 2013, MGM Resorts announced the launch of Healthy Eating, Healthy You, a complimentary mobile application, available to the public, featuring more than 50 recipes from property chefs, including world-class chefs Julian Serrano, Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck.

Published on Jan 22, 2014

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