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We showed you a tour of Mandalay Bay's Daylight Beach Club, now let's head indoors and take a look at LIGHT. A co-venture between the Light Group and Cirque du Soleil we've been very curious about their promise of a whole new spectacle. We'd also hoped, by now, to have read some independent online reviews. Because we wonder what others are thinking.
You name a place LIGHT, you better have the visuals down. They have. Based on our limited preview, we believe this is the best lighting set-up in town. Particularly if you have a short attention span. They do not stop moving.
The DJ stands in the middle. Video displays completely cover the huge wall behind them and digital screens are even on the ceiling. Add lasers, etc. and you will be blinded in a good way. The Cirque factor comes from aerialists and dancers behind the screens on the wall. They can also fly in over the top of the crowd. We've not seen that part.
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From Daylight to Light to Eclipse, Mandalay Bay wants to be your new dusk-till-dawn nightclub destination. The club wars in Las Vegas hit the tipping point this weekend with the opening of the European-inspired Daylight Beach Club and the Cirque du Soleil-inspired club, Light. This may be the nightlife point of saturation for a dramatic year of Vegas resort shuffles and maneuvers.
We'll have an inside look at Light in another report, but here is pretty much every nook and cranny at Daylight.
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DAYLIGHT Beach Club is taking over the resort's auxiliary pool (referred to previously as the South or Landshark Lagoon). We first reported the news back in November. The pool experience will span 50,000 square feet and will offer "three wet decks," a vine-shaded stage (see below) for DJs and live acts, and six LED screens for your viewing pleasure. Its 'vibe' will be influenced by Mediterranean party spot, Ibiza:
You are not going to believe your eyes the first time you walk into LIGHT, the nightclub experience currently under construction in Mandalay Bay. We already knew that things were going to get Cirque-y (Cirque is partners with The Light Group in its creation), but now we're getting our first look at just what that means. And, that pretty much means you are not going to believe your eyes.
LIGHT released two renderings of the mind explosions that will happen once we step inside starting April 26. We can't even begin to tell you what to expect because we're still taking this all in ourselves. And, you haven't even seen the bigger versions yet. Head to our Facebook page to see these renderings super-sized. But, take a moment to prepare yourself, first. Here's how Cirque/Light Group explain it:
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The Light Group isn't dishing yet on the exact opening date for Citizens Kitchen at Mandalay Bay, a 24-hour "casual American bistro." But, it will say they're on target for an opening sometime during the last week of this month. Nor, is it revealing the full menu (aside from crab cakes, fried chicken and meatloaf). But, from new ads, it looks like the eatery, and its cuisine, won't just target club kids. Nor, encourage the use of silverware.
Marketing ads show a biker daintily eating a salad, an everyman going to town on some spaghetti and an everywoman enjoying a pastrami and sauerkraut sammy (we think). All have cocktails and none have forks. But, at least we know that napkins will be available.
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Bagatelle Beach and Sapphire Pool won't be the only two new pool scenes in Las Vegas this summer. Rumor has it that Hakkasan will have a pool, too. And, a stop by Mandalay Bay this weekend found work was underway on their second adult pool.
As we reported back in November, the unnamed Light Group project will take over Mandalay's auxiliary pool known as Landshark Lagoon. An area now enclosed in tall, green privacy fencing although we did see construction equipment on-site and spotted demolition underway. Nearby landscaping has also been ripped out.
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A walk by the recently shuttered bar-slash-restaurant revealed that a quickie renovation isn't being kept too tightly under wraps. The door was wide open and nothing covered the windows, either. When we
pressed our nose up to the glass strolled by, a lone employee worked on the flooring. A sea of red still reigned inside.
The changes taking place at Mandalay Bay won't just happen on the inside. While The Delano is transforming THEhotel, Cirque is working to bring Michael Jackson center stage. And, let's not forget that the Light Group is taking over three restaurants and a long-shuttered nightspot there, too. And, now, public records reveal one of the resort's pools will be morphed into a hotspot, too.
The Light Group has requested and received permission by local government officials to "remodel an exisiting pool area" at the resort. While it doesn't say which pool, specifically, language in the paperwork seems to point to it being the hotel's overflow pool which borders the parking lot at Las Vegas Boulevard and Russell. The area is referred to as the South Lagoon on the hotel's website. Here's a map if you're having trouble picturing the area.
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Five years after shuttering, comes word that Light nightclub will return to The Strip. This time, the Light Group nightspot will trade Bellagio for Mandalay Bay, upper and lower case for all caps (LIGHT) and will throw Cirque du Soleil into the mix, too.
With a catchy 'see what we did there' tagline -- After Dark, There Is Light -- the club will flip the switch (hey, we can do that, too!) in March 2013:
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During its quarterly earnings report on Friday, Morgans Hotel Group (Delano's parent brand) stated that its agreement with MGM Resorts (Mandalay's parent group) would be part of a 10-year licensing agreement, with the ability to tack on two five-year extensions. To bring the Delano brand to Las Vegas, MGM Resorts has agreed to foot all the costs of the renovations and will manage the new property, too, while Morgans will kick back and collect (some of) the dough:
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Major news today outta The Mandalay Bay--THEhotel will cease to exist by the end of next year and in its place will be The Delano Las Vegas. We can't believe it either! THEhotel will be no longer? The Delano is actually going to open in Las Vegas? Is this Opposite Day?
For those of you who might be asking, "What is a Delano?", allow us to fill you in. The Delano is a famous hotel in South Beach from the boutique collection of Morgans Hotels (Morgans also used to run the Hard Rock Las Vegas a few years back.) It has been long-favored by celebs, pop stars, artists and fashion designers who put up with sparse, minimalist rooms in order to have direct access to the beach and to be seen at the hotel's hot restaurants and nightclub.
Rates at the Philippe Starck-designed hotel (this is the man who will also be doing the SLS Las Vegas) can reach upwards of a $1,000 during high season. Once upon a time before the economic woes of 2008, a Delano was set to open in Boyd Gaming's fancy Echelon complex. That dream never became a reality and the lot on Las Vegas Boulevard on the site of the old Stardust is still empty.
For a look-see around the original South Beach property, check out HotelChatter's photo gallery featuring some highlights of the hotel's design.
But don't stare too long. While the Delano Las Vegas will have elements of the South Beach hotel's personality, no two Delanos are meant to look alike so when all 1,100 of THEhotel's suites get redesigned, the spot will look not just entirely different but entirely new.
And it's not just the rooms that are getting redone inside THEhotel. Here's what else will change:
We knew that that Las Vegas nightclub and restaurant company, The Light Group wasn't having a good year (cough, Harmon, cough) but things have ended on a much better note with an acquisition by the boutique hotel operator, Morgans Hotel Group.
Morgans once managed the Hard Rock Las Vegas but that partnership went south after Hard Rock sued Morgans for sullying up their name with Rehab and other too sexy events. Oh and business was just not very good for Morgans.
Yet now Morgans is heading back to Vegas in a big way after announcing that they are purchasing a 90 percent controlling interest in the Light Group to the tune of $46 million. Andrew Sasson, the founder and chairman of TLG, will join the Morgan's board of directors while Andy Masi will remain as the Light Group's Chief Executive Officer.