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The Mirage in Las Vegas is a 100,000 square foot resort/hotel and casino located near the heart of Las Vegas Boulevard, and it uses water as one of their primary tools of decoration, and is mainly used to underscore the hotel's "South Seas" theme.

Considered one of the most upscale resorts in all of Las Vegas, The Mirage sports well over 3000 guest rooms, including 280 suites. If available, we recommend that you get a room that has a view of the Las Vegas strip, so you can see all of the action, and glitter during the evening hours. And if you'll be staying in town indefinately, and have the money to spend, there are eight different 2 and 3 bedroom residences which may or may not be available. There are also six bungalows that each have a private garden and pool, for those of you that want to indulge and do Las Vegas the right way.

Upon entry of the resort, you find yourself in a garden that has cascading waterfalls that flow over rock landspaces before plunging nearly 50 feet into the lagoon below. Its no wonder The Mirage feels like a tropical paradise. Inside of the hotel, there is a unique, glass enclosed atrium which allows the sun to come beaing down into a tropical graden that features royal palm trees, and other exotic plants.

Outside the front of The Mirage you'll want to be careful of the live volcano right there on the premesis. That's right, Las Vegas even has volcanos (at least one that we know of). Its an active (though harmless) volacano, which consists of a computer-programmed display of over 3000 lights. In the evening, the volcano erupts approximately every 15 minutes and can be easily seen from the other side of the Las Vegas strip.

Inside the hotel are two natural habitats. One of them is a very large pool for the dolphins. Large, that is, if you consider 2.5 millon gallons of dolphin habitat to be bigger than the average pool.

The other habitat is for the rare white tigers used in the Siegfried and Roy Magic show, although the show has been put on hold until further notice, ever since Roy was attacked by one of the tigers. That was a tragedy that had the whole city of Las Vegas holding their breath, although Roy is now on the road to making a full recovery, and we can only hope that the Siegfried and Roy show will continue. If not, Las Vegas just won't seem to be the same. But if nothing else, make sure to swing by The Siegfried & Roy Secret Garden to see the tigers. Don't worry, there behind extra-thick security glass, so its completely safe, as it is amazing.

Inside the 100,000-plus square foot casino, you'll find a tropically decorated environment which has the typical choice of games you'll find in all the other major casinos on the Las Vegas strip.

The resort's pool area actually consists of many interconnected lagoons that are attached to two palm-tree lined islands. There you can rent your own private cabana and order drinks from either the Dolphin Bar or Paradise Cafe.

To relax, treat yourself to a nice massage at Mirage's Spa and Salon. What makes the atmosphere so relaxing here is the presence of tropical foliage, hanging vines, and trees throughout the Salon. It comes equipped with his and hers spa facilities, as well as an exercise and fitness center, and a full-service beauty salon.

There a three lounges at The Mirage to choose from. If you're in the mood for live entertaiment with a relaxing sound in a tropical rain forest setting, then Lagoon Saloon is the place to be. If you'd prefer a piano bar, you'll love the Baccarat Bar & Lounge. And if Jazz is your thing, the Onida Lounge is where its at. The Mirage also offers a wide variety of places to eat, including specialty restaurants like the California Pizza Kitchen as well as several quaint cafes and bars.

So get yourself to The Mirage in Las Vegas. Its not just another mirage in the desert, but its the only Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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