White tigers, friendly dolphins, and a fiery volcano. No, it isn't a mirage, it's the Mirage Resort & Casino, one of Las Vegas' first and most exciting megaresorts. The Mirage occupies 102 acres of prime real estate in the center of The Strip, flanked by Treasure Island and the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. The iconic volcano erupts hourly every night, accompanied by a spectacular sound, light, and musical show.
Tropical elements abound at the Mirage, from the 53-foot-long saltwater aquarium to the indoor rainforest set in a 100-foot-high atrium with palm trees and waterfalls. Outside, take a dip in the expansive lagoon-style pool lined with palm trees. You can reserve a luxury poolside cabana or, if you're feeling daring, head to the adults-only Bare pool area (surcharge), where bathing-suit tops are optional.
Entertainment options run the gamut, too. Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden features big cats like the duo's trademark white tigers, while the Dolphin Habitat showcases a family of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. When the sun sets, take in Cirque Du Soleil's blockbuster Beatles tribute, LOVE, or marvel at virtuoso ventriloquist Terry Fator. Aces of Comedy Headliners such as Daniel Tosh, Jay Leno, George Lopez, Ray Romano and Ron White perform on varying dates. Other nightlife options include trendy 10AK nightclub; RHUMBAR, a Caribbean-style lounge specializing in rum drinks; and Mario Barth's Starlight Tattoo.
Vegas is known for innovative dining, and the Mirage is no exception. From contemporary Japanese cuisine to succulent meats at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, a world of temptations awaits. Not all options are haute cuisine: Casual fare is served at BLT Burger, California Pizza Kitchen, and New York's famed Carnegie Delicatessen. Go ahead and indulge: you can work off that slice of Carnegie's cheesecake in the Fitness Center at the Mirage Spa, or use the spa's expanded fitness center (surcharge), then relax with a sumptuous body treatment.
You have to sleep sometime, and the Mirage's updated accommodations make downtime a dream. Pillowtop mattresses are layered with soft down blankets and pillows. Tune out with a movie on the large-screen LCD TV, or tune in to your own playlist on the iHome® clock radio with iPod® dock. Wireless and wired Internet is included in the resort fee. Self and valet parking is complimentary.