Technically on the Strip but south of the Strip proper – and near the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The bedrooms are situated within the Mandalay Bay tower, and the rest of the resort is just south of the casino in a separate annex. To reach the Strip, I’d advise a taxi.
Rooms are located on floors 35-39 of the Mandalay Bay tower (so you have Mandalay Bay rooms both below and above you). However, there’s a private elevator for Four Seasons guests, so you feel as if you’re in a different hotel. The decor is very Four Seasons – think plush but not overly exciting. They’re all of a solid standard, though (think flatscreen TVs and the like) which you can’t take for granted in Vegas. All have floor-to-ceiling windows, and I’d say it’s worth shelling out for a Strip view here – from this height, you can get a classic Vegas postcard view. It will cost you, though - prices are sky high here.
Everything but the bedrooms is situated in the annex, sitting just underneath the Mandalay Bay tower. Like the bedrooms, the annex is very Four Seasons – the decor is very classic, with marble-lined corridors, sweeping staircases, bouquets of flowers and utter silence throughout. No, it’s not very Vegas, but it’s very high-end American.
There's no casino (it's non-smoking too) but a door connects it to the casino of the Mandalay Bay.
Eating and drinking
Celeb chef Charlie Palmer has his eponymous steak house here, as well as Aureole, which was his first restaurant in Vegas. And of course, you’re part of Mandalay Bay, which is my favourite place for restaurant choices.
There’s a beautiful (if pricey spa) and a pool nestled underneath the Mandalay Bay tower. It’s pretty small, but I love the tropical undergrowth it’s hidden in – palm trees and lots of plants, with steam rising off the water – it feels more South American than Vegas. If that's too quiet for you, Four Seasons guests can use all Mandalay Bay facilities - so you can skip over to the bigger pool next door. And no, Mandalay Bay guests can't use the FS pool - that's only for you.
Pretty stellar. Formal, but you’ll have no complaints.
Who stays there
A lot of celebrities who want to keep a low profile, and there’s a big European contingent, too. Lots of couples on romantic retreats.
Not exactly the best value place in town. No resort fee.
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Private annex
- High standard of rooms
- Connected to Mandalay Bay casino
- Very quiet