It soars 642 feet above the famous Las Vegas Strip. Within its 53 floors, it houses 3000 ultra-posh suites, the world’s most luxurious retail establishments and the chicest restaurants. It also offers the best entertainment in the West. Even its name symbolizes ultimate luxury; its English translation is palace. I must admit this place nearly gave me an orgasm. This $1.8 billion behemoth exhausted my senses in a good way. The place, the building, the resort and the hotel that I’m describing is The Palazzo Las Vegas, the newest lavish hotel-casino on the Strip. I felt compelled to tour Vegas’s newest luxury destination. This is my fragrance voyage at The Palazzo Las Vegas.
I dressed in my shopping best as usual. But, this outfit was more casual; I wanted to feel relax during my tour. I wore Lee blue jeans, a ribbed forest green turtleneck by Perry Ellis, a brown leather Italian cut jacket and a pair of Stacy Adams shoes. Lastly, I brought along my favorite little wallet, the Gucci wallet.
I jumped into my faithful truck and drove to the Palazzo. Parking was a breeze. There was a space waiting for me in its multi-level subterranean public garage, which is a bit unusual for the Strip. Most parking garages on the Strip are large monstrous things that are usually hidden behind the Strip’s more glamorous facades. I thought the Sands Corporation, the owner of the Venetian and the Palazzo, chose a good location for the garage; it gives the Palazzo a more cosmopolitan flair.
I exited my truck and walked into a glass enclosure. I stepped onto an escalator and was whisked to the casino/lobby level. The Palazzo’s casino was like most large casinos on the Strip: thousands of colorful and noisy slot and poker machines and many green-topped gambling tables. I decided to leave the casino and headed towards the Palazzo’s grand lobby. The appearance of the lobby was what I expected. It was elegant and very grand. I saw a beautiful fountain in its center that stood under a large glass cupola. It was surrounded by voluptuous glass naked temptresses, encouraging the patrons of the hotel to live their sinful dreams. It was a very beautiful centerpiece. Since I was intrigued by the architectural influences of the Palazzo’s lobby and the rest of the hotel, I asked the concierge which country or culture influenced the hotel’s architecture. He explained that it was based on the buildings of Continental Europe. However, old world Italian design was the main architectural paradigm. I was satisfied with his answer, and I proceeded to the real part of my fragrance voyage, visiting The Shoppes at The Palazzo.
The first shop I visited was Fresh, the upscale and niche fragrance perfumery. The store wasn’t opened to the public, but the shop’s manager gave me permission to explore it. It was designed like most upscale perfumeries yet with a little twist — very bright, plenty of glass, understated yet very contemporary. The manager told me that Fresh was owned by the luxury conglomerate LVMH, who happened to own Guerlain and Louis Vuitton. She mentioned her company moved to the Palazzo since they were adding stores to many luxury destinations. In other words, Fresh was in a high growth mode.
I asked her about the most popular fragrance among her clients. She mentioned that Sake was the bestselling one. According to Osmoz, this fragrance is “sensual and delicate, it was inspired by Japanese beauty rituals. Blending unusual notes of langsat, an Asian plant, with fruity waves of white peach and Chinese osmanthus blossom.” Other popular fragrances according to the manager were Sugar Lychee for women, a fruity-floral fragrance, and Cannabis Santal for men, an oriental-woody scent. I thanked the manager for taking the time to speak with me and I proceeded on my voyage.
As I walked to my next retail destination, I passed by Tony Burch, the fashion house that is known for creating sophisticated fashion for women at an accessible price point. I also noticed signs for future shops from these notable brands: Chloe, Diane Von Furstenberg, Fendi, Michael Kors, Montblanc, Ralph Lauren, Thomas Pink and Van Cleef & Arpels.
I finally arrived to my next destination. It was Bottega Veneta. Its appearance was what I expected of most upscale boutiques. It had plenty of glass displays and was well lighted. I also remembered its brownish and tan hues. Its most beautiful and precious handbags were placed on glass wall shelving. In the back of the boutique, clothing hang on racks. Very popular and less expensive items were placed on display racks that were scattered through out the store. I was greeted by a charming young woman. I asked her about the brand’s fragrances, but she told me that was not her expert area. I asked her about the handbags. Her face lighted up and told me that Bottega Veneta was well known for its handbags. The most popular bag designs were the Cabat and Veneta. I thank her for speaking with me, and I proceeded to my next retail spot.
I later learned that Bottega Veneta doesn’t make fragrances for humans. It makes a home fragrance, which is a scented candle called Intreccio N. 1. It has notes of cedar, eucalyptus, hay and leather.
The next shop I visited was Coach. I wanted to smell the fashion house’s new and only perfume for women, Coach by Coach. When I entered the brand’s boutique, I asked a young sales woman if I could have a sample of the perfume. She told me that no samples were available. I asked her about the tester, and she pointed towards the middle of the store. It was on a medium-sized glass display table. As I was making my way to the table, I was intercepted by an older Asian Coach expert. I told her that I wanted to experience Coach, the fragrance. She sprayed the perfume on a sample sheet and gave it to me to sniff. Its scent was very luxurious. It reminded me of another perfume that I loved, Tresor by Lancome. The perfume combined amber, genet, jasmine, mimosa, vanilla and woody notes. I might give this fragrance to the women in my life. And, I will purchase it from Coach at the Palazzo. michael kors tote bag