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‘Death ray’ at Vegas hotel sparks curiosity via [yahoonews]


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Swanky new Vegas hotel’s ‘death ray’ proves inconvenient for some guests

By Brett Michael Dykes

A design quirk at a swanky new tower leaves some guests with unsettling souvenirs, singed hair and melted bags.

Vdara Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas (Getty Images/Ethan Miller)

And here you thought bedbugs were the biggest source of anxiety for hotel guests.

Yes, guests at Vdara hotel in Las Vegas now have something else to worry about: being burned alive by the glare of the building‘s “death ray.”

What the heck’s a “death ray,” you ask? Well, first off, it’s not as deadly as it sounds, since no one has actually died from it — at least not yet. But according to the U.K. Daily Mail, the powerful beams of Nevada sunlight reflecting off the glass hotel onto sections of the hotel’s swimming pool area have burned some guests and have melted plastic bags.

The building’s concave design creates a sort of magnifying-glass effect. The hotel’s designers reportedly anticipated that ill-situated humans might experience some discomfort courtesy of the building’s blinding glare, so they placed a film over the glass panes of its many windows. Obviously that didn’t quite do the trick. So for now the hotel is placing larger umbrellas in the pool area while designers try to come up with another remedy.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the hotel’s employees coined the term “death ray” to describe the intense reflection. Reports of the glare have also enhanced the hotel’s public profile, though almost certainly not in the way its owners would like; Yahoo! searches for Vdara have spiked by nearly 19,000 percent in the past 24 hours.

It turns out that Vdara isn’t the only building out there creating intense heat and glare for hapless passersby. Gordon Absher, a spokesman for MGM Resorts International, which owns Vdara, told the Review-Journal that in Las Vegas, the AdventureDome at Circus Circus and the Mandalay Bay produce “hot spots” that some guests have actually sought out, believing the spots will aid tanning regimens. In Los Angeles, the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall produced such a harsh glare that it heated nearby homes, forcing residents to blast their air conditioners high above their customary capacities in order for the residents to keep cool.

[Build your own death ray — and a dozen more mad-scientist devices you can make at home]

Bill Pintas, a Chicago attorney, told the Daily Mail that he experienced the harsh glare of the death ray firsthand during a recent Vdara stay. Pintas reported that as he lounged out by the pool, his head suffered a sensation he likened to a “chemical burn.” He added, “Within 30 seconds, the back of my legs were burning.”

[Even more on death rays: The mystery of Nikola Tesla’s missing weapon]

In another interview, Pintas said: “I was effectively being cooked.” Thankfully, he returned home alive. Still, his skin was burned and his hair was singed — disproving the old saying that whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.

(Photo via AP)

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The Very BEST Las Vegas Destinations for Group Spa Getaways via [bizbash]

3 Luxe Spas for Pampering Groups

Check out these three new spas for rewarding and pampering a
stressed-out group. 

1. Movies from Hollywood‘s golden age play
in the background of Eleven
, which opened in February in Town Square on the south end of
the strip. The 20,000-square-foot space has a bright, airy entry and
well-appointed treatment rooms. Ken Paves salon stylists handle hair and
makeup. An expansive lounge flows into a public area—complete with a
kitchen and stage—available for private parties of up to 500 people. A
V.I.P. room with a red door has a private entrance.


2. Asian and Moroccan influences dot the Encore Spa at Steve Wynn‘s Encore.
Open since December 2008, the spa offers a wealth of natural sunlight
and the sound of flowing water to complement the natural decor. The
61,000-square-foot space offers 37 treatment rooms, garden villas, and
couples rooms. The fitness center features a juice bar as well as yoga,
spinning, and meditation classes. There is an upbeat salon and
barbershop outfitted with gleaming all-white furnishings. A spa shop
sells products.


3. Spa Mio at the M
opened in March. The 23,000-square-foot full-service spa
has 16 treatment rooms. There is a full-service fitness center, plus
wet areas with a sauna, steam room, and hot tub. A full-service salon
and barbershop are also available. Other amenities include fresh fruit,
fruit juices, teas, and water for guests. Individual and group
packages are available.


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Las Vegas Barbie: New BARBIE Suite @ The Palms Hotel via [Jet Set Girls]

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Barbie Suite at the Palms Las Vegas

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Raise your hand if you didn‘t want to live in Barbie’s Malibu Dream house as a little girl? Well dreams do come true, and this time it’s not at Disney World, though it is in Disney World for grown ups. The Palms Resort in Las Vegas recently opened the Barbie Suite, designed by Jonathan Adler in honor of her 50th. (Don’t worry, Barbie, you don’t look a day over 29!)

Palms Barbie Suite living room
The suite is furnished with pink and black furniture, a mirror framed by a starburst of 65 Barbies and Barbie-approved wall paper.

There’s even a 2-way fireplace and a hot tub for when Ken comes to visit, in addition to the bed with a pink headboard.

Palms Barbie Suite bedroom
If we lived apart from our SO, we would insist on having a replica of this corseted chair.

When you go, don’t forget to stop by the pool to indulge in one of the poolside spa treatments.

The Barbie Suite may just knock the Caesar’s Palace Villa from the Hangover out of our top must stay room in Vegas!

For more pictures of the Barbie Suite, become a fan on Facebook.

New Barbie Suite @ The Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

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