The Good Life

The Villas at the Mirage, Las Vegas

By Larry Olmsted | From Charles Barkley, March/April 2020
The Villas at the Mirage, Las Vegas
Photo/O'Gara Bissel
When the Mirage opened in 1989 as the largest hotel in the world at the time, with its unrivaled opulence, star headliners and theatrical exploding volcano, few visitors noticed the ultra-luxury Villas, a boutique resort within the resort. That was mainly because you couldn’t pay to stay in them. The posh digs were only for “whales,” the invited high-roller gamblers who don’t pay for anything. That’s changed recently. Today, anyone who can afford it can stay. What’s more, the Villas at the Mirage remain one of the few Las Vegas lodgings that are cigar friendly inside and out, with ashtrays and matches in just about every room. The very large units also have …
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