With its signature coconut scent and Polynesian theme evident in the nightly volcano fire show, plus the 20,000-gallon salt coral reef tank in the lobby, this 3,044-room staple right on the Las Vegas Strip is more than a place to stay—the Mirage Hotel and Casino is an experience. Guests can lounge alongside the waterfall- and palm-lined freeform saltwater pools; choose from an impressive roster of rotating musical and stand-up comedy acts for nightly entertainment; visit the onsite parlor, salon, and spa; or shop for Beatles’ memorabilia in the band’s only licensed retail outlet. The property’s 100,000-square-foot casino features hundreds of slot video poker machines and a dozen table games, while a 20-table poker room hosts games 24 hours a day and daily no-limit Texas hold ‘em tournaments up the ante for serious players.
Each night, the building’s front lawn erupts in flames in a short, choreographed pyrotechnic show for visitors. More than 150 custom-designed features shoot colorful smoke and fire mimicking an epic volcanic eruption (Friday and Saturday at 7, 8, and 9pm; Sunday through Thursday at 7 and 8pm).
The property also hosts Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, where travelers can see lions, rare albino tigers, and a handful of bottlenose dolphins (admission costs $22 for adults and $17 for children between the ages of 4 and 12). Hotel guests can join a one-hour morning yoga session in the underwater viewing area at the dolphin habitat, while all visitors can take part in an add-on dolphin encounter for an additional fee, although this experience is not offered through Viator.