This pandemic has been taxing and stressful on everyone, that is no secret. In this time of unknowing, it is nice to shed light on the good happening, as well; especially right here in the Las Vegas community. A beam of light is the creation of Chefs4Vegas.
During the state shut down, there was a surplus of food and products that many chefs and restaurants were sitting on. As a result, many were reaching out to venders and colleagues for advice on where to try and appropriately dispose of the items. Tahiti Village’s Executive Chef, Jason Diaz and other local chefs gathered together on April 18th in a dirt lot off of Tenaya and Warm Springs to find a solution.
After brainstorming, talking, and creating a blue print it was there in that dirt lot that Chefs4Vegas was created. “It even rained on us that day but that didn’t stop us from doing what we felt was right,” said Daiz.
That following week they set up a food bank with the help of other vendors and local chefs, in that day they were able to feed over 300 families in need. “Whenever you can give to your community and provide for them, it is heartwarming,” said Diaz.
This was supposed to be a one-time deal, however the demand grew, the families in need increased and Chefs4Vegas continued helping the community for 10 consecutive weeks. To date, the chefs as a group along with other community partners have provided sustenance to over 10,000 local Las Vegas families.
On June 16th, Chefs4Vegas was awarded a Proclamation from the City of Las Vegas for helping the local community in time of crisis. Chefs4Vegas has now been granted a 501C3, which acknowledges them as a full-fledged nonprofit organization.
“I grew up with not a whole bunch and I relied on food pantries. I know how much that means to a community and I know how much that means to a lot of people. If I could give back and do that, try to do right for them, that’s all this is really about,” said Diaz.
June 24th was another big day for Chefs4Vegas as they traveled to McGill, Nevada to set up a food pantry for that community. “This pandemic really hit hard in that area and there were lots of reports of people not having a lot to survive on. It is very sad times we are in,” said Diaz.
In the midst of all of the sadness, it is heartwarming to know that there are good people in our community that care and are willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone has what is necessary during these times.
“The thank you’s and the social media posts from some of these people that really, really needed it is amazing. There is no better feeling then to give back to your community,” said Diaz.
Be sure to give Chef Jason a social distanced high-five or say hello the next time you see him. He and many others have done so much for Las Vegas in such a short amount of time. We are extremely proud of our Chef and all that he has done and continues to do every day.
We would also like to say thank you to the other chefs and some of the vendors involved in Chefs4Vegas!
The President of the American Culinary Federation and the Executive Banquet Chef of Tropicana,Justin Franco
Relaxing and pampering yourself is a huge part of every vacation and that is no exception with your stay at Tahiti Village. We are proud to announce the re-opening of our onsite spa, Mahana Spa.
Picture yourself in a tranquil, candlelit treatment room with the light fragrance of luxurious essential oils filling the room allowing your stress and tension to melt away. Our skilled artisans at Mahana Spa will use the perfect combination of light and medium pressure to relax tired muscles, promote relaxation and create a calming sense of tranquility and well being.
Currently we are offering are all of our signature massages (except the couples massage) and our Paradise Classic Facial and Men’s Facial.
We are following the strictest recommendations and guidelines set by the CDC and local/state Government to ensure that your experience at Mahana Spa is enjoyable, safe and relaxing.
Mahan Spa will be open Friday – Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only.
You can make your appointment by either calling x6855 and leaving a voicemail or head over to Concierge and they can help you schedule it, as well. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and leave all valuables in your suite!
Mahana Spa can’t wait to welcome you back and give you a peaceful and soothing spa day!
The Arturo’s Village Pizza story begins with a boy from Brooklyn; a boy who never forgot the sights, the sounds and especially the pizza. There was something about the elusiveness in the flavor he could never shake, but it seemed to exist to greater or lesser degrees in every family-owned pizza joint running the length of Coney Island Ave.
He was a regular at their storefronts for years, but the pie-tossing proprietors never knew his name and never once bothered to ask if it was Tony or Joey or Frankie or, more to the fact, Artie. The boy’s name is Artie Spector.
Artie always knew what he wanted and that was two slices, always for the road. One of the built-in benefits of Brooklyn pizza is its portability and pliability. Artie had perfected the famous double stack at a young age. An ingenious 2-for-1 intake method in which consumers place one slice on top of the other, allowing them to eat twice as much pizza in half the time.
These are the memories Artie took with him when he eventually left his hometown to pave his way in the world, a decision that took him far from his city roots. He started out and found his calling in Hawaii, by converting condominium units into deluxe timeshare resorts. It was the vacation ownership industry that led him to Las Vegas.
When Artie moved to Las Vegas he built what we know today as Tahiti Village Resort and Spa. Over the years he furnished it with all kinds of desirable amenities, including a restaurant, spa, and lazy river. Although, his dream since boyhood was to have his very own Brooklyn-style pizzeria and that is where Arturo’s Village Pizza was created.
Arturo’s Village Pizza has been entrusted to our very own Executive Chef, Jason Diaz, “One of my very first promotions was taking over a pizzeria and pizza has always held a special place in my heart. I’ve been fortune enough to have good people teach me how to make good pizza.”
The dough is the foundation of any pizza and Chef Jason has given everyone at Arturo’s Village Pizza nothing but the best. “The dough recipe is mine. I reached out to a vendor to help in making the dough and they are making it and shipping it to me, fresh from Los Angeles,” said Diaz.
Everyone has heard of Brooklyn style pizza, but not a lot have tasted the real deal. Here at Arturo’s Village Pizza we have specifically picked certain pizzas that are true to Artie’s past.
“We wanted to stay as authentic as possible to what Brooklyn style pizza is. If you take a look at what they do, a lot of what we do is mimicked. I just wanted to try and carry on that tradition and make it so it is New York style,” said Diaz.
All of the pizzas on the menu mean something to Chef Jason and they all have something he likes. He can’t choose just one favorite because he loves them all just the same! However, he did mention that the fan favorite has been the Brooklyn Meat Pie; with Italian sausage, Pepperoni, Bacon and Ham, it is the ultimate pie for a meat lover.
“I know it means something to the owner and all we want is for Arturo’s to succeed. I know he wouldn’t have trusted me with what he did if he didn’t think we could pull it off,” said Diaz. We want everyone to know what Arturo’s is and stands for. No one at Tahiti Village should leave without trying real, Brooklyn style pizza.
“I’m looking forward to what we might be able to do further on. The feedback and reviews from everyone coming in has been amazing… it is a cool ride to be on right now,” said Diaz.
What Artie learned and tasted back in Brooklyn, has been brought back to Tahiti Village, and now – quite ironically – a South Pacific-themed resort is the one and true purveyor of authentic Brooklyn-style pizza in Las Vegas.
Don’t forget to stop into Arturo’s Village Pizza the next time you are at the resort and see how Artie’s dream came true!
Think you know Las Vegas? The Sin City experience has evolved over the years and a lot has changed. Here’s what you need to know!
You can certainly say that a lot has changed since Vegas’ early days as a dusty stopover for travelers heading West across the scorching Southwest. This largest city in Nevada has evolved into much more than a destination for those seeking a cheap room, plenty of whisky, and card games aplenty. Las Vegas has reinvented itself, transcending the apt description of a “one-horse town for gamblers” and enjoying a renaissance of sorts over the past several decades. Las Vegas is now an international travel mecca for visitors who value excitement, refined amenities, and a wide array of entertainment possibilities.
Whether you’re looking for a relaxed, under-the-radar type of vacation or a wolf pack-worthy trip that would rival anything imagined by a Hollywood director, you’ll find it in Vegas. Here are some of the major changes seen in Vegas over the years:
50,000 people a day travel through McCarran Airport, shuttling about half of the 38 million annual visitors to the heart of Las Vegas. These travelers generally opt to stay in a resort on or near the Strip, so these mega-hotels now cater to those seeking a comfortable, relaxing, and decadent home-away-from-home versus those simply wanting a “cheap room.” Visitors spend an average of $95 per night, but many are now looking at off-Strip options that deliver a more personalized experience, in a serene location with a greater array of amenities than ever thought possible.
Vegas was once known for the 99-cent shrimp cocktail, but today it flaunts a vibrant, eclectic, and alluring culinary scene that rivals the food offerings of the world’s largest cities. From some of the most elegant dining options in the heart of the Strip to quirky spots like The Perch in Downtown Container Park, to family-friendly options like Hash House a Go Go or tropical fare at 17-degree South Booze & Bites, there is truly something for everyone. You’ll still find the one-dollar shrimp cocktail (visitors to Vegas eat more than 30 tons of shrimp per day!), but you can also find a $5,000 burger, the world’s most expensive sundae (the Golden Opulence at Caesar’s – $1,000), and a $40,000 bottle of cognac at the Monte Carlo Hotel that dates back to 1777. Vegas’ culinary scene is undeniably appealing.
Even in what was once considered Vegas’ heyday, the entertainment options were limited. You had the average song-and-dance shows, Vegas Showgirls and their well-rehearsed nightly routines, the transient headliners, and the odd magic show. But it wasn’t until the latter part of the 20th century when Vegas became a real draw for big name acts, wildly popular resident singers and entertainers, and international shows like Cirque du Soleil. Today’s visitor has an endless choice of shows, concerts, parties, and entertainment venues to choose from, drawing some of the world’s biggest names to stages, arenas, and theaters throughout Vegas’ city limits.
Vegas is no longer a sleepy, desert town. While it still has a reputation for being a city that “knows how to have a good time,” the landscape has shifted from bawdy casinos and smoky bars to elegant resorts and alluring entertainment options. The good news? You can visit Las Vegas today and find exactly what you’re looking for – Las Vegas is bigger, better, and more exciting than ever.
Lots of people think of our tropical resort paradise as a little slice of heaven. Beginning this summer, with the anticipated grand opening of our new Arturo’s Village Pizza, they’ll be eating a little slice of heaven.
Construction is set to begin in early February on the pizzeria, which will be located on the first floor of the Tahiti Village lobby building. Thematically, Arturo’s Village Pizza will project a casual, New York City-style vibe. Visitors can either eat in or grab and go. The main entrance will be located outside the main lobby building opposite 17˚ South Booze & Bites, our onsite bar and restaurant. There will also be an exterior patio entrance near Tower 1 on the north side of the property.
“People can expect the pizza in Arturo’s Pizzeria to have the highest quality ingredients,” said Chad Nelson, Tahiti Village Director Food and Beverage. “We are excited to use the best cheeses, dough, and ingredients to create an amazing product. Arturo’s will be a great addition to our resort and will round out our food and beverage amenities available to our guests at Tahiti Village.”
Arturo’s sauce will be made in-house daily and includes San Marzano tomato, garlic, herbs, and Grana Padano cheese. Visitors can choose from five different pizzas on the menu and two prepared salads. Pizza can be ordered by the slice or by the full pie.
The renderings below are a representation of what you can expect, but is subject to change. We at family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip are excited to bring this project to fruition and will communicate our progress over the course of the construction.
Take a bite out of summer with a visit to Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise! Dining in Las Vegas never tasted better.
For those of you who eat and drink football, there is no better place to feast than 17˚ South Booze & Bites at tropical Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las Vegas. Tahiti Village’s onsite restaurant is hosting a Big Game watch party featuring great food and drink specials. At 17˚ South Booze & Bites, you won’t miss a minute of the action. Located in the main lobby of Las Vegas’s favorite tropical resort paradise, 17˚ South Booze & Bites offers 10 widescreen televisions for your viewing pleasure, including three on the patio overlooking Tahiti Village’s tranquil sand-entry beach pool. This inviting aquatic attraction was recently voted Best Family Pool in the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper’s annual Best of Las Vegas poll.
If you’re looking for a great place to watch the Big Game but would rather avoid crowded casinos or strange bars, awesome food and drink specials are just a short walk from your room at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip. 17˚ South Booze & Bites is offering all-you-can drink Bud and Bud Light drafts and a game day buffet prepared by our award winning kitchen.
No matter which team you’re rooting for, you’ll have a great time watching the Big Game at 17˚ South Booze & Bites in the main lobby at Tahiti Village – voted the Best Family Friendly Hotel in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual Best of Las Vegas poll.
Tickets are available at 17˚ South Booze & Bites. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the game day buffet begins at 3 p.m. Space is limited, so be sure to arrive early to stake out a premium seat. Join us for the Big Game at 17˚ South Booze & Bites, where you’re sure to have a good all you can eat and all you can drink great time. As always, may all your prop bets come through!
If you’ve never been to family friendly Tahiti Village, you simply must experience a getaway to Las Vegas’ tropical resort retreat. Featuring a sand-entry beach pool, lazy river, condo-style accommodations, two 24-hour hot tubs, an onsite restaurant and spa, and shuttle service to the Strip, Tahiti Village has everything you need to relax, unwind and get away from it all. In-room amenities in larger one-bedroom and two-bedroom units include a fully stocked kitchen, washer-dryer, jetted tub, steam shower and private balcony for your convenience and enjoyment.
With engaging onsite activities, year-round aquatic attractions and spacious guest rooms featuring full kitchens and private bedrooms, Tahiti Village Resort & Spa is a popular choice of families looking for fun in Las Vegas. Although the busy summer season finds our Tahiti Village tropical beach pool and lazy river at their splish-splashiest, some families prefer to visit during the quiet and comparatively mild winter. One such family is the Lanes, from Wisconsin, who spent a portion of their Thanksgiving visit to Las Vegas at Tahiti Village.
“We decided to run away from Thanksgiving this past year. Las Vegas, the sun and warmth, sounded like a great idea,” Jessica Lane blogged on her Memory Lane Photography website. “SO many people said, `Why Las Vegas?!?’ or `That’s not a very family friendly location!’ I had to laugh. Don’t get me wrong, Las Vegas is crazy and wild. But when you are a mom to four, we go to bed by 9pm. We miss all that craziness.”
Jessica, a commercial photographer specializing in weddings and lifestyle photography, enjoyed several days of fun at family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa with her husband and four boys.
“We were impressed with the hotel and our stay,” she wrote. “I loved being surrounded by palm trees and Palapas. The landscape was beautiful.”
Our year-round aquatic attractions and new Tiki Cove Arcade were also a hit with the Lanes, as they were with readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal who voted Tahiti Village the Best Family Friendly Pool and Best Family Friendly Hotel in the last year’s Best of Las Vegas contest.
“This resort has a Tahitian-themed pool area with sand beach entry and a renowned relaxing Lazy River, perfect for adults and kids! The Tiki Cove Arcade kept the Lane Boys busy! Jessica wrote, adding: “My family and I had so much fun. Thanks for providing a high quality of customer service and experience for our stay! We look forward to coming back in the summer!”
Thank you, Jessica! We look forward to seeing you and your family again next summer.
If you’ve never been to Tahiti Village, you simply must experience a getaway to Las Vegas’ tropical resort retreat. Featuring a sand-entry beach pool, lazy river, condo-style accommodations, two 24-hour hot tubs, an onsite restaurant and spa, and shuttle service to the Strip, Tahiti Village has everything you need to relax, unwind and get away from it all. In-room amenities in larger one-bedroom and two-bedroom units include a fully stocked kitchen, washer-dryer, jetted tub, steam shower and private balcony for your convenience and enjoyment. Book your stay today!
Jan. 28, 2020, marks the second annual National Plan for Vacation Day, an idea that encourages Americans to plan their vacations early in the year and take them throughout the next 365 days. The Day is a leisure industry response to a curious trend that has seen Americans forego their vacation days, in many cases out of guilt, to work more often. In a nation of laborers who wear their work ethic like a badge of honor, vacations are well deserved but not often taken.
Did you know 662 million vacation days went unused by American workers last year?
Were you aware approximately 55 percent of Americans do not use their vacation time in a given year?
Can you believe 60 percent of millennials and 40 percent of people 35 and older actually feel guilty for using their vacation time?
Don’t be a statistic.
Our year-round aquatic attractions and new Tiki Cove arcade were also a hit with the Lanes, as they were with readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal who voted Tahiti Village the Best Family Friendly Pool and Best Family Friendly Hotel in the last year’s Best of Las Vegas contest.
If you’ve never been to Tahiti Village, you simply have to experience a getaway to Las Vegas’ tropical resort retreat. Featuring a sand-entry beach pool, lazy river, condo-style accommodations, two 24-hour hot tubs, an onsite restaurant and spa, and shuttle service to the Strip, Tahiti Village has everything you need to relax, unwind and get away from it all. In-room amenities in larger one-bedroom and two-bedroom units include a fully stocked kitchen, washer-dryer, jetted tub, steam shower and private balcony for your convenience and enjoyment.
Book a visit this year to Tahiti Village Resort & Spa by the end of January 2020 and you’ll receive 20 percent off your stay!
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo superstar Luke Brown is back at family friendly Tahiti Village on Saturday, Dec. 7. Join us from 12:30-2 p.m. and watch Luke demonstrate the skills that have made him a 12-time NFR qualifier, a three-time average champion and the winner of more than $2 million in career earnings. He will sign autographs and pose for photos in addition to performing a roping demonstration.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the great Luke Brown at Tahiti Village’s Manihi Isle. It is conveniently located between the pool and lazy river. There will also be a drawing for a pair of Durango boots to be given away at the end of the meet and greet.
We hope to see you here at Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise.
Family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise, is home to 50,000 happy vacation owners who return year after year to enjoy our relaxing lazy river, tropical beach pool, two 24-hour hot tubs, condo-style accommodations, convenient amenities, numerous onsite activities, and tempting menu choices at 17˚ South Booze & Bites.
In our new monthly feature on the Tahiti Village blog, you will meet a Tahiti Village owner who has embraced vacation ownership and discover the reasons our Polynesian-styled resort on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip is like a second home. We’re sure you’ll relate!
For this, our premier owner profile, we present Saundra Dexter , an original Tahiti Village owner from Minnesota.
When you live in the coldest city in the contiguous United States, as Saundra Dexter does, visiting tropical Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in sunny Las Vegas is like going from an icebox to an oasis.
Saundra is one of the 6,000 or so inhabitants of International Falls, Minn., the so-called “Icebox of the Nation” where the temperature dips below freezing more than 100 days a year.
So it always time to rejoice when she and her husband, Sandy, pay their twice yearly visits to family friendly Tahiti Village in Las Vegas.
Out Of The Cold
“We absolutely love it here,” Saundra says of Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise. “It’s just beautiful. Everyone’s so kind, and I like being away from everything yet having access to it all. We met a guy on the shuttle last night. He was staying at another resort and said he hadn’t slept in three nights. I said, `Honey, trust me. You’ll sleep here.’ That’s what I like about Tahiti Village. It’s peaceful; you can go into Vegas if you want to and still get away from the hustle and bustle. It’s like being away from everything yet having access to everything.”
Original Tahiti Village owners, the Dexters bought into vacation ownership here at Tahiti Village in 2003, three years before our grand opening. “It was just a lot of gravel,” Saundra says. She, Sandy and their two children were visiting Las Vegas and staying at Circus-Circus when they came across a vacation ownership booth in the casino.
“They asked us to take a tour. We said, `Sure, who not?’”
The following day they visited Club de Soleil, a sister Somerpointe Resorts property that had an architectural model of the proposed Tahiti Village property.
“They showed us where it would be,” Saundra says, “and we bought the Bora Bora sight unseen. Later on we bought a second Bora because we have two children, and when we pass each of them could have their own. Then we made it two Royal Tahitians to get the most out of our time. With two Royals we can do a week in a Moorea and a week in a Bora. I could have four weeks if I wanted.”
For the Dexters, it has been nothing but good times ever since. Before they became Tahiti Village Vacation Club members, they rarely if ever left International Falls. As owners of Sandy’s Place, a 38-seat mom and pop restaurant, time away was almost nonexistent.
“When you own a restaurant you don’t take vacations,” Saundra says, citing all the responsibilities on her plate. “I cook, I waitress, I do the books.” If she doesn’t do it, it may not get done.
After years of staying close to home, Sandy made a corporate decision for the both of them. “He finally said, `We are buying a condo so it will force you to go on vacation’.”
And it worked, Saundra says. “If I have the weeks to use I’m not going to lose them. We’re definitely going!”
The Dexters typically split sides with their two grown children, who take the Moorea while mom and pop get dibs on the larger Bora Bora.
“That way we can all be together yet still have our own space,” says Saundra, who brought the entire Sandy’s Place staff to Tahiti Village as a Christmas bonus (“they had so much fun”) and her mother and sister on another visit. It was not only their first trip to Las Vegas, but her sister’s first time on an airplane.
“It’s very nice to be able to bring your family and friends to Las Vegas without it costing a huge amount,” she says.
Outdoor Dining at 17° South
As a restaurant owner, Saundra naturally compares other eating establishments to her own. She enjoys the tropical ambiance and spacious patio dining at 17° South Booze & Bites, Tahiti Village’s popular onsite restaurant.
“I love that it opens up to the outside, especially when we’re here over the holidays and the temperature is in the 50s or 60s,” she says. “We can’t eat outside at home in December, so it’s a nice treat.”
As original owners, the Dexters have witnessed numerous positive additions to the property over the years, including 17˚ South, an adults-only hot tub, comprehensive room renovations, a complete lobby remodel, a coffee and snack bar addition to the Wiki Wiki gift shop, and most recently an all-new game arcade in Tower 1.
“We’re always excited to see what they’ve done since the last time we were here,” Saundra says. “It’s one of the things that keep us coming back, in addition to the resort staff and management. Everyone is so nice.”
Sandy, a former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam, plays golf when he comes to Las Vegas, and the Dexters always see the sights, including the Fremont Street Experience, the Bellagio Fountains and Red Rock Canyon.
“We always have to go to Fremont Street to see the lights.”
But mainly, Saundra says, “we like to kick back and relax. It’s just so peaceful.”
Thank you, Saundra! We truly value your ownership.
Escape to paradise at family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa, Las Vegas’ premier tropical retreat. Situated on 27 acres at the south end of the world famous Strip, Tahiti Village offers a welcome respite in a gorgeous island setting. With three residential guest towers surrounding a lushly landscaped courtyard, Tahiti Village has numerous desirable amenities and attractions.
Guests can lounge by a sandy beach pool, float down a relaxing lazy river, or unwind in guest suites offering uncommon space, convenience and privacy. Each of Tahiti Village’s three unit configurations has separate bedrooms, with the one-bedroom Bora Bora and two-bedroom Royal Tahitian featuring full kitchens, washer-dryers, steam showers, jetted tubs and private balconies. The Bora Bora and one-bedroom Moorea can accommodate four people, while the deluxe Royal Tahitian – a combination of the two – can sleep eight.
The resort also offers enticing food and drink options at 17° South Booze & Bites, our onsite bar and bistro, and Wiki Wiki convenience store-gift shop with an adjacent food and beverage counter.
Whether you’re staying for a week or a weekend, Tahiti Village has everything you need for the time of your life.