Celebrate Nature Photography Day with a drive to Las Vegas’ nearby scenic attractions!

If you enjoy a good road trip and taking photos of natural scenic wonders, it is easy to indulge your passions when you visit Las Vegas and Tahiti Village. In accordance with Nature Photography Day, we thought now would be a good time to reveal our Top 5 favorite destinations. All of them offer breathtaking vistas and wonderful photo opportunities. Best of all, they’re just a short drive from Tahiti Village. Before you head out, be sure to stop by our activities center (fifth floor, Tower 5) and take a look at the stunning photos of the attractions listed below.

RED ROCK CANYON (NEVADA)
20 MILES FROM TAHITI VILLAGE

Visited by more than two million people each year, the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area showcases a set of red sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The 13-mile scenic loop offers breathtaking views of the rock formations. A visitor center is located at the start of the loop road inside the park. See the Tahiti Village concierge to sign up for a tour!

Home to some of the best rock climbing in the world
Petroglyphs throughout park
$7 per car to get in
Abundant wildlife
Open from sunup to sundown
Most trails are well marked

DEATH VALLEY (CALIFORNIA)
142 MILES FROM TAHITI VILLAGE

Located about three hours’ driving time from Las Vegas is the deceptively-named Death Valley, an area teeming with locals, tourists, and wildlife. Here, you’ll discover Furnace Creek, the perfect spot to stop for a bite to eat before heading on to landmarks like Zabriskie Point and Stovetop Wells. Be careful when traveling during the summer; temperatures in Death Valley are known to reach 130 degrees!

Below sea level
A great to visit is Scotty’s Castle
An organization coordinates a desert marathon in the summer
Fault lines throughought the park
Lots of wildlife
Telescope Peak is one of the highest points in the park
Lowest being Bad Water Basin
Close to no shade throughout park (if needed be sure to bring your own)
Very easy to get lost large part of park is considered off grid as they do not have cell service and GPS does not work in many areas
There is a path that you can drive through and see some of the sighs without getting out your car called Mosaic Canyon

Death ValleyANGELS LANDING AT ZION NATIONAL PARK (UTAH)
165 MILES FROM TAHITI VILLAGE

Angels Landing is one of the world’s most renowned hikes, and is an unforgettable short adventure hike worthy of all bucket lists. The views of Zion Canyon’s 270 million-year-old rock layers will time travel you back to the Triassic period when this section of the Colorado Plateau was a flat basin at sea level. Anyone in an average physical condition can make this heavenward trek, but it can be mentally challenging with its steep switchbacks and sheer drop-offs. There are chains bolted into the cliff to provide secure handholds. People who have a severe fear of heights should not attempt the final stretch, but can enjoy the trail all the way to Scout Lookout.

Three-hour drive from Las Vegas
Home to some of the largest sand stone walls in the world
Park provides transportation to main/remote areas in the main canyon
East side has rock tunnels that were created by the Conservation Corps in the 1920s and `30s
A great spot to visit on the way up is Oscar’s Café & Restaurant
Dogs are allowed on only one trail (Pyrus Trail)
Observation point is about an eight-mile hike
Less busy in winter
Famous for a hike called the Narrows
Home to some of the busiest and best “Big Wall” and “Canyoneer” climbing areas

Angels LandingGRAND CANYON (ARIZONA)
275 MILES FROM TAHITI VILLAGE

One famous landmark you won’t want to miss while on vacation in Las Vegas is the Grand Canyon. Located about four hours from the city is the Grand Canyon Skywalk,where you can get a breathtaking view of the area that you’ll never forget. You can even ride a donkey, or hike, deep into one of the most unforgettable natural landscapes in the entire world.

One of oldest geological sites
There is a hotel at the bottom of the canyon called Phantom Ranch
The Conservation Corps made abundant improvements throughout canyon to make the sights more accessible
John Wesley Powell was the first person to navigate and map the waters of the Grand Canyon
Has become one of the most valued water resource since its acquisition

Grand Canyon

MONUMENT VALLEY (ARIZONA-UTAH BORDER)
401 MILES FROM TAHITI VILLAGE

Monument Valley, a red-sand desert region on the Arizona-Utah border, is known for the towering sandstone buttes of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The park, frequently a filming location for Western movies, is accessed by the looping, 17-mile Valley Drive. The famous, steeply sloped Mittens buttes can be viewed from the road or from overlooks such as John Ford’s Point.

Not a national park and on a Navajo Reservation
Scenery filled with those of the iconic southwest settings
Located on the Colorado Plateau
Has a museum on top of a hill named Goulding’s Trading Post Museum
A great place for sunrise and sunset photos
Visitors may drive through an unpaved road right up to some of the sights

Monument Valley

17˚ South Booze & Bites Celebrates Its Third Anniversary! Enjoy great food and drink specials June 14-17.

 

“A great place to grab a bite, relax with a drink, and watch a game in a peaceful tropical environment.”

That’s how we described 17˚ South Booze & Bites before its June 2014 grand opening. Three years later, we’re happy to say it is still all those things. Tahiti Village’s stylish bar and bistro is going stronger than ever, and we are delighted by the great response it has received in the ensuing thirty-six months.

Although the original menu has changed since the grand opening, it still offers an array of mouthwatering appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and main courses. We hope you’ll forgive us for all the delicious decisions.

Likewise, our draft beer selection is still flush with tasty selections and flows like liquid gold from more than 20 tap handles. The 17˚ South Honey Brown Lager in particular draws many rave reviews.

Evoking a tropical theme without tiki motif, the open and airy 10,000-square foot space has indoor seating for 64 and outdoor seating for 48, a bank of 10 flat-screen televisions that display crystal clear color images on enviable widescreens both indoors and out, and – since we are in Las Vegas – a row of gaming machines inviting you to try your luck.

We extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped make our first three years a great success. We look forward to many more and invite you to join us from 6-8 p.m. June 14-17 for complimentary appetizers and great drink specials!

New digital room safes, scheduled for a May installation, are bigger (and safer) than ever!

On Aug. 29, 2015, “Erin A.” from San Diego submitted a review of her Tahiti Village visit to Yelp. Her comments were happily, though not completely, complimentary.

“Don’t count on using the safe unless you only need it for your wallet,” she wrote. “We wanted to put our laptop in it but that was out of the question.”

Recently we were reminded of Erin’s appraisal when we took shipment of new guest room safes – 38,000 pounds worth, according to facilities director Patrick St. Pierre.

Earmarked for a May installation over three weeks, the new safes are everything the present ones aren’t. Unlike our 10×10 lock boxes, they are digital and permit users to enter their own access code. As an added security precaution, once they’re opened the safes erase the existing code and require a new one.

The big news, however, is their size. How big are they? Big enough, Patrick says, to hold up to a 17-inch laptop. So there you have it, Erin. Come back soon and don’t forget your computer!

How to Have Fun with Your Tax Return in Vegas

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]You’ve tallied your deductions, completed your 1040, and your tax return has just landed in your bank account. Now it’s time to take that cash and create memories in Las Vegas.

It’s easy to spend money in Las Vegas. You can burn through a hefty chunk of change in an hour at the card tables. Or, drop hundreds on a couple rounds of drinks at any bar in the city. But what about doing something that will create memories that’ll last a lifetime – or at least a story or two to tell your buddies back home? Let’s look at several ways to have fun with your tax return in Vegas this year.

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Food: Vegas is home to the $5000 hamburger (the FleurBurger 5000 – available at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino), but there are ways to have fun and experience incredible food without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. Enjoy dinner at the Strip House, select one of their incredible steaks, then prepare to splurge on their famous 24-layer chocolate cake. It will easily feed ten people, and costs $120. It’s something that dreams are made of for die-hard chocolate fans and worth the money.

Or, visit Bazaar Meat at the SLS and order roasted pig for the entire table for about $520. It’s incredible. For the sushi lover out there, Sushi Roko is the sushi destination in Vegas – where you can order the High-Roller Roll, a Bluefin tuna, caviar, and tempura lobster concoction that is a once-in-a-lifetime order for $250. There is no shortage of incredible food options, so be thankful you itemized those deductions so carefully and planned your trip around your tax return.

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Adventure: You can work up a real adrenaline high at the poker tables, but consider this – Vegas is home to a wide array of exhilarating attractions and activities that guarantee a return on your investment. Try getting that at the casino. First, embark on a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip or the surrounding areas. This isn’t as expensive as you might think, and the skilled pilots are adept at showing you all the area has to offer. Maverick Helicopters is a local favorite. They’ll even fly you to valley of Fire State Park for an ethereal yoga class on top of the Red Rock cliffs.

If you’re looking to stay close to Vegas, head down to Fremont Street and ride the Slotzilla Zip Line. For just $20, each member of your party can glide 114 feet above the street across 850 feet of zip line. We recommend reserving a spot at night when the area is lit up. Vegas is about adventure – so allocate those tax return dollars appropriately and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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The Resorts: There is no shortage of fabulous places to stay in Las Vegas, but consider using some of your tax return dollars to stay at a relaxing resort that’ll rejuvenate your soul. Tahiti Village is a personal oasis just two miles from the Strip, with an islands theme, delicious food, and a world-class spa. The suites at Tahiti Village are like a home away from home – perfect for both visitors and locals.

Tax season has come and gone – and hopefully you had a little extra spending money deposited into your bank account this year. Take it and start planning your Vegas getaway today. You’ll create memories that will last a lifetime, or at least until next April 15th.

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The Raiders are coming! The Raiders are coming!

One of the National Football League’s marquee franchises, the Oakland Raiders, are moving to Las Vegas – and they’ll be playing their games in a brand new, state-of-the-art facility just two miles from Tahiti Village!

The 65,000-seat domed stadium will sit on 62 acres of land west of Interstate 15, just south of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The Raiders will begin playing in Las Vegas in 2020.

We at Tahiti Village extend a warm welcome to the Raiders and all the members of Raider Nation who will be making the pilgrimage to Las Vegas in support of the Silver and Black.

Las Vegas Raiders – what a nice ring!

Drag racer Terry McMillen set to make his first 2017 visit to Tahiti Village. This time get twice the Terry!

Terry McMillen poses next to his dragster during his Oct. 26, 2016 visit to Tahiti Village.
Terry McMillen poses next to his dragster during his Oct. 26, 2016 visit to Tahiti Village.

When the NHRA Nationals pays its biannual visit to Las Vegas, you can count on Terry McMillen doing two things: 1) Sending his 8,000-horsepower dragster down the track at more than 300 miles per hour and 2) staying here at Tahiti Village when he’s through.

As the official resort of Terry and his crew, we’ll be hosting a meet and greet with the top fuel drag racer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, ahead of his appearance at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Terry will be chatting with fans, signing autographs and posing for photos next to his Amalie Oil dragster from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. beneath the porte cochere. You may even have the opportunity to sit in the cockpit! Terry’s team will unload the dragster at approximately 10 a.m. Refreshments and popcorn will be provided.

If you can’t get enough Terry in the morning, he’ll be making an encore appearance that night during our weekly owners’ night event from 6-8 p.m. at 17˚ South Booze & Bites, our onsite bar and bistro.

For more information on Terry, please visit www.terrymcmillen.com. For more information on the race, please go to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway website at www.lvms.com or www.nhra.com, the National Hot Rod Association’s site.

 

Tahiti Village gets new RFID door locks!

Our new keyless entry system means you'll never experience another room entry rejection.
Our new keyless entry system means you’ll never experience another room entry rejection.

Chances are you don’t give much thought to your room key until something annoying happens. For instance: It’s the end of a long day rolling dice at the casino and all you want to do is crash.

You blearily locate the doorway of your hotel room and dig into your pocket. Your fingers find the familiar plastic rectangle. Only mere seconds and a locked door separate you from a comfortable bed and restful sleep.

You slide the key into the lock mechanism. Red light. Huh? You try again. Red light. What the …? Even before you give it a third try (and receive confirmation of your complete and final failure), you know where this is headed: another red light and a long walk to the front desk for a replacement key.

Most everyone has a room key rejection story. With the recent installation of keyless entry locks on all room doors, our goal here at Tahiti Village is to make sure you never have another.

What does this wire-free Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) read-write technology mean? Well, if you’re anything like us, all you want to know is if the technology will make your life easier.

The answer is a resounding yes! RFID key fobs aren’t like mag-stripe keycards that can be demagnetized by cell phones or other articles in your pocket. What’s more, they need only be held a short distance from the lock reader to authenticate the holder. And as a contactless interface, RFID keys don’t collect dirt or require regular maintenance (unlike stripe cards).

It’s just another example of how we utilize your maintenance fees to keep Tahiti Village on the cutting edge – and more secure than ever.

 

 

New in-room TV package gives you more choices than ever before!

TV time at Tahiti Village just got a lot more satisfying!

If you’re one of those people whose idea of a relaxing vacation is staying inside your guest suite and doing a whole lot of nothing, our cable TV upgrade means your blissful state of inertia will be a lot more satisfying. The full digital package, complete with an interactive channel guide and a new Tahiti Village resort channel, offers more than 100 channels for your viewing pleasure.

“This is a significant upgrade over our previous TV package,” said Mike Rounds, Tahiti Village general manager. “We’ve heard your requests for more and better programming, and we’re happy to be able to bring it to you now.”

Happy vegging!

 

 

Las Vegas New Years Celebration!

How do you distinguish New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas from any other night? Not easily. We are a city for which New Year’s revelry is a daily occurrence in spirit if not fact, so in order to meet the expectations of 300,000 or so visitors hoping for an even greater adrenaline rush, we are obligated to up our game. Is that even possible?

It is! There is an abundance of New Year’s Eve festivities in Las Vegas, highlighted by an eight-minute fireworks display above the Strip at midnight. So if you’re staying with us over the holiday and looking for something to do on NYE, you won’t suffer for options. Just click here for all the information.

It has been a great 2016 here at Tahiti Village, and we wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. We hope to see you in 2017!

 

 

It was “busyness” as usual at Tahiti Village in 2016

We concluded Phase II of our comprehensive guest room accommodations. Looking good!

It has been an eventful year here at Tahiti Village, with numerous projects contributing to the value and beautification of your home resort.

January saw the completion of Phase II of our multimillion-dollar guest unit enhancement. Taken together with Phase I, which brought new flooring, carpeting, and sofa sleepers to all rooms, the addition of new furniture, lamps, bedding, and artwork will have us looking great for years to come.

The first month of 2016 also saw us begin work on our vacant lot beautification project, which resulted most significantly in the May opening of Manihi Isle. The land between the main pool and lazy river, for so long a fenced off stretch of dirt and rock, is now a tranquil gathering spot with green grass, fresh flowers, and lounge chairs.

Manihi Isle

Fresh coats of paint to all fences, carports, gates, and guest room interiors completed our January tasks.

In March we embarked on a major landscaping refresher and replacement, and in May we installed garage fencing and a fencing extension atop the Manor Suites wall.

Our new online store offers a great selection of Tahiti Village merchandise.
Our new online store offers a great selection of Tahiti Village merchandise.

The July launch of our new online store meant you could buy as much Tahiti Village gear as you like, wherever you were.

After a delay, dining room tabletops finally arrived in August and were promptly installed in the Bora Bora units. They can take anything you dish out!

Finally, in November, we installed SALTO lock systems on all exterior gates, including the pool area and lazy river. This state-of-the-art, wire-free Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is much more reliable than the old mag-stripe keycards. Best of all, the key won’t demagnetize if it comes into contact with your cell phone.

Thanks again for being part of the Tahiti Village family. We truly value your ownership and hope to see you in 2017. Happy New Year!