Arturo’s Village Pizza is coming to Tahiti Village!

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.

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Arturo's Village Pizza construction set to begin in February at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las Vegas
Arturo’s rendering No. 1.
Arturo's Village Pizza construction set to begin in February at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las Vegas
Arturo’s rendering No. 2.

NFL Draft is coming to Vegas. Book your Tahiti Village hotel room now!

With the conclusion of the Big Game we can now turn our football attention to the NFL Draft, which, like the former Raiders of Oakland, is coming to Las Vegas in 2020.

More than 400,000 people are expected in town April 23-25 to witness the annual rite of passage for college players into the pros. If you’re planning to be among the nearly half million visitors in attendance, please consider that there are 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas. So unless you have Vegas friends with a spare room or couch, it is therefore advisable to book your Tahiti Village Resort & Spa visit now or risk getting locked out of all the fun.

Don’t wait. Book a visit to spacious, family friendly Tahiti Village today and ensure you’ll have comfortable accommodations for the NFL draft.

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.

Tahiti Village Resort & Spa, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise, was recently voted Best Family Friendly Resort and Best Family Friendly Pool in the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annujal Best of Las Vegas contest.

According to news reports, the NFL Draft will be worthy of a Las Vegas production. Draft prospects will be ferried by boat to a stage at the Fountains of Bellagio and introduced one by one.

The celebration — at the NFL Draft red carpet, main stage and NFL Draft Experience — will include immersive activities, live entertainment and performances, the league said. All events are free and open to the public.

The main stage will be next to the Caesars Forum conference center, where fans can watch the draft selections. The Las Vegas Raiders – how does that sound? – have seven picks in the draft, including picks No. 12 and 19 in the first round and five in the initial three rounds. This is the NFL as only Las Vegas can do it!

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How to bet the Big Game in Las Vegas

The biggest sporting event of the year is upon us.

For fans of the two teams playing for the championship of professional football on Feb. 2, the Big Game is a culmination of a season’s or lifetime’s worth of devotion. Hopes and dreams of vicarious glory are fulfilled or dashed depending on which side of the scoreboard your rooting interest falls.

For everyone else, it’s all about the money.

The Big Game is the most heavily wagered sporting contest in the nation if not the world; people come to Las Vegas from all over to lay down their cash and hope for a bountiful return on investment. While bets on the point spread, money line and over/under commonly cross the sportsbook window, over the years prop bets have gained in popularity among the (especially low stakes) wagering public.

The appeal of prop bets lies in their ubiquity and quirky character. Bettors can wager on hundreds of propositions ranging from the game-centric (which team or player will score first?) to the exotic (will the national anthem take more or less than two minutes?). Please click here to see a comprehensive list of prop bets for this year’s Big Game.

What follows are some of our favorites (and some we would like to see offered). If you’re fuzzy on sports betting terminology and wondering what the plus and minus figures are, they are the money line totals. For instance, plus 300 means you have to bet $100 to win $300 (or $10 to win $30). Minus $500 means you have to bet $500 to win $100 (or $50 to win $10).

OUR FAVORITE BIG GAME PROP BETS

Will the coin toss be heads or tails?

Get your betting day off to a great start with a proposition that gives you a 50-50 chance of success.
Yes (Even)
No (Even)

Will the singer of the national anthem forget or omit a word?

In other words, will 28-year-old Demi Lovato have a senior moment in front 80,000 people at the game and millions around the world watching on television and streaming devices?
Yes (+300)
No (-500)

Jersey number of the first player to score a touchdown.

The two numerals before the decimal point in the 31.5 over-under figure below indicate a player number. Taking the over means you’re betting that a player wearing a jersey number higher than 31 scores the first touchdown. Taking the under means you’re betting that a player wearing jersey number 31 or less than 31 scores the first touchdown. The arbitrarily chosen figure comes at a steep price: The San Francisco player who wears No. 31, running back Raheem Mostert, is a touchdown machine who crossed the goal line four times in his last game.
Over 31.5 (+140)
Under 31.5 (-400)

Will both teams score in all four quarters?

A yes means you think the 49ers and Chiefs will score a touchdown, field goal or safety in every quarter. Even with offenses as explosive as Kansas City and San Francisco’s, this is a lot to ask.
Yes (+140)
No (-270)

Will there be overtime?

Only one previous Big Game has extended beyond four quarters.  That was in 2017, when Tom Brady famously led the Patriots back from a 28-3 third quarter deficit against the Falcons, tied the game in regulation, and won it in overtime.
Yes (+350)
No (-375)

Will San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan blow another 28-3 lead in the third quarter? Shanahan was offensive coordinator of the Falcons in their unprecedented Big Game meltdown against the Patriots. His play calling was widely criticized and largely blamed for Atlanta’s historic collapse.
(Yes +50)
(No -2000)

PROP BETS WE’D LIKE TO SEE

Will a player injure himself in celebration and be unable to continue?

This would be a first in Big Game history, which explains the low odds. Injury owing to excessive celebration, though rare, isn’t unheard of. In a regular season game in 2001, an excitable Arizona kicker injured himself when, after converting a field goal, he jumped for joy and blew out his knee on the landing.
Yes (-400)
No (+120)  

Will the referee tossing the coin to determine who gets the ball first mistakenly call tails if it lands heads or vice versa?

This actually happened during a regular season Thanksgiving Day game a number of years ago. What will it be next, reviewing the coin toss?
Yes (+500)
No (-400)

If you’re planning to spend the Big Game weekend in Las Vegas, book a spacious guest room at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa. 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 on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip 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 Big Game weekend visit to Las Vegas and Tahiti Village Resort today. We’re an easy commute to dozens of Las Vegas Strip sportsbooks including the Tropicana and Mirage, where our free Strip shuttle stops at the top and bottom of each hour. Please remember: only bet what you can afford to win!

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Big Game Party at 17˚ South Booze & Bites

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.

Big Game watch party Tahiti Village Las Vegas 17 South Booze & BitesIf 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.

Book your visit to tropical Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in time for the Big Game!

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Family fun at Tahiti Village!

Family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa Las Vegas
The Lane Family from Wisconsin enjoying a Thanksgiving visit to Tahiti Village.

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.

Family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa Las Vegas
Hanging out at Manihi Isle between the Tahiti Village pool and lazy river.

“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.

Family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa Las Vegas
Creating vacation memories in the Tahiti Village sand entry beach pool.
Family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa Las Vegas
Think we can make it to the other side?

“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!

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Having fun in the new Tiki Cove Arcade!
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Vegas Vacation at Tahiti Village

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.

Las Vegas vacation Tahiti Village Resort & SpaGet this:

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!

Plan a visit today to Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ family friendly, tropical resort retreat!

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas comes with a license to party. Inhibitions, already in short supply on any garden variety visit to Vegas, are shed in even greater numbers when party animals of all stripes descend upon the city by the hundreds of thousands to celebrate the birth of another year. Resolutions? Those are for Jan. 1. On New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas it’s all about reveling in excess and wringing every last ounce of fun out of the remaining hours, minutes and seconds of the 365th day.

How one chooses to celebrate is up to the individual, but whatever your preference – dining with friends in extravagant restaurants on the Strip, dancing till dawn in the ubiquitous casino nightclubs, attending one of the numerous hotel parties, or braving the cold to watch the midnight fireworks spectacular blazing from the hotel rooftops – Las Vegas has no shortage of options.

LET’S PARTY!

Las Vegas is where the world (or maybe just Los Angeles) goes to party on New Year’s Eve, and tropical resort paradise Tahiti Village on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip is the lodging choice of many New Year’s Eve visitor to Vegas. Our condo-style accommodations, with their private bedrooms and full kitchens in select units, offer uncommon space, comfort and privacy you won’t typically find in a standard Strip or downtown hotel room.

24-HOUR HOT TUBS!

And what could be better after a long night of celebrating New Year’s Eve on the Strip or downtown than returning to Tahiti Village in Las Vegas and sinking into one of our two 24-hour hot tubs, including one exclusively for adults? Not much, we tell you. Think of it as a renewing baptismal of body, mind and soul, a relaxing ritual that cleanses you of previous night’s party patina and primes a born-again you  for the year to come.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SHUTTLE TO THE LAS VEGAS STRIP

If you’re staying at Tahiti Village and planning to spend New Year’s Eve on the Strip, but wisely want to avoid the traffic and parking complications that come with driving yourself, be sure to hop aboard our Strip shuttle. It will be making deliveries from the front of Tahiti Village to the Tropicana Hotel all night long, depositing you into the heart of the action for an evening of fun, celebration and an eight-minute midnight fireworks display that will ring in 2020 with a breathtaking blast of shock and awe. We will also be picking you up from the same location and returning you to Tahiti Village all night until 1:45 a.m.

WATCH THE FIREWORKS

If you’re staying at family friendly Tahiti Village and prefer to enjoy a more sedate New Year’s Eve experience in Las Vegas, you can spend the hours leading up to midnight enjoying tempting menu items and lubricating beverages in our 17 South Booze & Bites, playing fun arcade games in our new Tahiti Cove, or simply relaxing in front of the TV in your comfortable guest suite. Just before midnight, be sure to head up to our 10th floor Sky View lounge in Tower 5 to witness an unobstructed view of the New Year’s Eve fireworks from the Strip. It offers the best view in town, if we do say so ourselves.

Click here and here for a comprehensive list of Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve events and activities, including featured parties at TAO nightclub and the Stratosphere, concerts by Third Eye Blind and Christina Aguilera, and the popular Fremont Street Experience block party in downtown Las Vegas.

And be sure to visit family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise, in 2020. We wish you a happy and healthy new year!

Las Vegas holiday attractions

Christmas lights are almost redundant in a place like Las Vegas, the eternally glowing city whose preternatural radiance is visible even from outer space. Nevertheless, the holidays are a festive time in the Entertainment Capital of the World, and the city feverishly celebrates the occasion with seasonal events that are fun for the whole family.

If you’re spending Christmas with us at family friendly Tahiti Village Resort, a South Pacific-themed property on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip, you should take the time to sample the many wondrous attractions throughout the city – attractions that belie the notion of Las Vegas as nothing but an adult playground.

LAS VEGAS STRIP

Bellagio Fountains and Conservatory

The dancing waters outside the Bellagio, just four miles north of Tahiti Village on the Las Vegas Strip, put on a special holiday show featuring classic holiday tunes on the half and quarter hours throughout the Christmas season. While you’re there, step inside the hotel and marvel at the awe-inspiring Christmas display at the Bellagio Conservatory. It’s a spectacular winter wonderland that features abundant lights, poinsettias and a 40-foot Christmas tree!

Cosmo, Mandalay Bay, LINQ

While you’re on the Strip be sure to take in the holiday attractions at the Cosmopolitan, Mandalay Bay and the LINQ. Nothing is more emblematic of the holiday season than the Cosmopolitan’s rooftop ice skating rink overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. You’ll find fire pits, plenty of places to sit, and a menu of warm cocktails, comfort foods and hot chocolate. Snow showers fall every 30 minutes to complement the wintry holiday atmosphere. There is also a 65-foot digital marquee showing holiday movies while skaters navigate the 4,200-square foot rink.

ARIA

Not far from kid friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, the sweetest holiday attraction on the Strip resides at Aria, in whose lobby resides a 15-foot tall gingerbread house. The three-tiered display is seven feet wide, 12 feet deep and comprised of more than 400 pounds of gingerbread in addition to more than 60,000 peppermints, 200 pounds of icing, 80 pounds of chocolate and more than 1,000 pounds of candy. It is accompanied by a 5-foot-tall gingerbread man who tips the scales at a svelte 120 pounds. Please resist the temptation to sample. The gingerbread house is for viewing only.

Venetian and Palazzo

These center Strip sister properties celebrate the holidays with thousands of lights, towering Christmas trees and nightly shows.

The Venetian’s 65-foot-tall Christmas Tree is lit with 50,000 programmable LED lights, adorned with more than 5,000 ornaments and weighs more than 12,000 pounds. It takes approximately 12 people nearly three days to install.

The Palazzo’s  winter gardens feature white poinsettias, ice branches and glittering frosted trees courtesy of the resort’s horticulture team. Hand-crafted white and pearl peacock statues overlook the guests.

Wynn

Not to be outdone, the neighboring Wynn celebrates the season with festive activities and events throughout the resort.

CELEBRATE LIKE A LOCAL

Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden

Located in suburban Henderson, about eight miles east of tropical Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Ethel M Chocolates Holiday Cactus Garden is one of Las Vegas’ favorite holiday attractions. The three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden, adjacent to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, is a sight to behold during the holiday season and features more than one million lights. Open through January 1, 2020, the annual event is free to attend. Visit us on select nights for choir performances in the garden and photos with Santa.

 

The Magical Forest at Opportunity Village

Celebrate the holidays with a cherished Southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest, approximately five miles northwest of Tahiti Village Resort & Spa, is filled with sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. Every year through Dec. 31 Opportunity Village’s Las Vegas grounds are transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring hundreds of trees lit with millions of bright LED lights and fun activities. Don’t miss it!

Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show

Every year Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall, approximately nine miles east of Tahiti Village on Boulder Highway, transforms its pioneer-themed Mystic Falls Park Light and Water Show into a Winter Wonderland experience. The holiday display gives visitors a peek inside Santa’s workshop, where the elves are busy making toys and loading the sleigh. A nine-minute holiday laser light show features classic holiday tunes and runs daily every hour.

Miracle on Spring Mountain

Each holiday season Las Vegas’ Sand Dollar Lounge transforms from a hard drinking blues bar to a swank pop-up cocktail spot serving Christmas-themed drinks amid a landslide of blinking lights and kitschy decorations. As an allusion to such an unlikely transformation, and a reference to the lounge’s street location, the Sand Dollar owner calls this annual metamorphosis the Miracle on Spring Mountain.  If you’re a Tahiti Village visitor who is looking to enjoy a holiday experience that is typically the purview of Las Vegas residents, be sure to visit the Sand Dollar Lounge for the Miracle on Spring Mountain.

Book a visit to family friendly Tahiti Village Resort & Spa, an island-themed timeshare property on the south end of the world famous Las Vegas Strip.

Rodeo star Luke Brown returns to Tahiti Village!

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.

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo star Luke Brown returns to Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las VegasLuke competes in team roping on the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo circuit, and is in Las Vegas for the NFR’s annual December visit.

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.

Let’s talk turkey!

As we prepare for Thanksgiving at family friendly Tahiti Village, Las Vegas’ favorite tropical resort paradise, we take this opportunity to tell you, ahead of the biggest eating day of the year in America, that our spacious Bora Bora and Royal Tahitian guest suites come with full kitchens and large ovens. So if you’re visiting us over the Thanksgiving holiday and would rather cook your own turkey than eat out, you’re in luck!

In the meantime, here are some interesting and surprising facts about America’s favorite sacrificial lamb, the turkey.

DID YOU KNOW?

Turkeys can exhibit more than 20 distinct vocalizations, including the distinctive male gobble that can be heard a mile away.

Turkeys recognize other turkeys by their distinctive voices. No two sound alike.

Turkeys have their own internal GPS. They have the ability to learn precise details of even the largest habitat.

Wild turkeys (the bird, not the beverage) can reach the old driving speed limit of 55 miles per hour in flight.  Due to selective breeding (for obvious fattening reasons), domestic turkeys are ill-suited for lift-off and unable to fly.

Turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. Fast, but not fast enough to evade their dinner table fate.

Founding father Benjamin Franklin is said to have proposed to make wild turkeys the symbolic American bird instead of the bald eagle. Who knows? If he had gotten his way we may have all been eating bald eagles for Thanksgiving.

Male turkeys will attack their reflection in mirrors or windows.

The red dangly appendage under a turkey’s chin is called a wattle. The red flappy thing atop the beak is called the snood, which can change color with the bird’s mood.

Turkey meat in and of itself does not make you sleepy. More likely your post-dinner lethargy is caused by the over-consumption of carbs and alcohol.

Turkeys have two stomachs and no teeth. How did they evolve to have an extra tummy? Lacking the chompers to break down food, turkeys developed an extra stomach to aid in digestion.

There is an organization called the National Turkey Foundation. No one knows what it does precisely, but apparently one of its missions is extracting pertinent turkey data that can be shared with journalists looking for pertinent turkey data. Like this: According to official National Turkey Foundation research, the vast majority of people (88 percent) eat turkey on Thanksgiving.

If you’re staying at Tahiti Village Resort & Spa in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving and planning to cook your own bird, we are pleased to share the following tips for a juicy and flavorful turkey from renowned celebrity chef Jason Diaz.

CHEF JASON’S COOKING TIPS

Chef Jason Diaz 17 South Booze & Bites Tahiti Village Las Vegas
Chef Jason Diaz

Brine the turkey at least 24 hours in a mixture of salt and sugar (equal parts), lemons, oranges and herb sachet (I like to use sage, thyme and whole peppercorns).

Rub compound butter made with unsalted butter, garlic and herbs under the skin of the bird and on the skin prior to roasting to infuse flavor and also help to keep the bird moist.

Baste the turkey during the roasting process to help ensure that the bird stays juicy.

One thing most people tend to do is overcook turkey, leaving it dry. Poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. I personally like to pull it out of the oven at around 160 degrees and allow it to rest. The carryover cooking process should take it to 165 degrees.

Thank you, Jason!

And happy Thanksgiving to all!

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