Our recently renovated and renamed food and beverage counter, rebranded The Village Café from the informally titled Quickie Wiki, is now serving coffee worthy of the attractive new awning and appealing orange tile.
“We still have the same coffee offerings, but we think they are now much more full and flavorful,” said Barbara Mailhiot, Wiki Wiki operations manager. “The difference is, our new illy brand coffee uses an espresso bean instead of the typical coffee bean.”
Illy is an Italian coffee roasting company that specializes in the production of espresso, according to Wikipedia. The coffee is packaged as whole bean, pre-ground coffee and blended from Arabica beans from multiple sources. The grounds are packaged in steel canisters and pressurized with an inert gas rather than air.
Based on that description, it’s easy to see why illy is found in all MGM and Station Casino properties in Las Vegas. It’s just that good.
Iced tea lovers, fear not. We haven’t forgotten you. We are now serving a new brand of green and black teas and working on a cold brew tea as well.
Be sure to stop by on your next visit to Tahiti Village and try our new and improved caffeinated beverages!
A new menu with a focus on fresh and an additional late night “social” hour give you even more reasons to try 17˚ South Booze & Bites on your next visit.
Under the leadership of new food and beverage director Nader Mossavi, general manager Dean Spinelli and executive chef Jason Diaz, we have remade the menu to reflect our commitment to freshly prepared ingredients.
The menu also signifies our move away from sports bar offerings in favor of delicious pub style fare you are sure to love. It is comprised largely of new entrees or existing items reimagined, including:
Calamari dusted with parmesan cheese and lemon aioli
Chicken wings tossed in our signature sauce
Nachos with house-made cheese sauce
Chicken penne pasta with sundried tomatoes and cremini mushrooms
Atlantic salmon filet (flown in, not frozen)
Fish and chips with a newly created batter
White pizza with herbed garlic oil and grilled chicken
The “porker” slow-cooked barbecue pork sandwich
For you night owls, we have implemented our first late night social hour from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. You’ll enjoy specialty drinks, domestic and imported draft beer, and a select appetizer menu all at special social hour pricing. Want to get social sooner? Join us for our afternoon social hour from 2-5 p.m. daily. We’re offering the same great food and drink specials.
The new menu and Social Hours go into effect on Sept. 1. (That’s tomorrow if you’re reading this today and today if you’re reading Sept. 1.) We hope to see you here! We are located in the Tahiti Village main lobby.
Sept. 3 marks our final Summer Sunday Luau of the season at Tahiti Village, and what a great summer it has been! Gorgeous dancers, wonderful music, and a brave fire twirler – to say nothing of a delicious island buffet – brought fun in the sun to our owners and guests each and every Sunday starting Memorial Day weekend.
This year’s luau was very well received and drew consistently large crowds all summer long. The fact that it’s ending this Labor Day weekend is no reason to mourn; it’s reason to rejoice in the knowledge that it will return in nine short months! To purchase tickets to our last luau of the year (Island Courtyard, 7 p.m.), please call our concierge at (702) 440-6915.
We look forward to another great luau season in 2018 and hope to see you here!
Mike Rounds’ tenure as general manager of Tahiti Village encompasses virtually the entire existence of the resort. He arrived in August 2006, six months after the grand opening, and has played a vital role in its greatest growth.
He was here for the lazy river. He was here when Tower 5 went up. He was here for the parking garage. He was here for the opening of the Island Courtyard, of the adult hot tub, of Manihi Isle. And most recently he was here for the multimillion-dollar guest unit renovation of 2016.
When he leaves tonight he’ll take the same route home he always has, out his sixth floor office, down the Tower 5 elevator, and up to the fifth floor of the parking garage where a jet black Acura in space 566 awaits his return.
The difference is, on Monday morning, he won’t follow the same route back. Today is Mike’s last at Tahiti Village, to the detriment of the many friends he has made these past 11 years – coworkers, owners and visitors who will miss his engaging personality, disarming demeanor, and amusing analogies that cannot be shared in a family blog. Just know that his face turns red with laughter at their telling, like mercury racing up a thermometer.
“I’ve really enjoyed being a part of a great team, and helping Tahiti Village become what it is today,” he said on July 31, the first day of his last week on the job. “What I’ve been able to accomplish is because I had the support of everyone in the company.”
Walking the property with him in search of a suitable portrait location was to witness Mike in microcosm: Warmly greeting guests, picking up discarded trash, and presenting an image of pure professionalism that has done our resort proud.
“I know this may sound cheesy, but I when I walk through the lobby, around the pool area, and down the hallways, I get a great deal of personal satisfaction knowing that we are providing a great family vacation experience for people,” Mike said. “We’re bringing people closer together. That’s what I will miss the most.”
His acceptance of the general manager position at another Las Vegas resort effectively brings to a close his career at Soleil Management, which began in 2001 as resort manager for Club de Soleil. He remained there for two years before taking the general manager’s job at Tahiti Resort in 2003.
We wish him all the best in his new job. It won’t be the same around Tahiti Village without him.
The urge to impulse-buy is never greater than when you’re on vacation, but once you get it all back to the room, you’re left with one nagging question: “How do I fit it in my suitcase?” With the launch of our new online store, you don’t have to worry. Visit us here for a great selection of Tahiti Village logo items, including hats, shirts and accessories. With our fast shipping, your purchase will probably beat you home! If you can’t wait to wear it, visit our WikiWiki gift shop in the main lobby. It has everything you’ll find online and more!
Fireworks in a place like Las Vegas would seem almost beside the point if the city itself weren’t a testament to excess. Not enough neon? Let’s set off some sky explosions! Like New Year’s Eve, July 4th brings out our redundant, over-the-top best, with spectacular fireworks displays lighting up the night sky all over the valley. If you’re staying with us over the holiday and want to know where to watch the fireworks, we recommend the Skyview Lounge on the 10th floor of Tower 5. There isn’t a better view in all Las Vegas!
For a list of all the July 4th fireworks locations, parties and events, please click here.
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
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
ANGELS 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
GRAND 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
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
“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!
Our signature summer event, the weekly Sunday luau, is a treat for the senses that divides along sight (attractive island dancers), sound (authentic Polynesian music) and taste (tempting tropical cuisine). This year’s luau, which begins another big season on May 28 here at Tahiti Village, is once again noteworthy for all three.
The Hot Lava singers, dancers, and musicians will thrill, delight, and whisk you away to a tropical paradise right here in the desert. Their island offerings include a mix of fun Polynesian songs and hula dances with audience participation. Things really heat up when a master fire twirler hits the stage. You’ll be on the edge of your seat!
This year’s Tahiti Village luau will have you saying “Hana Hou!” Translation: One more time!
Join us every Sunday all summer long in our beautiful Island Courtyard for wonderful entertainment and a delicious Tahitian buffet. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Show to follow. Leis provided. Tropical shirts optional.
For current VIP and general admission pricing and to reserve your tickets, please call the concierge at (702) 440-6915 or visit the concierge desk in the main lobby. We hope to see you here!
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!