Despite changing hands (it used to be a Hyatt), this Lake Las Vegas property still has a Moroccan theme and most of the same amenities. But Loews has upgraded the rooms, resurfacing the pools and giving the hotel a nice facelift. Most dramatically, the small casino has gone, converted into a venue for weddings, meetings and, yes, ballroom dancing (every Saturday).
As for food, Marssa has taken over from Japengo but still serves Pacific Rim cuisine and sushi prepared by master chef Osamu Fujita. Café Tajine serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a bright, laid-back atmosphere. The Arabesque Lounge has beautiful views of the lake and mountains; for outdoor dining, try the SandsaBar Grill.
Along with hiking, biking and birdwatching, the major sports are on a 320-acre private man-made lake (sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing), and three golf courses. There's a well-groomed white-sand beach as well as a sports area with a small putting green, basketball, volleyball and tennis.