Like Green Valley Ranch, it's nestled in an affluent suburb. And like Green Valley Ranch, there's a Rande Gerber-owned nightclub on site. But the comparisons between Red Rock and its sibling end there. This billion-dollar operation pays homage to the classic resort architecture of the early 1950s and '60s as well as the natural landscape that surrounds it. The rusty red and tan exterior mimics the colours of the nearby mountain range, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls afford spectacular views. There's even an Adventure Spa that takes full advantage of the desert surroundings by offering horseback riding, guided hikes and mountain biking. For pure relaxation, the Red Rock Spa.
Gold-leaf ceilings, Swarovski-crystal chandeliers and crocodile leather wall panels are just a few of the more luxurious elements that set Red Rock apart from other neighbourhood casinos; indeed, the steakhouse, trendy nightclub and martini bar mirror the Strip's hipster aesthetic. The centrepiece is the palm tree-lined, circular Sandbar Pool complete with a 'beach' with 19 private cabanas, six wading pools and, best of all, blackjack.
The guestrooms are fashionably outfitted with modern furniture and accessories that don't sacrifice comfort for style. Slip into the plush robe and slippers, plug in your iPod and pour yourself a drink from the self-service martini bar. Try the villa suite, which features a private patio complete with its own bar, a ten-person whirlpool spa and views of the beach area.
Eating & drinking
The choice here is wide and appealing. T-Bones Chophouse is an elegant steakhouse with a great wine list, while the authentic Italian dishes of Terra Rosa come courtesy of Hell's Kitchen winner Heather West. Salt Lick BBQ serves Texas-style 'cue and Cabo Cantina offers Baja-style Mexican. In the heart of the casino, you'll find the Lucky Bar, home to those red patent leather crocodile panels as well as an awe-inspiring crystal chandelier. The Onyx Lounge specialises in signature martinis, while the Sand Bar serves cool poolside libations.
Cherry, nightclub impresario Rande Gerber's latest foray into Vegas, reigns supreme as the off-Strip hotspot, while house band Zowie Bowie keeps the Rocks Lounge jumping with dance covers. There's a 16-screen cineplex with private viewing boxes and a 72-lane bowling alley.
The name of the game here is machines: there are more than 3,200 of them, split evenly between slots and video poker. Table minimums are reasonable. Look for the one-of-a-kind giant Wheel of Fortune Super Spin slot machine that seats several players around a big bubble (it's by the cinema entrance).