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VIBE CHALLENGE: Win VisitDenmark’s MIND CHALLENGE and WIN A TRIP TO LONDON!!!

We thought there might be some of you that would enjoy rising to a challenge.  You know to feed that competive spirit lurking inside?   This is a challenge that could land you in London during the 2012 Olympics.  Good luck and read on for all the details of the competition sponsored by VisitDenmark.

The purpose of the conference is to introduce a new business structure for the company.  The reason for choosing Copenhagen as a destination is the Awareness of the environment and sustainable thinking since this is highly prioritized within the company.  This is therefore an opportunity for the client to showcase their sustainable credentials.

GUIDELINES:

The conference should take place in a hotel within maximum 20 minutes from the Copenhagen airport.  The proposal should include options for the meetings and accommodation as well as suggestions for two off-site dinners, one team building activity and appropriate transportation to the dinners.  In general, the client wishes to optimize the ROI of the conference by using new an innovative tools.

CREATIVITY:

Participants in this challenge are encourage to think creatively, and maybe even use some MIND-blowing ideas, when putting together their proposal for the conference.  Creative solutions will be an important element for the judges.  Find inspiration and contact information to event partners on this site; www.visitdenmark.com/MINDchallenge

PRESENTATION:

Format for presentation:  all creative ideas are welcome, power point is accepted but other formats encouraged.

The companies submitting the 5 best North American submissions will be invited to present their ideas at a New York event, April 12 (live or via Skype), AND, the North American winner picker here will get a trip to London for the Grand Finale during the London Olympics 2012!

 

North American submissions will be judged by our honorable judges:

  • Greg Oates – PREVUE
  • Saira Banu Kianes, CMP – Banu Events Solutions & Training (B.E.S.T.)
  • Susan Hennig, United Airlines

Participants presenting form each company:  Minimum 1, maximum 10 (if you get all the way to the grand finale in London, there is a maximum of 2 peopl presenting).

MEDIA PARTNER NORTH AMERICA:  We are proud to have as our exclusive media partner in North America:  PREVUE.  Go here to follow their coverage of MIND challenge 2012:  http://www.pevueonline.net/mindchallenge/

GRAND PRIZE:  the winner will get a free venue in Copenhagen suitable for the case abou (50ppl/1 day max).

Deadline for North American Submissions:  Please make sure we have your submission no later than March 14, 2012.

Send to:  Send your program suggestion directly to your North American representative via either mail or email:

Christina Anderson

Sales and Marketing Manager, Meeting Industry

VisitDenmark

655 Third Avenue, Ste. 1810Y

New York, NY  10017

United States

Email:  can@visitdenmark.com

Web:  www.visitdenmark.com

Direct:  212-885-9772

Fax:  212-885-9726

Skype:  vdk-christina.andersen

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Is the Florida Adventure Drying Up? NOT!

As one of the premiere attractions for groups spending time in Florida, the Everglades National Park has always held a pull of adventure and mystique.  But, with a lack of water and the severe drought we are experiencing, it has made the popular airboat tours and adventures all but impossible to offer to clients.  So what do we do?

While we are all busy doing ‘nekkid’ rain dances at the Vibe Agency and praying for the return of the airboat tours in full force, we have alternative tours to offer to clients. You can still get up close and personal with native wildlife, and experience the thrill of an airboat ride, you just have to know how to go about it.  And, we know how!!!

Are you ready?  Good.  Time to buckle up for some adventure and fun!  Let us help you create a tour that will put the thrill of adventure back into your program. Check these ideas out!

Adventure Option 1

Our first stop at the edge of the Everglades will be a remote, old-fashioned, roadside fruit stand, entertainment venue and watering hole – “Robert is Here.”  This storied roadside attraction is a popular Everglades family destination. Locals order at the counter, pick up their hand-made milkshakes and shop amidst the hustle and bustle and the various exotic animals on location.

Then we are off to experience a hike at the famous Anhinga Trail at the Royal Palm area of Everglades National Park. Follow the trails and boardwalks to get a close-up view of wild gators, turtles, Roseate Spoonbills and abounding varieties of wading birds and aquatic species.  The Anhinga Trail was so beautiful and indicative of the Everglades that a group of women petitioned for its protection as a state park in the early 20th Century.  This state park was the genesis of the Everglades National Park established in 1947.

This tour is breathtaking in scope and engaging in detail.  It will reward us with an intimate look at “another Florida”, off the beaten path, little known and charming.  The mixture of Florida’s legendary Everglades with rural and agricultural institutions makes a perfect case for promoting the various “watering holes” of our region.

Adventure Option 2

From the moment you arrive in the too quaint fishing village of Goodland, your senses are wide awake; a small fleet of working fish boats line the tiny harbor; three prominent seafood restaurants vie for your business; (one, the vintage 1869 Old Marco Lodge moved there by barge); little cottages occupy the small grid of streets.  When you step onboard the airboat, you can catch the strong, salty smell of a place that lives on nautical terms.  Departing from the village into the shallow, open, sun-dappled bay, we prepare to pass through “Hell’s Gate” into the maze of islands at the bottom of Southwest Florida’s official civilization demarcation.

Following the Black River as it winds through these islands, we will watch for dolphins, manatees, wading birds, and raptors.  Slipping down Smuggler’s Creek, we may find one of the elusive American Crocodiles that inhabit these waters.  A special treat would be to see some of the rare Roseate Spoonbills that feed in the shallows.  Oftentimes mistaken for flamingos, these brilliantly pink-feathered birds have started a remarkable recovery in this area.

 The 10,000 Islands have been witness to powerful Indian nations, Spanish shipwrecks, pirates and murderous outlaws.  “Bloody” Ed Watson still haunts these backwaters in the long tales of pioneer fishing families.  Still considered the wildest, most unknown place in America, the 10,000 Islands is a good example of time uninterrupted.

Come on! Let’s go!!!  Exciting adventure awaits you!  For more information and pricing on these and other tours, please contact valerie@thevibeagency.com

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Getting FAM with Miami!

At The VIBE Agency,  we are always grateful to be busy and there’s so much that we’ve missed out on telling you about.  We thought we’d rectify that and are going to catch you up on some of what we’ve been doing lately.

One of the things we’ve been up to is doing quite a few FAM trips for clients looking at Miami as a destination for their meetings, conferences and incentive trips.  A lot of thought and detail goes into each client that comes to consider The VIBE Agency and out wonderful city of Miami!

The VIBE agency put together a FAM trip for agencies arriving from France.  If you are not FAMiliar with the term, the purpose of a FAM trip is for journalists, tour operators or travel agents to discover or rediscover a destination and familiarize themselves with everything it has to offer for their future clients.

Miami, the “Magic City”, is a popular destination for tourists worldwide.  In a city with a vibrant diverse culture and tropical weather year-round, Miami can be as steamy as a sauna room in the summertime and a pleasant respite in the colder months of the year. Our clients got to experience the best this great city has to offer during their four day stay.

Arrival Day:

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by Valerie Bihet, VIBE Director, and Judith Patron from the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and were transferred in a Sprinter minibus to the Standard Hotel for a welcome cocktail.  Soon after, our clients checked-in to one of two hotels, the Fontainebleau and the Ritz South Beach.

The Fontainebleau recently remodeled its look and expanded with renovations estimating at $1 billion.  With 1,504 rooms and suites, 22 oceanfront acres, 11 restaurants and nightclubs, 40,000-square-foot spa, and 107,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, this hotel has developed a new meaning for indulgence.

The Ritz South Beach brings together sophistication and impeccable service in Miami’s most famous beach community.

The evening began with a cocktail and Mojito demonstration from a bartender of the Ritz South Beach. Clients were then escorted to Espanola Way, a historic Spanish village located in the Art Deco District of South Beach.  With architecture dating back to the 1920s, the area was considered a meeting place for the wealthy.  Today, it is filled with restaurants, music, shops and art.  Dinner was served at Café Nuvo, a restaurant known for its ambiance, perfected Mojitos and great food.

Day Two:

Day two began at sunrise, on the beach with a personal trainer who conducted a cardio/yoga session.  Breakfast was served at the Fontainebleau followed by a site inspection. Afterward, guests also got to experience an amazing Art Deco Tour by our great friend, Charles J. Kropke from Dragon Fly, on Miami Beach.  The tour consisted of visiting several infamous locations including the Art Deco Museum, Casa Casuarina (Gianni Versace’s House), Old City Hall, Miami Beach Post Office and Art Deco Hotels. At the end of the tour, the group visited the W South Beach hotel for lunch a la Carte.  Our clients were welcomed at a penthouse of the hotel for an amazing lunch with impeccable views of Miami.

Following lunch, our clients enjoyed shopping at the Dadeland Mall, a Miami trademark located in Kendall.  The mall includes Florida’s largest Macy’s as well as Macy’s Home Gallery & Kids, J.C. Penney, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Limited, Nordstrom and our European clients favorite store Abercrombie & Fitch.  The main entrance of the mall was featured in the 1985 Chuck Norris film “Invasion USA” and was featured in the 1990 Alec Baldwin film “Miami Blues”.  The mall is easily accessible by Miami Metrorail.

Dinner took place at the Viceroy hotel, a glamor-infused Miami resort and set with-in the ten acre Icon Brickell enclave.  The delicious menu is full of nutritional and organic foods. Guests toured the hotel, and the amazing spas and garden.  The Morgan group then hosted dancing and partying time at the Florida Ballroom at the Delano Hotel.

Day Three:

Day three began with breakfast at the Mondrian South Beach hotel and a site inspection.  Located in Biscayne Bay, its minutes from the hustle and bustle of South Beach with breathtaking view of the ocean.  Features include Asia de Cuba, a five-star restaurant; Agua, our 4000’ spa featuring wet and dry treatment rooms; and a fully-equipped gym over looking the bay.

The day continued with a one-hour ride on a yacht to Bayside courtesy of the Marina of Mandarin’s Biscayne Lady.  Afterward, we sped things up on a sightseeing power boat tour.  Lunch followed with a Mediterranean menu catered by the Mandarin Oriental.  The hotel exhales Asian serenity and is popular for their soothing spa.  The hotel can accommodate large scale events with more than 15,000 sq. ft. (1,394 square meters) of flexible meeting space – a grand ballroom for 600, boardroom, 15 breakout rooms, business center and an oversized terrace it offers great space for events.. The grand ballroom has excellent sound systems which are complimentary and include a podium microphone. The built in projection screens provide a sleek and elegant design plus High Definition TV capabilities.

The Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.  “It has been designated a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance, significant to all people of the world,” states the National Park Service.  From alligators to pythons, guests experienced an educated tour with Mother Nature.

As an early surprise, we treated our guests to a Pre-Halloween Spooktacular Tour where each client received a masquerade mask and black rose as a souvenir.  Dinner was served at Wish, notably one of the “50 best restaurants in the world,” as stated by Condé Nast Traveler.

Departure Day:

The last day was sizzled with a The Cuban Heritage Tour, also done by Kropke from Dragon Fly Tours.  Guided through areas such as Little Havana and connecting neighborhoods you can feel and experience the ambiance of the Cuban heritage so prevalent in Miami.

Lunch and a site inspection was held at the Four Seasons Hotel, a 5 five star hotel located in Brickell, Miami.

Filled with the sights, sounds and feel of Miami, guests departed back to Miami International Airports for their flights home.  We’d armed them with a lot of information and exciting ideas for what they could offer their groups coming to Miami.  We can’t wait to welcome them back!

For more information  or a customized FAM trip for YOUR group, please contact valerie@thevibeagency.com

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It’s A Symphony of Creativity!

At The Vibe Agency, we always love to share inspirational and exciting finds with you, and this time, we’ve found a doozy!  Are you looking for a spectacular venue that is perfect for an event?  A super venue that doesn’t have that “been there and done that” feel to it?   A spectacular venue that just oozes opportunity to be oh so creative?  Well, look no further than the New World Center, home of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.  Stunning in its architecture, it is a cultural icon in the center of Miami Beach. Just recently opening it’s doors, it’s the newest and prettiest new venue on the block!

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, New World Center features numerous spaces for performance and presentation; a flexible and variable seating performance hall, and  notable features like a flexible and technologically advanced performance hall that includes large acoustically reflective ‘sails’ that will surround the audience with sound and also serve as projection surfaces for visual presentations; a giant, 7,000-square-foot screen on the building’s façade that will project performances from inside the building to people sitting in the adjacent park, and practice and rehearsal spaces that are wired with 17 miles of fiber optic cable to allow musicians on site to connect to musicians around the world via the internet. (Can you just imagine how creative we can get with a 7,000 square foot screen?)  We are excited indeed!

The building includes the SunTrust Pavilion, a large multi-purpose room that serves as both the primary teaching space for the orchestra and as a space for performances, film screenings, lectures, meetings and recordings. Located next to the atrium on the ground floor, the east wall of the space is made of glass, allowing passersby to see the activity inside and be encouraged to enter the building. An upper terrace will permit people to observe the activities in the Pavilion without disrupting them, and will offer an expansive view over the public park.

It’s a cultural coup for Miami Beach and we hope one that will translate into a plethora of opportunity for special events.  It’s  a venue that offers plenty of  opportunity for creativity and innovation!

To learn more about this and other spectacular venues we have at our fingertips, contact Valerie@thevibeagency.com

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The “VIBE SPOT” Boston – There’s So Much More Than Tea!

Boston

There’s so much more to Boston than meets the eye, and we are having fun finding out just what makes this city so cool.  It’s more than just the home of the Red Sox and one of America’s oldest cities, that’s for sure!

DID YOU KNOW????

The City of Boston hosts over 12 million annual visitors from across the country and around the globe. This vibrant, thriving city is renowned for its cultural facilities, world-class educational institutions, champion sports franchises, as well as its place at the very forefront of American history. Tourism is one of New England’s largest industries; as the region’s social and commercial “hub”, Boston is willing to accommodate and entertain you as few other cities can.

CHECK THIS OUT!!!!

The Omni Parker House


As you pass through the sculpted bronze doors of this luxury Boston hotel, you will be enveloped by the timeless beauty that has made the Omni Parker House a  landmark since 1855.   Experience the perfect blend of modern amenities and historic charm at America’s oldest continuously-operating hotel.

Located on the Freedom Trail, guests enjoy grand views of historic downtown Boston, distinguished décor and thoughtful amenities that are evident in every striking detail in each of the 551 luxurious guest rooms.  Walk to Beacon Hill, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Quincy Market, the Financial District, shopping and more.

In addition, the Omni Parker House is just a short 2.5 mile (10-15 minutes) transfer from Logan International Airport.

Beacon Hill


Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Quincy Market

Whether you’re toasting a promotion, roasting your boss or hosting 700 of your closest friends for a gala evening, Omni Hotels has the space, impeccable service and irresistible gastronomy to make your event a success.

We completely customize the environment surrounding your meeting to appeal to your senses.  Whatever your meeting purpose, we’ll work closely with you to make your event more conducive to your goals, enabling attendees to be more productive.  So whether you’re conducting a brainstorming session, handling a complex negotiation or recognizing excellence among your team, you’ll know that The Vibe Agency is working hard to deliver a better meeting experience for you and your attendees.

In addition, The VIBE Agency offers customized evening and offsite events that fit any theme you desire complete with floral, decor and entertainment.  Let us help you create just the right VIBE for your event.

Ames


Ames, located in a beautiful and historic  building, inspires both modern style and old world sophistication. An experience rich with elegant interpretations, complemented by innovative new design by Rockwell Group and the Morgans’ in house design team, Ames brings Boston and its visitors the dynamic experience for which Morgans is known. Ideally located near historic Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill, the 114-room Boston hotel has a vibrant restaurant and bar offering an atmosphere that is at once refined and playful, a state-of-the art fitness center and suites accented by dramatic, Romanesque arched windows and original fireplaces.

UMMMM UMMMM GOOD!

L’espalier

In the heart of fashionable Back Bay, adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Boylston Street, one block from the Hynes Convention Center, Prudential Center and Copley Place. L’Espalier is walking distance to Symphony Hall, Berklee Performance Center and major colleges and universities.

Sophisticated and modern New England-French cuisine, with an emphasis on artisanal and New England ingredients.

No. 9 Park

Located in an elegant townhouse in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill, No. 9 Park provides an intimate, European-scale setting in which to enjoy Chef Barbara Lynch’s refined cuisine. The menu showcases an artful blend of regionally-inspired Italian and French dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor. Our wine list includes a number of old world wines from boutique vintners selected by award-winning wine director Cat Silirie. The dining room, designed by Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz of C&J Katz, features a muted taupe palette, dark polished wood floors, and shimmering antique chandeliers, radiating a quiet and timeless elegance. From the thoughtfully selected wines to the warm hospitality, No. 9 Park continues to set the standard for fine dining in Boston.

What we’ve shown you here is a morsel of what Boston has to offer….there’s so much more.  Working together with the VIBE Agency, we can create a custom trip for your group complete with Spousal Activities and Team Building or even a cool Freedom Trail Scavenger Hunt.  If it’s off site venues you’re looking for, and there’s a great number that we can suggest just for your group.  It’s all there just waiting for you and group to experience it.

For more information on Boston and all it has to offer, please contact valerie@thevibeagency.com

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Jet- Setting Marrakesh in 48 hrs.

48 hrs. to see it all… Marrakech in a Flash

Pearl of the South, Jewel of the South, The Rose City—just a few of the nicknames Marrakesh has acquired over the years. The pearl and the jewel symbolize its importance as the center of Morocco ever since it was a trading and resting place on the crossroads of ancient caravan routes from Timbuktu. The rose attests to a city still painted entirely in salmon pink, in keeping with the red-clay earth below. Once called Morocco City by foreign travelers, Marrakesh eventually lent its name to the country itself. Part Berber, part Arab, part African, Marrakesh is the heartbeat of Morocco, where palaces and monuments of unrivaled refinement sit calmly alongside the snake charmers and Gnaouan drums pulsing constantly from Djemâa el Fna Square—the most exuberant marketplace in the world.

Places to stay:

Amanjena

There is a place in paradise where peace holds time, where nature and culture know no seams, where comfort and luxury unite in style and where water reflects the blush of clay. This place is Amanjena, Morocco’s Moorish rose, a resort secluded in a private lush haven near the pulsating Medina of Marrakech. With Atlas Mountains in your sights let Amanjena take your hand and treat you to the wonders of Africa’s sun-kissed land.

Riad Kniza

Dating from the 18th century, Riad Kniza is a small, luxury “Hotel de Charme” in the heart of the old Médina of Marrakech, completely restored by Haj Mohamed Bouskri using traditional materials and artisans to recreate an authentic Moroccan experience as in days gone by.

Jnane Tamsna

Set in nine landscaped acres within a private estate, Jnane Tamsna offers a total of 24 ensuite bedrooms spread over three properties: Jnane House, Jnane Moussafir and Jnane Salmia. There are two large and two small meeting rooms as well as numerous sitting rooms, dining areas and outdoor spaces. The grounds feature five pools, a clay surface tennis court, a hammam (Moroccan steam bath) and treatment rooms for massage and beauty therapy.

Jnane Tamsna adopts a minimalist approach to Oriental splendour. Elements of traditional Moroccan style and colour have been adapted to achieve a peaceful, contemporary look. The cuisine is a fusion of Moroccan and modern European, using local produce sourced wherever possible from Jnane Tamsna’s organic gardens.

From individual rooms to exclusive villa rental, Jnane Tamsna offers a rare flexibility. As a private or corporate venue, it blends the large capacity usually only offered by hotels and the absolute intimacy, first-class food and fine service of the best private homes.

Riad Aida

upon entering this intimate six-room guesthouse built in the late 1800’s, vivid and brilliant colors will evoke a sense of passion in its guest. This Riad was once home to Chief Architect Muhammad al-Mekki, designer of the famous Bahia Palace. Its has three superior rooms and two deluxe rooms and one suite with a patio view, offering a living and dining area and tranquil terrace for your relaxation.


Truelly a jet-setter well try this set schedule and see if you can survive a crash course of Marrakesh.

DAY 1:Drop your bags off and jump right into a tour…to get you in the mindset of your location.

8:30 a.m.: Full day sightseeing to Essaouira

Essaouira was called Mogador for a long time, inspired by the name of its chef, Sidi Amogdoul. The city is built on a low and narrow sandy peninsula .Strengthened ” à la Vauban “, endowed with walls dividing several internal quarters of perfectly straight streets, dense houses with many floors, Essaouira was described in the past as ( a European fantasy on a Moroccan theme ).

5 p.m.: Visit a sylvan setting
Relax by taking a calèche (horse-drawn carriage) ride over to the Menara Garden in the Ville Nouvelle. You can pick one up near the Djemâa el Fna; the ride should cost about 100 DH. Not only is the half-hour ride a welcome break from the intensity of the medina, but the Menara’s olive groves and elegant lagoon are relaxingly peaceful.

6:30 p.m.: Cook like a local
Work up an appetite by learning first-hand the secrets of Moroccan cooking. Cooking classes are quickly becoming all the rage in Morocco, as the country’s cuisine gets ever-increasing international attention. Most classes last a full day, but Dar les Cigognes, a riad in the medina, offers a quick, one-hour introduction every day at 6:30 for only 150 dirhams. Book ahead to be sure of getting in.

DAY 2: take in the culture

9 a.m.: Let’s get wet
Start your day with a relaxing hammam, Morocco’s version of a Turkish bath. Go with the locals at upscale public hammams like Hammam Ziani, or have a small one all to yourself by booking an appointment at a hotel’s private hammam. The hammams at La Maison Arabe and Caravan Serai are some of our favorites. (Expect to pay between $65 and $80 for a hammam and massage at an upscale hotel, and as low as $5-$10 at a local hammam.)

10:30 a.m.: On the town
It’s time to see the sights. Start off at the breathtaking El Bahia Palace for a lesson in architecture. Once home to a harem, it’s a jaw-dropping display of the best in Moroccan painted ceilings, ceramics, and garden design. Next, head north to the tanneries for the quintessential postcard shot of men dyeing animal skins as they’ve done for centuries. Next, spend some time in the peaceful courtyard and labyrinthine dormitories of the amazingly preserved Ali ben Youssef Medersa, North Africa’s largest Koranic school. Dating to the 16th century, the delicate intricacy of the stucco plasterwork and mosaics in the courtyard will take your breath away.

1:30 p.m.: Mid-afternoon feast
Immerse yourself in the energy of the Djemâa el Fna, a centuries-old square that is the heartbeat of Marrakesh. The square bustles with bazaars, snake charmers and acrobats all day long and well into the night. It’s also loaded with eateries and is a great place to stop for lunch. Choose from the wide variety of kefta (beef patties), Moroccan salads, beef brochettes, and soups supplemented by bread, olives, and hot sauce. Wash it all down with fresh orange juice or the ubiquitous mint tea. Go easy, though, as you’ll want to leave lots of room for dinner.

2:30 p.m.: Learn the art of the bargain
It’s time to shop. Marrakesh’s souks (covered outdoor bazaars) are the city’s main attraction. The vast labyrinth of narrow streets at the center of the medina is a wonder of arts, crafts, and workshops. Here, you’ll see artisans making rugs on looms and hammering iron into lanterns. There’s an area for almost every kind of product; you can buy babouches (pointy-toed leather slippers) in an infinite number of colors, stock up on spices, and buy silver jewelry for the folks back home. Bargain hard, and compare prices at different stalls before purchasing.

8 p.m.: Eat like a local
Now that you’ve gotten your hands dirty, it’s time for dinner. It’s easy to overdo it with Moroccan food. Many restaurants offer set menus with what seems like an unending succession of courses. Don’t try to finish each one, because even when you think you’re done, there’s always another one on its way. Expect to start with Moroccan salads and small briouates (pastries similar to Indian samosas), followed by a meat tagine, a couscous dish, and almond pastries for dessert. For a splurge, reserve a table at Dar Marjana, Le Tobsil, or Stylia in the medina; both serve copious amounts of traditional Moroccan food in palatial surroundings. For those on a budget, El Fassia, in the new section of town, gets rave reviews for its a la carte home cooking and pleasant atmosphere.

10 p.m.: Party Marrakesh style
Once you’ve digested dinner, it’s time to party. The wealth of nightlife opportunities in Marrakesh has exploded in recent years. Some of the most happening places are a bit out of town on the road to the Ourika Valley, so you’ll probably need to take a taxi. Trendy Pacha (Avenue Mohammed VI, on the way to Ourika Valley) can satisfy even the most demanding dance fiends. It has live music, two restaurants, a lounge, and a swimming pool.

1:30 a.m.: Hit the hay
Bedtime. Head back to the medina and your romantic riad (a traditional mansion house built around an interior courtyard or garden). Marrakesh has hundreds, each decorated in a variety of sumptuous styles. One of the best is Riad Enija, with sunken baths, exquisite tile work, and a fountain-filled courtyard. Counting pennies? Try Riad Amazigh, which has rooms with two levels linked by spiral staircases and a beautiful, candle-lit Berber-inspired dining room.

Get with the VIBE and let us plan out your next adventure to anywhere…Got a place in mind?

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Bright Lights:Las Vegas

VEGAS, VEGAS,VEGAS…Need I Say More…!

This month Las Vegas was such a hit for us here…so of course this would be our recommendation for your next destination. Be it pleasure or business there is an activity for everyone in the true city that never sleeps.

Interesting Facts

  • Number of slot machines in the city 197,144
  • Percent of visitors who end up gambling during their stay 87
  • Average gambling budget per trip, in dollars 559
  • Average number of pillowcases washed daily at MGM Grand 15,000
  • Average nightly room rate, in dollars 66
  • Average length of stay, in nights 3.7
  • Average number of Vegas weddings per day 315
  • State’s nationwide rank in gold production 1
  • Cost of Nevada marriage license, in dollars 35
  • Average cost of filing for divorce in Nevada , in dollars 450

Restaurants

Once known mostly for all-you-can-eat buffets, Las Vegas has branched out as a haute-culinary outpost, with cuisine from far-flung corners. Buffets started in the ’40s at the original El Rancho Vegas Hotel to keep patrons on premises during wee hours. The idea caught on, and legendary buffets now feature dozens of items per meal, sometimes specializing in seafood, steak, or ethnic taste sensations. Hotel-casino “gourmet rooms” catering to high rollers followed buffets, and now Las Vegas high-end dining enclaves are hot across the board, often featuring renowned chefs. Among award-winners are Bellagio’s Le Cirque and Picasso, and the Mirage’s Renoir.

Top Las Vegas chefs satisfying appetites include Helene An (Crustacean at the Desert Passage); Gian Paulo “Zeffirino” Belloni (Zeffirino Ristorante at the Venetian); Tom Colicchio (Craftsteak at MGM Grand); Todd English (Olives at Bellagio; Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of the Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales” (Border Grill at Mandalay Bay); Jean-Marie Josselin (8-0-8 at Caesars Palace); Thomas Keller (Bouchon at the Venetian; Emeril Lagasse (Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand and Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian; Sirio Maccioni (Le Cirque at Bellagio); Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu at Hard Rock Hotel); Maurizio Mazzon (Canaletto at the Venetian and Il Fornaio at the New York-New York and Green Valley Ranch); Michael Mina (Nobhill and Seablue at MGM Grand and Aqua at Bellagio; Tom Moloney (AquaKnox at the Venetian; Charlie Palmer (Aureole at Mandalay Bay and Charlie Palmer Steakhouse at the Four Seasons); Wolfgang Puck (Spago and Chinois at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Postrio at the Venetian and Trattoria del Lupo at Mandalay Bay; André Rochat (Alizé at The Palms and Andre’s in downtown Las Vegas and at the Monte Carlo); Julian Serrano (Picasso at Bellagio; Kerry Simon (Simon Kitchen and Bar at Hard Rock Hotel; Joachim Splichal (Pinot Brasserie at the Venetian, Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Prime at Bellagio), Michael White (Fiamma at MGM Grand); Piero Selvaggio (Valentino at the Venetian and Caffe Giorgio at Mandalay Place); Alessandro Stratta (Renoir at the Mirage; and Bradley Ogden (Bradley Ogden at Caesars Palace). In a 24/7 culture that is pure Las Vegas action, 24-hour cafés are in nearly every hotel and casino, many serving tasty breakfasts around-the-clock.


Hitting The Town

If you need a place to spend the evening or just a quick before dinner drink, this is where you can preview your locale. Las Vegas is where the nights are very long and the dancing and drinking can become an adventure in endurance. Find your spot and then think about how many other places around town are busting at the seams with people ready to have fun. It’s time for you to go bar hopping in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is not all about the VIP spots where you have to loud up your wallet with Benjamins, it’s about how you define fun.

  • Blush/ XS
    Located inside the Wynn
  • ghostbar
    Located on the 55th floor of the Palms
  • Haze
    Located inside Aria at CityCenter
  • Jet
    Located inside the Mirage
  • Krave
    Located on Harmon near Planet Hollywood
  • Lavo
    Located inside the Palazzo
  • LAX
    Located inside the Luxor
  • Moon / Playboy
    Located at Palms
  • Pure
    Located inside Caesars Palace
  • Rain Las Vegas
    Located at the Palms
  • Tabú
    Located inside MGM Grand
  • Tao
    Located inside the Venetian
  • The Bank
    Located inside the Bellagio
  • VooDoo Lounge
    Located on the 51st floor of the Rio

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