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Over just the last month, the Strip in Las Vegas had two new hotels open amidst a ton of buzz. The four-pearl SLS Las Vegas — from the luxe brand known for its properties in Beverly Hills and South Beach – debuted on the site of the former Sahara Resort & Casino and, not to be outdone, the 4.5-pearl Delano replaced THEhotel at Mandalay Bay shortly after. We were lucky enough to get an exclusive, inside look at both and see some of their stellar (and some of their mediocre) features first-hand. Though both have their pros and cons, we’re going to have them battle it out in a few categories to declare a winner. In round one of our Delano versus SLS faceoff, we’re comparing their scenes and locations to determine which has the bragging rights for each. Signal the bell!

Category: Scene

At the Delano


The sleek public spaces here are a calculated nod to the Nevada desert, beginning with a huge 126,000-pound boulder greeting guests at the entrance. Brown leather couches, chairs with leather belt buckles, and a suspended rock installation by Korean artist Jaehyo Lee continue the striking, earth-inspired decor.


Connected to the bustle of Mandalay Bay, the Delano is a convenient option for those needing proximity the Mandalay’s convention center, but seeking quieter accommodations.  With no casino, only two full-service restaurants, and a spa, the Delano provides a refreshingly calm oasis compared to the nearby party hotels.


At the SLS


After a $415 million renovation of Sahara Resort & Casino (a former favorite of The Beatles and The Rat Pack,) SLS opened in August to mixed reviews. Owned by SBE Entertainment, which is a leader in L.A.‘s nightlife scene, SLS Las Vegas blends the old-world vibe of the former Sahara with strikingly modern features.


Acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck is the brainchild behind most elements seen at the hotel; picture several LED fixtures, plastic body parts affixed to the wall, and quirky, monkey-inspired accents. It could be jarring for some to walk through a bright red corridor to get to the elevators, but it’s certainly a daring design that makes an impression. With several restaurants and clubs, the SLS attracts a hip, young crowd primarily interested in the nightlife the hotel has to offer.

And the winner is…SLS! See who wins for location after the jump >>

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Fall is in the air…Which means it’s time to plan your cozy cool-weather escape! We’re dreaming of New England inns, mountain lodges, and sophisticated urban retreats. Whatever your fall fancy, we’re here to help make it happen! We’re giving away $500 toward your fall trip. All you have to do is sign up with your e-mail…Really, that’s it! And you can refer friends to get extra entries. Pretty cool, huh?

Enter on Facebook, or if you’d rather not, just enter using this form and the subject line “Sweepstakes Entry.” If you do use Facebook, don’t forget to “like” us — we love to be liked.



Step inside… The 32-room Hotel MC San Jose is a chic boutique (NEW on Oyster) with stylish details and plenty of friendly warmth and personality from the small staff. A pretty selection of cacti, palms, and shrubs makes the entrance to the hotel even more inviting, and it backs onto a cheerful garden, full of greenery, trees, and blossoming flowers. The interior is cheerful, too. Shiny tile floors, comfy white couches, and funky lighting make for a pleasant lobby. Thoughtful details include unique sculptures, colorful modern art on the walls, potted plants, and magazines and brochures to peruse. Glass doors let in ample sunlight. It’s located a five-minute walk to a beautiful beach, restaurants, and shops in a picturesque coastal town. Simple, elegant, mostly all-white rooms (some are more stylish than others) include free Wi-Fi and free mineral water, and some have gorgeous ocean views. There’s a small but lovely outdoor pool, a spa with a sauna, a pretty relaxation terrace, and a garden. 

Click through the jump to see even more beautiful pics of what makes a truly unique (and affordable) boutique on the Spain’s Mediterranean coast >>

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10 Vegas Pools Making a Splash

by Lara Grant on September 10, 2014

Although summer is coming to a close and soon we’ll be trading in our bathing suits for comfy sweaters, the pool parties in Las Vegas were still hopping when we visited them over the weekend. From DJ-led poolside dance parties to quiet pools focused on tranquility, we saw a wide range of scenes. Many of these hot spots will still be going strong for a few more weeks — thanks to that desert heat! — so here’s a list of the best pools, and what to expect, if you need to squeeze in one more water-filled weekend. If you don’t make it out before the fall weather sets in, don’t fret! These bashes will undoubtedly be back as soon as it’s warm enough to drink a frozen mojito outside.

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Encore2 A five-pearl property, Encore at Wynn is home to huge rooms, fine dining and one of the best pool parties on the Strip. Encore Beach Club, exclusively used for pool parties, is open seven months a year, every Friday through Sunday, beginning in March. The area, which includes Surrender Nightclub, is a whopping 60,000 square feet and includes three tiered pools. It’s home to a wide array of resident DJs, including famous acts like Deadmau5 and David Guetta.

Encore1 The popular spot includes several bungalows that share an infinity plunge pool, and are always filled with a fun and rowdy crowd. The complex may be pretty large, but still expect to fight through mobs of around 4,000 people to get to the stage or a bar. Read More »


Wow! When we asked our fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to submit their best beach photos this summer with the hashtag #OysterPics, we had no idea how envious we’d get of everyone’s beach getaways! But we loved looking through the hundreds of submissions: Beach shots taken from Cape Cod to Jamaica at beautiful resorts and hotels gave us some intense wanderlust. And now we’re passing that wanderlust on to you. (Sorry, it’s highly contagious.) Here are our favorite submissions. See your pic? Congrats! Stayed tuned for our next #OysterPics series, which might have a little something to do with the soon-to-be changing leaves…

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Okay, okay, we’re a little biased…but we had to get in on the action too! And we love this pic from our visit to the Cabo Villas Beach Resort and Spa.

See our users’ best beach pics after the jump >>

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The highly-anticipated Delano Las Vegas opens its doors today. A ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the event will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by a tour of the luxury property and tastings at its many eateries. Replacing THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, the all-suite tower has rooms starting at 725 square feet and featuring sophisticated decor in white and neutral color palettes, mixed with eclectic pieces that reflect the surrounding desert landscape. Spacious bathrooms include both glass showers and separate soaking tubs, along with MALIN+GOETZ toiletries. This soon-to-be packed spot also has a private pool. For the culinary curious, there are several fun dining and drinking options on-site — Della’s Kitchen will serve upscale comfort food like chicken and waffles with bourbon maple syrup; miX at Delano has fine French and Italian dining on the 64th floor. Guests can head to the cozy bar Franklin for a cocktail, or 3940 Coffee + Tea for an espresso or breakfast burrito. We’re excited about this new opening on the strip and will have tons more photos and details after we head there later this week! We’ll also be checking out the new mixed-use resort and casino SLS Las Vegas (sister property to the popular SLS South Beach), so stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram as we post updates from Sin City!

In the meantime, check out some of the current top luxury spots on the Las Vegas strip after the jump >>

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Who doesn’t love the beach? What about a little fame and glory? Well, we here at Oyster believe that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “no one” — so we have officially combined the two with our introduction of #OysterPics. Yep, using this hashtag, we’re asking all our fans — who are also fans of the beach, and taking photos of it — to share their best beach shots with us. Simply submit your photo on Facebook or use the #OysterPics hashtag with your shot on Twitter or Instagram, and we may end up sharing your pic and featuring it on our blog! We’ll pick our favorites over the next few weeks, so get snapping!!

Share your #OysterPics here.



Haven’t planned your beach vacay yet? Or trying to figure out how to pay for that relaxing trip to the sand? A lot of us are in the same boat, and with the weather so beautiful, the beach is beckoning. Oyster may be able to help! Since we know how much our Oyster fans love to travel, we are giving away $500 toward your summer beach getaway. Hurray! All you have to do is sign up for a chance to win. Pretty easy, huh?

Enter Here >>

Don’t have Facebook or don’t want to enter on Facebook? Not a problem. You can also enter here using the subject line “Sweepstakes Entry.”

And of course, make sure to read the fine print!

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Here’s one way to avoid crowds: Stay at a luxurious, adults-only resort tucked away on a private island that’s reachable only by boat or seaplane. Yup, that sounds like a pretty perfect plan, and the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa fits that description to a tee. Most guests to the resort choose the boat option, and the hotel provides a water transfer from Little Torch Key, where reception is located, to the tiny five-and-a-half acre island where the property sits; once guests arrive, they’re greeted by a welcome cocktail. Crushed seashell-laden paths lead to Little Palm’s handful of individual oceanfront villas with private sundecks, outdoor showers, secluded hot tubs, and panoramic views of the ocean. It’s not uncommon to see key deer — mini deer only found in the Florida Keys — roaming the island and hanging out by the resort-style pool in the middle of the property. The resort also offers tons of non-motorized water sports at its beach, a lovely on-site restaurant, and a luxurious spa. Take a tour of the property after the jump >>

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pool--v2178798-1024Do you like Italy? Do you like castles? If you answered yes to either of those questions (and if you didn’t — seriously?), you’ll probably be into the gorgeous Castello di Monterone in the rolling hills of Umbria. This 13th-century castle has an impressive degree of preserved medieval character, and offers a romantic setting for a true getaway. One of our Italian investigators only just visited this stunning property, and we spent quite a while ogling it in the office. You can expect gorgeous stonework, breathtaking views,  battlements, and even a suit of armor (of course — this is a castle, in case we didn’t make that crystal clear). It’s almost hard to believe that these insanely beautiful photos are not remotely Photoshopped (if you’re new here, that’s kind of Oyster’s whole thing). Just be careful not to drool on your keyboard. Pinners, get ready.  Read More »