When Apollo Funds acquired The Venetian Resort Las Vegas earlier this year, they promised to continue investing in the iconic all-suite property. In an exclusive interview with Travel + Leisure, The resort’s new CEO, Patrick Nichols, said he would deliver on this commitment by “investing $1 billion worth (INR 7,500 cr) in all areas of guest experience”. By David Morris.
“We’re looking to elevate our experiences to resort scale,” Nichols told T+L. “Arrival experiences will be different. For the Venetian and the Palazzo, we plan to renovate, remodel and redesign all of our suites. We will offer you several new [food-and-beverage] concepts, we take an in-depth look at the entertainment, nightlife and bar offerings, and the casino floor will also look quite different.
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas imagines a luxury redevelopment
This all adds up to the launch of a reimagined Venetian Pool Deck, a 47,000 square foot, 50 million USD (INR 412 cr) TAO Beach Day Club in partnership with TAO Group, and the first American outpost from celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda this year.
To achieve Nichols’ goals, the property hired a Los Angeles-based design collective RIOS to plan the redevelopment. And to answer your first question, no, the iconic Italian theme The Venetian is synonymous with not leave. “We are a themed hotel and we will always be a themed hotel,” notes Nichols. “It sets us apart, but the Italy of the 90s that The Venetian is inspired by has evolved. If we are able to lean into this through the spirit of Italy and discovery, we are not going to look like another hotel that has refreshed its rooms.
The first Israeli restaurant concept in Las Vegas
As for the timing, shares Nichols, “there are already construction walls in the Palazzo where we started on the spaces.” Two of these spaces will be chef Eyal Shani’s first Israeli dining concepts in the city. The first will be Miznon which opens later this year, a fast-paced, laid-back concept that has garnered a cult following around the world, especially in metropolitan destinations like Tel Aviv, Paris, New York and Singapore.
In the spring of 2023, Shani will launch HaSalon. Those familiar with the HaSalon outposts of Tel Aviv, New York and Ibiza know to expect a friendly affair. In these markets, the weekend-only restaurant puts food at the center of the party. Think: signature tomato carpaccio, clean Mediterranean proteins, and spectacular presentations with pyrotechnics and the like. As the evening progresses, metal grilles will come down to prevent passers-by from seeing the room transform into an all-out bacchanalia.
The entertainment offer at the Venetian will be increased
Much of the idea to bring Miznon and HaSalon to Las Vegas came from the property’s chief content officer, Michael Gruber. A big part of Gruber’s expansion strategy is to expand entertainment offerings at The Venetian. Historically, “the property has produced 70 to 110 shows a year for the past five years,” says Gruber. This will increase to 700 to 1,000 shows per year, per Gruber. And The Venetian will ramp up its offerings immediately, starting with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Freestyle Love Supreme,” which debuts Nov. 10 in one of the hotel’s four showrooms.
Before “Hamilton” and “In the Heights,” Miranda created this improv hip-hop production. Miranda told T+L, “Freestyle Love Supreme is the show that reminds audiences why live theater is so amazing. With two different representations, the energy inside the room is electric. He exclusively shared that he will actually be joining in for performances on November 16 and 17 at The Venetian.
The Venetian will have the largest spherical structures in the world
Beyond new entertainment at the hotel’s four theaters, The Venetian has partnered with Madison Square Garden Entertainment to build a $1.85 billion (INR 1.52.23 cr) MSG Sphere, set to open in time for the November 2024 FIA Formula One World Championship in Las Vegas. It is set to become one of the largest spherical structures in the world, seating up to 20,000 guests with an immersive 1,60,000 square foot display inside. Nichols thinks it will be “a category killer, a game-changing entertainment venue and a huge asset to The Venetian.” Our guests will be able to walk directly from the resort indoors to see an in-residence show or check out select attractions during the day.
Finally, expect the Palazzo’s pool to be renovated in the near future, the TAO Beach Dayclub to launch a weekly late night poolside party called Tides next summer, and an ultra-exclusive omakase room at 750 USD (INR 61,690) per person for its Wakuda debut this fall.
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