As experts and armchair analysts continue to monitor construction activity between Wynn/Encore and Stratosphere, the opposite end of the Strip has quietly grown into its own. Boasting a variety of intriguing restaurants, world-class shopping and elaborate resorts, the south Strip is beckoning you to discover its charms.
Venture past the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign and you'll find wonderful Town Square Shopping Center. This 100-acre shopping/dining/entertainment complex is modeled after the charming downtown districts of yesteryear. Block after block of pedestrian-friendly streets surround a central "park" that hosts events, concerts and an annual "Town Scary" trick-or-treat.
Popular fun spots like Stoney's Rockin' Country, AMC Theaters, Gameworks and Miller's Ale House compete with Brio Tuscan Grille, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Texas de Brazil for your attention. Then of course are shops like Tommy Bahama, H&M and Banana Republic.
Just beyond Town Square is Tahiti Village Resort and Spa. This richly themed, island-style paradise boasts all-suite lodging, a family-friendly atmosphere and lush tropical amenities. The one-acre sandy beach pool is heated to 80 degrees in the off-season and surrounded by a 1/8th mile lazy river and four waterfalls.
During the summer, outdoor luaus feature live entertainment and authentic island feasts. Year round dining is available at 17 Degrees South Booze and Bites. The Manana Spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation services utilizing Fiji brand water-based products that will have you feeling like you've vacationed on a lush beach.
Just beyond Tahiti Village, Las Vegas South Premium Outlets are a shopper's dream. Packed with everything you could want including, a bevy of popular restaurants, the South Outlets have a distinct advantage over their downtown sister property: free unlimited parking.
All of this commercial growth on the south Strip has spurred a surge in home sales. The dual-tower ONE luxury condominium complex is currently the fastest-selling collection of condos in the city. Just across the interstate, Silverton Hotel Casino recently added The Berkley, an extravagant 18-story condo-hotel for those who want to be near the Vegas excitement – without having to walk through a casino to get to their living spaces.
Like Tahiti Village, the heavily-stylized Cancun Resort offers the type of atmosphere that was scrubbed away from Luxor and other Strip hotels long ago. With an enormous Mayan pyramid as its centerpiece, Cancun Resort is big on outdoor activities with pools, water slides and an extensive indoor fitness facility. Cancun Resort is non-smoking, gaming-free and suitable for all ages.
Those desiring more "adult" fun need look no further than South Point Casino Hotel. This massive complex has literally everything that its central-Strip counterparts have, except for the lofty prices. Over 2,100 oversized rooms and suites spread out over three towers promise luxury accommodations, great views and impressive amenities.
The sprawling South Point casino floor offers roughly 2,400 slot machines and 60 table games. The 400-seat showroom recently presented the return of Vegas entertainment icon Frankie Scinta for a new residency. There's also a 64-lane bowling complex, 16-screen movie theater, retro-chic Grandview Lounge, a dozen restaurants and a spa.
South Point's massive arena, indoor equestrian center and convention facilities are well-known to TV viewers and sports fans. The 2018 Fitness America Weekend is scheduled for this month, and annual National Finals Rodeo holds events at South Point every December.
For those who crave the ultimate in Sin City luxury, our final stop on the south Strip is the towering M Resort Spa & Casino. Opened in 2009, the M Resort packs 92,000 square feet of gaming space and 390 hotel rooms into a sleek blue edifice.
As modern as M's architecture is on the outside, its interior rivals anything you'll find at Aria or Cosmopolitan. A winning combination of outstanding service and superior design, M Resort Spa & Casino is considered one of the best hotels in the world. It has consistently been awarded Forbes Travel Guide's four-star rating every year since opening.
So instead of waiting for long-delayed Resorts World and The Drew (formerly Fontainebleau) to open on the north Strip, head down south and experience a new frontier that's already waiting for you.