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This Iconic Las Vegas Hotel Just Launched Invitation-Only Suites — And We Got A Sneak Peek

It’s been 12 years since City Center debuted on the Las Vegas Strip. There’s no kitsch here and the theme is simply shameless luxury. And with a reported cost of $9.2 billion, the largest privately funded development in the United States, which has certainly been completed in City Center. From its LEED-certified buildings and The Shops at Crystals (which is arguably the fanciest emporium in the country), to a mix of residential and hotel offerings, the 76-acre campus is as impressive as it is massive. And even though a lot is going on, it’s Aria Resort & Casino which stands out.

Fudge treat, an amenity at Aria Sky Villa

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Aria has some of the most exciting culinary outlets in town, including Xiao Long Bao of Michelin-starred Taiwanese soup dumpling house Din Tai Fung and ever-instagrammable and spicy Carbone. Let’s not forget their 80,000 square feet, desert inspired spa, pool oasis and game offerings; this is Vegas after all. But while the building’s modern design still looks fresh for more than a decade, Las Vegas is a fiercely competitive market for more upscale guests. In this context, Aria has just completed a multi-year renovation of its VIP hotel within a hotel concept: Sky Suites.

Aria Sky Villa bathroom

Aria Sky Villa bathroom

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Aria Sky Villa Room

Aria Sky Villa Room

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These 442 penthouses have long been considered some of Las Vegas’ most coveted accommodations, but now they’re in even greater demand. The one- and two-bedroom Sky Suites range in size from 1,050 to 2,060 square feet and have been redesigned by Rottet Studio, which also recently refreshed the top suites at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago and Beverly Hills Hotel. For the studio, it was about “understanding the character and soul of the property,” according to a statement to Travel + Leisure. This has been achieved by maximizing views through the prism of sophisticated city living. Think: muted blues and silvers against richly textured woodgrains and stones with enough reflectivity to pop against view.

Aria Sky Suite Penthouse Room with Panoramic Views of the Las Vegas Strip

Aria Sky Suite Penthouse Room with Panoramic Views of the Las Vegas Strip

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Wide angle interior view of the Aria Sky Suite

Wide angle interior view of the Aria Sky Suite

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Aria Sky Suite Penthouse living room overlooking the Strip at night

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And while the hard product is certainly impressive, it’s the host of bespoke services that has secured the Sky Suites their elite status. All guests are driven from the airport to an enclosed play area before being escorted to a private lounge to complete check-in formalities. Here, there are free food and drink presentations throughout the day and dedicated 24-hour concierge teams to secure those tough last-minute reservations, tickets, and more.

Aria's Sky Villa living room and dining room

Aria’s Sky Villa living room and dining room

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For Aria’s top guests, however, there’s yet another level of accommodation: the Sky Villas at Aria, which sit atop the property. The first seven of these 2,000 to 7,000 square foot “residences” have undergone a chrysalis by KES Studio. The result is a ’70s-influenced vibe, with more saturated colors, unique seating, top-notch art, tricked-out bars, Art Deco-inspired bathrooms with waterfall steam showers and other high-tech equipment.

Sky Villas guests arrive in Rolls-Royce Phantoms and are greeted by champagne-laden butlers who take them straight to their accommodation. Naturally, the dining tables are adorned with welcome fruit, charcuterie boards and favorite libations – whether it’s a bottle of Opus One, Chateau Lafite or Macallen 25. Carry on and you’ll find a well-stocked bar, baths with your choice of Hermès, Bulgari or Creed products and Dyson hair dryer. Peckish ? Simply call your butler who will personally escort you to a prime table at any on-site restaurant. Naturally, there are also in-villa kitchens if you’d rather have a celebrity chef drop by to prepare a memorable meal. And while we can’t begin to describe all of their offerings, we’d be remiss to leave out their cigar cart. Here, a catador (cigar sommelier) will present a selection of impossible-to-find offerings, as well as custom cheroots made by a master torcedor exclusively for Aria.

Cigar Butler with Cigar Case at Aria Sky Villa

Cigar Butler with Cigar Case at Aria Sky Villa

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Ready to book? Sky Suites start at $1,100 midweek and $2,000 on weekends. While Sky Villas can normally be reserved by invitation, inquiries can be made by calling 877-580-2742 or visiting aria.com/skysuites.