Most visitors to Las Vegas end up in the center of the famous strip on Las Vegas Boulevard. Not everyone enjoys being in the middle of all that hustle and bustle for their entire stay; not to mention the hassle of having to tote luggage through a casino area to get to and from your room. Good thing there is a great off-strip lodging option for this growing segment of Las Vegas-bound travelers. These savvy travelers want something close to, but not in the middle of the madness of the strip. Tahiti Village is a perfect choice. Located just minutes from the airport, you arrive to this large oasis just south of all the action on the strip. Tahiti Village is a condo-hotel property but unlike many of these types of lodging they have an excellent check-in staff and support. Check-in is usually quick and friendly and before you know it you are in a large suite enjoying all the comforts of home. Since the multi-million dollar renovation of the guest suites you feel like you walked into a sparkling new condominium. Guests who want to cook while staying here have a well equipped kitchen with most anything you would need to prepare a homemade meal. Choose from three distinct suite options. The Bora Bora suite, with over 950 sq ft / 88.26 sq meters, will cost around 359 USD per night for a Friday and Saturday night stay in the middle of March, peak spring break season. Considering this suite easily sleeps four, it’s a good value. Prices will vary depending on your choice of room and dates.
All the comforts of home
The first thing guests see when entering is the gleaming kitchen. Counter tops in both the kitchen and the bathroom are made of high-grade decorative granite. With a full size oven, refrigerator and microwave you will be able to cook for four or more easily. The bathrooms are similar to those in much higher priced accommodations in the area. After a day of golfing or other local activities, unwind and clean up in your bathroom that features a steam shower, or stretch out in the jetted bathtub. The spacious living room beats a small hotel room any day. It has a sofa sleeper, table and chairs for four, entertainment center and a sliding glass door to a private balcony. Rooms on the north side of the building provide guests sweeping views of the strip and of the mountains west of Las Vegas from the room and private balcony. Part of the renovations included new brushed aluminum patio furniture by Woodard, making this a comfortable private spot to enjoy the view day or night.
Lots of amenities
Once you are checked in and unpacked it’s time to explore the onsite amenities. With free Wi-Fi, onsite activities, parking, a barbecue grill area, local phone calls, a fitness center and more, it’s easy to see why this is such a good value. Their pool, featuring a sandy beach and Lazy River in the center of the village, will transport guests to a tropical paradise, and some choose to spend the whole day here in this lush water world. Tahiti Village’s Lazy River is the second longest in all of Las Vegas, making it a perfect choice for all water lovers, especially families with children. Tube rentals are part of the free guest amenities. Adults and kids alike will enjoy the large jetted hot tub if the eighty-six degrees Fahrenheit / thirty degrees Celsius pool isn’t warm enough. A full service Tiki bar operates seasonally in the pool area serving cool libations perfect for hot Vegas days.
If you need to go shopping the Wiki Wiki store is onsite with snacks, magazines, books, beer, wine, apparel, a coffee bar and much more to save you a trip off-site.
Spa and restaurants
Also onsite you will find a tropics inspired Mahana Spa on the ninth floor, offering eight types of massage, and other spa treatments. Guests can choose add-on services like a scalp or foot massage if desired. Other popular treatments like facials, foot revitalization and anti-aging wraps await lucky spa visitors. The couple’s escape massage is a popular option “not just for a husband and wife but for mother and daughter or bridesmaids” according to the spa manager. At a price of 200 USD, it is quite reasonable, especially considering the attention to detail the spa exhibits. They use Pure Fiji body products for all massage and body services showing a commitment to quality at this off-strip resort. A full service restaurant/bar called 17° South is onsite for guests who don’t want to cook in their room. The menu features burgers, pizzas, soups, salads and more in a relaxed atmosphere. Next to the resort is a Denny’s that seems to be a hit with families for breakfast.
When it’s time to go to the strip or beyond, Tahiti Village provides ample, free shuttle-bus service. Two concierge desk locations, one in the lobby and one in the tower, are available for consulting with the experts on what to do in the area. Head to places like Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area using the free shuttle. The park is located on the outskirts of town and delivers a memorable day amongst prehistoric geology, desert wildlife and hiking trails. The shuttle also goes to Town Square shopping center and a grocery store shuttle runs for the convenience of guests. The Town Square also features a full-size Whole Foods grocery store with dozens of hot food ready-to-go meal options as well as produce and groceries. If you are going to the strip, the shuttle leaves on the half-hour throughout most of the day and night providing convenient transportation to and from the core of the Las Vegas strip.
Pros and cons
If there is any downside to Tahiti Village, it would be that it is close to the airport. I was not bothered by the sound of the incoming and outgoing aircrafts but some might be. The sound insulation is good, but you can hear the muffled sound of the jet engines occasionally depending on the location of your room. Otherwise, be assured this property delivers an excellent set of comfort and amenities to make it your new favorite lodging choice in Las Vegas. Be sure to pack your bathing suit and suntan lotion for one of the best visits ever to America’s favorite desert playground.