Las Vegas Opening: Heraea

A nod to the Greek goddess Hera, for whom the Heraean Games (the first women’s Olympic competition) were named, The Palms‘ new Heraea has a similar revolutionary intent: to give the fairer sex a place of their own to cheer on their favorite teams, with high tech screens for taking in the action. Yet with chic interiors, appropriately, by Seed Design, this latest hotspot from those bringers of unrepentant glamour The One Group forswears the usual dude-appropriate style elements of typical sports bars. Instead, it’s all tufted banquettes, warm woods, moody lighting and a prevailing sexy lounge vibe–poolside seating included.

There’s nothing precious or delicate about the menu, though. Rather, it’s sturdy American fare just slightly downsized for female appetites. To wit, the rotisserie half chicken, the petite filet mignon, the lIttle Kobe burgers, as well as a daily chef’s fish creation. Unapologetically feminine house cocktails include the Thessela, a mix of Lillet Blanc, fresh lime juice, muddled watermelon, sage and Prosecco. Private dining rooms also flaunt goddess titles like Aphrodite and Athena.

[Related: BlackBook Guides Listings for The Palms and Heraea; BlackBook Las Vegas Guide]

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: To Dance

Headliners of all stripes and styles are seizing the moment to take stages all around town, and that includes several major hotel performances. Whether they’re opening a hot new nightclub or just partying with old friends, musicians all over the city want to make it a night to remember.

At the Cosmopolitan, the legendary Stevie Wonder is kicking off 2012 at the Chelsea, while a potential heir to the piano crooner throne John Legend will be onstage at The Pearl at the Palms, followed by an afterparty at Moon. Also on piano, Bruno Mars is playing The Bank at the Bellagio, while Chris Brown’s show at Pure at Caesar’s Palace will be set to the backdrop of the Strip’s fireworks show. And throwback alert: Vanessa Williams will be taking the stage at the Riviera, performing her favorite old R&B hits.

The rockers of Guns N’ Roses are finishing off their farewell tour with a two and a half hour set at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel—singer/rapper Drake will kick off 2012 with a performance the following day. If you like your rock a little more alt, Franky Perez is playing a set at Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock Hotel; their other venues are hosting DJ BKNY at Lucky Bar, and Latin dance group Toto Zara at Onyx. Turntables more your speed? Steve Angello (the house DJ and one-third of DJ trio Swedish House Mafia will be spinning all night at XS Nightclub at Encore. And if “Party Rock” is your anthem of the year, LMFAO is coming to Haze at Aria for the midnight show.

In clubland, House of Blues at Mandalay Bay goes punk for the evening, with performances by Old Man Markley and NOFX, while producer and rapper B.o.B. takes over LAX at the Luxor. Poptart Fergie opens up the new outpost of 1OAK at the Mirage, while bandmate is spinning at Surrender at Encore with DJ Ammo. And for one of the biggest tickets of the night, R&B goddess Mary J. Blige opens RPM Nightclub at the Tropicana. Many VIP packages have already sold out, but the hotels are planning on making these concerts a party—even the cheap seats are sure to come along with a good time.

If you haven’t had enough (or, let’s face it, are still up the next day) dance out your hangover at Hyde, the new club opening at the Bellagio at 5pm on Jan. 1 with DJ88 spinning, snacks from Circo, and a special show by DJ Paul Oakenfold.

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve: To Drink

You may have noticed a significant omission in our last New Year’s Eve story—after all, how could we write a party round-up without including one of the biggest party cities of them all? But that’s only because what’s planned in Las Vegas for 2012 is so big, it required its own day. Herewith, our guide to the best of New Year’s Eve festivities in the hotels on the strip:

For a straight up club experience, the Spectacular Spectacular at The Palms sounds like it will be just that, with Paul Oakenfold playing at Rain, the John Legend afterparty (more on that later) at Moon, Miss Nevada USA hosting at Ghostbar, and a horde of Playboy bunnies taking over the Playboy Club. Naturally we’d suggest the VIP pass, for unlimited access to a selection of top-shelf liquor from 10pm to 1am at all the venues. At the Venetian and Palazzo, there’s a similarly comprehensive situation, with their five combined bars hosting Midnight Mix from 10pm to 2am, while DJ Sam Ronson spins on the terrace at Lavo, in the Palazzo, from 9pm to midnight, finishing up with a major fireworks display.

For a loungey experience, the heavenly bodies of Cirque du Soleil will be lighting up the room at Gold Lounge at the Aria Hotel, while the heavenly bodies of the Kardashian siblings will be spread around town, hosting (for better or worse) what are sure to be hot tickets: Kim at Tao at the Venetian, Kourtney and Scott at Chateau Gardens at Paris Las Vegas, and Rob at Tryst at the Wynn. And make room for some nostalgia: Pamela Anderson will host at Studio 54 at the MGM Grand, a big goodbye bash at the 14 –year-old venue, which will be closing early next year, while starlet Taryn Manning will be hosting at Tabu with DJ Kid Jay.

Stay tuned for our guide to Las Vegas’ most lavish eateries, up next…

Handmade Decadence & Vintage Super Soakers at Urban Oasis The Palms

In the lobby at The Palms, there are five Super Soakers in a glass display case. “We had to source each of the Super Soakers individually,” I was told by merchandise manager Jeffrey Opdyke. “I mean, these things are rare on eBay. I wanted to really represent the classic aesthetic.” This attention to detail is evident all over the new indoor/outdoor pool, bar, and pop-up shop from 3rd Ward and a handful of other New York-based arts and events companies. The paint inside The Palms is the perfect shade of white and yellow, in stripes of an ideal width. The pools are pristine. The food is quality. The drink selection is enviable. Everything in the tiny shop is interesting, from the current issue of Spanish design bible Apartmento, to the miniature rubber duckies, and of course, to those Super Soakers, which sell for $55 each.

The Palms is not oppressively perfect, not a “Oh god, is my shirt nice enough to be here?” kind of place. It’s perfect is exciting, liberating even. It inspires total trust in the masterminds behind this month-long celebration of summer in a reclaimed parking lot in Queens. Everything you touch, whether it’s a chilled bottle of prosecco, a lobster roll, or the bottom of a dumpster, which house the swimming water, is just as you’d want it to be. So why not touch everything? The Palms claims to be an “ode to the Boca Raton of a bygone era,” but what it conjures in less specifically-minded visitors is a mix of mid-century vacation destinations filtered through a DIY lens: Ocean’s 11 and Don Draper’s fateful trip to LA as interpreted by Michel Gondry. The interior of the space—a reclaimed bank, the vault now full of designer T-shirts and reasonably priced sunglasses perching on safety deposit boxes—is the kind of perfect that seems imported from another outer borough, Brooklyn. There’s not a hair out of place.

The outside, though, is where the real action is. Deck chairs are arranged in a semi-circle around a ping-pong table. There are squares of astroturf for lounging on as you nibble lobster rolls from the Red Hook Lobster Pound or tacos from Mexicue (available on different weeks), or have your photo taken by nightlife photographers. Then, of course, there are the pools, which are, from a certain angle, perfect. Stand in one of them, and all you can see are beautiful people lounging half-naked, giggling, and kissing under oversized Christmas lights, as rented lifeguards shoo away anyone who tries to bring a drink onto the deck (something that’s strictly forbidden). You can feel lush foam padding under your feet, listen to the hum of the filters (yes, the water is filtered), and just exhale in a profound way New Yorkers rarely get to do without a trip to the Catskills. Walk down the wooden stairs towards the striped changing tents on one side of the DJ booth, and the illusion unravels a bit. That deck is just a series of 2x4s cobbled together and suspended improbably high in the air—you can walk right underneath it, in fact. The pools, as has been widely advertised, are just steel containers of various sizes, although calling these retro-fitted steel receptacles “dumpsters,” while technically accurate, seems a tad misleading.

To me, though, this makes the whole thing immensely more charming. The visible seams of The Palms put it in the finest Andy Hardy “Let’s put on a show” tradition. It’s DIY luxury, homemade decadence. It’s also a fucking blast, even though most of the crowd is a little more attention-seeking and Eurodisco than I normally like, and, as a vegetarian, I can’t partake in the lobster rolls. (And yet, I didn’t have the best abs in the room.) Still, it’s impossible not to be dazzled.

So, get there early, buy a soju cocktail, or smuggle in some weed — as my nose told me more than one person had — and enjoy yourself. That’s what it’s there for.

All Photography by Karen M Plemons

14 Sexy Penthouses Around the World

For that desirable combination of unbeatable luxury and city access, you can’t top the penthouse. What better way to enjoy panoramic skyline views, concierge service, and lush interiors fit for a mansion? From the retro chic to the ultra modern, from bustling metropolises to the serene tropics, we’ve compiled a list of some of the sexiest penthouses in the world.

1. Presidential Suite, Intercontinental, Hong Kong: One of Asia’s most spectacular penthouses, this 7,000-square-foot dream space boasts five luxurious bedrooms, a 2,500-square-foot terrace with an infinity swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong, and all-glass walls that enable you to enjoy the skyline no matter where you’re sitting. For the detail-oriented, the bathroom sinks were carved from single slabs of Fujian marble and the television cabinet is solid mother-of-pearl. Sure, it’s $11,215 per night. But it could be money well spent for one hell of a swank party.


2. Skylofts, MGM Grand, Las Vegas: The 6,040-square-foot Skylofts in MGM Grand, designed by world-renowned architect and designer Tony Chi, are bringing some much-deserved attention to this classic Vegas hotel. For $10,000 a night, you can bask in the sleek, ultra-modern bachelor pad, and enjoy an unbeatable view of the Vegas skyline. Before you retreat to one of the three decked-out bedrooms, check out the Infinity Edge spa tub with “champagne bubbles” technology and the capacious “immersion chamber” steam shower.


3. Royal Suite, The Carlyle, New York City: This classic, elegant duplex, designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, captures the essence of New York style for about $6,000 a night. The original hardwood floors, luxurious fabrics, inspiring artwork, and Steinway piano will place you at the pinnacle of city sophistication. Don’t forget to admire the city that never sleeps with an inimitable view of Central Park and that famously picturesque NYC skyline.


4. Apogee Penthouse, Miami: As its name suggests, Apogee is the self-proclaimed top dog of Miami penthouses. The 6,583-square-foot space lets you to enjoy all the splendor of the Miami sunshine with over 11,000 square feet of outdoor living space. If you are even a little deterred by the $22 million price tag, check out the private pool on the roof, with its 360-degree view of South Beach.


5. Perivolas Suite, Perivolas, Santorini, Greece: You’ve probably never seen anything like this before. The 1,500-square-foot Grecian grotto is nestled cozily in the cliffs of Santorini. Featuring sleek white-washed walls and arched interiors, this cavernous hideaway exudes Mediterranean elegance. Don’t be fooled by the idyllic decor, though. This $1,586-a-night pad is stocked with fine amenities: the steam room, hydrotherapy massage tub, and indoor-outdoor swimming pool should be more than enough to keep you busy.


6. One Hyde Park Penthouse, London: This penthouse has yet to be completed, but it’s already one of the sexiest in the world. In fact, at 100 million pounds, the One Hyde Park penthouse, slated for completion later this year, is the most expensive in the world. The coveted property will boast bullet-proof windows, purified air systems and…panic rooms? Here’s to hoping you don’t need to spend much time in those on your honeymoon. Instead, be sure to stop by the communal spas, squash courts and private wine-tasting facilities. And just who can afford this record-breaking price tag? Why, the A-list stars, oil barons, Saudi princes, and Russian oligarchs who have already claimed their own One Hyde Park flats, of course.


7. Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, The Palms, Las Vegas: Anything with Hefner’s name on it is sexy (with the exception of…Hugh Hefner) and his one-of-a-kind penthouse fits the bill. What could be more Playboy than relaxing in an outdoor, cantilevered hot tub overlooking the Vegas strip? In addition to amenities like a media room, gym with sauna, and a spa-style treatment room, the Sky Villa features a glass elevator, a huge show tub, pop-up plasma TV, sunbathing areas, and, of course, a round, rotating bed. If ever there were a proper place to charm the pants off a damsel to the tune of $40,000 a night, Vegas is it.


8. Penthouse Suite, Cavalieri Hilton, Rome: If you’re tired of gazing at skyscrapers, check out this penthouse in Rome, where you can bask in the glory of St. Peter’s Basilica from the comfort of your own rooftop hot tub. Don’t forget to consummate the evening with a visit to the custom-stocked cigar humidor and wine cellar. And if security is of concern, take solace in the fact that this 7,000-square-foot luxury fortress features bulletproof glass and an elaborate fleet of surveillance cameras. For $8,998 a night, you can soak in all the beauty that old Rome has to offer—with nary a worry of a gladiator ambush.


9. The Gray, Milan: This unforgettable penthouse embodies all the lively eccentricities of a Milan fashion show. The lobby greets you with a pink velvet objet d’art (too bad they didn’t include one in the suite), the rooms are decked out in ostrich leather and crocodile, beds are suspended from the ceiling, and one of the staircases consists of cantilevered platforms rising up the wall. At 450 square feet, this penthouse may not be the largest of its kind, but you’d be hard-pressed to find an even remotely similar experience elsewhere. Oh, and at “only” $1,000 a night, it’s the most affordable penthouse on this list.


10. Luxuria Penthouse, Boca Raton, Florida: For $12.5 million, you can enjoy the Boca Raton coastline in style. Even before you enter the suite, the lobby showcases twin golden staircases and a floor-to-ceiling water wall. For the penthouse that already has everything you need, you’ll have access to a 24-hour valet service and on-site concierge. And, to keep you and your belongings safe, the penthouse boasts a state-of-the-art security system with thumb-print recognition and resident-only lobbies.


11. Endeavor Penthouse, Seabrook, Texas: The $3.6 million Endeavor Penthouse combines the comfort and security of indoor space with the charms of an outdoor setting. Make sure you check out the 500-square-foot balcony and the 1,200-square-foot rooftop terrace, where you can bask in the breeze while overlooking the still waters of Clear Lake. This majestic lake isn’t the only perk for water lovers: the space features features a hot tub, an infinity pool, and a resistance pool for fitness enthusiasts.


12. Penthouse Suite, Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach: This classic penthouse personifies the suave sophistication of 1940s noir. Built in 1940 and overhauled in 2002, the Penthouse Suite at the Raleigh features an attractive combination of modern and retro tastes: low-slung sofas and floor-to-ceiling windows complement the nostalgia of the wood-paneled bar downstairs. Though it’s easy to get lost in the charm of the interiors, 2,000 square feet of this 6,000-square-foot beauty are devoted to the terrace, where a pool overlooks Miami Beach. The price tag, however, is anything but retro: $5K a night.


13. 2999 Kalakaua ave Penthouse, Honolulu, Hawaii: At $5.2 million, you can luxuriously soak in all the natural splendor—crystal-clear waters, verdant vegetation, blue skies—that Hawaii has to offer. This penthouse is renowned for its panoramic views of the surrounding tropical paradise. Newly renovated, the 3,445-square-foot space overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head State Monument. A uniquely Hawaiian spectacle.


14.Central Park West Penthouse, New York City: We all know that living in New York is not cheap, but in this case, you may just get what your $47.5 million pays for. This lavish penthouse features 14-foot ceilings and over 5,200 square feet of space, not to mention a stellar view of Central Park. And what’s a lofty price tag without some sort of bonus? In addition to the penthouse, you’ll get a 1,222-square-foot ground-floor suite with private street access.


Lady Gaga Partners With Vegas, Everything Is Right With the World

Finally, someone is taking Lady Gaga to Vegas!

The Palms has licensed Lady G’s hit song “Poker Face” as the background (and let’s face it, the real star) of their latest commercial hawking the good times in Las Vegas. This commercial is heavy on the ladies and the fun, light on dudes and actual poker, but we all know that where there are ladies shaking their asses in bikinis, the dudes can’t be far behind. To really nail the connection down, Lady Gaga herself will be performing to sold-out crowds at The Palms on the 17th and 18th.

Keeping Up with Paul Oakenfold

Paul Oakenfold could make anyone shake their booty. The world-class DJ and producer has been at it for almost 20 years, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. In fact, he’s busier and busier. This month, he released Perfecto Vegas — which includes a double CD of 21 exclusive tracks — to commemorate the success of his residency at The Palms casino in Las Vegas. Perfecto Vegas is just one aspect of his recent body of work. Over the past year, he scored British film The Heavy, worked in the studio on Jerry Bruckheimer’s new film G-Force, and he’s on this “little” ride with that woman they call “M.” Take a guess who? That would be Madonna — Oakenfold is currently DJing on her “Sticky & Sweet” global tour. Madonna also asked him to produce her latest single, “Celebration,” slated to come out August 3. Fortunately, I was able to catch up with Oakenfold in Oslo, Norway — one of his tour stops with Madge — and have a quick chat.

Tell me about Perfecto Vegas. The Perfecto CD represents my residency at The Palms in Las Vegas, which I’m really proud of. We’ve worked extremely hard as a venue, as a club, especially in this time which is tough for everyone. It’s been a big team effort. We have a lot of performance art in the club — we certainly gave Vegas something they’ve never experienced. We have around 3,000 people on a Saturday night, and we’re going to step it up and go into the second year through 2010. I’m very very happy and wanted to put out this CD that represented what we do — more the underground side of what we do — to give people a taste and an idea. Even down to looking at the artwork on the CD, they can see pictures of the club. They can go online to my website or to the club’s website and see photos there as well.

What’s going on with your upcoming original studio album, Pop Killer? That’s kind of a working title — there’s nothing official for the record right now. I’ve done a bunch of recordings with some new artists and some artists that you’re familiar with in terms of their names. That release will probably be toward next year. I’ve been road-testing some of the tracks: I did a track with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, one with Ryan Tedder (who’s the lead singer of One Republic) and one with an underground band called Infected Mushrooms. It’s been going well. Hopefully, once it’s finished people will dig it.

You have so much going on — how do you balance everything? Realistically, it’s what you choose and what you do which are the most important things. Sometimes it just all comes out all at once. Like right now, I’m on Madonna’s tour DJing, I produced her new single, I worked in the studio on Jerry Bruckheimer’s G-Force — and well, they’re all out and going on at the same time. So it seems like it’s a lot, but if you look into it, I did the Madonna record in May, I’ve been doing the Bruckheimer thing for awhile, so everything is clear and done. And then the Madonna tour — that’s the only thing I’m focusing on right now — I’m only DJing. There’s only one thing. It just seems like there’s a lot more at once. For instance, I scored The Heavy back in December, and it’s going to come out this September. If your time is organized well, you can do everything, and I have a great team who helps me.

How’s Madonna’s global tour been treating you? The show as you can imagine have been going really really well. My sets are a lot different. Obviously I’m warming up for “M” — it’s a lot more commercial and focused. I’m getting the crowd going and ready for the big act. We did a show yesterday for Madonna. Tonight I’m going to play my own underground show to 1,000 people — last night, at Madonna’s show, was 55,000 people.

55,000 people!? Yes, 55,000 people. I’m very lucky because I get to play both kinds of music — the commercial and the underground tracks. It’s quite daunting when you walk in front of that amount of people. Back in December while in Brazil, it was like 95,000 people. You just channel your energy and focus on what you’re doing, and it can be great.

Tell me about Madonna’s new single you produced. The new single I produced is called “Celebration” — it’s cutting edge in terms of instrumentation and also brings back some of the old flavor in terms of Madonna with “Lucky Star” and “Holiday,” with melody and song. It’s that kind of vibe. The whole idea is for people to go out, have a good time, and enjoy themselves in a time that’s difficult for all of us. Try to put a smile on people’s faces in a time when they need it. Hopefully, you’ll dance around your room, sing in the mirror, and smile at the end of it.

Didn’t you recently debut the single? I was very lucky because Madonna and Warner Bros. allowed me to play and debut it in Ibiza as the last record of the night at Pacha, which was the perfect setting to hear the new Madonna song. It’s uplifting, clubby, and very strong in terms of a melodic feel. It’s a “Celebration” — come enjoy yourself. It was a perfect place to have the world premier last Friday night.

Celebrating Our First Man On The Moon: A Vegas Party Spot, Vintage Shirts, Unearthed Audio

Forty years ago today, America landed on the moon. It was awesome. Fourty years later: it’s still awesome. How’re we gonna celebrate this historic occasion in human exploration? By getting drunk in Vegas, dressing for the occasion, and watching the BlackBook Exclusive *real* footage that was never previously released.

Partying: If there’s one appropriate place to be tonight, it’s the Moon. Or rather, Moon, in Vegas, at The Palms. It’s at the top of the hotel, above the Playboy Club—where the view’s pretty good—but gets better once you step in, where a retractable roof, a patio that looks over the Strip, a glowing dance floor, and a location where George Clooney picked up his last girlfriend sits pretty. Worth whatever you have to do to get in, it’ll be a great time, tonight.


Commemorative Fashion: Okay, so maybe you shouldn’t wear this tonight—you’ll be like the guy who wears the band t-shirt to the band’s concert, and you should never be that guy—but HOMAGE, a T-Shirt company that boldly proclaims to “turn back the clock with shout outs to eclectic moments and personalities,” put together a pretty awesome Buzz Aldrin shirt, pictured below. The HOMAGE shirts are butter-soft, are perfect fits (not too big, not too tight), and get lots of looks. I would know, I bought their JCC Basketball last September, and it’s still in every laundry cycle, and it’s awesome, bright blue has faded just enough to look believably vintage. I still get asked about it. Pretend you were there when it happened and blow $40. Just don’t try to pass it off as authentic, craterface. Not cool.


Googling: You can pretend to be an Astronaut, because Google turned their little Google Street Maps guy into one. Stupid, but strangely satisfying.


Secret Video: We promised, and we delivered. The conspiracy that we didn’t land on the moon is patently ridiculous. The real conspiracy, however, is that the audio used for the moon landing that was subsequently dubbed over for the American Public. We present it to you here, for the first time. The audio’s a little NSFW, but the truth is NSFH (Not Safe For History). The Truth Is Out There, people.

Top 12 Hotels for a Dirty Weekend

These are getaways for lovers — or lusters — only, without the family, just-good-friends, kids, laptops (lap dancing and clothing optional) or other encumbrances. Either you want to see and be seen, or you don’t. Whether you’re after an in-room Jacuzzi, couples massages, meals, or just a fireplace and a view, read on.

Pan Deï Palais (Côte d’Azur) – A princess’ historic palace turned boutique hotel in the heart of St. Tropez. With only 12 guestrooms, the palace is exclusively reserved for hotel guests — so unless the people you’re trying to avoid are staying there, you’re safe. Valmont treatment fit for a princess are available in guestrooms and spa. Also rans: Château de la Chèvre d’Or, L’Hôtel Du Cap – Eden Roc, La Réserve Ramatuelle.

Ritz-Carlton (Chicago) – The Ritz-Carlton (a Four Seasons Hotel which makes it a double whammy) has a special weekend suite. After drinks in their Greenhouse, and couples massage in the Kiva Spa (or in-room), have sushi delivered from Kamahachi on Wells Street for a sultry beginning to a long weekend. Also rans: Trump International Hotel & Tower, The Drake Hotel, The James Chicago.

The Address (Dubai) – Possibly the only example of design restraint anywhere in this town, but never fear — you can still glance out the window at the world’s tallest building across the lagoon. The eight bars and restaurants serve high-class eclectic without the gold-foil-sushi trytoohardy madness found elsewhere. Spa Suites probably the most hip yet peaceful hotel accommodation in the Emirates. Also rans: One & Only Royal Mirage, Burj Al Arab.

Hilton Baltimore Convention Center (Baltimore) – Who, besides John Waters, is going to see you in Baltimore? Half the rooms and the fitness center face Camden Yards for sports fans. This big-box hotel actually feels a little homey, with works of local artists adorning public and private rooms, blueberry pancakes delivered by room service, and in-room pampering from Spa Sante. Their beds can, quite literally, put you to sleep — if you‘re not careful. Also ran: Admiral Fell Inn.

Sunset Marquis (Los Angeles) – Granddaddy of all the rock ‘n roll hotels meanders over an entire city block. Much has changed since Flea jumped for the swimming pool — and missed. The hotel bought all of the surrounding houses and turned them into villas, complete with swimming pools, Jacuzzis, and gardens combined for an in-town oasis. Try the one Keith Richards uses, complete with a gym they built for him (no kidding).You’re lucky if the waiter can find you, much less an angry spouse. Also rans: The Charlie, Andaz West Hollywood, Hotel Bel-Air, Chateau Marmont.

The Palms (Las Vegas) – The Fantasy tower is filled with one-of-a-kind suites with names like Erotic Suite, the Hugh Heffner Villa, the Barbie Suite, the Hardwood Suite — you get the picture Also rans: Four Seasons Hotel, Wynn Las Vegas, Red Rock Resort Casino Spa.

The Mayfair (London) – The Suite Seduction weekend package includes intimacy enhancers by Agent Provocateur (e.g. a paddle whip), champagne, Jo Malone essences, late checkout, chocolate-covered strawberries, unlimited internet service, music, movies, and chauffeured pickup from the airports (for an extra charge of £180 pounds), beginning at £1,500 for the Schiaperelli suite, the Opium suite, or one of ten others. Also rans: The Dorchester, Brown’s Hotel.

The Tides (Miami) – Redesigned by Kelly Wearstler, the hotel features just 45 suites, each with a view of the ocean. Intimate cocktails are available in the lobby — or in your suites — as is cuisine from La Marea’s chef Gonzalo Rivera. Also rans: Fontainebleau Miami Beach, The Standard, Mondrian Miami, Viceroy Miami.

Hotel Opus (Montreal) – Boutique hotel with modern design in an original avant-garde structure built in 1914 in the historic setting of downtown Montreal. Early art nouveau outside with an interior curving staircase by architect Dan Hanganu; a hot-hot-hot spot with Koko Restaurant and Bar featuring Pan-Asian cuisine. Minimalist guest rooms are nevertheless luxurious. Also rans: Hotel Le-St-James.

Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière (Paris) – One of those discreet lovers’ magnets: silk linens, personal butlers, huge mirrors that turn into televisions (there are even tellys above the Jacuzzi bathtubs). “Paris by Night” package includes welcoming caviar and champagne, intimate breakfast each morning, champagne dinner at Le Diane restaurant, and transport to and from the airport at 1,599€ nightly with a two-night minimum stay. If you actually want to be seen, the “Paris C’est L’Amour” package takes couples on a photo shoot to duplicate Doisneau’s famous photograph “The Kiss” (Le Baiser, taken in 1950). Also rans: Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, Hôtel du Petit Moulin, Hôtel Plaza Athénée.

Sky Lodge (Park City) – Off the hook. Every room has a Japanese hot tub on the balcony, granite countertops, Subzero stainless kitchens, and a private bar and cocktail lounge for hotel guests only. Also ran: The Chateaux at Silver Lake.

The Mansion on O Street (Washington DC) – The most luxurious hideaway for a dirty weekend in this three-piece-suit city. Off DuPont Circle, everyone who stays there is so famous that nobody — but nobody– will notice you. No keys: each guest gets a code, and none can be reached by telephone unless the guest provides the caller with a room name, as in: the John Lennon room; the Log Cabin suite … Also rans: Mayflower, Hay Adams, The Willard.