by Alex Palmer | July 28, 2015
The beginning of work on the Genting Group's Resorts World Las Vegas property may help to transform the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, but the south end is also seeing its share of changes. From new restaurants to wholly redeveloped properties, the south end is sizzling.

The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas is expanding its offerings quickly. After being acquired by private equity firm Blackstone last year, plans are in the works to complete the top four floors of the East Tower and enhance public spaces. Last month, the hotel announced it would open a Vegas outpost of the hip New York City restaurant Beauty & Essex in 2016, adding to the property's group-friendly venues. They include the 40,000-square-foot performing and event space The Chelsea, ideal for large-scale incentive groups, which opened at the end of 2013.

Penn National Gaming Inc. announced in May that it would buy the Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort. The property just completed a $200-million renovation, including the revitalization of guest rooms and improvements to the ballroom, meeting space, performance theater, and entertainment areas. Penn also announced further plans for revitalization, including a $20-million upgrade to facilities and the addition of new retail space and food-and-beverage options.

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has embarked on a $100-million room renovation project that will see more than 3,000 rooms and suites redone in a bright, vibrant color palate and modern furnishings. Rooms will be divided into three groups: Resort Collection rooms, Suite Collection one- and two-bedroom suits, and Luxury Collection one- through four-bedroom suites. The Suite Collection's new look will feature multiple seating and dining areas suitable for meetings or networking events. The remodel will run through spring 2016.

Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will begin a room design refresh this summer, renewing surfaces and adding custom 507-thread count, 100 percent Egyptian cotton bed linens in every room and Tower Suite, as well as custom Molton Brown bath and skincare products, 55-inch 4K TVs, and USB and mobile charging ports on desks and bedside tables.

The AAA Five-Diamond Bellagio recently wrapped up the remodel of 403 suites in the main tower, marking the end of a five-year, $165-million remodel of all 3,933 rooms and suites in the luxury property.

The 1,117-suite Delano Las Vegas opened its new Delano Beach Club in May. Adjacent to the larger Mandalay Bay Beach Club (which Delano guests have access to), the South Beach-inspired pool has a white color scheme with teal accents and features 16 cabanas, as well as a wet deck with an oversize chess board.

Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas also recently unveiled the upscale Sky Pool, offering personalized services like a private guest entrance and complimentary beverages, ideal for incentive groups.

Already known as a culinary capital, Vegas is not satisfied to sit on its laurels, and the south end of the Strip is seeing a number of new restaurant openings in the coming months. Notable among these is Carbone, New York's celebrated Italian-American eatery, which will be opening at the Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas this fall, offering up a bit of showmanship with favorites like the chicken scarpariello and veal parmesan. It joins the recently BARDOT Brasserie from James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina, inspired by Parisian café culture.