I have stayed in a number of Las Vegas hotels and casinos over the years, but I was surprised to discover this quaint little gem nestled away on the south of Sunrise mountain.
The Ravella is a secluded lakefront retreat--with emphasis on secluded! After driving off into the foothills away from the Las Vegas city lights, we wound our way into an elegant development that betrayed a mix of unfinished ambition and economic neglect. It is obvious a lot of money was spent on these developments and resorts, but the economic downturn has hit this Mediterranean-inspired resort hard even before it was completed.
We booked a Valentine's Day get-a-way and found a beautifully relaxing environment, with boutiques (a few were closed up), Italian gardens, ornate bridges, vine-covered balconies, and romantic trellises on the rough and rocky shores of Lake Las Vegas. If you want the typical, cliche-what-happens-in-Vegas-stays-in-Vegas night life, the Ravella is not for you. Despite our surprise at finding the place somewhat less populated than we had expected, we were not disappointed with our stay. We felt like we had the place almost all to ourselves -- which was what we were after.
Without hesitation, I will say this place has a lot of character! As we wandered around "The Village" shops, we were greeted by very helpful and friendly staff. One very understanding shop attendant, who fully empathized with our being unaccustomed to the flavor of the tap water, offered us shots of tequila instead!
We walked around the grounds, along the lake shore, into areas that were "under construction", enjoyed the roar of the water cascading over the falls, and explored the reception areas that were used for some very elaborate weddings.
We took a brief adventure out onto the lake in a pedal boat, then checked out the pool and private beach complete with pristine sand and ducks (or mud-hens?), and enjoyed beautiful lake and mountain views!
The room was spacious, with marble baths, separate showers and tubs, and comfy beds topped with down pillows and European linens. The layout of the hotel is a bit maze-like, with little corners and turns in the passage-ways... but you get used to that in short order. We did find it a bit annoying that the fitness center was located across the parking lot/round-a-bout in a separate building. Even in the desert, an early morning sprint across the cul-de-sac can be a bit nippy!
Of the sparsely-populated bars and restaurants we visited, the one that stands out is Bernard’s Bistro. Versailles-born Chef Bernard Tordjman's "California-French" cuisine in the spirit of Titanic is spectacular! The outdoor dining patio provided the perfect atmosphere for several lovely brunches and dinners. The place has the look and feel of a French café, decorated with Paris road signs and landmarks, surrounded by rich, dark wood grains. Tordjman can frequently be found chatting with guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Mediterranean-inspired oasis in the Southwestern desert, Lake Las Vegas infuses a dramatic setting with unimaginable luxury. Ideal for professional retreats, family vacations, and romantic getaways, this spectacular resort entices travelers from across the globe with world-class golf, soothing spa treatments, and unforgettable cuisine. Located in the heart of beautiful MonteLago Village, dining and activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ravella At Lake Las Vegas Hotel Henderson
- Ritz Carlton Henderson
- Ritz Henderson
- Henderson Ritz-Carlton