Eiffel Tower Restaurant at the Paris Las Vegas

Guests are greeted on the ground level of the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower Replica by an engaging restaurant concierge who is quick to say that this restaurant is the best choice for French food in the sumptuous city. Visit the official website.

The glass elevator doors open on the 11th floor to the busy kitchen with kinetic chefs preparing classic French dishes. Chef Jean Joho prepares updated French classic seafood dishes, rack of lamb and beef Wellington which follow exquisite starters; the blue cheese soufflé nestled in greens and the fresh asparagus soup.

 It's not surprising that the restaurant was nominated for "Best Outstanding Restaurant" by the James Beard Foundation and Chef Joho was Bon Appetite's "Chef of the Year". While enjoying the gourmet meal100 feet above Las Vegas Boulevard, diners are treated to spectacular views of the Bellagio water fountain show. Our dinning table was snug against the window, allowing for unobstructed views of the water show and I was mesmerized by the large selection of souffle flavors.

Dessert soufflés are my favorite and I decided on pistachio - which exceeded my expectations. Visitors can sit at the bar and order a souffle until the restaurant closes, which was temping because I wanted to try the caramel one.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant Maldives

Ithaa Undersea might be one of the worlds most interesting restaurants, as you can see it is under water. Ithaa sits 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering customers a 180-degrees of panoramic underwater views. Ithaa Undersea is part of the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Enjoy the views of the reef and marine life while you sip champagne and sample Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine at this spectacular restaurant.  Dishes are inspired by local Maldivian foods using either local ingredients, flavors, methods of cooking or seasoning.   They say they are the world's first all-glass, undersea restaurant. Children are welcome for lunch, but dinner is 16yrs and older.

House Without A Key at the Halekulani Hotel

Halekulani Hotel Waikiki Sign

The Halekulani Hotel is one of the best resort hotels not just in Hawaii, but the world. It is often ranked at or near the top of the annual "best of" travel lists. So it's not surprising that one of the best oceanfront lounges, House Without a Key, would be located at the Halekulani Hotel.

I visited the House Without a Key last night and it featured classic Hawaiian music played outside by a three piece combo and accompanied by former Miss Hawaii's Kanoe Millera an excellent hula dancer. This is a must do / see spot. As we have many times over the years we visited this Waikiki landmark last night to enjoy the sunset, one that was sadly cloud covered, but the entertainment made up for the absent sunset. This experience is not unlike the sunset rituals that occur worldwide, like in Key West FL.

House Without a Key and Hula Dancer Kanoe Miller

The guest can sit at low cocktail tables, great for drinks and pu-pus (appetizers) or standard tables better suited for enjoying the light dinner menu.

If your planning a visit arrive early, it fills up fast. Call for times, right now the entertainment runs from 5:30-8:30. Dress is toward the higher end of resort casual. Drinks and food are a bit expensive, but it is worth it to enjoy this one-of-a kind experience known worldwide as Sunset At The House Without A Key.

Official House Without a Key Website - Halekulani Website

Note: The Halekulani also is home to two award winning restaurants, Orchids and LaMer. I've dined at both and they are excellent.

Inside Tip: If your considering a desert toward the end of the evening at House Without A Key you may want to consider something that is not on the menu... Ask your server if they could get you the manager. Ask the manager if it would be at all possible for you to have a souffle delivered from the nearby LeMer kitchen. This is very much outside the norm, sometimes the kitchen can't accommodate, but most times they can. Nothing beats soft music, gentle Hawaiian breezes, and a warm souffle.