Fantasy suites in Las Vegas

Palms Casino Resort's 7,000-square-foot Hugh Hefner Sky Villa Palms Casino Resort's 7,000-square-foot Hugh Hefner Sky Villa in Las Vegas, which costs $40,000 a night. Photo Credit: AP

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A 10,000-square-foot suite that includes a basketball half-court rents for $25,000 a night at Palms Casino Resort. At MGM Grand's Skylofts, you'll find a bathtub that fizzes with tiny champagne-like massage bubbles and TVs in the mirrors.

If you're worried about your mortgage and your job, such luxuries might sound downright obscene. But Las Vegas has always specialized in turning fantasy into reality - for a price.

WHAT YOU'LL FIND

Several Vegas hotels offer suites with futuristic amenities, audacious themes, enough room to hold a wedding along with the honeymoon and pricetags to match.

There are suites with massage and film screening rooms, 24-hour butler service and pools that seem to hover above the ground.

There's a suite at The Venetian that has its own gym and more than 20 televisions, another at Caesars with a golf simulator so you can work on your swing between hands of blackjack.

THEMED SUITES

Looking for themed luxury? The Palms is the place to be.

The Hardwood Suite, in the Fantasy Tower at Palms Casino Resort, is hoops heaven: an NBA-sized half-court with Murphy beds in the walls so you can wake up and start shooting right away.

You can stay in a suite with two bowling lanes or the suite where MTV's "Real World" was filmed in 2002 - it looks exactly the same as when Alton, Arissa and the gang were there. Palms Place penthouses run $9,000 per night on weekends.

Here's a sweet sampling of some other Las Vegas suites:

 HUGH HEFNER SKY VILLA

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HOTEL The Palms

RATES $40,000 per night

SQUARE FOOTAGE 10,000

THE LOWDOWN The most expensive suite on the Strip has its own glass elevator to the second floor, an infinity pool - with the Playboy logo on the bottom - and, naturally, a rotating bed with mirrors on the ceiling. There's also a massage room, a screening room, a private gym, an eight-person hot tub and a sauna.

 DUPLEX SUITE

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HOTEL Caesars Palace

RATES $3,500 per night

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,800

THE LOWDOWN Became known as the "Rain Man" suite after the 1988 movie with Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman was filmed there. Anyone who's seen the movie - or several others filmed at Caesars - will recognize the piano and spectacular view of The Strip from the upper level. The suites have couches that seat 12, two master suites and two other connecting bedrooms available. There are 10 TVs, with in-mirror screens in each bathroom.

 SKYLOFTS

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HOTEL MGM Grand

RATES $600 for one bedroom, up to $10,000 for three.

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,400-6,000

THE LOWDOWN Each loft is filled with the latest technology, including iPod docking stations. There's a 24-hour butler to pack and unpack suitcases, airport greeting and pickup in a Maybach 62, along with everything from movies and video game systems to laptops and fax machines.

 L SUITE

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HOTEL Mandalay Bay

RATES $500 above the going room rate ($129-$699) on weekdays, $800 above on weekends.

SQUARE FOOTAGE 2,160

THE LOWDOWN A great place to have a meeting or a party or a still-upscale alternative to some of the more pricey suites on The Strip. The living area in each room has two sofas, five chairs and two coffee tables, and the dining room table seats eight. There's also a work station area with a 3-in-1 printer/fax/copier. If you're not having a meeting, it's still a luxurious place to stay, with plasma TVs, a hot tub and elegant furnishings.

 SALON SUITE

HOTEL Wynn Las Vegas

RATES Average $750

SQUARE FOOTAGE 1,816

THE LOWDOWN Another relatively affordable suite that doesn't skimp on luxury. The Salon Suite has a private massage room off the foyer, an expansive living area with incredible views of The Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows, and bathrooms with marble floors and unusual bamboo amenities. The bedroom, featuring what the hotel calls a Wynn Dream Bed, is so comfortable you might never leave.

 CHAIRMAN SUITE

HOTEL Bellagio

RATES $6,000 per night

SQUARE FOOTAGE 4,000

THE LOWDOWN With an entryway that crosses a reflecting pool and a 14-foot ceiling, the Chairman Suite exudes elegance. The suite has two master bedrooms, a solarium and whirlpool tubs with views of the city. Each suite has five TVs - two 50-inch plasmas - and remotes control all the electronics, drapes and lighting. It also comes with complimentary limo service from the airport.

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