Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 | 7:46 p.m.
What’s an 18-time Olympic gold medalist to do now that he’s hung up his Speedos, jammers and goggles to dry? Party hard in Las Vegas, of course (and like he didn’t do that before retiring from competitive swimming).
Michael Phelps, 27, the most-decorated athlete in Olympic history -- with 22 total medals and the highest medal count of any athlete in three consecutive Olympic Games -- made Las Vegas his home base over the weekend, partying at Ghostbar Dayclub in the Palms by day on Saturday and Hyde Bellagio at night.
Phelps and friends spent Saturday afternoon at Ghostbar Dayclub 55 floors above the city. Phelps held court at a VIP table with Grey Goose and watched as the daytime party’s antics ensued, including a limbo contest followed by a confetti shower.
Once the sun set, Phelps and friends continued their party weekend at Hyde Bellagio. The Las Vegas regular danced and imbibed at a VIP table overlooking the dance floor. Phelps surprised partygoers when he hopped into the DJ booth and deliver several shout-outs.
Phelps enjoyed the company of an attractive blonde wearing a sexy gold dress in his VIP booth. The entourage partied until 3 a.m. enjoying the sounds of DJ Konflikt and the views of the Bellagio Fountains.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and the Las Vegas Sun’s senior editor for arts and entertainment.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake, where fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights.
Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Julian Serrano's Picasso and Le Cirque from the renowned Maccioni family.
Bellagio is home to an impressive collection of luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Breguet, Prada, Fred Leighton, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Hermès and OMEGA.
A world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a luxurious spa and salon, dynamic nightlife at The Bank, Hyde Bellagio and Lily Bar & Lounge and an elegant casino all add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.