Mandarin Oriental is a gorgeous property from top to bottom -- literally. Pulling up to the posh entrance hints at its beauty, and the over-the-top indulgent spa on the eighth floor and bar on the 23rd are stand-outs. At the bar, floor-to-ceiling windows show off breathtaking views of the Strip. And in the adjacent lobby, my favorite amenity is served -- high tea, served daily 2-5 pm. From the scones and devonshire cream to darling sandwiches and tasty desserts, tea at Mandarin is special, and a welcome pause from the craziness of the Strip. And of course, there are the teas -- ask your server about the one in the clear teapot that blooms like a flower.