Mandalay Bay Unveils New Shark Reef Ballroom in Las Vegas

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Meet under the sea

About 30 sharks attend all of the events booked at the Seascape Ballroom at the 3,320-room  Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The 1,675-sf event space is situated below the water line and touts floor-to-ceiling windows that look into the property’s 1.3 million-gallon Shark Reef Aquarium.

The space is ideal for small receptions, sit-down dinners and board meetings, and it features an outdoor patio and lounge. Groups that book the ballroom have full access to the entire aquarium exhibit, and guides are available for private tours. In addition to the 30 sharks, attendees can check out golden crocodiles, sawfish, piranhas, shark rays and two rare male juvenile komodo dragons.

For the truly adventurous attendees—and ones that are already certified scuba divers—Mandalay Bay offers the option for guests to dive with the sharks, in which they will get an up-close tour of the sharks during a 3- to 4-hour excursion. Environmentally focused groups will be happy to know that the Shark Reef is dedicated to conservation and preservation. Recycling facility water and using imitation coral are examples.
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“Planners who are looking for something unique, intimate and educational should book Seascape Ballroom at Mandalay Bay—there is nothing like it in Las Vegas and I would venture to say almost anywhere,” says Martie Sparks, vice president of catering/convention services for Mandalay Bay.

At MPI’s Word Education Conference (WEC) 2013 in July, the ballroom had a spot on the itinerary.“WEC used the Seascape Ballroom for a reception for one of the affiliates, and we also used it for the Chairman’s Reception, a VIP event,” says Sparks.

The Mandalay Bay Beach was also used for the closing ceremony at the annual event. The 11-acre aquatic experience features 2,700 tons of sand, a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool and rentable cabanas, day beds, bungalows and personalized villas.

“You just don’t expect a beach setting with 3-foot waves in the middle of the desert,” says Sparks. “Groups, attendees and guests love the fact you can have a ‘wow’ closing reception and be casual, comfortable and walk in the sand.”

For an added touch, Sparks suggests planners offer a “shoe check,” in which attendees can check their shoes at the door and pick up a pair of flip flops to enjoy the evening in true beach form.