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When you arrive at the 61-story ARIA, the first sign you'll see of grandeur is Lumia: the dramatic water display designed by WET, creators of the Fountains of Bellagio and the Mirage volcano. A 270-foot curved water wall envelopes the entrance and serves as the perfect backdrop for the twisting arcs of dancing water emanating from the reflective pool. It's just the first of many surprises that await at the resort. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli, noted for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lampur, Canary Wharf Tower in London and New York's World Financial Center, ARIA's modern design is ahead of its time, inspired not by the 21st century, but rather by the 22nd. In fact, the resort boasts the most technologically advanced guestrooms in the country, with rooms that remember guests' temperature, movie and television preferences, for instance, and allow guests to customize their in-room lighting, music and privacy preferences.

Perfectly in line with ARIA's contemporary feel, Julian Serrano specializes in "modern" Spanish cuisine. If you want to experience it for yourself, you should know there are two ways to access the restaurant. The first is from the Arrival Lobby, which borders the 150,000-square-foot gaming floor. The second is toward the rear, near the Park, which separates ARIA from Crystals, CityCenter's high-end retail destination. No matter where you enter, when you arrive you'll see that the dramatic entrance to Julian Serrano is impossible to miss. It's marked by two pristine white arches -- rectangular, not round -- that are surrounded by half-height transparent screens that guide you into the restaurant. Inside, you'll see the influence of famed Spanish design firm Gente de Valor, which has turned the interior of its first American restaurant into an explosion of color. Offset by black, shiny purples, reds, oranges and golds produce a dramatic effect. Looking at them, it's clear: This is not your traditional Spanish restaurant. Once past the arches, you'll find yourself at the hostess station, beyond which you have a choice of dining atmospheres: You can enjoy casual dining at the bar or lounge, for instance, watch the chefs in action in one of two open kitchens or sit in grandeur in the more formal dining area. The L-shaped restaurant has it all, and the transitions from one choice to the next are truly seamless.

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