Monday, May 6, 2013 | 3:08 a.m.
The stars were aplenty in the Saturday sunshine of the 2013 season opening of Tao Beach at The Venetian, and the sounds of DJ Eric D-Lux welcomed Holly Madison, Mario Lopez, Busta Rhymes, Trinidad James, Ray Rice, Ashlee Simpson, Odette Annable and more.
Madison arrived in a summer dress with friends including Josh Strickland, Claire Sinclair, Tara Palsha and Laura Croft. New mom Madison gushed on the arrivals carpet about how much she loves being a mom to baby girl Rainbow Aurora. (Baby daddy Pasquale Rotella was not at Tao Beach.) Madison showed off her post-baby body in a blue string bikini.
After hosting at Tao on Friday night, Lopez checked out the daylife from the grand cabana. Rapper James danced in his cabana before jumping into the DJ booth as D-Lux dropped James’ single “All Gold Everything.” James chatted with comedian Aziz Ansari, rapper Trae That Truth and Madison before giving a shout-out to Busta Rhymes, who also jumped into the DJ booth as his hit “Twerk It” was played.
Busta, who performed “Look at Me Now,” was joined by Tank and Lonny Bereal for the daytime revelry. Super Bowl champions Rice and Vonta Leach of the Baltimore Ravens partied in a cabana along with C.J. Miles of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers — what?! — and Levante David of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Simpson, Annable and girlfriends partied in a VIP cabana for a bachelorette bash. The group enjoyed small bites before the bride-to-be was presented with a three-tier, pink-and-black engagement cake. On the red carpet, Annable posed in a coral Chanel dress and said that having a baby is “definitely on the radar” while chatting about Mother’s Day plans. Thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her photo gallery.
Don Chareunsy is editor of Vegas DeLuxe and senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.