Zoe Bishop

Vegas baby!

Zoe Bishop
Vegas baby!

Everyone should visit this city at least once in their lifetime

 

Why go?

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This is the real city that never sleeps and it has everything you could dream of – from top-notch restaurants to amazing live shows and clubs. It’s the perfect destination for a wild weekend away or to mark a big celebration, like renewing your wedding vows. 

 

Wine and dine

Vegas has every kind of restaurant you could think of, and you won’t be disappointed with the quality. Weekend brunches are very popular, and the Lip Smacking Boozy Brunch (Lipsmackingtours.com) gives you the option of sampling three great brunches under one roof at the Aria Hotel. We started our tour at Herringbone, which features live interactive stations such as a juice bar, carving station, a dessert bar, and a cocktail to help you wash it all down.

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Our next stop was the Bardot Brasserie, where we enjoyed a selection of mini French favourites, including the famous French toast. Our final stop of the tour was at Lemongrass, a gorgeous Thai restaurant serving the most delicious dim sum followed by mango and sticky rice. 

For a real Vegas experience, book a table at Spago (Bellagio) for lunch, and request a table for al fresco dining in front of the fountains. We recommend trying the smoked salmon and caviar pizza – a little on the pricier side, but worth every dollar. 

For dinner, we loved Catch at the Aria, it’s one of the prettiest restaurants in Vegas and serves delicious Asian-influenced sushi, seafood and steak. But make sure to leave room for the Hit Me chocolate cake – it’s amazing. 

 

What to see and do 

The High Roller

The High Roller

To experience the strip from above, we recommend a ride on the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade, a 550ft rotating observation tower. There’s also a happy hour option so you can enjoy a tipple in your pod while you take in the great views.

Vegas is surrounded by desert, and we recommend getting off the strip and taking a short 15-minute drive out to visit the Seven Magic Mountains (Sevenmagicmountains.com), an installation of brightly coloured 35ft-high boulders sitting against the arid desert backdrop by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone.

If you find yourself in the downtown area, be sure to visit the Mob Museum, full of interesting information about organised crime and law enforcement and the Mob’s impact on Las Vegas history. It also features a working distillery and speakeasy bar featuring a secret room and serving the most fantastic cocktails. 

An absolute must-dois a helicopter ride. We recommend Maverick Helicopters (Maverickhelicopter.com), who offer a range of packages including a night flight over the strip, which takes in all the huge hotels and the Bellagio fountains. Maverick provides transport to pick you up from your hotel and drop you back again and you also get a glass of fizz before your flight. They also offer a trip to the Grand Canyon – it’s a great way to visit the National Park.

If the hustle and bustle is all getting a little too much, pop into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and treat yourself to their delicious English afternoon tea, which also offers incredible views of the strip. 

Nightlife

Vegas really does come to life after dark and for a fun night out, we suggest seeing Magic Mike Live at the Hard Rock. Developed with Channing Tatum himself, it’s an incredible, funny and interactive live show that will have you laughing – and maybe even out of your seat and dancing with one of their gorgeous male dancers (Magicmikelivevegas.com).

If that gets you in the mood for a boogie, head over to Tao nightclub at The Venetian and check out their Bachelorette package, which includes a private area overlooking the dance floor and drinks at your table (Taovegas.com).

The Cosmopolitan was probably one of our favourite hotels to visit, and it was fun finding the hidden Ghost Donkey bar to try out its very strong tequila cocktails. 

Where to stay

Las Vegas is home to lots of amazing hotels, and we stayed in a spacious king room at the newly renovated Park MGM. The hotel offers many eating options, but our favourite spot for breakfast was Primrose, which serves French-style food. Another great option is Eataly, an Italian marketplace offering everything from fancy cakes to a glass of wine. 

 

Need to know

·      Starting rates at the newly renovated Park MGM start from around £80 on weeknights and £125 on weekends. To book, visit Mgmresorts.com.

·      To book the Lip Smacking Boozy Brunch, visit Vegasfoodietour.com.

·      High Roller costs from £18 per person, visit Caesars.com/LINQ/high-roller.

·      For more information on what to do in Las Vegas, see Visitlasvegas.com.