The city that doesn’t sleep has everything you could dream of for the perfect long weekend away. From top-notch restaurants to amazing live shows, shops galore and much more, it’s a must-visit.
What to see and do
To experience the famous Las Vegas strip from above, we recommend a ride on the High Roller at The LINQ promenade. A 550-foot rotating observation wheel, it’s so tall that it takes a full 30 minutes to do one loop.
For a once-in-a-lifetime treat, Vegas is a spectacular setting for a helicopter ride. Choose Maverick Helicopters (Maverickhelicopter.com), as they offer a range of packages, such as a night flight over the strip, which soars across all the enormous hotels and the famous Bellagio fountains. They provide the transport to pick you up from your hotel and drop you back again, and also offer a trip to the Grand Canyon.
Las Vegas really does come to life after dark, and we suggest seeing the Atomic Saloon Show (Spiegelworld.com) at the Venetian Resort. Prepare for a fun night at the wildest watering hole in town with comedy, dancing, quirky circus performances, aerialists and acrobats. You won’t stop laughing from start to finish.
If you’re a fan of Cirque du Soleil, check out their resident show KÀ (Cirquedusoleil.com/ka) at MGM Grand. Telling the story of a set of twins on a journey to fulfil their destiny, it features mind-bending acrobatics, fierce martial arts and jaw-dropping adventures. The 90-minute extravaganza has had $165million invested into the production.
You can definitely get your retail therapy fix in Las Vegas. Whether you’re looking for the latest trend or searching for the perfect gift, every budget and taste is catered for. Flash your cash or go for a wander at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, dubbed “the shopping wonder of the world”, which feels like you are walking along an ancient Roman street with vivid painted skies overhead. You’ll also find plenty of places to eat – make sure to try the Water Grill restaurant, famous for its fresh seafood. Order the delicious blue crab cakes and wild eastern sea scallops.
If you fancy doing some posh spending, we suggest a visit to The Shops at Crystals, which is probably the most glamorous shopping destination we’ve ever visited – and they have a massiveLouis Vuitton store! Alternatively, for discounted products, we suggest you head to Premium Outlets North (Premiumoutlets.com), located just a quick taxi ride from the Vegas strip. This open-air village-style centre features over 175 designer outlet stores, offering you savings of up to 65 per cent. Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Nike, Pandora and Kate Spade are just a few of the labels you’ll find there.
Wine and dine
Vegas has every kind of restaurant you could think of, so you won’t be disappointed. Make sure to book a table at Spago in 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 – it’s a little on the pricier side, but worth every dollar.
For dinner, we love Catch at The Aria (Aria.mgmresorts.com). It’s probably one of the prettiest restaurants in Las Vegas, serving delicious Asian-influenced sushi, seafood and steak. Try to leave some room for the four-level “Hit Me” chocolate cake, and have your phones at the ready because it’s very Instagrammable. For a delicious Chinese meal, try the very luxurious Mott 32 at The Venetian Resort. The smoked black cod is particularly tasty.
Where to stay
Stepping into The Venetian Hotel feels like walking around an Italian city. It features a grand canal with opera singing gondoliers and classical guitarists to make you feel like you are actually in Venice rather than Las Vegas. An added bonus is that every room is a large, spacious suite.
For a totally different vibe, we also like The Aria Resort & Casino with its contemporary feel. The impressive lobby has the wow factor with more than 20 dining options to choose from, so you definitely won’t go hungry. The beds are extremely comfo rtable, which is exactly what the doctor ordered after all the busy Vegas days and nights! Another thing we love is that everything in your room is controlled by an iPad – even the curtains. So, sit back, relax and enjoy.
Need to know
• Rooms at Aria Resort & Casino start from £103 per room, per night. To book, visit Aria.mgmresorts.com
• Rooms at The Venetian cost from £119 per room, per night. To book, visit Venetian.com
• Virgin Atlantic flies direct from London Heathrow to Las Vegas daily, with return fares from £475 per person, including food, drink and in-flight entertainment. For more info, visit Virginatlantic.com or call 0344 8747 747. This fare is available for selected departures during 2020/21. Prices given are correct as of today, and are subject to change.
• For more info on Las Vegas, visit Lasvegas.com. For more info on Simon Shopping Destinations, visit Uk.Simon.travel
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