1. You’re working too hard – it’s time to decompress.
Work getting on top of you? How about some well-earned rest and rejuvenation? Start with a glass of bubbly in your Fountain View Suite at Bellagio. Then glide downstairs to Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens: a 14,000-square-foot nature lover’s dream. Or perhaps you’d rather stay in a Wraparound Terrace Suite at The Cosmopolitan, then lounge by the peaceful, secluded Chelsea Pool. If that sounds like heaven, try a poolside chair massage: the ultimate weekend indulgence.
2. You always think about others, but rarely about yourself.
It’s your turn to shine. So why not treat yourself to something truly spectacular? Start by snagging tickets to Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil. This adults-only, cabaret-cum-burlesque performance is one of the Strip’s most successful and provocative shows. In the mood for some adrenaline-fueled fun? Then scoot on over to Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Watch a NASCAR tournament, or test your nerve behind the wheel of a 600-horse-power car with the thrilling NASCAR Racing Experience.
3. You deserve a health and fitness holiday.
Show your body some TLC at the ultra-healthy Canyon Ranch Grill at The Venetian. Feast on grilled tofu with roasted golden beats – an excellent vegan and gluten-free option. Then head out of town for a Kayak Las Vegas one-day adventure in Black Canyon. Paddle down the Colorado River, past Lone Palm Canyon and Emerald Cave, keeping an eye out for bald eagles, coyotes and red-tail hawks. And don’t forget your bathing suit − this spellbinding trip ends with a blissful soak in some natural hot springs.
4. The world’s top chefs are here, so take a culinary tour. You’ve earned it.
Want to treat your taste buds to some killer cuisine? Then make a beeline for Nobu at Caesars Palace. Sample melt-in-your-mouth snow crab sushi and lobster tempura. And don’t leave without trying chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dish: black cod miso. French fine dining more your thing? Then book a garden terrace table at Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand. The five-course tasting menu at this three-Michelin-star restaurant is out of this world. Order wine pairings for added pizzazz.
5. Refresh your energy and your wardrobe with a fashion-focused vacation.
Begin your style crusade at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. You can shop for cocktail dresses at DKNY, Burberry and Saint Laurent, or men’s suits at Valentino, Armani and Brooks Brothers. Then hop over to The Shops at Crystals and round off your outfit with Jimmy Choo pumps or Paul Smith leather brogues. In the market for some uber-chic accessories? Try Wynn Esplanade for a Chopard diamond necklace or a Rolex Sea-Dweller diving watch.
6. Give yourself permission to try something sensational.
Ready to spice things up with a once-in-a-lifetime thrill ride? How about jumping from an airplane at 15,000 feet and free falling through the blue Nevada sky at 120 mph? Just 30 minutes from the Strip, Sky Dive Las Vegas offers tandem jumps for first-timers. Otherwise, see the city from a fresh perspective with a Las Vegas Night Flight Helicopter Tour. You can even upgrade your flight with a stretch limo ride to and from the airport.
7. Benefit from a few blissful days sampling the finest Asian-inspired cuisine.
Some of America’s very best Asian restaurants are right here on the Las Vegas Strip. Start your culinary adventure at Andrea’s at Wynn. Chef Devin Hashimoto’s award-winning Asian-inspired cuisine is designed for sharing. So bring a friend and sample delights such as Kumamoto oysters or rock shrimp tempura with sweet chili aioli. Next up: Kumi at Mandalay Bay. Chef Akira Back was named “Best Chef in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Weekly. His Japanese menu has a Korean twist, best paired with his signature Japanese Manhattan (whisky, sake, orgeat syrup, bitters).
8. Coming to Vegas may be cheaper than staying at home.
Your rent or mortgage payments may actually be higher than Las Vegas base hotel rates. What better reason to reward yourself with a weekend away? Consider staying at El Cortez – a historic hotel and casino in the heart of downtown with room rates starting at $25. In the mood to party? The Rio Total Deal is an all-inclusive food, drink and accommodation package, which includes a $250 daily food limit, a daily maximum of 12 drinks per person, and free entrance to VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub.
9. Convening with nature is proven to reduce stress.
Vegas is the perfect base from which to explore all manner of natural wonders. How about a Sunset hot-air balloon ride over the desert? On this one-hour flight, you’ll swoop past the Vegas Strip, soaring high above nearby Red Rock Canyon as the desert skies are streaked with red and gold. Or perhaps you’d rather experience a helicopter tour of Grand Canyon? You’ll be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Boulder, where you’ll board your chopper, and take a mind-blowing journey over the South Rim and the Dragon Corridor.
10. Treat yourself to a long weekend of high culture.
Culture vultures are spoiled for choice here in Vegas. Begin with a trip to The Neon Museum. This two-acre outdoor exhibit features more than 200 pieces of vintage neon, including signs from iconic landmarks like The Golden Nugget, Stardust and Caesars Palace. After your visit, take in a classical music concert at the stunning art deco-style Smith Center for the Performing Arts, home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Recent triumphs have included Handel’s Messiah and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.