Las Vegas provides the ideal opportunity to push your limits – in fashion, adventure, culture, cuisine and all-out relaxation. Ready to get to grips with the city’s boundless possibilities? Here are five wondrous ways to get started …
1. Look sharp.
A stunning outfit is a must for your heavenly Vegas weekend. Begin your quest for the best at STITCHED at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Choose from off-the-peg pieces from Tom Ford, Ted Baker and Ermenegildo Zegna. Or order your own made-to-measure suit with custom fabrics sourced from Italy, France and England. If you’re in the market for a drop-dead gorgeous cocktail dress, hightail it over to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Will it be Barney’s, Kate Spade or Salvatore Ferragamo? The choice is most definitely yours. Next up: a movie-star makeover to complement your new threads. Try an Aristo-Cut and Male Facial Cleanse at The Barbershop at MGM Grand. Or opt for a Drift Signature Facial and a Rose Petal Body Wrap at Drift Spa and Hammam at Palms Casino Resort.
2. Be eclectic.
Begin with a culture fix at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art – past exhibitions have included works by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Andy Warhol. Then pop next door to Picasso for some top-notch, art-inspired cuisine. James Beard Award-winning chef Julian Serrano serves up French and Spanish delicacies like foie gras with rhubarb chutney and roasted milk-fed veal chop with rosemary potatoes. And guess what? His wine list won Wine Spectator’s Grand Award. Speaking of wine, true connoisseurs have the opportunity to up their game at Aureole at Mandalay Bay. The restaurant boasts a collection of over 10,000 bottles, and there are two suggested pairings to complement each of the 24 dishes on the menu. After your mouthwatering meal, brush up on your Las Vegas history at The Mob Museum. This permanent exhibition tells the fascinating story of organized crime in the United States.
3. Stay healthy.
Treat your body to a holistic holiday. Start with a delicious Kalefornia Smoothie (coconut, kale, date, banana, cinnamon) at Juice Farm at The Palazzo. Then zoom over to Canyon Ranch at The Venetian. Join a Powerhouse Pilates or Sunrise Yoga class, try a fitness assessment and nutrition consultation, or test your limits with a personal training session with one of the highly qualified staff. Hungry after your workout? You’re in luck. The spa and fitness center’s adjoining restaurant, Canyon Ranch Grill, serves ultra healthy treats, such as red snapper with quinoa and caramelized Brusselsbrussel sprouts, and curry-dusted tofu wrap with hummus and roasted cauliflower. After an action-packed day, it’s time for some well-deserved decompression. Double your pleasure with a Four Hands Massage at Wynn Spa at Wynn Las Vegas: a deep tissue, full-body treatment performed by two synchronized therapists.
4. Party hard.
Partying requires planning. And no Vegas party schedule is complete without a trip to Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Once you’ve had your fill of the dance floor, recharge your batteries with a refreshing “Thyme to Smash” (vodka, lemon juice, ginger liqueur, thyme and fresh strawberry) signature cocktail at Bound Las Vegas Bar at The Cromwell Las Vegas. Then head downtown to The Laundry Room – a speakeasy-style bar behind a camouflage wall in Commonwealth. (Pro tip: You’ll need to text a secret number to gain access.) Finish the evening reclining on a leather chesterfield at Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace. Now’s your chance to sample a unique cigar and spirit pairing – perhaps Jefferson’s Ocean bourbon with a Henry Clay Brevas, or Casa Noble or Don Julio Añejo tequila with a Montecristo White Toro.
5. Rest up.
It’s high time you took a load off. And what better way to unwind than with a super-relaxing weekend in Las Vegas? Start your all-out chill out at Soleil Pool at Paris Las Vegas. Lounge poolside with a frozen vodka lemonade and soak up the matchless views of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. Or park yourself in an air-conditioned cabana, complete with refrigerator, couch, television, and private deck with padded lounge chairs. After some well-earned pool time, turn off your cellphone and indulge in a digital detox at The Spa and Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. The Journey into Stillness treatment includes a face and scalp massage, a full-body massage, and some crystal and sound therapy to help soothe your soul. Failing that, you can always flit over to Sahra Spa & Hammam at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The Red Flower Hammam Experience – using 11 flower oils and fruit essences to exfoliate and rejuvenate your body – is the perfect way to raise your Vegas game.