Las Vegas is a city that feels as though its prime purpose in life is to bring luxury and extravagance to the world. With its world-famous casinos, opulent accommodation, fine dining and glorious weather, Las Vegas really does have it all. Here’s our guide to getting the very best luxury trip in the entertainment capital of the world.
You’re truly spoilt for choice in Las Vegas if you want to keep yourself entertained. Obviously many people visit to take to the casinos which has been a huge part of Las Vegas’ tourism since the 1930s. Take in the trio targeted by George Clooney and Brad Pitt in ‘Ocean’s 11’, The Bellagio, The MGM Grand and The Mirage. You should also take in the fantastic Caesar’s Palace and The Luxor, where Ancient Egypt is spectacularly brought to life.
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Of course Vegas isn’t just about casinos. There are some magnificent productions on show here, including the seven awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil shows and the Blue Man Group. You should also try to book to see one of the Rat Pack shows, to see fantastic impersonators invoke the spirit of Sinatra, Martin and Davis Jnr in the place they have become synonymous with.
Where to shop and eat
Vegas has is perfect for the shopaholic and the gastronomic lover, with an enviable host of shops and fine dining experiences. Visit The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace to make your way around its 160 boutiques or take to The Shoppes at the Palazzo, where you’ll find many designer stores including Christian Loubountin, Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. You should also visit the Miracle Mile, which is a favoured celebrity haunt.
Many celebrity and renowned chefs have restaurants here in Las Vegas, making it a fantastic place for fine dining. Highly recommended is Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, Charlie Palmer’s Aureola and TWIST by Pierre Gagnaire. For a unique dining experience, visit The Dinner in the Sky which opens in May 2013. Here you’ll be seated at a 22 seat table and then lifted 180ft up into the air to eat your dinner strapped in admiring the most incredible views over Las Vegas. Certainly not one for the faint hearted but a once in a lifetime experience.
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For the experience of a lifetime, book a helicopter ride through the nearby Grand Canyon. Located around 2.5 hours away from Las Vegas, it’s a trip you won’t regret taking. Whilst this is a magical place to explore from the ground, a ride above helps to capture its widespread beauty and magnificence. I would definitely recommend booking onto a sunset flight for an unforgettable trip. You can also take a flight over the imposing Hoover Dam which is located just 30 miles from Las Vegas.
Where to stay
Las Vegas is home to some of the most famous hotels in the world, all offering a luxurious stay to all their guests. You certainly are spoilt for choice in choosing a hotel to rest your head in, with a wide variety of 5* hotels and luxury boutiques to available here. If you’re looking to stay in one of the city’s legendary hotels, I recommend The Bellagio, with its iconic fountains, or the MGM Grand. For something a little different, Nobu have worked with Caesar’s Palace to create the first Nobu Hotel in the world. Opened in February 2013, this hotel features the largest Nobu restaurant in the world, as well as a fine range of boutique rooms and luxurious suites with access to private pools, spa and baths. Rooms start from $269 per night with suites starting at $699.
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Before you travel…
Located in Nevada, Las Vegas has a desert climate so expect endless hours of sunshine throughout the year. The mercury soars during the summer months, so expect scorching temperatures if you’re planning to visit between June to September. Average temperatures for Las Vegas are 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Las Vegas is served by McCarran International Airport which welcomes both international and domestic flights. Car hire is readily available through the city but much of the must see sites, or indeed casinos, are within walking distance of one another.