Las Vegas is a favorite quick getaway for me ever since I moved to the U.S. Over the past three years, I’ve lost count of the times I have visited but think I have hit 8 or 9 trips at this point and am still excited to return in a couple of months. Vegas is packed full of amazing hotels, great weather, top DJs & clubs, hundreds of shops and top class dining. What’s not to love!
Where I stayed:
This past visit in January, I went with a group of 7 and we stayed in beautiful suites in the Venetian hotel. Just fabulous! The hotel is absolutely amazing and the bedrooms are beautiful and spacious. We had a separate area as a sitting room and the world’s biggest bathroom with his and hers sinks (a favorite of mine!). I loved everything about the hotel from the location, to the restaurants, bars and stores. I would definitely recommend. It was too cold to venture to the pool on this visit but last April, I spent time at the Venetian pool and it was heavenly. In the past, my favorite other stays have been at Caesar’s Palace, the Bellagio, The Cromwell & MGM. I tend not to stray from these 4 hotels but the Wynn is next on my list. There are hotels to suit all budgets in Vegas.
Where I ate:
When in Vegas, I always love to visit Mon Amie Gabi in the Paris hotel for dinner. The food and wine choice are extensive and I always feel like I’ve been transported to France. For this trip, we really stuck to the French theme and had brunch at Bouchon by Thomas Keller in the Venetian hotel. What a great brunch! If you are looking for a buffet, Bacchanal buffet at Caesar’s Palace or the buffet at Bellagio are my favorite. Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant at the Cosmopolitan was also a treat!
Where I partied:
My favorite clubs in Las Vegas are Omnia at Caesar’s Palace, Hakkasan at MGM, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan and Surrender and XS at Encore. All are guaranteed an incredibly fun night. I’m always well looked after by either Nick (908-625-0517) and Rodney (808-224-1969) when I go to Vegas who promote for different nightclubs and allow some VIP treatment. Text them when you arrive in Vegas to find out the best places to go out each night and mention that I sent you to get on a guestlist for one of the clubs.
The Chandelier bar at the Cosmopolitan is one of my favorite bars and has beautiful shimmering strands of 2 million beaded crystals.
Where I shopped:
Vegas has the most incredible shopping and window shopping. The Forum at Caesar’s Palace and shopping at the Bellagio are quite the adventure. The stores are filled with beautiful, luxurious high end fashions. For more affordable fashion, the Fashion Show Mall has every high street store possible and will take hours to meander through. Miracle Mile Shops also have a huge selection of shopping. The North and South Outlet malls in Vegas are a short Uber ride away also and have great designer pieces.
What to do:
It’s impossible to run out of shows to go to in Vegas. There are hundreds of shows on throughout the day and evening. Britney, Celine Dion, O by Cirque du Soleil, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John, the Chainsmokers all play regularly in Las Vegas but there are many other visiting shows.
A trip to the Grand Canyon is definitely worthwhile. I took a helicopter with some friends and flew over the Canyon. Bus tours also go on a regular basis from the strip but take much longer. I recommend the helicopter tour that allows you to stop for a while, walk around and then fly back.
Walking down the strip and visiting the hotels is one of my favorite things to do when in Vegas. My favorite hotels to visit are Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, the Venetian & the Wynn.
Other fun very touristy things to do in Vegas are: take a gondola ride in the Venetian hotel, take the High Rollar at the Linq hotel for great views, Las Vegas night flight along the Strip, visit the Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck, take a tour of the revamped Fremont Street, go on a roller-coaster in New York New York, dance and splash at a Wet Republic Pool Party, try out one of the many amazing spas in the top hotels, put a few dollars on Red!
Best times to visit:
My trip in January was the coldest that I have experienced Vegas yet. Still amazing fun but if planning a trip, I would suggest March to June or Sept to November. I once went over the summer months and it was very hot for even walking from hotel to hotel.
Have a blast! See you soon Vegas :)