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Black Book Travel Guide: Las Vegas
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“You should see it at least once,” is what everyone says about Las Vegas. With this being my third trip, I was wondering what I had left to discover in Sin City. I’ve walked the Strip, seen the hotels (the canals at the Venetian, check; Chihuly glass artwork at the Bellagio, check), run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half-marathon and I don’t gamble. But it just so happens that for the shopping-loving, R&R-seeking, foodie-minded swish set, there’s plenty to fill one’s days and nights in Vegas minus the gambling. We round up a must-do list for vacationing stylishly in Las Vegas.
Travel guide: Where to stay
The steady ding-ding-ding of the slot machines can be maddening if you’re not into gambling. With its quiet, separate entrance, the
Laurel Collection at Caesars Palace is calm and refined and entering it and your spacious,elegant suite will feel like a happy sigh of relief. The decor is modern and sleek but comfortable; in fact, you’ll probably find yourself looking to copy elements of the design (we’re coveting the room’s throw blanket featuring the Greek key pattern). Bonus features: The Forum Shops are right downstairs (where you’ll find the likes of luxury boutiques, such as Balenciaga and Dior, and high-street shops like H&M), plus Caesars is conveniently right in the middle of the Strip—easier on you in your high-heeled shoes.
Travel guide: What to do
With a swimsuit as your uniform while in Las Vegas, fitting in a workout might be on your wishlist. Work up a sweat with the soothing view of dolphins as you stretch and downward dog your way through a
yoga class at the Mirage. The yoga studio is alongside the hotel’s dolphin-sanctuary viewing area, making for an incredibly peaceful and unforgettable practice. If you prefer to observe incredible athleticism rather than work on your own fitness, pick up tickets to Le Rêve – The Dream at the Wynn. This fantastical show features a love story that takes place both in the air and on and in water; from the ever-changing set to the phenomenal beats and choreography of the performers, chances are you’ll be watching mouth agape.
Where to spa in Las Vegas (you know it will be over-the-top) on the next page …
The Sahra Spa at the Cosmopolitan
Travel guide: Where to spa
Serenity now. That’s what you ‘ll get when you visit the luxe spas in Sin City, including
the Spa at the Encore. From the gorgeous lighting (designed to be flattering, fancy that) and the subtle but delicious scent in the air (which includes notes of tobacco, grapefruit, sandalwood) to the to-die-for Todd-Avery Lenahan design (a mix of opulent styles—including Moroccan lamps, grand Buddhas and Greek-inspired sculptures), you’ll know you’re in for a treat as soon as you step into the spa. Treatment to try: the Blended Fusion, a massage customized to your needs that incorporates massage techniques from the world over. You start with a breathing ritual to help you relax, and it ends with a stimulating rosemary mist to help bring you back to reality—which isn’t so bad when your reality is this stunner of a spa.
Over at the Cosmopolitan, at
the Sahra Spa & Hammam, you’ll feel as though you’re set in a stunning desert (minus the unbearable heat), thanks to the 420 tonnes of local sandstone that was brought in to build the spa. Treatment to try: the signature Illuminating Body Peel, a facial-grade antiaging treatment, but for the entire body. Think of it as a way to get naturally glowing skin from head to toe. The peel itself include the dilo nut from Fiji, which promotes collagen production and helps boost your skin’s natural repair function, and while the peel works on your skin, your hands and feet get treated to Ecofin (similar to paraffin wax, but sustainable). FYI: the body peel may be tingly and even a bit itchy rather than soothing during the treatment itself, but the payoff of baby soft, glowy skin makes it worth it. Going as a couple or a group? Look into booking one of the luxe spa suites so you can enjoy your spa day in private.
Where to eat and where to party on the next page …
The fountains at Caears Palace
Travel guide: Where to eat
You can hardly stay at the Laurel Collection at Caesars Palace and not go feast the
Bacchanal Buffet, where there are more than 500 foods available—from dim sum and crab legs, to doughnuts and fried chicken and waffles. Foodies looking to treat themselves should book a table at the renowned
Guy Savoy, where executive chef Mathieu Chartron will wow you with refined French cuisine—the rich and flavourful artichoke and black truffle soup, made without a smidgen of cream, should be considered a wonder of the world.
Travel guide: Where to party
Hit up the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas for the original pool party,
Rehab. Celebrating its 10th year in 2013, Rehab still packs in the party people. Consider yourself past your pool-party days? We bet you won’t be able to resist the hype music pumped out the speakers (guest DJs have included Snoop Dogg, Grandmaster Flash, Tommy Lee and DJ Aero) and the pool teeming with good-looking girls and guys having a good time. Think of it as spring break but for the late 20- and 30-something crowd. For a smaller but just as poppin’ atmosphere, make
Tao Beach the next stop on your party crawl. Here the crowd’s just looking to have a good time, too, as they keep beach balls afloat and lounge on the beds by the pool, all with the latest hip hop, R ‘n’ B and house as the soundtrack.