If you’re thinking about going to Las Vegas this year, the trip of a lifetime awaits you in Nevada’s largest metropolis, famously (or infamously!) nicknamed Sin City and set against the dramatic backdrop of the southern Nevada desert. It may sound a cliché, but it genuinely is like nowhere else on earth.
Unashamedly bright, bold and brassy, Vegas is known above all for its enormous super-casino hotels, designed to create a cocoon in which you’re wrapped in your own fantasy world. Many have names and themes conjuring up exotic destinations, mystery and romance. Reinvent yourself, lose all sense of time and get swept away in the sheer, unbridled, outrageous extravagance of it all!
When you’re not having a flutter, the nightlife in this party town is enough to keep the most determined hedonist happy until 4am and beyond. And, of course, Vegas is famous for its shows, from comedy to magicians and hypnotists, tribute artists to circus acts to ultimate showgirl Bette Midler’s extravaganza. While some are ticketed, others are free to get into.
But there’s much more to this city than nightlife and gaming tables. And if you can drag yourself away from the non-stop entertainment, glorious food, swanky bars and endless cocktails of the casinos and hotels, there are plenty of other things to do.
Take a “Dinner in the Sky” tour for an unforgettable view of this exuberant city, or jump on the shuttle bus and take in the Liberace Museum, the last word in glam and a quintessentially Vegas experience.
Alternatively, you may just want to lounge by the pool at your hotel and soak up the sun, as Coleen Rooney was spotted doing during her Las Vegas holiday in May.
Away from the glitz and bright lights of the Strip, if it’s activities you’re after, take your pick from skating (yes, ice skating!), rock climbing and mountain biking. Experience the splendour of the Grand Canyon, and the jaw-dropping desert and mountain scenery surrounding Vegas. The Red Rock Canyon, for example, takes about half an hour to drive through, and offers plenty of chance s for stopping and getting out of the car to take it all in.
Feel like venturing further afield? LA is just four hours away by road. If you’re wondering where to stay in Vegas hotels, as you’d imagine, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And in recent years, new hotels have sprung up setting fresh standards in service.
Here are some of the options:
With its jaw-dropping fountain display, the Bellagio is one of the most upscale hotels in a city of upscale hotels! The magnificent water spectacle runs every 15 minutes at night and hourly on weekend afternoons.
The centrally located Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower offers affordable dining, spacious hotel accommodation, exciting casino games, stunning entertainment and more. It also boasts the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, west of the Mississippi, making it a truly iconic building.
Meanwhile, for a summer escape, the Luxor (the second biggest in the city) is one of five Las Vegas hotels teaming up to offer specially priced rooms and privileged access until September. With over 2,000 slots machines, 87 table games, 4,400 rooms and a pyramid-style tower, it’s an awesome place.
Alternatively, the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened in December 2010, having cost nearly $4bn to build. It is just south of the Bellagio on the west side of the Strip and comprises two high rise towers. It is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection.
If you’re looking for bargain all inclusive holidays to Las Vegas, Virgin Holidays has a great selection at excellent prices, including all applicable resort fees.