Whether you're looking for a lavish getaway or just some rest and relaxation, Las Vegas offers numerous high-end resort options for that perfect vacation. The Oklahoman takes a look at some of Sin City's luxurious hotel options and amenities.
With old favorites like Caesars to newer options like the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas offers visitors a chance to stay — and gamble — in style. Long considered one of the most opulent resorts, Caesars Palace offers lavish accommodations that include the popular Forum Shops for world-class shopping, the stunning Garden of the Gods pool retreat, and a spa for ultimate relaxation. These offerings are typical of Vegas's high-end luxury resorts.
“The Bellagio, Mandelay Bay, Venetian/Palazzo, Caesars, Cosmopolitan, these all have great restaurants, shows, shopping, pools, and other amenities,” said Anthony Curtis, publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor newsletter and lasvegasadvisor.com. “The Cosmo's dining is fantastic. I think a sleeper on the high end is Mirage. That's still a beautiful resort that seems to be over-discounted in the market.”
The Venetian is an exquisite option for the Europhile and the canals and replicas throughout the casino make one long for old Italy — and the suites make one feel like they are definitely living the high life. The replica Eiffel Tower and brilliant amenities of the Paris casino will make one long to walk the Champs-Elysees.
All these properties offer some of the city's biggest entertainment acts as well, like Celine Dion and Shania Twain at Caesars, hip clubs and popular touring acts at the Cosmo, Rita Rudner at the Venetian, Penn and Teller at the Rio, and Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson “ONE” show. For enthusiasts of fine art, the Bellagio also now hosts a new Andy Warhol exhibit and hosts a regular wine and art event.
After working up an appetite at the gambling tables or before attending that big show, head to one of Vegas' numerous fine dining establishments. Steak, seafood, and sushi are plentiful and some of the best-known chefs in the world serve up some scrumptious dishes to meet any taste. A few favorites include: the upscale Aria Casino's Sage where Chicago chef Shawn McClain offers unique delicacies with a “farm-to-table philosophy”; Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars offering red mullet filets, foie gras “bitter infusion,” and artichoke and black truffle soup; L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand, featuring scrumptious “new French” dishes; and Carnevino Italian steakhouse at the Palazzo is considered the best steakhouse in town by many.
Vegas is famous for its buffets, and some of these luxury casinos take that to a different level. Several properties offer buffet passes to sample some of these amazing culinary cornucopias. Caesars Entertainment offers a 24-hour “Buffet of Buffets” pass to sample one of the company's many properties, offerings for a day — breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Buffet at the opulent Wynn casino is also a favorite, offering dishes ranging from Thai beef to crab legs to vegan options. Other favorites include the Cosmo's Wicked Spoon, Aria Buffet, Le Village Buffet at Paris, Carnival World Buffet at the Rio, and the Buffet at Monte Carlo. The Palms Bistro Buffet offers regular specials for lunch and has quite a tasty menu.
Away from the shouting at the craps tables and electronic noise of the slot machines, take in a spa treatment for the ultimate in relaxation. All offer luxury packages including massage therapy, manicure and pedicure, salon services, and just about any anything to relax the body and mind. For others, a day out on the golf range is the perfect way to get away and take in some beautiful surroundings. There are numerous stellar courses, but the Wynn Golf Course, designed by Tom Fazio, is truly a breathtaking experience. The par-70, 7,042-yard course is the only course attached to a casino on the famous Vegas Strip. For those who don't have their clubs, no problem — use the complimentary Callaway clubs and shoes. Professional caddies are also available to guide you through the course.
Las Vegas has plenty to offer those seeking a bit of luxury and nightlife. Bring your appetite for fine food and fun — and find some time to relax.
Sean Chaffin is a freelance writer in Crandall, Texas. His new book, “Raising the Stakes: True Tales of Gambling, Wagering and Poker Faces,” is available as an eBook and in paperback at www.RaisingtheStakesbook.com. He is also editor of www.PokerTraditions.com, all about poker history, lore, and people. If you have a gambling or poker story idea, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @PokerTraditions.