Las Vegas is sometimes referred to as “Sin City.” I wonder if people still consider that nickname appropriate. On a recent three-day visit we saw many families, lots of small children and a number of teens, refuting the idea that Las Vegas is more of an adults-only destination.
This was a special celebration trip for us, however, so we were focused more on adult venues without the noise and clamor of children.
This trip was reserved through Southwest Vacations, and it was very convenient to reserve flights, lodging, ground transportation and entertainment in one full package.
This trip was to celebrate a wedding anniversary – and no, we didn’t originally get married by Elvis at a Las Vegas chapel.
And these three things helped to make it a very memorable celebration:
We stayed at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, where all rooms are suites. The accommodations were luxurious and comfortable and a far reach from our typical economically-chosen hotels.
THEhotel is connected to Mandalay Bay and the Four Seasons hotels by the casino, restaurants and activity areas. There are three pool areas, two of which are for adults only, and of course, Mandalay Bay is known for its Shark Reef attraction.
The second item of our trip that set it apart from past trips to Las Vegas was our anniversary dinner. There are so many restaurants that offer high quality cuisine, but we selected MIX, which is on the 64th floor of THEhotel.
We couldn’t have asked for a finer experience, from the personalized greeting from the maitre d’ to the decadent chocolate café and ice cream desserts. In between those was a pre-dinner lobster salsa with mango, delicious crab salad, succulent perfect steaks, macaroni and cheese with ham and asparagus. Of course, accompanying this was celebratory champagne.
The third element of our trip was the entertainment. One evening we walked to the Luxor to see Criss Angel’s Believe. Criss Angel is billed as an illusionist, and he certainly deserved that billing. His ability to disappear and reappear sitting in the audience, to enclose his assistant in a box only to have her appear elsewhere – all of his “illusions” were impressive.
The final evening of our trip was spent watching the Cirque du Soleil performance of Michael Jackson ONE. This is a wonderful presentation of music and typical Cirque du Soleil acrobatics made all the more phenomenal by the use of holograms of Michael Jackson performing with the cast. Our fourth-row seats on the aisle placed us in a prime position to feel almost like we were part of the performance. This was a perfect finale for our celebration!
While a trip to Las Vegas is no longer a “cheap” vacation as it once was, spending a bit more for luxurious accommodations, fine dining and superb entertainment is worth it. Las Vegas has much to offer, whether for vacationing honeymooners, families, adults or senior citizens. It may not be everyone’s “cup of tea,” but it certainly provided us with a memorable celebration.
Marcy Williams is a NewsOK contributor and a retired public school educator/administrator and Web editor.
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