By Annie Shustrin
Gambling and gluttony may be infamous traits of Las Vegas, but in recent years, Sin City has become an epicenter for luxury, relaxation and fine dining. Between the expansion of the famous Las Vegas Boulevard strip and a newly minted focus on world-class dining and entertainment, there’s a lot more to do on a weekend in Vegas than set up shop at the blackjack tables.
For luxurious accommodations, book yourself into one of Las Vegas Boulevard’s premier hotels. The Bellagio and the Wynn deliver high-end glamor, elegant rooms and premier shopping. The Cosmopolitan and the Aria, though new to the strip, are stunners with their impeccable modern design and sweeping views.
For some rest and relaxation, most hotels offer full service spas and pool areas. A massage and facial may cost you a pretty penny, but are certainly refreshing after a night out in Vegas’ many nightclubs. For a break from the air conditioning on a hot desert day, The Bellagio pool can be quiet and inviting, while the pools at The Encore and The Comsopolitan host DJs and a party atmosphere.
For a five-star dining experience, head to one of Las Vegas’ distinguished restaurants, featuring haute cuisine and world-famous chefs. Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Trotter, Tom Colicchio, and Hubert Keller (amongst others) have opened establishments here, all serving creative dishes and international flavors. I’ve always had a great experience at Mario Batali’s OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria at The Venetian, but three- Michelin star winner Joel Robuchon’s signature restaurant in the MGM Grand is not to be missed.
CheapAir Travelers, what do you like to do in Las Vegas? What would you recommend for dining and activities?
Annie Shustrin is a travel addict. When she’s not on the road, she’s either thinking about past trips, planning future ones, or fantasizing about where she’d like to be right now. She has visited over 30 countries on both long and short term travels, and is now based in New York City. She writes for her blog TravelShus.com, as well contributing articles to other online travel publications. Though Indonesia and New Zealand are amongst her favorite destinations, her favorite travel memory was in China, where she got to hold a baby panda on her very own lap.