Everyone needs a Las Vegas getaway at least once in their lifetime! The first time we went to Vegas together was for EDC in 2013. 6 months after, we hopped on the plane again for a quick Christmas getaway. This time without the partying and brutal hangovers…
Getting around on your Las Vegas Getaway
Don’t bother with a car. Cab it and walk it. Traffic is insane along the Vegas strip and you’ll have nowhere to park. Besides, strolling down the strip with a drink in your hand is the best way to take Vegas all in! Unlike Amsterdam, washrooms are free to use and there are plenty of them around 😛
Where to stay on your Las Vegas Getaway
With so many 5* hotels to choose from, the world is your oyster. The closer you are to the middle of the strip (like Bellagio) the more convenient it is, but it doesn’t matter as long as you’re ON the strip. With so many fancy hotels priced competitively, I would shy away from older properties and those that are fewer than 4 stars.
We stayed at Aria for free from cashing in our myVEGAS points (we only had to pay for airfare and food!). This is the view from our room. If you want a sweet view overlooking the Bellagio Fountain, book a balcony suite at Cosmo.
What to do on your Las Vegas Getaway
We love exploring the strip a little tipsed. Even if you don’t drink, people watching is still a good time. The Coca Cola Store and M&M World are fun to browse too. Made us feel like kids again!
Shopping and clubbing are the obvious so I won’t go into detail. You can spend days burning your wallet at The Forum at Caesar’s Palace and Fashion Show Mall across from Trump. Take a shuttle to the outlet if malls aren’t enough.
As for partying and nightclubs, there’s something for everyone. The popular ones like Marquee and XS (not sure if they have the same status today) have world renowned DJs spinning every week. I believe the newest, hottest one in town is called Omnia- this place looks solid for a good night out.
CATCH A SHOW
This is a MUST DO. There’s only one show that you need to care about in Vegas. Don’t waste your time and money anywhere else. Le Reve at Wynn Theatre is where it’s at.
It’s not part of the Cirque de Soleil company, but it is the best thing you can watch in Vegas. There are no bad seats in the house and there are no words to describe how amazing the production is.
We got complimentary tickets to see Zarkana but it was just like any other Cirque du Soleil show. Nothing special if you’ve already been to a couple of Cirque shows. We fell asleep during Zarkana… it just couldn’t compare to Le Reve.
Where to eat on your Las Vegas Getaway
Hohoho now we’re talking! The good stuff!
Earl of Sandwich
This place is bomb. We wish we had this in Vancouver! Open 24 hours, it’s inside Planet Hollywood. It’s great for a quick bite and the pricing is very affordable. Avoid coming here during normal meal times because the lines can be reallllly long.
Eiffel Tower Restaurant
We came here wanting to catch the Bellagio fountain show over lunch. Unfortunately we missed the memo that the show doesn’t start until 3pm on weekdays 🙁
Gordon Ramsay BurGR
Not gonna lie, but I’m a huge fan of Ramsay. I was pretty stoked! Their Farm Burger and yam fries sauce were delicious, but AS’s Hell’s Kitchen burger was way too spicy. It’s pretty darn expensive for what you’re getting ($16 for just a burger). We also thought it was unprofessional that the waitresses wore skin-tight uniforms/mini skirts that are… well, too short and tight. Great Farm Burger, though!
Jean Phillippe Patisserie
Expensive, yes, but you gotta do what you gotta do when you’re craving pastries! There’s one right downstairs in Aria so it was a must during our stay. I’d say it’s above average, but you can’t compare this to Patisserie Stohrer in Paris!
This is a beautiful 3-star Michelin restaurant inside MGM that picks you from your hotel in a gold limo. We had a cozy table in the faux-courtyard area where it’s more quiet (I don’t really know what that was but we really liked the privacy). The rest of the interior was beautiful, so was the plating. My goodness- each dish was a masterpiece in itself! The bread and dessert carts are heaven for pastry addicts. Expensive meal, yes, but it was well worth it.
Waiting for the gold limo to drive us back to Aria! Even this room was fancy smancy.
Check out Renata Pereira’s video on more Vegas fun!