I recently went to Las Vegas with a lovely group of girlfriends to celebrate my bachelorette party. We had amazing weather, hung out by the pool, and got to explore the different hotels and casinos. We stayed in the Flamingo, which is in a central location on the strip. They have multiple pools, restaurants, cafes, shops, and is home to the famous Donnie and Marie show. It opened in 1936 with a “Miami/South Beach” style, which it has kept true today. It was the third resort to open on the Vegas strip, and it is the oldest one still currently functioning. They recently renovated it, which made everything look much fresher from even the three years ago when I stayed there last.
You could be in Vegas for days exploring the many hotels. Here are some that I walked by or went in when I was there.
The Wynn was built in 2005, so it’s one of the “newer” resorts. It’s been named one of the “Top Resorts in the World” according to Conde Nast Traveller. It even has an automatic window washing system! I’ve seen the water show Le Reve there before, which is similar to Cirque de Soleil productions. They do so many stunts in the water that each performer must be scuba-certified. Make sure to get a seat in the “splash zone” to get up close and personal (you don’t get that wet, I promise).
We had a delicious dinner at a tapas restaurant called La Cave at the Wynn. After, we walked over to the adjourning hotel Encore to check out their nightclub, XS. It was outside surrounding their pool area, which made the view amazing. Skrillex, a well-known DJ, played later that night in the indoor part of the club.
Caesar’s Palace is a fun hotel to walk around and look at all the Roman-themed decorations. This is in front of the famous fountain inside their entrance.
While I didn’t get a chance to go inside Treasure Island this time, I have been before and they have an amazing lunch buffet. It’s a popular resort for families, as they have the pirate theme all around the hotel.
Paris is one of my favorite resorts, as the whole place has a French theme. There is a delicious restaurant there called Mon Ami Gabi, which overlooks the strip if you’re lucky enough to get outdoor seating. At night, the Eiffel Tower replica lights up.
Bellagio is an Italian-themed resort based on the area of Bellagio in Lake Como, Italy. It is frequented by professional poker players, as they have high-stakes and high table limits. Their weekend brunch buffet is phenomenal, with everything from sushi to seafood to french toast and pancakes. At night, they have a show outside in the “lake” with the fountain sprays choreographed to music. I highly recommend stopping by here to see a show if you’re in Vegas.
Inside Mandalay Bay, they have a shark reef aquarium. Here’s a shark that slowly swam by me and showed his teeth. He didn’t look friendly.
The Luxor is an Egyptian-themed hotel which presents as a giant, black pyramid outside. Inside, there’s all sorts of neat statues and decorations.
While it’s nice to take a break from the heat and walk around inside the casinos, part of the fun is seeing all the crazy characters on the street. There’s promoters for clubs, restaurants, and events all trying to talk to you to get you to come to what they’re promoting. There’s also a lot of “street performers” like Chewbacca below. They dress up in full character and for a tip, will pose with you. This character roared right before the picture was taking, scaring all of us. At least he was in character!
Vegas is a great location if you’re looking for a short weekend away full of entertainment for all ages. There’s still so many resorts I haven’t been to and shows I would like to see in the future, so I know I will be back! Until next time, Viva Las Vegas!
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