What Happens in Vegas…Stays in Vegas!!
November 3, 2014
Las Vegas…The city of lights, sin city, call it what you wish, but whatever your thoughts, you will be mesmerised upon arrival. If you are well travelled you may find the airport a bit underwhelming given the hype heaped upon the city, however, as airports go, it is spacious and clean with efficient, speedy service. With 400,000 visitors annually from the UK alone flocking to Vegas mainly to party, don’t blame me if I expected a disco ball and fire eating dwarfs at customs…..this was my first visit!
As I sat in my chauffeur driven car supplied by Presidential Limousines, I soon realised this was quite the ‘norm’ as a mode of transport in this totally fabulous city. So, I sat back in complete comfort and took in the spectacular infrastructure of 5 star hotels, bars, casinos and theatres, some at various stages of construction or refurbishment, well this is the city that continues to evolve, with new hotels and restaurants regularly opening, offering something different to it’s 39.7 million visitors a year, each venue more glamourous than the last.
During my visit, hot on the list of freshly opened venues was the Delano Las Vegas hotel, a collaboration between MGM Resorts International and Morgan Group, it stands tall and majestic as a non gaming, suite only resort. The Delano Las Vegas possesses the same contemporary style as it’s iconic ‘South beach’ sister hotel. If you decide to visit the Delano I would highly recommend a visit to Della’s Kitchen if for no other reason but to try the mouth watering ‘Mojave Burn’ juice, made from orange, carrot, cucumber, lemon, ginger plus a dash of cayenne. But I also need to mention the Blue Crab Eggs Benedict, another dish to be repeated.
Hotelier Sam Nazarian together with design godfather Philip Starck have transformed The legendary Sahara hotel, into what now stands as Las Vegas’ new entertainment palace. The SLS Las Vegas with it’s 1600 suites and rooms spread across three distinctive towers and amazing entertaining indoor and outdoor space, is the new trendy venue, where you can allow yourself to escape the busy part of the strip but still be close enough should you wish to be entertained Vegas style! The SLS Vegas which was my home during my stay in Vegas also houses one of the finest and latest spacious clubs in the city, featuring 70 VIP tables under 60-foot ceilings with captivating LED instalments.
The place to see and be seen is Giada opened by Emmy award winning US Giada De Laurentiis at the Cromwell hotel, it serves delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Giada with it’s spacious dining room and outside patio overlooking the strip currently has a waiting list the length of the Grand Canyon railway, however if you are lucky enough to get a table I beg you to try the juicy Orzo Meatballs with Parmesan Pomodoro and the Lobster Roll with Lemon basil aioli served with fried capers. Heavenly!
Among all the new developments, there are the already existing bars and hotels including the grand Bellagio hotel, The Venetian and The Wynn, however visitors to Vegas should take a moment to visit the Cosmopolitan hotel. The Cosmopolitan hotel located just off the strip houses a casino and one of Vegas’ biggest and most expensive art collections displayed throughout the hotel for your enjoyment. The swimming pool provides stunning views of the strip, but the piéce de resistance at the Cosmopolitan and one of Las Vegas’ wonders is the Chandelier Bar with it’s 4 million sparkling diamond-like crystals. Words are just not enough to describe the beauty and elegance of this bar, you have to see it to believe. Another hit with me and highly recommended whilst you are there is ‘The Verbena,’ a ginger and lemon Margarita garnished with a Szechuan flower/ buzz button that creates a tingle in your mouth for at least ten minutes.
There are various venues that offer fine dining such as the Picasso restaurant located at the Bellagio hotel by the lake, it provides the most impressive views of the spectacular fountains that have become a symbol of Las Vegas. The Picasso serves the most scrumptuous Pan Seared U-10 Day Boat Scallop, among other spectacular dishes, one of which is a firm favourite of mine…Japanese Wagyu Filet Mignon. I promise you will not want tot leave! Following dinner at the Picasso, it was only right that I check out the entertainment that the iconic Bellagio hotel has to offer. So I took in a Cirque Du Soleil show at the ‘O’ Theatre before heading off for serious late night hip hopping at the HYDE club which had been recommended to me by a great friend. The HYDE was definitely a venue frequented by the most hip and sophisticated Vegas crowd, providing an atmospheric ambience as well as fab music.
If you wish to explore other eateries in Vegas I urge you to try the newly opened BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas, the Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. But if you fancy a slice of Japanese culture then the finest destination has to be Hakkasan Restaurant and Hakkasan Nightclub at the MGM Grand or Tetsu at ARIA Resort & Casino.
I am yet to visit any city that has a more active night life than Las Vegas, there is something to do for each and every one of you, from shows such as cirques, ode to the greatest band ever ‘The Beatles LOVE’, Prince’s tribute show ‘Purple Reign’ and the longest-running and most iconic show on the famed Las Vegas Strip reopened at Bally’s Las Vegas ‘Jubilee’. If you wish for an evening with the a true artist you can always attend one of Las Vegas’ residency shows featuring the likes of Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Elton John or Olivia Newton John, some real class acts!
Somewhere off the strip is the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller standing at 55 stories (550ft) and is 100 feet taller than the London Eye, offering 30 minutes of amazing views of Las Vegas. The pods on the High roller (which can accommodate up to 25 people), are mini party palace pods, where you can hold an event, including waiting staff serving cocktails and canapés, while you admire the awesome Vegas skyline.
I loved my time in Las Vegas immensely, however to fully appreciate and all Vegas has to offer I feel a repeat trip coming on!
Any excuse to return to Sin City!