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In the hot Mojave Desert, discover dancing fountains, mind-blowing shows and the highest level of luxury on neon-lit holidays to Las Vegas
Expect grand statements around every corner from the moment you step onto the iconic Strip to the second you’re in a gondola sailing down a reincarnation of Venice. Enter a parallel universe of Cirque de Soelil performers and A-list entertainers in residency; award-winning chefs torching flames at your table with exquisite flambé and Showstopper dancers fluff their feathers over sequined leotards. The beat goes on long into the night and the atmosphere is always electric on holidays to Las Vegas.
There’s that floor-to-ceiling view over the neon-lit Strip as you wake up in an oversized bed, a spellbinding descent into the Grand Canyon by helicopter, and moonlit strolls under the whimsical lights of the dancing Bellagio Fountains. Look up and you’ll see early morning yoga on the world’s highest Ferris wheel and come evening you can dine in Michelin-star restaurants under million-dollar chandeliers.
Kitsch Elvis impersonators and heady casinos are all part of the Las Vegas holiday fun, but for every flamboyant cliché there’s also a stylish counterpart – billionaire mega clubs with mixologists whipping up foam cocktails, velvet covered lounge bars housing sumptuous sofas on marble floors and crystalline malls packed with luxury stores. There’s nothing beige or bland here – even the museums are full to capacity with mobster history, Titanic relics and beat-up stunt cars from iconic movies. If it all gets a bit much, slink off to your decadent hotel spa to breathe in detoxifying Shio salts or sneak away to a private pool cabana with Champagne on ice, likely encased in a solid gold bucket.
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- There are so many shows on offer here ranging from the gravity-defying Cirque du Soleil performances to A-list entertainers in residence
- No matter your tastes there will be plenty of restaurants that will suit you, alongside numerous bars and nightclubs
- If you seek a break from the city then a trip to the Grand Canyon by helicopter or coach is a must – why not hire a car and spend a night or two on the South Rim?
- It’s not all about the Strip – Downtown Las Vegas is where it all began. It’s a little less polished than the famed Strip yet is going through something of a renaissance
- Las Vegas is most likely the only place in the world that you can be walked down the aisle – and serenaded – by an Elvis impersonator, or head out to the Grand or Red Rock canyons for your special day
Best time to visit Las Vegas
• Vegas is a year-round destination, however the best times to visit for more comfortable conditions are from March to May and September to November
• During the summer the temperatures soar, however you'll never be too far from an air-conditioned casino, hotel, shopping mall or entertainment complex. However if you want to wander the Strip and spend your time outdoors it may be wise to choose a cooler time of year
• As you might expect from an entertainment-focused city such as Las Vegas, New Year is a very popular time to visit
• Even though Vegas is in the desert, winter temperatures can drop to low single figures.
Las Vegas holiday highlights
It is standard practice for resorts/hotels within the USA to charge a mandatory resort fee which is payable locally. This fee can be anywhere between 5USD to 40 USD per room per night and is not included in the cost of your Kuoni holiday.
There are the mega casino resorts where you can try your Lady Luck, hedonistic late-night clubs and show-stopping Broadway, circus and A-list star entertainment to book. Part of Las Vegas for over 20 years, the jaw-dropping Cirque de Soleil runs all year long and is a must, and if there’s a superstar in residence during your stay make sure to nab seats early for a spectacular performance. Expect big shows everywhere, from the candy-coloured Spiegel tent outside Caesars Palace to the 27-foot deep pool on stage at the Wynn.
You’re going to want to wander up and down through the throng of crowds on the Strip a fair few times, have a photo outside the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and the Fountains of Bellagio and check out the dancing mermaids at the Silverton casino. The brave hearted can jump off the top of Stratosphere, zip line from SlotZilla over Fremont Street or take a ride on the mind-blowing High Roller. Back on solid ground, there’s gangster history to explore at the Mob Museum, a journey through neon history at the super-cool Neon Boneyard and an intriguing circulation of fascinating collections in the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. Downtown’s Fremont Street is a big part of the Vegas experience, where classic hotels are full of old-school Vegas charm, local bands play cool covers, and an LED canopy blasts hits from home-grown bands like The Killers and Imagine Dragons overhead.
And if you want to escape the bright lights and nightlife for a while, it’s easy to combine a wild weekend with some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in the world – you’re in prime location for taking a helicopter ride over the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon or renting a car and staying a couple of nights on the South Rim. It’s also just a half-hour drive to spectacular Red Rock Canyon.
Where is Las Vegas?
In the desert region of Vegas Valley and surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Las Vegas is in the southern part of Nevada’s Silver State in the Mojave Desert. It has close borders with both Arizona and California and is about a four-hour drive from the Grand Canyon.
The Las Vegas Strip is long. Jump on the monorail to shuttle between hotels and casinos or use the most popular method of transport, taxi. You can’t hail one in Las Vegas, but there are plenty waiting in taxi lines throughout the day and night to ferry you from clubs, restaurants and hotels. You can also buy two-hour, 24-hour or three day passes for rides on The Deuce, the most cost-effective public transport in Vegas travelling all along the Strip and to Downtown and Fremont Street. If you want to explore further to the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, Palms Springs and Los Angeles then hiring a car is the best option. Vegas is a great starting point for a USA road trip through the national parks of Utah and/or California.
There’s the mega plaza Shops at Crystals on the Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip) where the likes of Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co. and Louis Vuitton sparkle against fine dining celebrity restaurants and you can shop until midnight. There’s The Forum at Caesars Palace housing over 160 high end stores surrounded by glittering replicas of Rome’s Trevi and Triton Fountains and the Fashion Mall bringing opulent weekend fashion shows and the big American department stores of Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Nordstrom. Discounted brands are on offer a taxi ride away at Las Vegas Premium North and you can expect to find weird and wonderful Vegas souvenirs at the Fremont Street Experience.
Food & drink
Imagine gilded top-chef restaurants, award-winning wine lists, master sommeliers and prized cuisine whether you come for sushi and sashimi or rare snow beef and seafood feasts. There’s celebrated chef José Andrés’ chic Spanish style restaurant in the Cosmopolitan, Jean Georges’ magnificent Steak House at the ARIA and the supremely romantic Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Expect late-night cocktails in poolside cabanas, sleek speakeasies, a 900-bottle wine list at Bellagio’s Le Cirque and chic rooftop bars looking out over the entire Strip. By day, pick up everything from doughnuts to pancakes and burgers to wood-fired pizzas, on-the-go or in an opulent hotel lobby lounge or café. Brunch is a big deal here and the Las Vegas hotel buffets are legendary. And remember, this is Las Vegas where food is served round-the-clock, so if you’re hungry at 4am it won’t be a problem.
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