Viva Las Vegas! The world-famous Las Vegas Strip is known for its bright lights, glowing beacons that instruct the world to come play. The only thing outnumbering the bulbs in Sin City is the amount of things to do, and whether you’re a Nevadan or an out-of-towner come to frolic on America’s playground, you’ll never run out of ways to have fun in the Entertainment Capital of the World. With so many options in front of you and oh-so-little-time, you don’t want to roll the dice and hope you get lucky. Save your gambling for the slots and tables: here are seven Vegas experiences that are a sure bet.
Ooh and aah at the ARIA
Gambling is the obvious start to any Vegas trip. The ARIA Resort and Casino stands out from the casino pack with a sleek and curvy exterior of glass and steel, its spacious interior made cozy by an attractive dark-wood design. Whether you’re betting with a penny, a dollar or five thousand dollars, the ARIA’s sophisticated casino floor has a big selection of both new video reels and old favorites – and if Lady Luck is on your side, even bigger payouts.
Modern slots like The Walking Dead and Wheel of Fortune 3D make television interactive and lucrative, while the first-ever slot game to feature the music of King of Pop Michael Jackson thrills you with a surround-sound chair. Classic table games like poker, blackjack, craps, baccarat and roulette are accounted for, with a high limit lounge offering handcrafted cocktails to help ease your nerves as you go big. The ARIA’s casino floor is literally a breath of fresh air: there’s a ventilation system that filters out smoke, making it even easier for you to relax as you enjoy this contemporary and chic casino.
Cut the buffet from your itinerary and visit Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse instead
After a long day of Vegas-ing, get your fill at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s award-winning CUT located within the Palazzo Las Vegas. Dinner at this swanky steakhouse doesn’t cater to just your carnivorous side (though its globally-influenced culinary offerings include the finest selections of beef in the city), but there are also seafood and salad choices. Only the freshest and finest ingredients are served, from the Nebraska corn fed, dry aged rib eye steak, to the sautéed and roasted whole fresh fish, to the wild field mushrooms and Shishito peppers to the Argentinean Chimichurri sauce – a house favorite – all presented beautifully. With restaurants in Los Angeles, New York, London, Singapore and Bahrain, the critically-acclaimed and upscale CUT is as world famous as its mastermind chef. So, if it's fine dining you want, it's fine dining you'll get.
Beach club it up at the swankiest spot
There’s no nicer place to soak up the sun on a hot Vegas day than the beach club nestled within Encore at Wynn Las Vegas. Named by Nightclub & Bar as Las Vegas Dayclub of the Year, the Encore Beach Club features a three-tiered pool complex, a DJ booth, 26 luxury cabanas (each with their own daybed, refrigerator and flat screen TV), and eight bungalows with cooling systems, private bathrooms, and infinity dipping pools. Completing the oasis-like pool scene is the private balcony that gives an unprecedented view of the Strip – if you can pull your eyes away from the seductive ladies occupying (read: straddling) the poles. Encore Beach Club has served as home to hit DJs David Guetta, Major Lazer, Alesso and Diplo, so you're in for a treat whenever you swing by.
Unleash your wild side at Hyde nightclub
Overlooking the world famous Fountains of Bellagio water show is Hyde Bellagio, a 10,000 square-foot club venue capable of accommodating up to 700 of the glitterati. Plush and intimate, Hyde’s features include full-service bars, premium bottle service and specialty cocktails crafted by renowned mixologists. Sip on only the freshest juices and ingredients as you unwind in elegance, whether you choose to cozy up in booths of dark wood and rich leather or take in the romantic ambiance of the exclusive Italian villa-inspired terraces for an up close look at the Bellagio’s wondrous and rhythmic dancing water show.
As you might expect, Hyde has hosted an elite community of celebrities, athletes and artists, with socialite Paris Hilton, Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps, musician Nick Jonas, comedian Dave Chappelle, actor Jeremy Piven, rapper Common, actress Sofia Vergara, and music superstar and Las Vegas headliner Jennifer Lopez all among Hyde’s MVPs. Party here in golden company and you'll walk away feeling like a rock star, trust us.
Lounge in the chicest of all lounges
Though it has nothing to do with iconic 007 besides its titular homage, the Bond Lounge at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is as smooth and refined as the British Secret Service agent who likes his martini cocktails shaken, not stirred. In typical Vegas style, it also features vibrant LED lighting and displays, LCD screens and eye-popping light shows, and an ultra trendy vibe. Upbeat house music and live DJs spin your soundtrack for drinks, music and gaming, with the lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows giving a must-see look at the Strip. Alluring above-table dancers and expansive seating make for a dynamic nightlife experience, the perfect scene for indulging on an extensive menu of playful and creative (oh, and pricey) cocktails. You’ve come to Vegas to imbibe, so you might as well do so luxuriously.
A hotel that’s a real Wynner
Vegas is a 24-hour town, and while the city never sleeps, you do. Conveniently located on the Strip, “Wynn” is pretty much synonymous with “luxury.” Lavishly decorated and incredibly enchanting, especially at night, the Wynn Las Vegas is part-casino, part-golf resort and part-hotel. Erected as a testament to Vegas’ opulence, you’re capable of receiving a worthwhile Vegas experience without stepping foot outside of the massive 215-acre property. The AAA five diamond, Michelin five star, Mobil five-star and Forbes five-star holder stands almost as high above the Strip as it does its competition. Did we mention the fine dining, enticing nightclub Tryst, private lagoon, 90-foot waterfall, spa, and ambient zen garden?
O hello Cirque du Soleil
The Las Vegas Strip offers shows unlike any other in the world. From intimate and small scale, to sweeping and extravagant productions, no Las Vegas outing is complete without a venture into one of our many theaters. The globally celebrated Cirque du Soleil presents “O,” a $70-million dollar production and theatrical experience that has to be seen to be believed. Found only at the Bellagio Las Vegas, it's a sprawling aquatic show brought to life with acrobatics, synchronized swimmers and divers, 85 performers and 1.5 million gallons of water on a crater-sized stage pool. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but you’ll carry this unforgettable show with you forever...