Luxury in Las Vegas

This article originally appeared in So Scottsdale! magazine in December 2016 and was updated in 2021.

Las Vegas is a hip, trendy hotspot filled with master celebrity chefs, boutiques, luxury escapes, secret hideaways, world-class spas, and unbelievable entertainment.

With easy access from Arizona—merely a one-hour flight or four-hour drive from Phoenix—any time is a great time for a luxe Las Vegas escape. Come with me and check out what luxury in Las Vegas is really like in the entertainment capital of the world.

Sleep in Style in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is known for its big hotel-casinos, but when you want to create an experience to remember, there are a few standouts. For the ultimate in pampering, book your vacation at the ARIA Tower Suites. Your stay starts with complimentary, luxury round-trip airport transportation and you'll be whisked to the private Tower Suite Lounge for easy check-in. The best ARIA Tower Suites are the modern corner suites, complete with breathtaking views (especially from the corner bathtubs!).

ARIA Corner Suite. Photo courtesy MGM Resorts

ARIA Corner Suite. Photo courtesy MGM Resorts

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If your style is more Old World, opt for The Venetian, an elegantly European all-suites resort. Each suite at the Forbes Four-Star hotel has a separate sitting room and a marble bath with a Roman soaking tub. The Venetian is one of the world's largest hotels with more than 7,000 suites, as well as luxury shopping and dining, all under a single roof.

The Venetian and Palazzo exterior in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy The Venetian and Palazzo

The Venetian and Palazzo exterior in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy The Venetian and Palazzo

Gourmet Dining

Long gone are days when your only dining option was a buffet. Today, celebrity chefs flock to Vegas, and the biggest obstacle is how to fit in so many great options in one visit. One of the absolute best Vegas dining experiences is at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar's Palace. The Michelin-star restaurant dishes out impressive French dining.

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Dining at Guy Savoy Las Vegas. Photo courtesy Caesars

Dining at Guy Savoy Las Vegas. Photo courtesy Caesars

 

Guests can choose to order a la carte or select a prix fixe menu. Signature dishes include octopus with caviar, organic guinea hen, and seasonal chest-nut soup. The bread cart and dessert trolley are exquisite. For an extra-special evening, book the exclusive Krug Chef’s Table (it’s the only one in the U.S.) in the kitchen for two to six guests. It features a 10-course meal paired with two glasses of Krug’s prestigious cuveé Champagnes.

For something more casual-cool, check out GIADA at The Cromwell, the only restaurant of celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. The cuisine will take you to the hills of Italy, but with modern California influences. Brunch is offered Saturdays and Sundays, and the tasting menu is ideal for a Vegas weekend. The salmon cake Benedict is served with a decadent prosecco hollandaise, the pasta is hand-made, and the limoncello souffle with buttermilk gelato is divine. Delicate and fluffy, piping hot out of the oven, it is lavish yet light. And, of course, there is always room for dessert!

Cocktails are King

It’s no secret that Las Vegas has always known how to party and still does. Only today, it seems to go above and beyond – literally. Head to The High Roller at The LINQ with its 28 glass-enclosed cabins and sip cocktails at 550 feet above the Strip. The High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel, and if book your spot in the specially outfitted bar cabin, you can enjoy an open bar for the 30-minute journey.

If you prefer your drinks standing still but also with a great view, head to Skyfall Lounge, located next to Rivea on the 64th floor atop the Delano Las Vegas. With some pretty creative drinks and equally creative music mixes, you can dance the night away or sit on the open-air patio and watch the Strip below.

To take the road less traveled, head on over to the Las Vegas Arts District to check out a local gem, Velveteen Rabbit. This local craft cocktail and artisanal beer bar feel a bit like an old-time speakeasy. You’ll know you’re there when you see the neon rabbit on the front door. The menu changes quarterly as do the featured local beers. If you’re in town on the first Friday of the month, you can enjoy drinks and explore the arts district on the First Friday Art Walk.

Pamper Yourself Like Royalty

Have you ever dreamed of drenching yourself in 24-karat gold? Seriously,

it’s possible in Las Vegas. Head to the 50,000-square-foot Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace and lose yourself in the oasis inspired by ancient Roman baths. After soaking in mineral-rich pools, chilling in the Arctic Ice Room where snowflakes cascade from the ceiling, and snoozing in the relaxation room, you’ll be ready for an 80-minute facial to beat all facials.

After cleansing and exfoliating your skin, then completing a facial massage, the therapist applies a mask of anti-inflammatory 24-karat gold collagen to your face, eyes, lips, neck, and décolleté. While your skin soaks up the coolness of the gold, the therapist massages more collagen on your hands and arms, then rests your feet in warm paraffin.

Entertainment Galore

Shows are still the sweet spot in Vegas, and there are plenty to attend. Wynn Las Vegas offers VIP tickets for their upcoming shows like Lionel Richie.

For some good sporting fun, head to Topgolf Las Vegas. Sure, we have Topgolf here in Arizona, but nowhere else can you hit a few golf balls, catch a concert and sip cocktails at the swim-up bar (which is heated during cooler months), all while overlooking the lively Las Vegas Strip.

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Written by Susan Lanier-Graham

Founder and publisher Susan Lanier-Graham has traveled the world for the past twenty years, filling a passport or two along the way. She has wandered through the jungles of Thailand, explored the mysteries of the Great Pyramids, and shared the night with a leopard in Zambia. She sailed in the Mediterranean, sipped her way through Burgundy canals and Champagne caves. She followed Rembrandt’s footsteps through Amsterdam. Susan found her center on the red rocks of Sedona and soaked up an exquisite sunset over the Indian Ocean in Bali. Susan is always looking for wow moments around the world or across the street to share with adventure lovers everywhere. She has authored more than 75 books and hundreds of magazine articles. Susan is an award-winning travel writer and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA). She is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan's work still regularly appears in print and online. Susan is an award-winning travel writer, a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and is a Certified California Wine Appellation Specialist (CWAS). Susan has worked as an ambassador for Travelocity and is currently a travel ambassador for Rocky Mountaineer. Her work regularly appears in print and online in a variety of publications. These include various AAA publications, Postcards for Travel Leaders, Alamo.com, Hotels.com, Fairmont.com, So Scottsdale, Uptown, Green Living AZ, Life Refined, Modern Luxury, Marriott.com, WHERE Arizona, WHERE Traveler Phoenix + Scottsdale, and more.

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