Viva Las Vegas
A honeymoon destination you can do in a weekend
Posted: 02.03.12

Bathing in neon lights and surrounded by the golden Nevada desert, there’s nowhere quite like Vegas. The setting for many chic Hollywood flicks, the city of dreams is regarded as the most expensive place in the world and not just because of the endless slot machines. Twenty-four-hour mega casinos exist behind exquisite designer shopping malls, the finest restaurants, smart night clubs, spectacular entertainment facilities, world class sports venues and, of course, the most dazzling hotels in the world. But with over 100 extraordinary themed hotels, choosing one is a minefield. Luckily we’ve road tested the most luxurious accommodation for you so all you need to do, is check in and get on with pampering your other half.

The Palazzo and The Venetian


Owned by The Sands Group, these neighbouring five diamond luxury resort hotels that ooze Italian chic from every marbled corner. A replica of Venice’s most famous landmarks, The Venetian boasts a variety of designer boutiques along it’s own indoor Grand Canal with singing gondoliers, high end gaming, sumptuous restaurants and Broadway style entertainment from Phantom of the Opera to the Blue Man Group. While The Palazzo offers a special Prestige service, ideal for extravagant honeymooners providing a complete VIP experience. Here you’ll receive private champagne check-in and a spacious lounge area in which to take in the breathtaking views of The Strip making your stay here totally sublime.

With a choice of some of the most flamboyant bedrooms and suites in the world, there’s no shortage of accommodation. All the rooms in the Venetian are twice the size of most Las Vegas hotels while The Palazzo offers 3,066 expansive suites, offering one of a kind elegance. Inside the honeymoon suite you’ll be greeted by a private bedchamber, sunken living room, remote control Roman shades and curtains and 20” LCD television inside your bathroom, which is finished in the finest Italian marble.

Of course no honeymoon would be complete without a shopping spree and where better to fill up your suitcases than with an afternoon spent flashing the plastic on your very own doorstep.

Inside The Palazzo you’ll discover over 60 luxury boutiques from Chloe to Christian Louboutin. Once you’ve stocked up, head to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club to unwind. An oasis of health and rejuvenation, the club is a haven from the city’s hustle, bustle and bright lights. Refresh your feet with a peppermint pedicure, relax with a soothing facial or challenge your body to one of the many personal trainer led workouts.

After building up a sweat, you’ll be in need of nourishment. No matter what you’re craving, both hotels offer internationally renowned fine cuisine from the world’s best chefs. Zine is The Palazzo’s most delectable restaurants offering dining that’s a cut above the rest, with a fresh seafood sushi bar. Or you’ll be spoilt for choice in The Venetian which hosts 11 fine dining eateries and 11 casual restaurants – in the city of indulgence, there’s no excuse not to eat like royalty.

(Suites from £104 per night)

(Suites from £90 per night)


The Wynn and The Encore


The Wynn and Encore Hotels hold more prestigious awards than any other hotels on The Strip so with their winning accolades, you can be sure you’re being pampered in the most sought after resorts in the world. The towering bronze buildings stand side beside each other and glisten in the soaring sunrays – temperatures in Las Vegas always top 30 degrees centigrade so be prepared for a holiday in the heat!

Luckily there are a plethora of bars to cool down in or sip a refreshing cocktail by the hotels poolside’s. As once you’re settled in, there really is no reason to step outside your hotel. Every aspect of your stay is taken care of making you feeling like nothing but a VIP. In fact don’t be surprised if you spy a celebrity in the lobby, The Wynn is referred to as the summer home of the Rooneys; Wayne and Colleen treat their friends and family to an annual trip here each August.

Of course you can’t holiday in Las Vegas without seeing a live show. Whether your tastes are traditional – (spectacular showgirls) or more contemporary, (daring burlesque acts), there is always something that will amaze and delight you and you certainly won’t find a performance more exquisite than Le Reve. A feast for the eyes, the unique experience features aerial acrobatic, provocative choreography and artistic athleticism. Watch in awe as the live music and elaborate special effects immerse you in a world of fantasy, adventure and intrigue. Performed inside The Wynn theatre, the entire audience sits no further than 12 rows from the stage allowing you to see the spectacle, up close and personal. Combining air, water and dance, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

And as luxury is the theme of any trip to Vegas, you simply must check into the Encore Spa. There are 37 treatment rooms and a spacious garden area. The signature treatment is based of the five elements of Feng Shui – health, wealth, prosperity, happiness and harmony, known as their Fusion Massage, you’ll experience 50 minutes of pure unadulterated bliss. Other treatments include the lavender stone ritual to rejuvenate a weary body and the couple’s retreat.

The choice of catering options is impressive, from steak houses and humungous buffets to Michelin starred dining, whatever you fancy eating, you’ll find it here. And then of course it’s onto the rooms. As a five diamond resort you can be sure that your bedroom will be kitted out with the highest taste and comfort. Boasting panoramic views of Las Vegas’s enchanting skyline and the hotel’s 18 hole golf course, thanks to the floor to ceiling windows, every aspect of the rooms from deluxe to suites are fitted with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets and modern amenities with in-room massage and beauty services on offer.

Although you can’t fly into the city, regular coaches travel from Los Angeles and most visitors opt to combine a visit to both incredible places. Whether you decide to explore duel destinations or stick to Vegas, you can be sure of one thing, you’ll be living the highlife all the way!

(Rooms from £116 per night)

(Rooms from £156 per night)

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