A weekend with the girls – poolside cocktails, luxury spa treatments, shopping, and a judgement-free food frenzy – set against backdrop of the flashing lights and electricity of the Las Vegas Strip. What could be more appealing? Whether it’s for a bachelorette freedom weekend, a just-divorced re-education in Singledom 101, or just a well deserved break from the stresses of real life, Las Vegas is the destination. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and anyway, who’s going to divulge the secrets of this hedonistic vacation? Certainly not your girls.
There’s a lot to stay up for in Las Vegas – endless shots at trendy lounges, the flashes, chimes and buzz of windowless gaming floors, legendary DJs spinning fresh beats at world-renowned clubs. However, Thomas Keller has given thrill-chasers a reason to get up in the morning with his Bouchon French Bistro and Bakery in the Venetian Hotel. Ease the hangover with a light and effervescent Champagne cocktail, and perk up the tastebuds with his Moules au Safran et à la Moutarde. If you’re not feeling mussels first thing in the morning, there’s always the classic Breakfast Américaine with a choice of any breakfast pastry. Ah, the city under the morning spotlight of the sun, it is beautiful and so delicious.
This isn’t just a massage, it’s a spiritual journey. The body is prepared with a dry-brushing and a generous slather of organic sesame oil. Two synchronized pairs of hands work out every knot in the body with the calmness of a gentle wave. Finished off with a Shirodhara treatment (from the Ayurvedic tradition of pouring liquids over the "third eye"), this luxury massage treatment is a favorite among the visitors who can afford to pay $435 for the 30-minute session.
Less of a mall than it is a post-apocalyptic alien spaceship playground that happens to also sell luxury timepieces and Louis Vuitton handbags, the Crystals is a shopper’s treasure trove and a design aficionado’s heaven. Polish architect Daniel Libeskind, known for his elaborate jagged glass and metal structures, has made Crystals possibly the most jagged and glassy of all his designs (besides his highly controversial and almost identical Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto). Inside, it’s a dizzying array of opulent and heavy-hitting names like Balenciaga and Versace, Porsche and Wolfgang Puck, all laid out in a lavishly antiseptic Kubrick dream-machine. They are daring, because they are wealthy.
Visitors have often described the experience at Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand as a meal of a lifetime. From the complimentary ride from their hotel to the restaurant in a gold limo, to the bread cart, all through the impeccably executed sixteen course menu dégustation (and accompanying wine) capped off with a spread of mignardises, Robuchon makes sure that if his guest’s meal of a lifetime is in his hands, it’s gonna be worth it.
The relationship between pure water and infinity is one of the central themes of "O", a circus show from the internationally renowned Cirque du Soleil from Quebec. On the extravagant stage at Bellagio, acrobats and performers dive in and out of the pool in the stage, swing and sail across the water, weave, dart, and fly through the air in beautiful choreography. "O", comme l’eau, water in French, has had a permanent home at the Bellagio since 1998 and attracts visitors from all over the world.