Probably one of the more common ways to visit Las Vegas is on business. Conference after conference, mingling and meetings. But the good news is, you’re in Las Vegas, and even though you’re on business doesn't mean you can’t take a break to enjoy the city. The other good news is that Las Vegas is very good at breaks: luxury spas and salons, a competitive restaurant scene, world-class shows and hotel rooms that’ll make home with the kids look like Arkham Asylum... they're all part of the Vegas experience.
The iconic Blue Men have had a standing engagement at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino since October 2012. Before that, they were at the Venetian. The Blue Man Group basically have a permanent home in Las Vegas, where they can freely practice their experimental, interactive art and create loud percussive music from PVC plastic. The themes they play with in their live performances deal with the information age and science and technology, the idea of isolation and connection, and despite the fact that the performers have and are uniformly blue neutral personae, they are able to connect with the audience on a visceral level through music and art.
See Hopper's ranking of the best live shows in Las Vegas for more ideas on which shows to see
Photo courtesy of the Canyon Ranch SpaClub
For a relaxing break between meetings with foreign associates and conferences, hit one of the two Canyon Ranch Spas, located in the Palazzo and the Venetian, respectively. Both offer rejuvenating spa facilities like Aquavana steam rooms, "Experiential Rains", and Finnish saunas, spa treatments and massages, as well as a top of the line fitness centers to rebalance the body inside and out.
Check out the opulent glamour of Las Vegas' top spas to see the endless possibilities for relaxation
For a casual drink with the team, go to the hotel bar. The Mandarin Bar offers expertly mixed cocktails, light snacks and a large wine menu in the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, overlooking the Las Vegas Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. Their private room, named The Edge, accommodates 30, so it’s a convenient place to bring the company together and party.
The Mandarin Oriental LV is also on Hopper's list of the best non-casino hotels in Las Vegas, unsurprisingly
A collector of accolades and consistently raving reviews, Guy Savoy is one of the finest of the French fine-dining eateries on the Las Vegas Strip. Choose from their four diverse and specially curated menus and wait for one of the best meals available in America to roll out delicate and immaculate course after course after course, all the way to the espresso. Afterwards, hit the Cognac Lounge to cap off this extravagant experience.
For more ideas on where to famously dine, see Hopper's picks for the five best celebrity chef restaurants in Las Vegas
For an overnight accommodation without the buzzing and whirring of the slot machines, the zombies drifting between gaming room and lobby, and a breakfast experience without hungover 21-year-olds at neighboring tables, book a room with the Four Seasons Hotel high atop Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, accessible by a private drive. Chill out by the pool, or grab a meal at any of the 22 Mandalay Bay restaurants, like Veranda or Charlie Palmer Steak, both located directly on the premises. That is, of course, if you ever want to leave the luxury room on the uppermost floors of this towering edifice looking all the way north up Las Vegas Boulevard and, beyond that, to the desert mountains of Nevada.
The Verandah at the Four Seasons is also home to one of Las Vegas' best brunches, according to Hopper