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Las Vegas

My Must-List for All Things Fabulous in this 
Larger-than-Life City

 

If you’ve been reading this issue, then you’ve already gotten a sense of the elegance, extravagance, and luxury that Las Vegas has to offer. I’ve been enjoying fabulous getaways here for years now, and have learned a thing or two about how to do Vegas in style. Whether you’re in town for work, play, or a bit of both, this list covers everything from the most exclusive suites to the best fine dining to absolutely epic shows—plus, my tips on how to look and feel amazing while you’re at it. Enjoy!

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 590-8888

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The sophisticated and chic Mandarin Oriental Hotel is the best place to stay when you’re in Vegas on business. Located in the heart of the strip, it’s one of the only hotels without a casino, and has everything you need to feel totally taken care of—from a world class restaurant to a fabulous spa.

 

Nobu at Caesar’s Palace ​​
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 785-6628

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This Japanese-inspired boutique hotel inside Caesar’s Palace provides a mod zen retreat from the Vegas bustle. Stay in one of their unique, luxurious rooms or suites and enjoy room service courtesy of the famous Nobu restaurant.

 

Skylofts at the MGM Grand
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-1111

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You can’t get much grander than your own luxury loft atop the iconic MGM Grand. The Skylofts offer a glamorous boutique hotel experience with a super attentive staff that’s ready to give you the VIP treatment. Book one of these and you get picked up from the airport in a limo, and arrive to your private check-in with your signature drink awaiting you.

 

Delano Las Vegas
3940 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(877) 632-5400

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One of the newest places to stay on the strip, the ultra-chic Delano brings a bit of Miami glamour and modernist design to the Mandalay Bay resort complex. The sleek golden tower offers only suites, all of which are impeccably designed to be your home away from home.

 

The Bellagio ​​​​
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 987-6667

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A Vegas classic, the Bellagio exudes opulence and luxury. The hotel has won the AAA Five Diamond Award fourteen years in a row, is home to two Michelin-star rated restaurants, and in addition to the traditional resort line-up also boasts a botanical garden atrium and a fine art gallery!

 

Encore Resort & Wynn Las Vegas ​​​​
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 761-7000

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Elegant and stylish with a fun Vegas flair, the Encore Resort has landed on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List for six years in a row. The resort also happens to be home to two of Vegas’ best and brightest nightclubs—so if you’re craving a night out of dancing to top DJs, this could be the place for you. Keep the party going through the day in your own plush cabana at their fabulous Beach Club.

 

Lux at SLS Las Vegas
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 761-7000

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This all-suite luxury tower at the chic SLS Hotel provides a unique lifestyle-driven experience of Vegas. Enjoy fab decor by legendary designer Phillippe Starck, with playful details like oversized sofas and a peek-a-boo shower.

 

The Cosmopolitan​​​​
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7000

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The glamorous and feminine Cosmopolitan is home to multiple levels of glittering casinos plus three fabulous pools to relax in. You’ll love the posh rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and quick access to great restaurants and shopping at the Crystals.

 

The Cromwell Las Vegas Boutique Hotel
3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
877-459-4292

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A Parisian-inspired boutique hotel in the heart of the strip? Say no more! The Cromwell houses just 188 rooms, with hardwood floors and glamorous old-world decor that mixes modern with vintage. Stay in style and enjoy dining at Giada and lounging by the pool at Drai’s day club.

 

Caesar’s Palace ​​​​
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7110

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For an iconic Vegas experience, it doesn’t get better than Caesar’s Palace. From the opulent lobby to the lavish rooms, this is a classic hotel truly fit for a Queen. Perhaps you might even go for one of their penthouses, or their spectacular villas, which come with private gardens, hot-tubs, and pools.

 

Giada at The Cromwell
3595 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 777-3777

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I was blown away by the first-ever restaurant from celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis, who is also the first woman to open an eatery on the strip! Inside the fabulous Cromwell hotel, Giada’s elegant dining room is plush and comfortable, with breathtaking views of the Bellagio and Caesar’s.

 

Nobu at Caesar’s Palace ​​​
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 785-6628

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I am a long-time devoted fan of Nobu. Wherever I am in the world I can always count on their sophisticated sushi and service. When in Vegas I love this sprawling location at Caesar’s Palace, which has an expanded kitchen program and a playful ambiance.

 

Twist at Mandarin Oriental
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
(888) 881-9367

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This acclaimed restaurant comes courtesy of Michelin-Star awarded French chef Pierre Gagnaire, whose Parisian restaurant is also one of my favorites. Up on the 23rd floor of the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, this fabulous eatery is a must-try.

 

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Restaurant at the MGM Grand
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-7358

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Chef Joël Robuchon has been called France’s Chef of the Century, and his first U.S. restaurant is the only one in Vegas to be awarded 3 Michelin stars. Trust me, dinner in this town doesn’t get more spectacular than this.

 

Estiatorio Milos at The Cosmopolitan Hotel
J3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7930

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Milos is an ultra chic Greek dining concept that has sprouted up in New York, Miami, London, and now Las Vegas! More intimate than your typical Vegas eatery, this spot is sleek and stylish with plenty of private dining options that are perfect for group events.

 

Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace​​
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7286

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Another unforgettable Parisian experience in Vegas, Guy Savoy’s famous restaurant at Caesar’s Palace serves up rich, velvety French cuisine. Indulgent and opulent, you might opt for the chef’s tasting menu paired with the finest Champagnes.

 

Bartolotta at the Wynn
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3298

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For fresh, Mediterranean cuisine with a seafood focus, Bartolotta at the Wynn is your best bet. Enjoy yummy house-made pastas and choose from over forty varieties of fish and shellfish flown in from Italy. You might even love dining outside in a cabana by the private lagoon.

 

Bazaar Meat by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel
2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(855) 761-7757

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José Andrés delivers another epic restaurant, presenting his world-famous Bazaar concept for the Vegas crowd. Let the seductive, other-worldly space draw you in to enjoy the Spanish chef’s delicious avant-garde cuisine.

 

STK at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7990

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STK is making the steakhouse sexy again with a modern, refined atmosphere and meticulously curated cuts of meat. Fab DJs and craft cocktails take the experience from any old dinner to a great night out.

 

Michael Mina at the Bellagio Hotel
3400 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-8199

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At his Vegas restaurant, Michelin award-winning chef Michael Mina gives his classic dishes a playful twist. This elegant eatery features innovative flavors and an extensive wine list full of limited-production bottles.

 

Lakeside Seafood at the Wynn
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3310

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This glamorous restaurant over looking the serene Lake of Dreams showcases Chef David Walzog’s “ocean-to-table” specialties. Featuring fresh fish from Hawaii and a variety of exotic dishes, it might be Vegas’ most immersive seafood experience.

 

Wing Lei at the Wynn
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-3388

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Wing Lei is the first Chinese restaurant in the U.S. to win a Michelin Star. Along with the masterful cuisine, you’ll love the rich, electric dining room done up in brilliant gold and jewel-tones.

 

DB Brasserie at the Venetian
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 430-1235

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A contemporary French brasserie with a Vegas twist, I love this clubby French-American spot for a more casual bite with polished service. Make it your go-to for an ultra-gourmet burger or a fab bottomless brunch.

 

Della’s Kitchen at the Delano
3940 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 632-9444

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Steps from the Delano lobby, Della’s Kitchen is a warm and contemporary space where farmhouse food gets an urban update. It’s a stylish spot to meet for a delicious breakfast complete with cold-pressed juice, or drop in for classic comfort food like tomato soup or steak-frites.

 

Alizé at the Palms Hotel
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
(702) 951-7000

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This classic Vegas restaurant has been ranked as one of the 5 best in North America. With breathtaking views and phenomenal Michelin-starred French cuisine, I especially love dining here for a celebration with friends and family.

 

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 590-8886

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I loved spending the day at the serene and opulent spa at Mandarin Oriental. With decor inspired by the exotic luxury of 1930s Shanghai, you’ll feel like royalty in one of their rich, wood-paneled private suites.

 

Qua Baths and Spa atCaesar’s Palace​
Cypress Street Marketplace, Caesars Palace Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7822

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This award-winning spa at Caesar’s Palace offers a grand, elevated spa experience. You’ll want to spend all day unwinding in their ultra relaxing roman baths, which channel the ancient healing powers of water.

 

The Spa at Encore
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-4772

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The majestic spa at Encore invites you to relax in an opulent environment that includes chic designer treatment rooms, beautiful garden villas, and regal lounges. This spa won the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star award in 2015, so you know to expect excellence.

 

The Spa and Salon at Aria
3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 590-9600

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The Spa at Aria boasts several unique spaces and experiences, such as blessed Japanese stone beds, and a Shio Salt Room where you can lounge and purify your lungs with salt-infused air. After your treatments, a unique co-ed balcony pool is the ideal spot to unwind with your love.

 

Bathhouse Spa at the Delano
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, 2nd Fl, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(877) 632-9636

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Like everything else at the Delano, the Bathhouse Spa is sleek, modern, and cool. Polished steam rooms and saunas await, as well as treatments rooms for you to indulge in massages, wraps and facials.

 

ADD Make up & Hair
7155 Rainbow, Ste 215, Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 373-2660

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During this issue’s shoots in Vegas, I worked closely with ADD Hair and Make-up and was thrilled with their work! Owners Andean Rose and Didi Perez have built a fab full-service glamour company that can get you head-to-toe ready for any occasion and leave you feeling like a total celeb!

 

ESPA at Vdara Hotel and Spa
2600 W Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 590-2111

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ESPA is one of the most intimate spas in Vegas, and it also happens to be a totally green spa. Any retreat here beings with their signature European heat experiences, as they take you through a therapeutic series of temperature changes to enhance your day of pampering.

 

Spa Bellagio
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 987-6667

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I’ve been going to the Spa at the Bellagio for a long time and always walk out feeling amazing. This is the classic Italian spa experience done really well, complete with sumptuous Roman baths and luxurious, relaxing rooms to unwind in.

 

Mandarin Bar
3752 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, NV 89158
(888) 881-9367

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Chic cocktails and stunning views sparkle at the intimate Mandarin Bar, one of Las Vegas’ most exclusive after-dark venues. I loved coming up here for an afternoon tea meeting, and think it makes a great spot for a pre-show cocktail hour.

 

The Chandelier Lounge, Cosmopolitan
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7000

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This high-energy lounge right in the thick of the Cosmopolitan casino really brings the bling. A gigantic, glittering chandelier anchors multiple tiered bars where you can relax with a fab cocktail.

 

Fizz at Caesar’s Palace
Caesars Palace, 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 776-3200

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Sir Elton John’s nearly 3000-square-foot champagne room at Caesar’s Palace is a truly one-of-a-kind, when-in-Vegas kind of experience. FIZZ is a lavish place to enjoy the finest champagnes, high-end cocktails, and sophisticated small bites. You’ll love the extravagant decor which also gives you a peek of John’s personal art collection.

 

Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell ​​​​​​
3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 777-3777

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Perched on the rooftop of The Cromwell with a spectacular view of the strip below, Drai’s is definitely the Beach Club to be at in Vegas. For a relaxing, yet festive day by the pool, you can book your own cabana, order some mimosas, and enjoy great DJs and a happening vibe.

 

Bound Bar at The Cromwell
3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 777-3777

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This sophisticated lobby bar from Master Mixologist Salvatore Calabrese is ideal for an elegant night out with close friends. Plush seating and curtains give it a warm, intimate vibe while the chic circular bar invites you to grab a stool and watch the masters in action.

 

Franklin Bar at The Delano Las Vegas
3940 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(877) 632-5400

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The Delano has offered up a seductive and stylish cocktail experience with their fab lobby bar. In dramatic shades of navy and gold, Franklin Bar is a glamorous place to spend an evening celebrating with friends.

 

High Roller at The Linq
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It is always so much fun to ride on the spectacular High Roller! It’s an air-conditioned, 30-minute trip on the world’s tallest observation wheel—wonderful for a romantic and memorable experience with your love.

 

Stratosphere Tower Observation Deck
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Another incredible place to take in the stunning Vegas skyline and surrounding mountains, the Stratosphere Hotel’s observation deck provides 360 degrees of indoor and outdoor views. For a comprehensive look of the area it really can’t be beat!

 

Fountains of Bellagio
Jl. Raya Besakih, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia
+62 815 58449505

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I consistently get a kick out of these iconic fountains—the most ambitious and choreographically complex in the world! You’re unlikely to catch the same show twice as this dancing water feature has an impressive repertoire of opera, classical, and Broadway tunes.

 

Mirage Volcano
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Nothing like watching a volcano erupt to kickstart a fun weekend in Vegas. Brought to you by the geniuses behind the Bellagio Fountains, This audio-visual spectacle outside the Mirage shoots smoke and fire 100 feet into the air above the water.

 

Gondola Rides at The Venetian​​
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Part of the fun of Vegas is a sampling of experiences from around the world, so why not enjoy a romantic gondola along the Grand Canal at the Venetian? Make an afternoon of it with brunch at DB Brasserie.

 

Atrium at The Bellagio
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These incredible gardens are another example of Vegas really outdoing itself. I’m always amazed to see what looks like a rainforest thriving in the middle of a hotel in the middle of a desert! Talk about wow factor!

 

The Fashion Show Mall
3200 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 369-8382

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This 2-million-square-foot mall is kind of the ultimate. You’ll find all of the major stores here, including the big ones like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. On the weekends you’ll find models strutting down runway platforms around the mall, wearing clothes you can actually buy that very day.

 

Forum Shops at Caesar’s
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7110

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Built to resemble a street in ancient Rome, the Forum Shops create a really fun and unique high-end shopping experience. You’ll find a good mix of luxury boutiques from brands like Christian Louboutin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Cartier and Jimmy Choo along with more mass market staples and even an Apple Store.

 

The Shops at Crystals
3720 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89158
(702) 590-9299

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Las Vegas has really outdone itself with the Shops at Crystals—the largest collection of luxury brands under one roof in the world! Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbanna, Roberto Cavalli, Prada, Celine…this glossy glass palace is a luxury lover’s shopping dream come true.

 

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Palazzo
3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-7777

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After your Gondola ride, why not enjoy a stroll along the Grand Canal? The shops at The Palazzo are an elegant collection of high-end retailers and you’ll even find some cute cafes in the mix.

 

Via Bellagio
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 987-6667

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The lavish shops at the Bellagio transport you to an arcade in Milan or Paris. Here you’ll find only a small collection of the best European fashion houses—Chanel, Hermes, Dior, Gucci—which is sometimes just the curated experience you desire.

 

Helicopter Tour of The Grand Canyon
5596 Haven St, Las Vegas, NV 89119
800-653-1881

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The Stratosphere Observation Deck is great, but the VIP way to see Vegas and the beautiful desert surroundings is with a helicopter tour. The service will pick you up in a limo before whisking you through the sky, flying over Lake Meade, the Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon.

 

Exotics Racing
Fashion Show, 3200 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 892-0043

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If you need a place to send your husband or significant other while you indulge in some me-time at the spa, this could be it. If your love is at all into cars, chances are they’ve always wanted to drive a supercar on a racetrack. Exotics Racings makes the dream real, offering an amazing fleet of vehicles from Ferraris to Aston Martins.

 

The Vegas Sign
5100 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
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The most fabulous way to start or end your trip is with a photo op at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign. I had so much fun shooting our first week’s cover here and it truly feels like a Vegas tradition!

 

Tour the Hoover Dam​​
United States
(702) 494-2517

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Set against the beautiful Colorado River landscape, the Hoover Dam is an iconic American Institution and a tremendous man-made feat. Take a tour to explore this historic site and appreciate what the Dam is all about.

 

Neon Museum​​​​
770 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 387-6366

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Las Vegas is constantly renewing itself with bigger and better lights and buildings, but luckily the Neon Museum is here to preserve its past creations. Visit this fun museum to see all of the fabulous signs and figures that have contributed to the city’s iconic history.

 

Lake Las Vegas
Lake Las Vegas, Nevada 89011
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I love a getaway-within-a-getaway, so naturally I had so much fun escaping the strip for a morning with Glenn to enjoy the serenity of Lake Las Vegas. Along with the gorgeous scenery, there’s also a lovely village with boutique shops and cafes to explore.

 
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Cirque du Soleil – LOVE
The Mirage, 3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Phone:(702) 792-7777

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Of course I love The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil, so what could be better than LOVE? All the classic songs are re-invented and brought to life by aerialists, dancers, and acrobats. It’s an unforgettable spectacle and you really can’t go wrong.

 

Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 866-1400

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Celine is back! This fall the Grammy award-winning icon returns to her legendary Colosseum residency at Caesar’s Palace. Expect extravagant outfits, glowing sets, and a live orchestra. Nobody does Vegas quite like Ms. Dion.

 

Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson “One” at Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(877) 632-7400

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Since I was such a big fan of LOVE I’m looking forward to seeing ONE on my next trip to Vegas. I can’t wait to see what the Cirque performers do with Michael Jackson’s repertoire.

 

Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace​​
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-7110

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This new variety show at Caesar’s Palace has been generating quite the buzz. Described as an acro-cabaret variety show, the New York Times said it was a mix of Cirque du Soleil and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sounds like fun!

 

Cirque du Soleil – “O” at Bellagio​​​​
3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 987-6667

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I loved this ethereal Cirque inspired by water. One of their most poetic and operatic shows, it even features synchronized swimmers and divers, creating a really unique experience.

 

Elton John’s “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum​​​​
3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 866-1400

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After you grab a glass of champagne at his bar, FIZZ, why not head to The Colosseum and see Elton John’s world-renowned show, The Million Dollar Piano. John is a man who knows luxury, so expect lavish visuals and grand theatrics centered around the incredible namesake piano.

 

La Reve – The Dream at Wynn Las Vegas
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 770-2270

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This show unfolds in a unique aqua theatre, where dancers, acrobats, and swimmers deliver a mesmerizing performance that will transport you into a watery dream world. The highly successful show has been running for ten years and more recently incorporated fire into the production.

 

JLo – Coming January 16th
3667 Las Vegas Blvd S. Las Vegas, NV 89109
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I am a big JLo fan, so I was excited to hear she had taken up a superstar residency at Planet Hollywood! Her headlining run begins in January and promises to be of the highest and most extravagant production quality.

 

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