When someone mentions Vegas you think of bright lights, casino’s, a city that never sleeps…arguably the entertainment capital of the world, I visited Vegas on my journey around the world in 2006 and having ticked the box I didn't think I'd ever have a good reason to go back. Until now.
Most of the time I travel to discover a new culture, landscape or activity – to explore the world. On this occasion the decision to travel was based purely on the people I would be travelling with. Theses girls.
Vegas is a popular destination for hen and stag parties, milestone birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions requiring one hell of a knee’s up and this was one of them.
If you’re planning a weekend to let your hair down with your pals then here are my top tips.
1. Chose your accommodation wisely
There’s a dizzying number of hotels to chose from on the Strip and weighing up the options is time well spent. If you’re with a group, look into suites. The sky suites at the Aria are superb with a private entrance, concierge and uninterrupted views of the Strip from floor to ceiling windows. Split between a group or 4-6 people in a 2 bedroom apartment they present a very affordably option for serious luxury. The Aria is an upmarket hotel with many restaurants and a buzzing casino floor as well as several pools, and you’re within easy walking distance or a 3 minute taxi ride to pretty much everything.
2. Book club nights in advance
The clubs hosting big DJs get busy. Really busy. So plan ahead and get in touch with a promoter to ensure your group is on a guest list. Be warned that a drink will set you back $15-20 so if there’s a group of you and you’re having a big night, booking a table with a minimum spend of $1000-1500 can be worthwhile
3. Do not miss the pool parties.
No where does pool parties like Vegas does pool parties! Plan ahead and chose the days with your favorite DJs – popular venues are Encore beach club and Wet Republic at the MGM. Encore is potentially “classier” than Wet Republic but both are equally fun. Once again, reserving a lounge or cabana area is a good should if there’s a group going - a lounge bed with private waitress will set you back $2000-$3000.
4. Book a show
It’s unlikely that you’ll have the liver power to party for 2 or 3 full days straight but there are plenty of other things on offer in Vegas from Cirque du Soleil to Britney. Most shows are on more than once a day so if you’re unsure of your itinerary you can pick up tickets when you arrive to ensure you book for the right day and time.
5. Pamper yourself
A good way to wake yourself up and get ready to party is to show your body a bit of TLC! A blow dry bar recently opened in the Miracle Mile Shopping Mall and is set up to deal with groups of friends – opt for the VIP treatment and you’ll receive a glass of bubbles and a goody bag as well as leaving with perfectly touselled tresses.
If it’s some R&R you’re after the Aria has a great spa and a day pass is just $40 so if you have an afternoon flight and don’t fancy paying for a late checkout this is the perfect place to unwind, regroup and get ready for the journey home.
6. Tour the strip.
The Vegas strip is the perfect place to take in the atmosphere and craziness and is the most alive at night. Catch the Bellagio fountains at sunset and then wander the elevated walkways, people watching and stopping for street performers as you go. Shops and restaurants pepper the gaps between casino’s alongside novelty shops such as M&M and Coca-Cola world.
7. Book a slap up meal
Nobu, Hakassan, STK – they’re all there in Vegas, as are a plethora of other dining options including all you can eat buffet’s serving breakfast, lunch and dinner choices 24 hours a day.
8. Pack light
When you’re heading out, carry ID and not much else – particularly for pool parties. The door screening policies make the TSA look like a walk in the park as you’ll have every nook and cranny of your belongings searched. Over the counter medicine such as Tylenol and eye drops will be confiscated as well as anything that could be used as a weapon – which apparently includes chewing gum…..
Have you been to Vegas before? What are your top tips?