RMS reader Sarah is off to celebrate her upcoming thirtieth birthday in hedonistic style by jetting off to Vegas.
I saw you just did a Reader Request post on New York and where to go – well I have the same request but for Las Vegas 🙂 I’m going there in May for my 30th birthday. There’s 11 of us, and would love some recommendations for dinner and must-sees, anything really because there’s so much there and we are only there four full days.
As Sarah mentions she was inspired to send in her request after our recent New York post. As it happens I was more than inspired by all the fabulous suggestions and James and I are now planning an NYC trip for the Autumn! Anyway enough about me.
Having never been to Las Vegas I turned to my friend Sandra who was very helpful with the Big Apple recommendations. Let’s just say she’s turning into Rock My Style’s unofficial US reporter. My friend Matt also visited last year for a thirtieth birthday too so he has been more than happy to chime in with a few thoughts.
Sandra suggests heading to the Encore Beach Club at The Wynn for a bit of pool party luxury. Surrounded by three tiered pools and 50 foot palm trees Sarah and her friends can hire a plush day bed to people watch and soak up the sun.
Last year Sandy and her friend booked some of their Vegas activities back home in Blighty. They used Viator to arrange their helicopter flight over the strip. A limo picked them up from their hotel and they sipped champagne before the flight, all for around £50. Matt also ventured on a helicopter trip but this time to the mighty Grand Canyon rather than do the four hour road trip.
Cirque Du Soleil
Both Matt and Sandra recommended the dramatic mix of circus arts and street entertainment from Cirque Du Soleil. Sandra adored the Michael Jackson One Show. Matt’s tip is not to do it on the first night as it runs quite late and jet lag will have you fast asleep before the end! One to save for later on in the trip.
A pricey place but the decor is said to be incredible in the Chandelier Lounge at The Cosmopolitan (3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd.)
As the name suggests you’ll be sipping cocktails inside a crystal enshrouded bar. Very fancy. Despite the name there’s apparently no Cosmo on the menu but you can request a bespoke one. Sandra also recommends sampling The Butterfly cocktail.
The exotic surroundings of the Foundation Room at The Mandalay Bay (3950 Las Vegas Blvd.) were a hit for Sandy. Take in the view of the strip from this luxurious den or downstairs you’ll find Eye Candy Sound Lounge if the mood takes you for a little boogie.
Recently voted the best club in the US (with VIP tables an eye watering $2K – yikes) Hakkasan counts Calvin Harris as its resident DJ. Located at the MGM Grand, (3799 S Las Vegas Blvd.) Matt commented there’s an even split of men and women which is unusual for Vegas so would be great for Sarah’s party of couples.
For upscale-casual ambiance Sandra suggests heading to The Grand Lux Cafe at The Venetian. Portions are huge and apparently the Asian Nachos will change your life!
Hopefully this post shows Vegas isn’t just about casinos and gambling. Now it’s over to you folks. Where would you recommend Sarah go in the city of excess and opulence? Where do you go in Vegas to get a shopping fix? Any restaurants or bars the birthday girl just has to go to?
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