If you visited Las Vegas more than a few months ago, things have changed. New shows, the ever-changing entertainment in a fabulous new arena, repurposed resorts – all this is waiting. Actually, nothing in Vegas waits, so check out the lifestyle that can be yours for a weekend, a week, or who knows?
1. Live, Laugh, Love, La Rêve!
La Rêve — The Dream promises a new show every performance. Touted by repeat guests as better than shows in London and much better than Cirque, you’ll want to see La Rêve again. It’s been in Vegas for 11 years, but it’s constantly evolving. Rick Gray, GM of Entertainment Operations for Wynn Las Vegas, says, “We do this for our guests. As no two dreams are ever truly the same, neither is our show — and we take pride in that.”
Bonus! Get backstage tours that reveal the technical sophistication of the show from the top of the theater to underwater.
2. Stay on the Strip by Booking in Advance
Coming to Vegas? So’s everyone else! Your favorite booking sites will show limited rooms for your selected dates because only so many rooms are available at discount prices.
Book in advance to ensure you’re where you want to be — on The Strip.
Hotels range in price from the classic Circus Circus, Bally’s or Excalibur hotels for about $150 per night to the newer Aria, Nobu, or Delano complexes where you’ll drop $220-400 per night for regular rooms. A bargain option is Las Vegas resorts such as the Sapphire Resorts Strip location, The Jockey Club. You’ll enjoy a condo rather than a hotel room for not much more than $100 per night. In your own space, kick back, find separate resting areas, and eat at will between your stints at the casinos or other activities.
3. That’s Entertainment!
Travel memory lane with Vegas regulars Wayne Newton, The Temptations, Elton John or Reba. Laugh with comedians Ray Romano, Dana Carvey, Bill Maher, Dennis Miller or Jay Leno. At the new T-Mobile Arena, enjoy the diverse music of Keith Urban, The Rolling Stones, Carrie Underwood, Kanye West and George Strait, or watch ultimate fighting and Lakers basketball. It’s all coming up.
If you need a break in the action, unwind with a hike at Red Rock Canyon, helicopter over the Grand Canyon, or take in Hoover Dam. Pictures don’t do it justice — you have to see it. Shove some dirt around at Dig This where your childhood dream of bulldozers and excavators comes true. Check out The Neon Museum and Boneyard where all Las Vegas signage goes to die (and sometimes be resurrected after renovation — see the Fremont Street Experience).
4. Make Vegas Your Second Home
For those who can’t resist The Strip, think about making it home! Can’t afford a second home? Don’t want to limit yourself to one location? Great news! Sapphire Resorts had you in mind with their line, “Life is short…vacations matter.”
Think of what hotel rooms will cost over the next 10 to 30 years. For much less, you can purchase a Club Membership in Vegas and stay at the iconic Jockey Club Vegas, located right on the Strip. The membership offers tremendous vacation opportunities including time in your own condo complex in Vegas, with access to resorts all over the world via stay Sapphire Resorts and its RCI affiliate. Want a week in Bali, another in Paris? The world’s at your fingertips, it’s easy to set up a new vacation when you’re ready to travel somewhere new!
5. Re-Doing Old Vegas
Makeovers aren’t just for people; even hotels get facelifts. The Luxor lost its luster for Egypt while The Excalibur ditched the Round Table knights decor (though you can still watch jousting if you can’t help yourself). The Four Seasons had a $30 million renovation of all guest rooms and THE hotel has morphed into the Delano Las Vegas with a more boutique image. A $100 million renovation at the main Mandalay Bay hotel included its 3,211 guest rooms and suites. Keep your eye on the skyline — more re-dos are sure to follow.
If you are planning to come to Vegas again and again, save some money and start planning to own a piece of the strip. It’s the best way to return to Sin City each year and also have access to amazing resorts all over the world.