Las Vegas: top things to do

By Amy Rosoman

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Make every moment count in a dreamland bursting with the ultimate entertainment. Watch jaw-dropping shows, hit up classy casinos and party all day, all night. Discover stylish couture, golfing greens and a world of glitz and glamour.

Play your cards right

For gambling newbies, learn a game or two before you hit the Vegas high life or play a game of chance. Know your limits and your betting budget before you start. Have a go on a slot machine or sip on your favourite tipple whilst you watch, then play some chips and try your hand at blackjack at Aria Resort & Casino. Game in style at the thrilling casinos of Sin City. Pick your table and meet your match, soak up the invigorating atmosphere and roll the dice. Gambling experts can take on the challenge of the high-limit poker table in High Limit Lounge at Aria, with tournaments offered twice a day.

Where to stay: The Cosmopolitan – Dress up in your swanky room, then hit the sleek Chandelier bar for one of its signature cocktails such as All Night Long. Immerse yourself in the elegance of this luxurious hotel, which continues into the 100,000 square-foot casino.

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Notorious nightclubs, day-time pool parties and glamorous cocktail lounges.

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    Shop in style

    Vegas is a hub of magic, with retail therapy high on the list. From designer stores to quirky boutiques, make extra space in your suitcase.

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    Soak up luminous lights, jackpot sounds and an electrifying atmosphere in the thrilling casinos of Sin City.

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Party around the clock

Day-time pool parties, glamorous cocktail lounges and notorious nightclubs. When it comes to live DJs, sipping on margaritas under poolside cabanas, non-stop dancing, blow-out early morning partying, Vegas is the one and only. Stay ahead of the crowds and book a VIP experience for groups, for a no-fuss night out. Reserve your flashy booth at Omnia, Hakkasan or Tao nightclub and make the most of bottle service. Day-clubbing is huge here, from the Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore, to Wet Republic at MGM Grand – wake up, dress down and get moving. Remember to drink plenty of water, so you don’t miss out partying into the night.

Where to stay: Caesars Palace – With its glossy bars, stylish Roman theme and party-pumping Omnia nightclub under its roof, you won’t want to go to bed. Hit the confetti bursting dancefloors, watch acrobats hanging from ceilings and dance to big-name live DJs.

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Go on a shopping splurge

Think designer, malls, outlets, boutiques – a spending experience to remember. Explore luxury avenues and spend big bucks on Chanel, Prada and Jimmy Choo, just to name a few. Wander in and out of the abundance of hotel shops, browse through an array of labels and make room in your suitcase to bring back your stylish buys. Venture to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North to find some discounted Calvin Klein or Dolce & Gabbana, amongst other big names. Nearby is the Downtown Container Park, enjoy a unique experience in the open-air centre, with boutique shopping, several tasty food and drink spots and live entertainment.

Where to stay: The Venetian – Enjoy the essence of Venice throughout this hotel and explore lavish shopping at the Grand Canal Shoppes. With over 160 shops to look in, take the weight off your feet and enjoy a gondola ride after your retail therapy.

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Get that show on the road

Vegas is renowned for its big-name performers, star-studded shows and mind-blowing acts. Get tickets to an enchanting Cirque Du Soleil performance, make your way to a magic show and watch the likes of David Copperfield, for unbelievable tricks. Head out for a barrel of laughs at the Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club or see some top stand-ups and cracking comedy at the Laugh Factory. Why not try something different and go to a hypnosis show? If that’s not your cup of tea, catch your favourite headliner, from Celine Dion to Elton John and listen to the big hitters.

Where to stay: The Bellagio – Famous for its iconic fountain show, this sumptuous hotel also hosts the awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil’s show ‘O’. Enjoy dinner at the tantalising Michael Mina restaurant, before settling in for a night to remember.

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Take a swing in style

Make the most of year-round golden sunshine in the oasis of Vegas. Enjoy a variety of golf, with over 50 courses to choose from, in a luscious setting of mountain, desert, lakes and greenery. From pitch and putt to championship courses, there is something for every type of golfing fanatic. Test your skills at the Aliante Golf Club, with tricky bunkers, water hazards and tree-lined drives. Or stay close to the Strip and play at the Las Vegas National Golf Club, with its paradisiac fairways. For Vegas fun, head to the KISS Monster Mini Golf with a glow in the dark course and arcade games.

Where to stay: Wynn Las Vegas – When you’re not playing on the picturesque 18-hole Wynn Golf Club course, you can kick back in the spa or lounge by the pool in the sun. Then enjoy an evening with seafood dining at the Lakeside restaurant, followed by a show at the Encore Theatre.

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