“I love Las Vegas. It’s like going to Disneyland.”
We stayed in Las Vegas for four nights in July. It was my first time there and I was a little apprehensive to be honest. I had heard so many mixed reviews. Some of my friends who had been, found it very tacky and just didn’t like it. I really didn’t know what to expect.
We were staying at the Aria hotel and at check-in we were immediately upgraded to a Sky Suite. From now on, any trip I take I will be claiming that I am on my honeymoon! To say that the suite was amazing would be an understatement! I decided there and then that I LOVED Vegas! Sky Suite guests are treated to a private reception desk, complimentary breakfast every morning and complimentary wine, cheese and crackers every evening. Happy days! Check out our suite below!
So what to do? The first thing anyone should do in Vegas is simply walk! We walked the strip the second we got there and really got to take it all in! Be warned… summer time in Vegas is like being in an oven! Wear light clothing and FLATs! I didn’t wear heels once while there as you are walking constantly, there is just no point.
So the do’s and don’ts. First up, the do’s!
The Fountains of Bellagio
The Fountains of Bellagio is one of the most breathtaking attractions on the strip. It’s gorgeous, ever-changing and best of all, free. This spectacular dancing water show features more than 30 different songs that play on rotation including Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas,” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. In one word… WOW! We watched it everyday while we were there. It never gets old… Definitely better by night than by day but I never tired of it.
This restaurant is located in the Venetian hotel and came highly recommended by a friend of mine. I was not disappointed! Definitely book in advance, saves time having to wait in line. We booked earlier that day and were seated immediately when we arrived. It’s an Asian restaurant and the food is to die for!
I wore my Ted Baker pants and matching top with a chunky pearl necklace from Anthropologie. I opted for gladiator flats, Ted Baker too (all old stock now). Please excuse the messy top knot… I couldn’t handle wearing it down in that heat!
FYI I bought the pants and top in the Ted Baker outlet store in Vegas, only a bus ride away! The outlets are great, definitely worth a trip! We went to the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, click HERE for their store listings. There is also a Las Vegas South Premium Outlets, I never ventured that far so can’t say what they are like.
So back to Tao! You absolutely have to try the Tao-Tini cocktail… simply delicious, a must-have!
The dinner portions are big so I wouldn’t bother ordering any sides. If you want to check out the menu click HERE. For dessert you have to go for their signature cookie, the Giant Fortune Cookie.
It is filled with white and dark chocolate mousse and I swear you can taste every calorie! YUM! Here I am stuffing my face…!
When in Rome… Gamble!
After Tao, we went and did what every person should at least try in Vegas…GAMBLE! Vegas casinos serve free booze to all gamblers. Great! You don’t have to sit down at a $100 blackjack table, they will also bring you cocktails at the penny slots! I loved playing roulette and was blessed with beginners luck to start! My luck eventually ran out, unfortunately for me, but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself!
To fully immerse yourself in a classic Vegas atmosphere make sure you walk through all of the hotels. From the Cosmopolitan to the Venetian, the Bellagio to the Mirage…not to forget Caesars Palace. They all have their own distinctive theme and there really is so much to see! If, like me, you love “people watching”, you will be in your element! Don’t forget your camera! There will be lots of photo ops and as you can see below I even got to hang out with my good friend Johnny!
Cirque du Soleil
If you are in Vegas you HAVE to take in a Cirque du Soleil show. There are so many to choose from. I have only seen one so not sure about the rest but based on reviews we had read we opted for the Mystére show. It is presented exclusively at the Treasure Island hotel. The show was mesmerising. We were truly captivated from the moment the performers began. The movements of the performers are so fluid and synchronized. To see this in person really is a wonderful experience. I would definitely recommend it!
I opted to wear a playsuit for this night’s outfit. It’s by Yumi Kim and I bought it on Revolve Clothing (one of my favourite sites!). I was lucky enough to grab a sale bargain. I’d love another one in a different print. They often advertise promotional codes and I am always on the look out, if I see one I will share it on Facebook! My bag was Marc by Marc Jacobs, another sale item from Revolve! The US sites are the best places for brands like these.
I really wanted to see the Grand Canyon. I would have gone all out and done the helicopter tour, I’ve heard it is amazing! But my husband is afraid of heights and refused point blank to do it. I wasn’t keen on a five hour bus ride, each way I might add, so we went for the next best thing, the Hoover Dam.
This really is a site to see. The engineering that went into this in the 1930s makes you pause. The ‘dam’ tour (I’ve been waiting to say that!) and the power plant are fairly impressive. It is said to be one of the greatest engineering achievements in human history so quite educational to say the least!
I dressed down on this day and opted for a denim shirt by Guess and a Penny’s hat. I wore Zara shorts (you can see them better in the pics below). My go-to-gladiators were my footwear of choice once again!
- Do not use an ATM in a casino. Casino ATMs come with some of the highest fees anywhere — I heard horror stories of as much as $10 added to a single transaction. I would recommend paying for most things with your credit card and only carry as much cash as you think you will actually need.
- Don’t go near the buffet dinner options. We did once and it was disgusting. NEVER AGAIN!
- Don’t even consider jaywalking! Las Vegas is one of the most dangerous cities for pedestrians—hence the hefty fines. Tickets can reach several hundred dollars, so this is one corner you don’t want to cut.
- Do not wear heels! As I mentioned above you will be walking a LOT! Your feet will be begging for comfort as you walk through never-ending casinos. It’s just not worth it!
- Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and try to keep a bottle in your bag, you will need it!
Vegas is without a doubt quite a sight to see. There is no other city on the planet quite like it and is well worth the experience, at least once. After all, where else can you see such craziness. Is Las Vegas on your bucket list?