On a High in Las Vegas and Higher

Trevor Smith on 14 May 2017
On Sunday 7th May, I met with other travel agents at Gatwick for a four night trip to Las Vegas, travelling on a near eleven hour flight to Las Vegas, we arrived mid afternoon for the transfer to the Encore Hotel.

The Wynn & Encore Hotels are a vision of gleaming gold towers and adds the look and feel of luxury to the Strip skyline. Along with its acclaimed entertainment, upscale shops and celebrity chef-laden restaurants, the serene environment incorporated scenic gardens, a manmade mountain, a three-acre lake with a mesmerizing waterfall, a relaxing spa and also a golf-course.

The Encore Hotel takes a casually elegant approach to ambiance with sunlit corridors and atriums overflowing with flowers and plants, intimate nooks and theatrical eateries and dramatic flair. There is a butterfly motif on the carpeting and in other accents, as that is a symbol of good luck. High-energy music also wafted through the corridors. Nearly 130 ruby red glass chandeliers made by hand in Italy adorn the ceiling of the casino floor.

Shining bright on the Las Vegas Strip, the 550-foot-tall High Roller is a true standout at The LINQ's outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment promenade. Measuring 520 feet in diameter, the High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. Facing north and south (parallel to Las Vegas Boulevard), the wheel took 30 minutes to complete one full revolution and featured 28 glass-enclosed cabins with broad views of the famed resort city.

MGM Grand is a colossal, emerald-coloured casino resort fronted by a signature 45-foot bronze lion. It includes 4 pools, 3 whirlpools, and a lazy river, live entertainment, a spa and fitness center, a huge casino, trendy nightclubs, and numerous fine dining and casual restaurants.

ARIA is the ultimate luxury Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Resort offering 4004 guest rooms, 568 luxury suites, 4 pools and 150,000 feet of gaming. Its refined rooms (some with views of the Strip) feature floor-to-ceiling windows and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. Wi-Fi is included in the resort fee. Suites add separate living spaces and wet bars. The casino offers slots, table games and poker, and there are multiple restaurants and lounges. The resort fee provides access to the spa and fitness centre, and there are also 3 outdoor pools and 3 hot tubs.

Site inspection of Bellagio This sprawling high-end Strip casino resort is housed in an Italian-inspired, 36-story tower fronted by a man-made 8-acre lake featuring dancing fountains. Elegant, modern rooms feature custom artwork and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs. Lavish suites and villas come with private elevator access, living rooms and butler service.

Site inspections of suites at Palazzo and Venetian Experience the romance of Italy at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Beauty and grace surround you at The Venetian, where every detail has been carefully designed to provide guests with a memorable stay – from the world’s largest standard suites to the city’s most elegant casino. An all-suite resort it features 19 remarkable restaurants. Debuting on the Las Vegas Strip in January 2008, The Palazzo soon set the bar for unrivalled accommodations, modern conveniences, and entertainment choices. The 50-story resort is home to 3,066 spacious suites, including an exclusive Concierge Level on the 23rd floor. The Palazzo boasts the beauty of Capri; the lush serenity of Tuscany; and the lifestyle of the Italian rich and famous.

Tropicana Las Vegas You may have heard rumours that Tropicana Las Vegas hotel and casino is not the Tropicana that you remember. Perhaps you even heard that they’re all new after a $200 million complete transformation of their property. If this is news to you, then prepare to be surprised because the resort is now one of the best casino hotel properties located directly on the Strip. The all-new Tropicana Las Vegas unveiled a South Beach inspired transformation and its new look, exciting rhythm and vibe, and unique focus on exceptional customer service has earned the property numerous travel industry accolades, officially establishing Tropicana Las Vegas as one of the top resorts in the city.

W Hotel opened in December 2016 and takes on a one of a kind experience in Las Vegas, with its intimate layout, secret entrances, private spaces and personalized Whatever/Whenever service. W Las Vegas guests have access to the amenities of the SLS Las Vegas.

Treasure Island Connected to the Fashion Show Mall by a pedestrian bridge, this lively casino hotel is across the Strip from The Palazzo. The modern, sophisticated rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows (many overlooking the Strip), free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, living areas and marble-floored bathrooms. There are several restaurants, including an upscale steakhouse, a casual BBQ joint and a pizzeria, plus festive bars. In addition to a casino with slots and table games, amenities include a busy nightclub, an outdoor pool and a hot tub, plus a fitness center, a full-service spa and live shows.

Paris Hotel This French-themed casino hotel with a half-size Eiffel Tower is across the Strip from The Bellagio. Most rooms feature traditional, European-inspired decor and have marble bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. In addition to the casino, amenities include a 2-acre rooftop pool in a French garden, and an indoor Parisian street with live entertainment stages and shopping areas, plus a lounge with pianos, nightclubs, and several restaurants, including a Gordon Ramsay Steakhouse.

Caesars Palace and Nobu No matter what kind of experience your clients dream of, with ten unique resort destinations, Caesars Entertainment will provide the playground for their imaginations. From pulse pounding gaming action and A-list entertainment, to soul-soothing spas and storybook weddings. Caesars Entertainment has the perfect Las Vegas destination for everyone. Choose from Nobu Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Rio All-Suite Hotel, Bally's, Flamingo, Harrah's, Paris Las Vegas, The Cromwell and The Linq.

Hard Rock Hotel Set 2 blocks east of the Strip, this high-octane, Rock ‘n' roll-themed casino resort is 1 block from the University Nevada, Las Vegas campus. Accommodations, some with pool and mountain views, range from ultra-modern rooms with Wi-Fi, minibars, flat-screen TVs and Bose stereo systems to suites with 40-inch flat-screens, deep tubs and living areas. Some suites and villas also feature band-themed decor, private terraces and wet bars.

Breakfast at the Wicked Spoon and site inspection of the Cosmopolitan Situated at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is located directly between CityCenter and the Bellagio. The resort’s uniquely vertical multi-tower design offers spectacular views of the vibrant city. The new 2,995-room resort features oversized residential-style living spaces with expansive, one-of-a-kind private terraces. Resort features include 10,000 square feet of casino space, world class shopping, and 43,000 square feet of spa, health club and salon offerings. There are also three unique pool experiences and multi-level integrated nightclubs.

Stay tuned for my nexr blog on the trips and excursions that we did in Las Vegas.