Your last girls’ getaway to Vegas may have been a hazy alcohol-fueled college spring break or bachelorette party escapade, but that was years ago. Return to Sin City now and discover a grown-up side of town for a much classier ladies’ weekend—just perfect for a mother-daughter or best gal-pal escape.
Relax at the artsy LUX at SLS Las Vegas, the latest display of opulence in the hotel frenzy on The Strip. This all-suite tower opened in August 2014 and the intricate tapestry-like wall coverings; plush oversized sofas, armoire and chandeliers combine whimsy with European elegance. A handful of suites even include floor-to-ceiling enclosed balconies. The rooms, lobby and casino are all designed by Philippe Starck. Plus, you can indulge in a little SoCal-style retail therapy without leaving the hotel at the Fred Segal Collective.
Celebrate the city’s flashing lights at the Neon Museum, one of Vegas’ newest attractions. More than 150 retired neon signs—once part of the skyline—are on display and serve as a fascinating lens through which to explore the history of Las Vegas. Hour-long guided tours are available daily.
Enjoy a mother-daughter shopping spree at The Shops at Crystals, where you’ll find fashion’s most coveted names all under one roof. Connected to ARIA Resort, the 500,000-square-foot retail mecca is home to North America’s largest Louis Vuitton store, along with flagship boutiques for PRADA, Gucci and Tiffany & Co. Retail heaven!
A trip to Vegas isn’t complete without seeing Cirque de Soleil. With eight different shows to choose from, there’s truly something for everyone from The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage to the risqué Zumanity at New York-New York. These iconic Vegas shows are dramatic, unforgettable masterpieces, worth planning ahead for and splurging on prime tickets.
If you’re staying at the SLS, Ciel Spa is a convenient stop for pampering. You don’t even have to leave your cabana for a poolside massage, but you’d be missing out. Warm white tones and billowy curtains create a celestial dreamscape, the perfect backdrop for a signature treatment like the “Soothe Life’s Stresses” 80-minute massage with warm basalt stones and aromatherapy oils. Or you could detoxify with a seaweed serum wrap or hydrate from head-to-toe with a nourishing shea butter massage. Give yourself some time to lounge in the herbal steam room in between treatments. Yes, plural. You’ll want more than one.
Combine a mani-pedi session with afternoon tea at the Bellagio with a special mother-daughter spa package. Share tea and scones in a private suite while spending quality time together enjoying an organic manicure and pedicure featuring jojoba oil and Amazonian buruti fruit.
Experience the cuisine of the world-famous Joël Robuchon in an accessible, informal style at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand. Blurring the boundaries between kitchen and dining room, L’Atelier allows you to interact with kitchen staff in a friendly atmosphere while watching your meal being prepared. The highest-quality ingredients and technique are incorporated seamlessly in an environment that is both refined and relaxed. Make sure to try the signature L’Agneau en Carré Doré a la Fleur de Thym (miniature lamb chops).
Wander off The Strip for chic old-school charm at The Barrymore in the boutique non-gaming Royal Resort Hotel. Sip one of their 50 wines under $50 on the spacious patio or slide into a booth with a big group of girlfriends. Try the new spring menu or a special Mother’s Day brunch that features an unlimited Bloody Mary and mimosa bar.
You don’t have to choose between dinner and a show at the Cosmopolitan’s Rose.Rabbit.Lie., a modern supper club where you never quite know what to expect. Come and dine early or late, but plan to stay all night as you imbibe from a champagne tower or punch bowl, while dancing the night away. Or rest your tired toes and just sit back and enjoy the live music while reaching into the cookie jar for one last treat.
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