People are always a little surprised to find out that we spent some of our honeymoon enjoying the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas…before I went for the first time about four years ago now, I thought Vegas would be a hugely tacky playground of electric lights, gambling and general debauchery. But I was proved wrong, not only did I love it for the glamour, good times and luxury, I thought it was a really romantic place to go. Mr Silver and I decided that the ideal way to spend the last few days of our epic honeymoon to the USA and Bora Bora was to party the night away in one of our favourite holiday hotspots!
Here’s 10 ways to enjoy a luxurious and romantic honeymoon in Vegas:
1. Stay at the Encore I’ve been to Vegas twice now and both times we’ve stayed at The Encore, the hotel is adjacent to its sister hotel, The Wynn, and both are owned by casino and hotel mogul, Steve Wynn. The two hotels are regarded by many as the most luxurious in Sin City, and they are by far my favourites. Both times we stayed we had a room in the exclusive Tower Suites which gives benefits such as your own private entrance and concierge, a VIP pool, queue jumps and complimentary breakfast. The hotel itself is a playground for luxury lovers with Michelin star restaurants, high-end designer shopping, a beautiful spa, stunning pool area, 18-hole golf course and the most epic night clubs that I’ve ever been to.
2. A Romantic Dinner With a View
Las Vegas is literally packed with romantic and fine-dining restaurants many of them with Michelin stars and celebrity chefs. For me, one of the most romantic ways to enjoy a meal is to have a stunning view to peer out on whilst looking into each other’s eyes. For a view of the famous fountains I recommend trendy sushi restaurant, Yellow Tail or for a chilled lunch check out Olives, both are at another favourite hotel of mine, the Bellagio.Though it may not be as romantic as the real thing, I loved having dinner at the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel, if you’re sat at the edge by the window you can also enjoy an incredible view of the fountains.
See my guide to Las Vegas for more restaurant ideas.
3. Have a Spa day
I loved the spa at the Encore and it’s the perfect place to escape the fast pace of life in Vegas…The spa itself is beautifully decorated with pretty plunge pool, glowing lanterns and comfortable seating everywhere – it’s probably the most opulent spa I’ve ever been in. I’ve mentioned before I’m not hugely into spa going and I think going for a massage or facial actually means time away from your loved one, which is why I would suggest booking a couples treatment. There are several options for a couples massage or bath and body treatments which take place in the couples suite or for extra privacy you can request it in your room.
Honeymoon is just the perfect time for Mr Silver to buy me presents and we both loved going shopping in Vegas. The first time I went to Vegas I loved the Venetian for shopping, there’s even a canal running through for a cheesy moment on a Gondola, and Caesar’s Palace is great for a mixture of high-end and high street fashion. When I last visited Vegas I actually preferred the shopping centre of newer hotel, The Aria. The Shops at Crystals, as it’s known, is a more modern and spacious shopping centre than the malls in the older hotels and it has a huge selection of luxury brands.
5. Hire a poolside cabana
I love the pool at the Encore and the Wynn and there’s even an adults-only pool for honeymooners looking to escape and have some privacy. Mr S and I love ordering a cocktail or glass of champagne and taking it into the pool to cool off whilst enjoying our drinks. For even more privacy, one day we hired a poolside cabana which meant we had our own little beach hut with a stocked fridge, comfortable sofa and a plasma TV.
I think that definitely calls for a glass of champagne!
6. Have drinks by the waterfall
Ok so it might not be a real waterfall but going for drinks at Parasol Down, the bar over-looking the Wynn’s 40 foot waterfall, is a really fun experience!
This epic cascade is located at the Lake of Dreams, with a view of tree-covered mountains. If you return in the evening and dine at the Lakeside restaurant you can witness a wonderful light show, alive with holographic images, puppetry and music.
7. Going clubbing
Speaking of which, Tryst nightclub at the Wynn has a 90 foot waterfall!Now, I hate to admit that my clubbing days are coming to an end, I’d rather go out for a meal or to a chilled bar than a crazy night club. But there’s something about Vegas nightclubs that are different for me and I love the fact that they have such large outdoor areas.Instead of feeling bothered by the crowds and banging music, Mr S and I loved being able to have a table together, drink a bottle of champagne and enjoy the warm Vegas air while taking in the fountain and listening to top DJs. The other night club that I love is XS at the Encore, a club surrounding the Encore pool, it’s one of the most successful clubs in Vegas and best that I’ve ever been to in the world!
8. Watch a show
Everything in Vegas is just bigger and better, and that includes the shows. I’d definitely recommend Le Rêve, a show that takes you into a dream-like world of underwater dancing and thrilling aerial acts of agility.For a romantic treat we had special seats with a private video of behind the scenes performances, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and truffles.
9. See some of the most romantic sights in the world in one day
Where else can you see some of the world’s most romantic landmarks all in one day? In Vegas you can see the Grand Canals, the Eiffel Tower, the Trevi Fountain and the Pyramids of Egypt all in a one place.
I’d also recommend strolling through the hotels just to see some of the weird and wonderful decor…one of my favourites is the gardens at the Bellagio.
10. Tour the Grand Canyon
Now I can’t write a romantic guide to Vegas without mentioning the Grand Canyon, rather shamefully, though I’ve been to Vegas twice I’ve never actually visited the famous national park and its beautiful scenery. It takes about 4 hours to drive to the Grand Canyon from Vegas or you have the option of an aerial sightseeing tour…despite my fear of heights I love this idea on Viator of a VIP helicopter tour and a champagne breakfast in the Canyon – what a perfect honeymoon moment.
Have you ever been to Las Vegas? Would you consider planning your honeymoon there?