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Four reasons why our heart belongs to Las Vegas
With America back on our travel list, why not go all-out with a trip to the technicolour 24-7 playground that is Vegas? Whether you’re in the city for casinos, cocktails or to chill, let the good times roll at one of MGM Resorts’ dazzling hotels
BEST FOR… EXCEPTIONAL GRANDEUR
In a city of superlatives, the MGM Grand holds its own. The resort is one of the most sizeable hotels not just in Vegas or even the United States but in the entire world, with 4,996 rooms and suites to suit every budget and taste (if you’re looking to dial it down, book a Stay Well room, where aromatherapy, air purification and specialised lighting enhance your wellbeing). There are no fewer than 16 restaurants, cafés and grills, but for a romantic rendezvous, try Joël Robuchon’s Michelin-starred French restaurant. If the Art Deco décor doesn’t get you, the exquisite 16-course dégustation menu will.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to entertainment. The MGM Grand is renowned for its stellar events, running the gamut of comedy, magic, music, sport and more. Book Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ for dazzling pyrotechnics and mind-bending acrobatics. Or create your own adventures in the 6.5-acre grounds, complete with four pools, whirlpools, waterfalls and Lazy River, and at Topgolf – the sprawling entertainment complex with its high-tech driving range, swim-up bars and lounges. Surely the glitziest place to tee off.
BEST FOR… OFFBEAT LUXURY
The extraordinary metal-and-black-glass pyramid-shaped Luxor – named after the ancient Egyptian city – heralded the arrival of the megaresort in Vegas in the 1990s. Though the hotel no longer wears the crown of tallest construction in the city, it remains one of the most iconic (and budget-friendly) additions to the skyline, not least with its 110ft Sphinx sculpture guarding the entrance as well as the famous Sky Beam, said to be the strongest light in the world, which shines upwards from the pyramid’s apex.
Guest rooms are located in two ziggurat-shaped towers but, to fully embrace the Egyptian vibe, book one of the newly renovated rooms with slanted walls and windows in the main pyramid. Take one of the hotel’s sideways lifts – aka inclinators moving at a 39° angle – to the pool deck, one of the largest in Vegas. Hungry? The Food Court has exhaustive fast-food options though for upscale, order ribeye and Martinis at Tender Steakhouse. Take a ten-minute stroll to the MGM Grand, from where you can hop on the monorail or bus, or make the mile-long trip to the iconic ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign. No Instagram feed is complete without it.
BEST FOR… PARADISIACAL ADVENTURE
It is often said that Vegas isn’t a city, but its own magical world – nowhere is this truer than at ever-popular The Mirage, with its Y-shaped golden towers. To call this timeless Polynesian-themed hotel a tropical oasis doesn’t do it justice. Think jungle foliage, cascading falls, crystalline swimming pools and even an erupting volcano – it’s so verdant, you’d never guess you were in the middle of a desert.
The rainforest theme continues indoors, where palm trees adorn the atrium and fresh orchids line the walkways. Upstairs, the updated rooms are decorated in rich hues and warm woods, complete with marble ensuites, while the shimmering views of the Strip below are certainly no mirage. While you may feel the call of the city, dining at the Mirage is a must, whether that’s pancakes at the Pantry or Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, with its warm atmosphere, open wood-burning grill and bold menu. To finish off, all you need is… Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE – a toe-tapping spectacle of acrobatics, stunning choreography and a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack.
BEST FOR… MAXIMALIST FUN
When the Bellagio (opening image) threw open its doors in 1998, it took the Strip by storm. The opulent hotel thrills in every way, even by Sin City standards. And, of course, its legendary fountains, which weave together water, music and lights, are iconic. Stay in one of the newly refurbished guest rooms and you’ll feel as if you’ve hit the jackpot. No detail has been left unturned, from the spacious built-in closet to the remodelled bathrooms (think oversized showers and dual sinks).
Days here are spent poolside. Hire a cabana at one of the five Mediterranean-inspired pools, which seem a world away from the fast-paced, kaleidoscopic metropolis beyond. As the sun sets, the fun begins. Will it be a return to the Jazz Age at the Mayfair Supper Club, a blow-out at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Prime Steakhouse or Italian delicacies and larger-than-life fountain views at Lago? Either way, you can’t leave without diving into O, Cirque du Soleil’s mesmerising aquatic show.
All British Airways holiday packages are ATOL protected, include 23kg of checked baggage per person and come with a Customer Promise that gives you peace of mind when booking your holiday. Book your Las Vegas holiday with MGM Resorts and British Airways Holidays at ba.com/mgm.