Highlights from Las Vegas

Writings travel posts is harder than I ever thought, so it's taken me a while to actually write this! Today I'm talking about my trip to Las Vegas way back in May. We flew out on Sunday from Heathrow for four days in the craziest city. It's a long flight to Las Vegas, an annoyingly I was sat by myself, so I entertained myself inflight by trying out Benefit's Pore-Fessional Instant Wipeout Mask - you can catch up on what I thought here.

We decided to stay at The Mirage hotel. We stayed here the first time we came to Vegas and decided it would be a good place to head back to. The hotel is filled with tropical trees and really gives you the feel of being in an oasis in the middle of the desert. It's in the perfect location on the strip, right in the middle of everything! After checking in, we headed up to our room. We had the most beautiful hospitality suite which gave us a bit more room to stretch out. The huge windows let in so much light and the view as phenomenal. There are so many hotels in Vegas, each with their own theme and feel. I'm eager to come back and try out one of the other hotels.

After our long flight we all just crashed out in the enormous fluffy white beds; they were like sleeping on clouds! American beds are the most comfy things in the world, so what started as a nap ended in us all sleeping until morning. 
The first place I really want to talk about is the Wynn hotel. On Monday morning after an amazing sleep, we headed over for breakfast. The Wynn is possibly my favourite hotel in Vegas. Much like the mirage it is filled with flowers and trees. Their similarity is probably down to them both being created by the same guy - Steve Wynn. But, the Wynn is like stepping down the rabbit hole into Alice in Wonderland, and is really really beautiful. It also smells incredible in this hotel, which was nice as you can still smoke inside the casinos (which I wasn't a great fan of).

We headed to The Buffet for breakfast and this is my ultimate Vegas recommendation. Breakfast/brunch at the Wynn is the loveliest affair. It's an enormous buffet restaurant covered in beautiful flower arrangements and stripped furniture. There's all the food you can imagine, and you can even have cake or ice cream for breakfast!! They also do bottomless mimosas and cocktails for $19 extra which is really quite reasonable for Las Vegas! I started with some freshly made red velvet pancakes with mixed berry butter which were amazing. 

Once we were all full of breakfast we decided to explore the Wynn a bit and stumbled upon the most stunning bar called Parasol Down. 

The bar is down a curved escalator, and serves cocktails outside in the sun overlooking a huge water feature. Last time I came to Vegas I was too young to drink and couldn't even sit in the bars (they're quite strict on the 21+ thing here) so I hopped at the chance to have my first Vegas cocktail! It was still morning but hey, when in Vegas! The hostess led us to a table by the water and I ordered a Hibiscus Lemonade which was absolutely delicious and so refreshing in the heat. 

After cocktails we headed out to explore the famous Fremont street. Known as Downtown, this is old Vegas where it all started. There's mixed advice about how safe this part of town is at night so we decided to take a daytime visit. The main street between the casinos is covered by a light up roof, and just below that is the Slotzilla zipline. We were feeling brave so decided to have a go! Once you were all dressed up in a body harness, they tied you up and off you went flying down the old Vegas strip!


The next day was absolutely beautiful. We headed down to the end of the strip to see the famous Las Vegas sign. It's a bit of a walk, and it was quite hot so we didn't stay too long. This time there was a little queue for a guy wearing an "officially licensed photographer" t-shirt and people were tipping him to take photos of them. There's a sign explaining that there's no licensed photographers at the sign so if you come here don't feel obliged to wait in that queue. We didn't we just headed to the side to take our own photos. 

All of the hotels have their own unique fun things to do, so after the sign we headed off  to wondering through some of the other casinos. Whilst in the Mandalay Bay hotel we visited the Shark Reef aquarium. The aquarium is beautiful and features lots about conservation and protecting our oceans. Next we headed to NewYork NewYork to ride their taxi rollercoaster and grab some dinner. 

Wednesday was our final day in Vegas, so we headed off for another amazing breakfast. This time we went to Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris hotel. We managed to get one of the coveted tables outside that overlooked the Bellagio fountains. Sitting in the sunshine here was absolute heaven. In true Vegas style we opted for Mimosas with breakfast and sat and chatted for ages. 

Next we headed to the High Roller - a new Vegas land mark. This whole complex is brand new and was't here last time  I came. It's got a really great vibe and I wish we'd spent a bit more time here during our trip. The High Roller is at the new Linq hotel and is quite similar to the London Eye. The view from the glass pods is one of the best in town, you'd probably only get a better view if you went on a helicopter tour! We opted for the Happy Half Hour cabin which has an open bar (and doesn't allow children) and I have to say this was one of the funniest half hours of my life and absolutely a highlight of the trip!! 

I hope you've enjoyed my whistle stop tour of my Las Vegas highlights! We had such a good time and if I were to write about everything we did I'm not sure anyone would read it! After Vegas the trip wasn't over. Next it was on to San Francisco. Until next time Vegas!

Have you been to Las Vegas? What are your trip highlights? Which hotels should I try next time?

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