How best to spend 48 Hours in Las Vegas.


In my opinion, Las Vegas is the perfect luxury girls getaway. There is something for everyone regardless of age.  Having gone annually for nine years, I have learned a thing or two about how to experience all that Vegas has to offer in a short 48 hours - without gambling!   

In 48 hours you should be easily able to enjoy a couple fine dining experiences, take an afternoon shopping excursion, see an evening show, dance the night away at a night club or two, indulge in a spa treatment and chill in the hot, dry, sunny Vegas weather by the pool.  In a city that rarely sleeps, I never said sleep was part the 48 hours :).

Stay

There is no shortage of amazing hotels and new ones are constantly opening and pushing the limits of over the top experiences. Having stayed at many amazing Vegas hotels, my preferred is the Aria. The location is excellent, with easy access to the tram that will take you to the Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and the Shops at Crystals. The rooms and suites are gorgeous. The casino is one of the nicest in the city and there are many fine dining to casual eateries from top Chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Julian Serrano and more. 

Two bedroom suite.
Two bedroom suite - living room.
Two bedroom suite - dining.
Sip
Currently it is estimated to be more than 2,300 dining establishments in Las Vegas. The city has every type of cuisine available and everything from celebrity chef restaurants, enormous buffets to hole-in-the-wall places. Diners can choose from casual dining or five-star eateries. There are many websites that list the top ten or 20 restaurants. A few of my favorites are:
Giada, at the Cromwell
Bardot Brasserie from Michael Mina at the Aria
Estiatorio Milos at the Cosmopolitan 
Twist at the Mandarin Oriental featuring three Michelin Star-chef Pierre Gagnaire.


Giada.
Lunch - Giada.
Macaroons - Bardot.
See

Everyone knows Vegas is the place for shows - there are too many to list, however you can find all the options at Vegas.com.  Personally, I prefer the spectacular, jaw dropping creativity and beauty of the Cirque Du Soleil shows.  They never disappoint.  My three favorites are Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay, the classic "O" at the Bellagio and Zarakana at the Aria.
One - Michael Jackson.
O
Zarkana.
Nightlife

The Vegas nightlife is unrivaled. Choose from lounges, to sizzling day clubs and ultra nightclubs. The largest and newest club, the Omnia at Caesars Palace features an outdoor terrace overlooking the strip and 75,000 square feet of indoor club space. Other favorites include Hakassan at MGM Grand and XS at the Wynn Encore.  A word of caution ladies, pick pocketing is alive and well in the clubs.  Keep your purses closed with a tight grip and carry them in front of you :).

Omnia Outdoor lounge view.
Bottle Service.
Shopping

No girls weekend would be complete without a trip the mall or a few boutiques. There is no shortage of stores for you spend your money. For luxury shops check out the Shops at Crystals next the Aria or the shops at the Bellagio. Looking for a mall? The Forum Shops at Caesars and the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian feature huge indoor malls with every possible boutique imaginable. Across from the Wynn is the Fashion Show, 2 million square feet of shopping with high end department stores Saks and Neiman Marcus among others.


For charming little shops paired with a Vegas-only experience to match, head off the Strip to the Downtown Container Park. It's made from up-cycled shipping containers, and is home to lots of hip, artsy boutiques, galleries, restaurants, live music.

Enjoy.















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