What I Did in Vegas

April 20, 2017

One of the most vibrant and electrifying cities, Vegas is the perfect destination to escape from reality and immerse yourself in a world filled with slot machines, buffets, fountain displays, shows, and lounges!  Because I’m only 19, I didn’t do much gambling or blackjack… But keep scrolling to see what I did do, where I stayed, the places I dined at, and the shows I watched!


Stay

Bellagio

Photo Courtesy: Bellagio

We stayed at the Bellagio and it was a beautiful and VERY busy hotel.  I do recommend this hotel if you love craziness as it certainly seemed hectic in almost every aspect the moment you walk in.  The fountain shows every 15 minutes were beautiful and, without a doubt, the best in Vegas but I am going to be honest and say that it was not my favorite hotel in Vegas.  My favorite still has to be the Wynn just because it had a more elevated feel and I felt the service was better.  The Wynn is not so jam packed with tourists and people everywhere but still had a great atmosphere and incredible dining options.  Plus, it was connected to the Palazzo, which is one of my favorite malls!


Eat

Gordon Ramsay Steak – Paris Las Vegas

Photo Courtesy: Caesars

Being right across the Bellagio, this was the restaurant we dined at the first night after seeing Le Reve.  I loved the red atmosphere but, trust me, it made for terrible lighting when taking photos!  Food was amazing!  Even though it is a steakhouse, the fish seemed equally good.  And although I didn’t order any steak, I’m sure the meat is outstanding given the restaurant is by Gordon Ramsay!

Bazaar Meat by Jose Andrés – SLS Hotels

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Located off the strip and inside the quiet SLS hotel, Bazaar Meat was an experience to remember.  I booked the reservation here because I loved The Bazaar by Jose Andrés in Beverly Hills so much I wanted to take my family to this place.  They have a different menu and different concept but the experience was great and fun.  The kitchens are all open and our server encouraged us to walk around and talk to the chefs and watch them prepare and plate each dish.  The restaurant is “tapas style” so you want to order some of everything and definitely ask the server for recommendations because there are an overwhelming number of choices!

Mizumi – Wynn Las Vegas

Photo Courtesy: Wynn

This was me and my family’s favorite restaurant (we went twice!)  Everything was unbelievable delicious and tasted light but full of flavor!  Again, I was obsessed with the red atmosphere and the best part was the garden and waterfall.  The restaurant has outdoor seating overlooking a little Japanese-inspired koi pond and waterfall  The ambience was perfect and this has to be-hands down-the best Japanese restaurant I’ve been to!  Definitely order the organic Jidori chicken sticks and the miso black cod-but I’m sure anything and everything on the menu tastes heavenly!

Lago by Julian Serrano- Bellagio

Photo Courtesy: Bellagio

Even though we dined here for convenience purposes (the restaurant is located inside our hotel), it did not disappoint!  Request for a patio table or a table by the window when you make your reservation because the restaurant overlooks the Bellagio fountains!  The decor is so chic and I literally wanted to take a picture in each of its “little rooms”.  This little Italian spot is a hidden gem that you don’t want to miss!


Shop

Ahhh…my favorite part!  Shopping!  Shopping in Vegas is so convenient-there will either be stores located right inside your hotel or the nearest mall is just a short walk away!  I found the best place to shop is The Grand Canal Shoppes located inside the Venetian and Palazzo hotels!  The good thing is the malls in Vegas aren’t that crowded and the Barney’s was practically empty.  Maybe this is just a personal preference, but I hate overly crowded malls and department stores.  The mall had all the designer stores and my all time favorite boutique – Christian Louboutin!  Went home with 6 pairs of shoes with 3 pairs getting shipped because there was no way I could fit them all in my suitcase!  Get ready to swipe that credit card if you’re planning on stopping by!


See

Michael Jackson: ONE

Photo Courtesy: Cirque du Soleil

This was the best show I have ever seen.  It might sound crazy but I am not the biggest Michael Jackson fan but you don’t have to be to see this show!  I was almost going to skip on it  but my brother and mom insisted I go with them to see it and I’m so glad I did.  The acrobatics, dance, stage effects and everything was mesmerizing.  Cirque du Soleil did an amazing job as always but this one was exceptionally great!  I would see it again if I got the chance!

Le Reve: The Dream

Photo Courtesy: Wynn

The show recommended by the hotel, Le Reve, had a clear story line and has been voted as the “Best Production Show” for multiple years now.  It is mysterious, yet exciting with thrilling water and fire acts!  Go see this dream you won’t want to wake up from!

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour

Photo Courtesy: GC Helicopters

One of the first thing’s we did in Vegas was a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.  To be honest, the helicopter ride itself wasn’t all that fun so the highlight for me was taking photos in the Grand Canyon.  Maybe that was because it was very hot  and being stuck in a cramped helicopter with no windows didn’t make it all that better.  But if you want to see the Canyon and get some cool photos to post on Instagram, definitely hit up Maverick Helicopters!

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