The enviable climate
It’s tough to identify an off season in the city that famously never sleeps, but a few days in the Nevada desert where residents are basking in blue skies and searing temperatures, while back in Blighty everyone is succumbing to the cold and ice is a tempting prospect. Our message? Pack the t-shirt and sunnies and get going.
Las Vegas’ riotous pool parties are legendary - there’s a party every afternoon with the raucous antics continuing well into the wee small hours. (Make no mistake: Vegas is a destination that knows how to have a good time). The Marque at the Cosmopolitan (www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com) is currently the hottest, hippest party in town: expect to see blondes with legs like pipe cleaners drinking and dancing, while bronzed, buffed blokes banter at twice the decibels of normal levels of conversation. Alternatively make for Mandalay Bay (www.mandalaybay.com) and join the fabulous sun tanned bodies sipping killer cocktails to a live DJ while reclining in a gorgeous cabana.
The fabulous food scene
Vegas’ never ending buffets and free flowing drinks are all still present and correct but the desert city has, in 2016, gone decidedly upmarket and embraced fine dining. Looking for somewhere top to treat your taste buds? Head to Hakkasan (www.hakkasanlv.com). Spread over five floors in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, the high end US$120 million Chinese restaurant/club hybrid has hosted the A list likes of JLo and Pharrell who come for the silver cod and to die for dim sum, in an interior that has been constructed from laser cut marble. Be prepared to battle for a booking but, if you get one, you won’t be disappointed.
Shop to it
Excellent retail therapy is another reason to visit Vegas. If you’ve struck it lucky on a slot machine, seek out The Shoppes at Palazzo (www.grandcanalshoppes.com) - packed as it is with over 60 international designers including Jimmy Choo and Tory Burch. For those of you who don’t boast the budget of a footballer, The Fashion Show Mall (www.thefashionshow.com) is where it’s at. Nevada’s biggest mall is thronged with enough (affordable) shops, bars and restaurants to easily fill a few days.