Whether you are eloping or planning a much grander Las Vegas destination wedding, chances are you will be spending a few days in the city following your big day. The question is: how do you make one of the most in-your-face cities in the world feel intimate, subdued and romantic? Well, it’s not that hard, actually.
I’ve rounded up some popular options and personal favorites for honeymooners in Las Vegas including romantic hotel suites, relaxing couples activities and where to head for amazing meals and cocktails to share together…should you ever manage to leave your room.
Mandarin Oriental Mandarin Suite
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With so many options, it may be hard to narrow it down to a single hotel to stay in, but I would recommend these 5-star options: Cosmopolitan (upgrade to a Terrace One Bedroom or Wraparound Terrace Suite for fantastic fountain views), Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons Las Vegas or the SkySuites at Aria.
These are quieter, more romantic options where I am sure you will be taken care of. If you mention you’re honeymooning along with a sly slide of a $20 bill across the counter, you might just find yourself with a stunning view.
Co-Ed Spa Pool at Aria
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Rent a cabana or day chairs at your resort’s pool and just chill out drinking slushie drinks and revelling in the post-marriage bliss. Those at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Encore Beach Club are my favorites.
CONNECT WITH NATURE
Go for a short energizing hike at Red Rock Canyon, just 30 minutes off The Strip, or visit the nature pathways at the Springs Preserve.
While I could never condone regular shopping on your honeymoon (even in the incredible malls of Las Vegas,) I would recommend shopping for something naughty or sexy together. Try Kiki de Montparnasse (The Shops at Crystals), PLAY the sexy hidden shop (SLS Las Vegas), Agent Provocateur, La Perla (Caesars Palace) or one of these options.
CATCH A SHOW
From sensual Cirque du Soleil shows to burlesque dancers, you’re sure to find a hot show to suit both of you. Zumanity (New York New York) and Absinthe (Caesars Palace) have adult, distinctly sexy themes.
Pinball wizards will want to head to the Pinball Hall of Fame (1610 E Tropicana Avenue) which is a must visit if you like tilting and flipping, old school video games or want to whoop your partner’s butt in air hockey.
EAT SWEET TREATS
Start at Hershey’s World (New York New York) working your way north sharing a sweet chocolate treat at each stop: M&Ms World (Showcase Mall, near MGM Grand), Sugar Factory (Paris Las Vegas), ending with stops at Serendipity 3 and Vosges Haut Chocolate (Caesars Palace.)
TAKE IT OFF
To completely get rid of that post-wedding stress, try one of my favorite co-ed spas at Aria, Mandarin Oriental, Encore or Hard Rock Hotel. Not just limited to couples massage rooms, you can enjoy shared pool areas, relaxation and treatment rooms with your mate at these locations.
GO DOWN (TOWN)
Try a mini pub crawl of downtown Las Vegas. East Fremont is full of amazing little lounges, rooftop bars and legit hidden speakeasies. Create your hit list from FremontStreetBars.com
Take a short one-hour yoga class alongside the dolphins at the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat (Mirage) or scale the 40-foot climbing wall at Canyon Ranch SpaClub (Venetian.)
TAKE YOUR LOVE HIGHER
Ride the High Roller ferris wheel (try to time it for sunset) or go for a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view of the night lights of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge
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Make your reservations for an amazing high-end dining experience. If you think you might have appetite problems around the wedding, wait a day or two post wedding to book in. Try: Twist (Mandarin Oriental), Joel Robuchon or L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon (MGM Grand), Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace), or é by José Andrés (Inside Jaleo in Cosmopolitan)
For that old school Vegas feel, head to The Steakhouse at Circus Circus, The Peppermill Fireside Lounge (2985 S Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) or The Barrymore (Royal Resort).
On your way to Red Rock Canyon and need a meal? Honeysalt, (1031 S Rampart Boulevard), Kabuto Sushi (5040 W Spring Mountain Road), Nosh & Swig (3620 E Flamingo Road), and Carson Kitchen (124 South Sixth Street) are all great choices.
LATE NIGHT SNACKS
No place does late night better than Las Vegas. 24-hour diners abound, but I suggest Grand Luxe Cafe (Venetian and Palazzo), Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan) and the Vegas classic The Peppermill (2985 S Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) for a one-of-a-kind old school vibe and cozy, secluded booths to canoodle in.
Sometimes simplicity is key, when it comes to your stomach and your wallet. Secret Pizza (Cosmopolitan), Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood, Palms) and Tacos el Gordo (3049 Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Encore) offer cheap meals under $10. And they don’t skimp on quality, either.
Bouchon (Venetian) is a must do for that first meal of the day. Verandah (Four Seasons) offers a fantastic tropical morning atmosphere that will make getting out of bed worth it and Jean Philippe Patisserie (Aria) offers croissants and baked goods to bring back to your room. Of course, there’s always room service…
Avoid the buffet and go for more refined weekend brunch at Mozen (Mandarin Oriental), Country Club (Wynn), Fountains Brunch at Jasmin (Bellagio) or Hangover Brunch at bar+bistro (107 E Charleston Boulevard.)
Try the ice cream challenge at RM Seafood (Mandalay Bay), frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 3 (Caesars Palace) experience next level Japanese desserts at Sweets Raku (5040 W Spring Mountain Road)
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ROOMS WITH A VIEW
Get close and personal with your mate and have a drink or three at these luxe lounges with a view: Mandarin Bar (Mandarin Oriental) perched on the 23rd floor of the hotel, the fountain-facing patio at Hyde (Bellagio) or Parasol Down (Wynn.)
SHARE A TOAST
Enjoy a bottle of bubbly at Laguna Champagne Bar (Venetian) or the futuristic Fizz (Caesars Palace.)
SIP SOME WINE
Vinophiles will love the selection at Hostile Grape (M Resort), D.O.C.G (Cosmopolitan), Wine Cellar and Tasting Room (Rio) or Aureole (Mandalay Bay) where “wine angels” grab your bottle from a 4-story tall wine tower.
MIX IT UP
Mixology fans will not want to miss BLVD (LINQ), or the super romantic 3-level Chandelier Bar (Cosmopolitan) where each level has its own special cocktail offerings.
Of course, the beauty of Las Vegas is that there are hundreds of experiences for a million different people. What is your honeymoon itinerary?