Las Vegas is America’s playground. Stroll along the strip and you’ll immediately notice how inclusive the city is. Young and old, rich and poor, every race, religion, sexuality – you name it, all are welcome in Glitter Gulch.
That’s a great thing, and other destinations could learn a lesson or two from the Vegas ethos. But while Vegas is one of the places on everyone’s bucket list, you don’t necessarily want to just be part of the crowd. Vegas is a popular destination for the rich and famous, so let’s take a look at the places they eat, sleep and play. Here’s your guide to exclusivity, style and luxury in Sin City.
Where to stay
Want to stay where the jetsetters stay? If you’ve got the greens, there’s no better destination than Vegas. The Bellagio was made famous in Ocean’s Eleven and the Chairman’s Suite at the top of the Spa Tower would definitely appeal to the likes of George Clooney or Julia Roberts. It boasts its own solarium, an indoor garden (complete with fountains, of course) and a fabulous L-shaped bar for hosting your own private parties.
If the 4,000 square feet on offer there is a little cramped for you, how about the Sky Villa at the Palms Resort? This one is twice the size and includes a private elevator, your own pool and a range of fitness facilities, just for you.
Where to play
Let’s get down to business, Las Vegas is all about the casinos. Now if you’re in one of those opulent suites, you might be tempted to just stay in the whirlpool and spin the reels from your smartphone at ComeOn. In all honesty, you probably stand a better chance of winning that way, but it somewhat defeats the object of going to Vegas, so let’s head out onto The Strip.
Wynn’s is the most popular destination for serious gamblers. No dollar blackjack here, most of the tables have a minimum stake of $15 and many of them go much, much higher. The atmosphere in the high roller suite is second to none, and the dealers are masters of their craft. For the ultimate experience, try the Sky Casino on the 63rd floor. But be warned, you’ll need a minimum bankroll of $300,000 to even get inside.
Where to eat
If the phrases “contemporary French” and “three Michelin stars” are music to your ears, then head across to the MGM Grand. The Gault Millau guide named Joël Robuchon Chef of the Century in 1989 and although the great man passed away in 2013, the restaurant that carries his name continues his legacy. Private dining options are available for parties of six or more.
To take exclusivity to another level, é at the Cosmopol is possibly Las Vegas’ best kept secret. The private room seats just eight and has two sittings per night. Head chef Jose Andres is a legend for both his culinary mastery and his tireless work for the disadvantaged. There’s no other restaurant quite like é, but you’ll need to book well in advance!