A couple weeks ago I took a trip to Las Vegas with my cousin to celebrate my 25th birthday!
This time of year Vegas is a scorcher, which means there is only one good way to spend your time… by the pool.
I fully enjoyed my short trip to Las Vegas, I indulged in food, cocktails and pool time.
We stayed at The Signature at MGM Grand, which is a bit off the strip and in my opinion not worth the long walk. The hotel itself and the rooms are gorgeous, but I’d much rather stay on the strip near the centre in order to be closer to more Vegas attractions.
The pools are great at the MGM Grand, there are about 6 acres, lots of trees and shade and the Wet Republic Ultra Pool is great fun!
When we weren’t at the pool, we were eating, and often at the Bellagio at a restaurant called Todd English’s Olives. They served me probably the best food and drinks I have ever had in my entire life. It was amazing. If you are ever in Las Vegas, you MUST go eat at Olives. You can sit on the terrace and enjoy a view of the fountains and the Paris.
I had the tuna carpaccio and the next day I tried butternut squash tortelli. Both dishes were scrumptious! I also shared some delicious truffle fries with my cousin. The bread basket they bring to the table, which comes with olive tapenade, is also to die for. And if you are going to try any cocktail at this place, you have to order the Slingback.
The Bellagio is one of the nicest hotels on the strip. It’s wonderful to just walk around and enjoy the ornate decorations, such as the ceiling in the lobby.
We did a bit of sightseeing, when we could muster the courage to brave the 40+ degree weather. We took a Lyft (similar to Uber), and walked around the neon-ness that is Fremont Street. It’s in downtown Las Vegas where all the traditional Las Vegas landmarks can be found, such as the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.
I for once would never stay in downtown Las Vegas, it’s way too tacky for me and the clientele is a special bunch, to say the least. However, it is definitely worth a visit to see all the neon signs and the wacky shops and restaurants.
One of the most outrageous ones for sure would be the Heart Attack Grill which claims to let people over 350lbs eat for free. If that’s not American culture at its worst then I do not know what is. Needless to say, we did not eat there.
On our last night in Vegas we were able to see Calvin Harris perform at Hakkasan Night Club at the MGM Grand. Walking around Vegas you get solicited a lot by promoters wanting to get you into their clubs. That’s how we were put on a guest list for the Calvin Harris event, which meant we got in for free. It was a lot of fun, even though we had to wait a couple hours before Harris actually came on stage. But the ambience was great and it was fun enjoying my birthday at a club, dancing all night.
Vegas is definitely not for everyone, but I sure love it. It’s lots of fun and there is something for everyone to enjoy. The hotels themselves are worth the trip, because they are all like individual museums with outrageous decors representing their separate themes.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I’ll be back next week with more content!
Have an amazing weekend.