There are plenty of romantic things to do in Las Vegas, particularly if you are willing to use a little imagination. For instance, you could pretend you’re taking a gondola around the waters of Venice (and not being steered by a UNLV grad singing “O Sole Mio” around the “canals” in the Venetian). Or, you could do a little advance planning and get the “proposal table” in the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas: it’s the only table in the restaurant where the seats face the fabulous Bellagio Fountains across the street. We’re all about romance here…what do you think those blocks full of chapels like “Wee Kirk o’ the Heather” and “The Little White Chapel” are for? Let’s be clear: no one is guaranteeing that your love will last—it’s just that there are plenty of ways to get romantic on and around the Strip. Here are five ways to amp up the romance in Vegas:
Spa After Dark
The sun has gone down and everyone else is in the clubs, but at Aria, you can indulge in the After Dark Private Spa Retreat, which includes two hours of luxurious treatments for you and your significant other in one of the spa’s private suites—with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres at the ready. Aria also has one of the best co-ed arrangements among Strip spas, including an infinity pool on the balcony with blissfully removed views of the Vegas chaos below.
The Eiffel Tower Experience
Okay, so Vegas’ Eiffel Tower—at 460 feet tall and 50 stories—is about half the size of the original. But that doesn’t make it much less romantic. From the tower you can see the entire valley, planes taking off from the airport, and glittering views of the lights of the Strip. And as you might imagine, the enclosed observation deck is a favorite spot for marriage proposals. If you want to do something really special, book table 56 at Eiffel Tower Restaurant, the private table facing the Bellagio fountains; there’s a proposal at that table almost every night.
Take a Balloon Ride
The popular balloon rides from Vegas Balloon Rides take off in the early morning, and you’ll soar hundreds of feet—as high as 800 feet— over the Vegas valley, toward Red Rock Canyon and over the Spring Mountains, admiring both the city and the desert landscape, with only the occasional burst of propane to interrupt the magical silence. You’ll land and then have a Champagne toast, a balloon ride tradition.
There’s a Cirque de Soleil show to suit pretty much anyone’s taste, but if your tastes run more toward the racy, this is definitely the Cirque show for you. This hot-and-bothered Cirque show features a love scene between an acrobatic couple, plus some really sexy dance maneuvers. All the while, clowns and a “gigolo” keep things light with the audience.
Get Hitched in High Style
Sure, there are casino wedding chapels galore in Vegas—is there anything sadder than watching a bride trudge through a casino floor?— and any number of opportunities to be married by Elvis. But the city’s most glamorous way to tie the knot these days is at the newly redesigned Wedding Salons at Wynn. Its design, by Roger Thomas, was inspired by an antique silver-and-jewel Buccellati box. Think hand-embroidered wall panels in platinum, Murano glass chandeliers and French modern furnishings. To do it right, you’ll need to plunk down a half million dollars for the Diamond Extravagance package, which includes five days at the resort, custom Cartier wedding bands, a first dance choreographed by performers from Le Réve–The Dream, a private party inside XS Nightclub, and a rehearsal dinner at Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare (Chef Paul will toast you himself). Then, you’ll have your reception on The Margaux lawn, overlooking the Wynn golf course. Certainly, it’s a long way from the drive-thru wedding chapel.