Stylish living along Lake Las Vegas.

By Travel & Leisure
September 05, 2012
Courtesy of Aston Hotels & Resorts

Man-made Lake Las Vegas is a little slice of faux Tuscany for true romantics. Developers were inspired by Lake Como and refashioned the massive valley into a 320-acre lake and a 3,592-acre surrounding resort community. It’s not quite the Italian Alps, but it’s the closest you can get in these parts—and sure beats a casino, for romance.


The restaurant at Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort, offers sushi, Kobe beef, and modern Asian specialties.

MonteLago Village Resort

Only 17 miles from the Strip, you can stroll the cobblestoned streets, piazzas, lakeside boat docks, and boutiques within this re-created Tuscan village on the banks of the sparkling 320-acre lake.

Sunset & Vines

Right on the lake’s banks, you’ll find the wine cellar–themed tapas and dinner bar, where you can choose from 70 top-flight wines by the glass or a menu of more than 500 hard-to-find bottles to enjoy with fun finger foods like mini finger lamb chops.

Ravella at Lake Las Vegas

The Venetian, on the Las Vegas Strip, isn’t the only place where Italy is re-created in Nevada’s Mojave Desert. Consider Ravella, a sprawling, 349-room resort on the shores of Lake Las Vegas, just 17 miles east of Sin City. Here, Tuscan-inspired architecture evokes old-world grandeur, while a white-sand beach, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, and dozens of hiking and jogging trails mean that travelers spend plenty of time outdoors—with frequent dips in the pool, of course. The best rooms are in the Bridge wing, designed to look like the Ponte Vecchio, while the Firenze Lounge is the spot for small plates, including sliced prosciutto and Italian olives. But unlike the Renaissance city, or even Venice’s condensed version on the Strip, at Ravella, you’ll end the evening casually dressed, roasting s’mores at the open-air fire pit.