Vegas Heats Up
Unexpected romance in Las Vegas.
Dazzle your better half in Vegas by seeking out your own enclaves—and there are many. Set the tone with a couple’s spa treatment and then spend a night on the town with soft rock love ballads (‘70s crooner Barry Manilow turns up the heat several nights a month during his greatest hits revue at the Las Vegas Hilton), and dinner at a world-class restaurant. Toast the night with champagne well into the wee hours.
Las Vegas Hilton
This property is under new management.
Situated next to the Las Vegas Covention Center and just one block east of the Strip, the Hilton brand's largest hotel is a 2,956-room behemoth that features a casino, a dozen restaurants, and a Regis Signature Salon. Guest rooms offer views of the Strip or Las Vegas Country Club, and the surrounding mountains can be seen from most rooms. Onsite entertainment is focused on the slots and table games in the Hilton's 74,000-square-foot casino, also home of the largest race and sports book facilities in the world. Magician Steve Wyrick holds court in the 1,700-seat Las Vegas Hilton Theater, which has played host to Vegas legends like Barry Manilow and Elvis Presley.
Drift Spa & Hammam
Drift Spa and Hammam at Palms Place in the Palms Las Vegas offers the city’s first and only hammam experience, a Turkish-inspired steam bath featuring curved geometry and seating covered in mosaic tiles. In addition to the co-ed hammam, the Drift Spa offers 20 treatment rooms and a menu that allows patrons to indulge in massages, facials, and body rituals. Additional spa amenities include couples treatment rooms, indoor hot and cool soaking pools, a sauna, and private outdoor garden lounges. Reservations are encouraged, and treatments should be booked two weeks in advance.
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Guy Savoy attracts serious gourmands—in fact, those who plan ahead can actually book a cooking lesson with the executive chef and dine at the his table in the kitchen. But it’s not all traditional French cuisine. In 2012, the three-Michelin star chef wrote a more playful menu loaded the new 13-course “Innovation” that includes such fanciful creations as spot prawns in a “sweet and sour fishnet” of mesh-cut daikon radishes. The classics (like his famous truffle artichoke soup and guinea fowl) are still here, and his mellow lounge is stocked with a collection of more than 30 rare Cognacs and makes for a sexy place to have a nightcap.
Aureole, Las Vegas
Upon entering this upscale New American restaurant in Mandalay Bay, patrons are immediately wowed by a four-story glass wine tower where harnessed “wine fairies” are hoisted up to retrieve bottles from the 10,000-plus selection. An offshoot of the New York original by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer, Aureole also features an Adam Tihany-designed dining room, outfitted in gold and burgundy hues with white tablecloths, as well as a more secluded Swan Court overlooking an outdoor pond. Equally impressive are signature dishes such as the onion soup in a Gruyère cheese puff pastry and the filet mignon with crab and potato Lyonnaise.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
The first hotel to open in Vegas without a casino (it debuted, somewhat ironically, in a tower adjacent to Mandalay Bay in 1999), the Four Seasons is arguably still the best of this growing breed. The property’s location at the south end of the Strip means it’s already removed from much of the city’s chaos—but the sense of sanctuary is reinforced by the hotel’s hushed marble entrance, relatively painless check-in (so much quicker than at the hotel-casinos), express elevator, and gorgeous, garden-surrounded pool. Rooms are decorated with typical Four-Seasons elegance: graceful dark-wood tables and desks, overstuffed chairs and ottomans upholstered in silk and velvet, marble baths. Charlie Palmer Steakhouse is just off the lobby, while Verandah, the hotel’s indoor-outdoor restaurant, is a hot Sunday brunch ticket. Golfers get priority tee times at Bali Hai Golf Club next door.
Bellagio Pool Bar
Open during peak pool hours (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), this outdoor bar specializes in creative cocktails made with fresh juices and homemade mixes. The bar offers clear views of the tiled pools and is surrounded by citrus beds and parterres full of colorful flowers, reminiscent of a manicured Mediterranean courtyard—this one complete with private cabanas. Signature drinks include the Bellagio Mojito made with fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and mint; the Cucumber French with infused vodka, sparkling wine, and St. Germain Elderflower; and the frozen Citrus Smash with Captain Morgan, fresh pineapple foam, and Angostura Bitters.