As summer comes to an end I can’t help but reminisce how wishy washy this years summer has been. We have had some great days and I have really made the most of them however last years summer was hard to top. I had an amazing trip to California starting in the bright light city which really set my soul on fire!
The long awaited excitement started from another year previous from our booking our British airways flights. This really reduced our ticket price and ensured we had the flight as flight to Las Vegas to get booked quickly.
I honestly have to say that flying to Las Vegas was the worst flight I have ever had! I am not the best of flyers at the best of times, but having the cabin neighbour from hell made things a whole lot worse. (seriously the worst he stole my paper, kept making me close the shutter to the window, wouldn’t let me out my seat) maybe I was expecting too much from the flight, like an aeroplane version of coach trip or a party plane but this start left me apprehensive of how lucky this holiday was going to be.
But touching down with 3 of my best friends this was the start of a holiday of a life time. Top tip: Don’t take photos in the airport, security shout at you!
Stepping out in to 42C was heaven! We got a taxi to our hotel the Venetian which cost around $35. Arriving at the cool water misted entrance to our grand hotel was amazing people could not do enough for us!
What really shocked me was the sheer size of the hotels, I heard everything in the US was big but it felt like I had arrived to a mini Venice for sure!
Our first night consisted of a little flutter, we couldn’t resist the twinkling lights of the slot machines and the buzz of the roulette and craps tables.
We made our way through the hotels casino just like was in a scene from the hangover (The start of the night!) and made our way through to the sister hotel.
We took obligatory pictures with the waterfall and was found by an enthusiastic and hyper club promoter.
He welcomed us into Lavo with no entrance fee and free drinks all night! This seemed a little too good to be true however throughout our stay in Vegas we realised this was very common.
Lavo out of all clubs in Vegas had the music most to my taste they even played a bit of Craig David! Staff was fantastic too I started to talk to the general manager who offered to help us get tickets to a baseball game while we was in L.A.
We then decided it would be a great idea to explore the famous Las Vegas strip, the bright lights called our names. We missed the last show of the fountains at the Bellagio but definitely made up for it with a million pictures/videos with characters from every film you can imagine (minions/Elsa/transformers). We went to bed very happy girls after being awake 48 hours!
Our first experience of an American breakfast was unreal! Piles of sausages, bacon, hash browns and PANCAKES! Breakfast at the Grande Luxe Venetian was a favourite and kept us full and ready for the next few days of adventure.
Las Vegas wouldn’t be Las Vegas if not for the pool party’s, we choose Wet republic with Calvin Harris.
I wore an Asos white swimming costume, pink skirt from river island, amazon fashion Supertrip glasses and Melissa wedges. I’ve tagged look-alike for my costume and skirt but the wedges and sunglasses are the same.
The pool party was great, such a variety of people. But if you are going prepare for overcrowding, expensive drinks ($40) and a lot of waiting around. After we left we checked out MGM where the pool party is hosted, it was nice not the best but nice.
We then took the monorail expecting to see some of the strip, unfortunately you see more of the freeway which runs parallel to the strip but hey ho all part of the experience.
Another fun packed day ensued. We were to visit the Gran Canon by helicopter. It was breath taking. We booked with maverick on the wind dancer tour. Being a nervous flyer I was not looking forward to the helicopter, but it was so much fun! It feels like you are in so much more control. I was told it was going to be cold in the Gran canon, it made sense, but it was so hot!
I wore zara button down off the shoulder shirt dress, Toms sunglasses,new look Pom Pom hair band and blue and white converse.
We stopped in the middle of the canon on rock that had eroded over thousands of years. We looked down from the jagged descent and could see the Colorado river.
We flew over the Hoover dam, Boulder city and lake mead, but the best thing was seeing wild horses roam the desert.
The next day we went to the gun range, The Gun Store who actually picked us up from our hotel in a fancy mini bus. I have mixed feelings about guns in America.
Although this experience definitely helped my understanding. At the gun range it was very relaxed and calm but found it so bizarre that you can buy family packages.
We had the opportunity to try 3 different guns and was helped by a very experienced ranger. As nervous as I was (literally shaking and my eye protection steamed up) I had a very good shot. You know you want me on your side for a zombie apocalypse!
Siegfried and Roy have been entertains tourists and visitors to Las Vegas for so many years it would have been a shame to miss a part of their legacy So we went to see Siegfried & Roy’s secret garden. We got a package where we were able to meet the Dolphins. We met an old dolphin named Twinkle, who definitely had a twinkle in his eye. We also saw the White lions and tigers. It was so strange to see the trainers in with these animals and to see them so close, A small chain fence separated us.
Showgirls and sparkle- Vegas! The show at Planet Hollywood had plenty of this! I’m not a massive fan of Circe du solie which seems to be shown in some variation at every hotel in vegas, Im much more a fan of cabaret/musicals/old Hollywood glamour so this show was right up my Fremont street! We paid for a drink ticket which we thought included free drink through out the performance, but nope was just one drink, booooo!. But the show was entertaining and dazzling, taking you on a magical experience of the history of Vegas jam packed with performances by singers, magicians, show girls and comedians.
Skyfall bar at Mandalay bay is a must go, fabulous cocktails and amazing view. The viewing deck was closed due to weather however floor to ceiling windows make sure you don’t miss a piece of the strip. I drank a compass course which was vodka watermelon and mint! Really refreshing and a definite recommendation.
The barman at the Effiel restaurant is so helpful Kind and funny. He made our last drink watching the Bellagio fountains in Vegas the best and a moment I will never forget. This maybe the best View to watch the fountains in my humble opinion as you can sit crowd free with a glass of bubbles and really appreciate the magic of Vegas.
Earlier this year Dan went to Las Vegas, I asked if he had done any of the stuff we had done, he didn’t even know half of this stuff was there! Las Vegas is really what you make of it, you need to go in with an open mind and ready to suck up every bit of fun it throws at you!
Would I return? Yes! I would love to go back and do all the bits I didn’t get to do like the heart attack grill , neon museum or even get married in a little white chapel who knows!
If you have any recommendations to what you like in Vegas, please comment, I am always planning my second trip and would love be to know what I missed! If you have any questions, please comment, I will do my best to answer 🙂
And lastly a big Thank you to my best friends for a trip of a life time . X