5 days in Las Vegas, adult playground.....
The Wynn is totally Las Vegas - ostentatious and brash, luxurious and welcoming, determined to relieve you of your last bit of cash - and that is absolutely fine. Stunning hotel, highly recommended and we heard others were less good. The sister hotel (Encore) has a nicer pool which you can get to in the week, but they make it harder at the weekend. The poolside large round cabaneros can be hired - for $400 a day! You get 6 cans of a vile sweet drink called Gatorade thrown in for "free". Given that the loungers are free, you have to be a short texan with too much money to hire one each day (in joke I'm afraid). At the weekend loungers in short supply, get down by 9.30 to get your towels and belongings on!
Don't come to LV to relax - come to take a heli tour to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. My wife was understandably nervous, especially as we were there when the thermometer hit 118 (about 49 celcius), We went with Maverick and were impressed by their professionalism and their new looking helicopters. We took a trip to the "original" Las Vegas downtown - definitely worth a trip (in a taxi) and stop off at the Stratosphere (and go up) to see the unbelievable "rides" at the top. No I didn't but I'm scared of heights.....
Went to a Circque du Soleil show (Beatles Love) it was OK, not as spectacular as I had expected for their reputation and the price, and went to a truly rotten show called Legends of Rock, where apparently (looknotalikeatalls) Rod Stewart, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Elvis Presley (yawn) were the legends of rock. Still good fun to laugh and laugh ,but don't bother with VIP tickets! At the Flamingo, worth walking through the gaming halls.
Gaming - never sat at a table, but walk through the Wynn to the sister hotel and the croupiers happy (at lunchtime) to teach, coach, gently relieve you of your money and even let you win at Blackjack. Still 10 bucks a game minimum, but you're in Vegas! Tip if the minimum bet gets changed whilst you're at the table, you can still play at the original minimum bet - that's only for new joiners. Oh yes - drinks are free whilst playing, and you don't have to play every game. Tip the girl with the drinks and she'll come back more. At 8 bucks for a vodka and tonic, you can cover your losses!!
Full of wonderful poseurs and beautiful people in the pools, its a great place to people watch. We had never seen so many breast enlargements, so many high heels worn poolside and that's just the men (kidding). Be sprayed by fine water mist at the bar, enjoy the incredible service on offer - we had breakfast in the (fully automated) room and relax, shake off the hangover and start again.
We wandered about the strip, we saw vegas from the air, we marvelled at the truly wealthy playing 10,000 dollar chips on the turn of a card, we had fun, we people watched, we spent quite a lot, and we left the children at home.
That last bit is my most important tip. Vegas is no place to be a) under 21 or b) tight-fisted.
We'll go back in 10 years. Maybe.
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