Bellagio Las Vegas – Nevada, United States
Award-winning dining, world-class art, sumptuous spa and luxury shopping add to the symphony that is Bellagio.
It’s impossible not to be smitten by Bellagio’s waterfront of bobbing boats, its maze of steep stone staircases, red-roofed and green-shuttered buildings, dark cypress groves and rhododendron-filled gardens. Like the prow of a beautiful vessel, it sits at the crux of the inverted Y that is Lake Como; the Como and Lecco arms of the lake wash off to port and starboard. Wander out of the old town centre to Punta Spartivento and gaze north up the third arm towards the Alps. In Roman times, Pliny had one of his favourite villas here.
Bellagio is hardly a secret. On summer weekends, foreign tourists are overwhelmed by hordes of day trippers up from Milan. Try to come midweek if you want a modicum of peace. It makes a nice base for ferry trips to other locations on the lake, in particular Varenna, on Lake Como’s east shore.
Inspired by the villages of Europe, AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue lake with fountains performing a magnificent ballet. Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Julian Serrano’s Picasso and Le Cirque from the renowned Maccioni family. The resort’s retail promenade, Via Bellagio, includes the luxury shops of Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Breguet, Prada, Harry Winston, Chanel, Dior, Fendi and Bottega Veneta.
A world-class art gallery, exquisite Conservatory, Cirque du Soleil’s stunning performance of “O”, sumptuous spa and salon and elegant casino add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience.
Dining: Harvest by Roy Ellamar
This restaurant pays homage to the origin of food, with farm-fresh ingredients and naturally raised products. Enjoy extensive charcuterie selections, house made breads, a range of vegetarian dishes, sustainable seafood cooked in a special stone oven and “Snack Wagons” that travel from table to table.
Specially-trained therapists and an array of innovative treatments provide the ultimate indulgent experience at Spa Bellagio, where the menu incorporates a fusion of treatments discovered around the world and perfected at the resort. Some of the more distinctive services include Watsu, Thai yoga massage, aquatic therapy, journey massage therapy and the Ashiatsu massage. For guests focused on maintaining their fitness regimen when traveling, Spa Bellagio offers a 6,000-square-foot fitness center overlooking the pool and Mediterranean-style gardens. The Bamboo Studio, a 1,000-square-foot exercise room with bamboo flooring, is designed for classes ranging from Pilates and Body Blast to yoga and boxing.
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
An oasis of indulgence dazzling in the desert, Vegas’ seduction is unrivaled. The Strip shimmers hypnotically, promising excitement, entertainment, fortune and fame. Seeing is believing.
There are few places outside London, Tokyo and New York where you’re this spoiled for choice when it comes to A-list entertainers and big-budget stage shows. Seasonal casino residencies by the megastars of the music world range from the likes of Celine Dion (still going strong), Elton John, the Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin to the superstar DJs of the EDM (electronic dance music) universe, Calvin Harris, Carl Cox, Steve Aoki and Tiësto. Top that with seven enthralling Cirque du Soleil shows, the mesmerizing Blue Man Group and magicians Penn & Teller, and you’ve got a pretty full schedule.
The volume and concentration of the Strip’s celebrity chefs, hatted fine-dining restaurants and America’s favorite food franchises is hard to fathom: it’s impossible to sample them all, in terms of time taken to savor the spectrum of flavors and the depth of the average visitor’s wallet. If you’re a foodie on a pilgrimage, we suggest you do your research and narrow your selection before you arrive, lest you be overwhelmed by the scope of what’s on offer, or unable to secure a reservation in the short duration of your stay. Make sure to save room for dessert!
In this 24/7 city where it’s possible to spend your entire visit within labyrinthine indoor worlds where artificial lighting mimics day’s passing into night, many visitors won’t wander far from their expensive accommodations, lavish pool bar, mesmerizing casino floor, or even come off the dance floor for air. The wise and well-informed, however, (that’s you!) will venture off the Strip to experience the spectacular scenic beauty surrounding Las Vegas (‘The Meadows’). Forged by tectonics, carved by the wind and sun baked, vast canyons and playa, epic mountains and alpine forests beckon you trade humanity’s distractions for nature’s warm embrace.