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3 days in Las Vegas : parents vacation without kids

Parents vacation without kids? We didn’t have one in 5.5 years. Combine a hectic banking life with various projects and active involvement with a couple of charities plus 2 hyper active cheeky monkeys. So by the end of 5 years holidaying without children was utterly needed. And what better parents runaway than 3 days in Las Vegas?

When my partner mentioned CES for a week in Las Vegas, I jumped on Skyscanner and booked flights to the sin city for a long weekend. And our friends (freshly parents for the 2nd time round) decided to join us from Miami for a proper blast. Back after 10 years for 3 days in Las Vegas and the conclusion has been overwhelming – the city that never sleeps did not change much !

Luxury hotels top choices: Palazzo at the Venetian, Encore at Wynn or Nobu? CES in Vegas means hotels at capacity and less luxurious options at the usual reasonable prices. For the week-end following CES we picked Nobu – just inside Caesars palace. The rooms are sleek and it’s conveniently next door to Nobu restaurant ( plus 24 hours Nobu room service! ).

I found however Caesars palace interiors rather aged and with the pool areas not open in January, we ended up most of the time during the day at Wynn, Bellagio and the Venetian.

Also bear in mind, Nobu inside Caesars palace is rather on the low side, so the views are just ok-ish . Our friends picked Palazzo and we had to admit the views were spectacular and the suite super beautiful.

Restaurants: We loved Mizumi at Wynn for stunning setting by the waterfalls; Catch at Aria for great food and most instagramable flower corridor;

Nobu by Nobu hotel for classy sushi and great wine selection; Lemongrass for hangover cures and great Thai;

Lago at Bellagio for sunny lunch outdoors. Here’s the short summery of our extensive dining and wining and a snapshot of pictures.

Nightclubs & lounges: XS at Wynn by far the favourite – Dj Tigga night. It was fun, social, classy (for Vegas standards!), buzzy and happening. Drei’s nightclub for views from the pool. Omnia at Caesar’s palace for proximity with Nobu.

Top tips: Make sure you carry your passport everywhere – our friends have been turned down at XS with European driving licenses. And myself having walked around Caesars palace in a Nobu robe and heading to the spa, have been refused entrance despite having the room card and a credit card with me. Overzealous and inconsistent client service – do not expect any of these guys to reason with you.

No trip in Vegas is complete without a Cirque du Soleil show! 10 years ago I’ve seen the most fantastic of all – O show. In London we are also regulars at Royal Albert Hall. This time round, for the cheeky parents vacation without kids, we opted for the voyeuristic, explicit and fun Zumanity – just wow!

Just like 10 years ago, I found it completely impossible to sleep in Vegas. One may seek on parents vacation without kids to catch up on sleep, but certainly this is not the place. The 9 hours difference for 3 days, extensive agenda of dining, wining, catching up with friends and partying were so much more exciting ! 2 hours per night, spa and more bubbles are certainly the way to go.

Essential to mental balance and recharging, parents vacation without kids proved glorious. Uninterrupted conversations, long lunches and bubbles fuelled dinners, long over due catch ups, partying and simply wandering in the crazy city that never sleeps. The social scenes and gatherings are nothing short of exotic, vulgar, mad and unexpected but so human after all. Glamorous escort girls, adamant PRs, skilled sales vultures hunting for your cards and cash, tipsy teenagers in lust with ladies in their 60s, joyous gays, cosmopolitan melting pot and American youngsters – the City has it all!

Not much has changed at our end either in 10 years: exuberant when got there, loving every hour of madness and exhausted and done after 3 days in Las Vegas – time to head back to London, some common sense and real life!



11 comments on “3 days in Las Vegas : parents vacation without kids

  1. Michael Car
    January 30, 2019

    Thanks for the reviews on the hotels. It would be interesting to read tips about car arena here!

    • Zen Babytravel
      January 30, 2019

      No car rentals for us in Vegas, thanks Michael, under-sleeping and over partying doesn’t help one drive better! All taxis and ubers

  2. Hilary
    February 1, 2019

    Looks like a fun getaway. I seem to end up in Vegas about every five years, and was there 18 months ago… I also really enjoyed visiting some of Old Vegas. You may not have caught up on sleep, but hopefully you got a mental recharge! #farawayfiles

    • Zenbabytravel
      February 5, 2019

      Hehe every 5 years sounds great! Proper mental and emotional rebalance indeed – which may sound quite odd for a Vegas getaway 😂

  3. beatravelling
    February 2, 2019

    I’ve always been curious about what one does in Vegas. It feels like a must do, but then again I don’t know what I would do once there 🙂 #farawayfiles

    • Zen Babytravel
      February 5, 2019

      Certain things are best to be played by ear! I reckon Vegas is one of them 😉

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    February 28, 2019

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