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LAS VEGAS
EXCALIBUR HOTEL & CASINO
The themed Excalibur is a fortress-shaped hotel and casino on the southern end of Las Vegas’ Strip. Suits of armour, stained-glass windows and medieval-style chandeliers adorn the hotel entrances, and the 3,981 hotel rooms are in keeping with the hotel’s theme, featuring wall tapestries and carved headboards. There is, of course, a fabulous casino and whilst an ‘adults-only’ performance forms part of the wide range of entertainment, this is balanced with a King Arthur dinner show, a waterslide and ‘safe end’ at the brand new swimming pool, and an amazing choice of 15 restaurants – including a mezzanine level food court – so we would firmly recommend the Excalibur if you’re taking the children to Las Vegas.
LUXOR HOTEL & CASINO
The Egyptian-themed Luxor truly is a ‘mega-resort’, its 4,408 guest rooms shared between the striking 30-storey Pyramid building – where guests reach their rooms by way of a diagonally operating ‘travellator’ – and on either side, two equally impressive black-glass hotel towers. Everywhere you look, homage is paid to the ancient Egyptian civilisation, the entrance towers replicating the Karnak Temple at Luxor and the lobby modelled on the Abu Simbel temples. A multitude of dining and lounge options include steak and seafood, Mexican, Asian and a fast-food court for when you’re in a hurry.
The 5-acre pool area features four swimming pools whilst the Nurture Spa will soothe both mind and soul. Nightlife options are plentiful, including the enormous casino and the famous Cirque du Soleil show, CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK® LIVE!
BELLAGIO
Opened in 1998, The Bellagio has retained a level of elegance,
grace and romance unsurpassed in Las Vegas. Inspired by Italy’s picturesque countryside, the Bellagio overlooks a replica of Lake Como, its focal point being a Mediterranean-blue 81⁄2-acre lake presenting 1,200 dancing fountains. The 3,393 deluxe guest rooms and suites, all immaculately furnished in European-style, afford stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the Las Vegas skyline. Thirteen eating venues range from casual buffet to five fine dining restaurants, whilst you will have a choice from five bars for your pre or post-dinner drinks. Browse the upscale boutiques, take a refreshing dip in any of the five pools, play the tables in the sophisticated casino, or sit back and enjoy the evening entertainment, which includes ‘O’TM by Cirque du Soleil.
MGM GRAND HOTEL & CASINO
Superlatives abound at the stunning MGM Grand, with the 5,034 art-deco designed guest rooms being more than any other hotel in Las Vegas, the casino being the largest in town, 22 restaurants providing more dining options than you’ll find in many towns,
let alone one hotel, a 45-foot, 100,000 pound bronze lion statue waiting to greet you, and a 61⁄2-acre pool complex with 4 swimming pools, 3 whirlpools and a seasonally open lazy river ride. The Grand Spa is a fabulous retreat away from the action, which carries on way beyond sundown, with bars to suit every taste, the vibrant ‘Hakkasan’ restaurant and nightclub, ‘Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club’, and Cirque du Soleil’s creation, ‘Ka’, combining acrobatics with martial arts, puppetry and pyrotechnics.
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