Something old, something new, how about a honeymoon in Vegas after you say I do? While the glittery desert destination is well-known as the wedding capital, honeymooners have been flocking to this oasis for decades, drawn to its exceptional urban and natural adventures.
Deciding on a perfect honeymoon locale is often difficult. Can’t decide between a sunny destination or cosmopolitan capital city? Conventional wisdom suggests that marriage often means compromising, but with Las Vegas’ myriad options, lovers don’t have to.
Let’s say one wants to spend the day leisurely enjoying the spa, while the other sets sights on outdoor adventure. Red Rock Canyon, a national conservation area, is a 20-minute drive from the famed Las Vegas Strip. It’s towering red sandstone peaks surround excellent hiking, biking and horseback trails ripe for discovering Native American petroglyphs and some of the most picturesque views in the area. Depending on the season, don’t miss an opportunity to take a spectacular waterfall photo in the secluded and romantic Icebox Canyon.
Valley of Fire State Park, internationally renowned for its remarkable deep red Aztec sandstone outcroppings and multi-coloured natural rock formations, is just an hour away. A favourite of photographers looking to capture iconic desert monuments, stroll hand-in-hand through this 40,000-acre national park, rent an ATV at Sunbuggy Tours or partake in one of the many tours offered by Pink Jeep Tours. The majesty of Red Rocks and The Valley of Fire is romantic and awe-inspiring.
And for a romantic spa experience, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa offers an “adventure spa” experience which combines outdoor Red Rock Canyon exploration followed by a massage or specialized treatment to relax and rejuvenate.
On Strip, Canyon Ranch Spa at The Venetian Las Vegas offers specialized treatments for couples – their signature Rasul Ceremony invites a couple into a warm, ornately tiled steam chamber, where herbal muds and an herbal sensory experience await. Qua Baths and Spa at Caesars Palace offers the Kama Sutra Shirodhara treatment which includes the Shirodhara scalp ritual, full-body exfoliation and side-by-side massage all in a private Couples’ Suite. The Spa at the newly re-imagined Park MGM is another excellent option for romantic bliss. Following the treatment, head down to Primrose at Park MGM for a bite and a board game in the restaurant’s quaint parlour.
After a chance to enjoy the outdoors and relax a bit, head Downtown to take in the sights and sounds of vintage Las Vegas. Start with a cocktail at Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar, Atomic Liquors. A favourite of celebrities from The Rat Pack to Barbara Streisand and Clint Eastwood, its storied history is in full display, with its astronomical décor, great drafts and cocktails. Grab a bite to eat at La Comida, where couples can enjoy the freshest tortilla chips to dip into shared plates of queso, guacamole or a variety of Mexican specialties.
Stroll together along east Fremont Street to enjoy the murals and public art installations, snapping colourful photos for honeymoon memories before wandering to the Fremont Street Experience and looking up to enjoy the shows displayed on the Viva Vision Canopy or the free concerts at the 3rd Street Stage, between the flashing neon and lightbulbs of The D and Four Queens.
The next morning, hop into a limo and head over to Sundance Helicopters where they will transport honeymooners to the Grand Canyon. Watch in awe as The Hoover Dam passes below and the sun rises over the majestic crimson canyon ahead. Touch down in the base of one of the Seven Wonders of the World for a champagne toast, and be reminded that yes, a place this serene and beautiful exists.
Dress up to enjoy one of the best steaks in Las Vegas – ask for a table on the patio at SW at Wynn Las Vegas, marvel at the Lake of Dreams before sitting hand in hand at one of eight magical Cirque du Soleil shows. And since the city never sleeps, before retreating to a beautiful hotel suite, head over to Marquee for a night cap and some night life. Dance the night away before sleeping in the next day.
The weather is sunny year-round, and the options endless. With more master sommeliers, celebrity chefs, awe-inspiring attractions and resident entertainment than any other destination in the world, a getaway in Las Vegas means that newlyweds may have to compromise on what not to do, but they’ll never compromise on the perfect honeymoon.