It was a very long, long, cold, cold winter. To our credit, my husband and I tried to enjoy this winter by doing some skiing and skating, but in the end nothing could beat the winter blues like a warm destination trip.

It seems that everyone in the northern hemisphere must have been on the same page because when we starting looking for a place to have some fun in the sun there was very little available. Many places were sold out or didn’t appeal to our taste. Now, to be fair, there are many fine hotels/resorts, but when we travel we really want it to be an experience. For that one week, we want to feel like a million bucks and be pampered like we have a million bucks.

As we kept searching for the “right place”, my hubby suggested Las Vegas. Hmmm, interesting but I wasn’t quite sure if it checked all our boxes: warm weather, amazing food, great wine, peace and quiet, outdoor activities and luxury.

Vegas?… check, check check! Once we thought about it, Sin City can actually offer all of these things; even the peace and quiet. Really!

So, we booked it and it was fantastic. Here are the details

Flights

We were able to get a direct flight. It was a quick and easy approximate 4 hour flight. However, I did have my luggage pilfered and had all of my jewelry stolen. Sigh. Note to self… buy new luggage that has TFSA approved locks on it.

Hotel

We stayed at one of the best kept secrets in Las Vegas; The Four Seasons. Talk about an oasis in the desert. Fabulous! I could go on and on, but here are some key points:
It is a non-gaming hotel. That’s OK with us.
The guest rooms occupy the top 5 floors of Mandalay Bay. However, Four Seasons has their own entrance and check in and express elevators to their rooms.
The rooms have been recently renovated and the décor and furnishings are very classy, elegant and luxurious. And, unlike many other hotel promotional pictures, the rooms at the Four Season look like the picture.
The pool at the Four Seasons is comparatively small to the typical Las Vegas resort pools. But, this only enhances the high level of service and feeling of exclusivity that is synonymous with Four Seasons. There is a real sense that you are staying at a chic boutique hotel. But, if you want to take a walk on the wild side, so to speak, as a guest of Four Seasons you have signing privileges at Mandalay Bay.

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Pool

Secluded, quiet, relaxing, peaceful. How do I say “ahhhhhhh”, let me count the ways. This is the pool at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Beyond the many adjectives there are to describe the pool setting the service was second to none. Absolutely fabulous.

The attendants greet you upon your arrival to the pool deck and set up the chair(s) of your choosing with towels and a pitcher of ice water. The service staff were personable, friendly and quick to take your order.

Want to be spritzed with Evian water? How about complimentary frozen melon, frozen Snickers or peppermint patties? Want to order lunch or breakfast by the pool? No problem (BTW -the best cashew chicken salad ever had that I have still not been able to replicate!).

Let’s not forget the cocktails are cool and made with the finest ingredients.

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Breakfast by the pool
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Need I say more?

Spa

Many years ago, my husband had his first and only massage and did not like it at all. But, on this trip he was finally game to try it again. We did a couples massage and it was perfect! When the massage was completed he slowly and groggily turned his head to me and said, “Why haven’t I been getting massages all of these years?” He is now walks among the converted all thanks to the amazing spa team at Four Seasons Las Vegas! Our only regret is that we didn’t make more time to enjoy other spa treatments. Damn you Four Seasons pool! 😉

Restaurants

One of the great treats of Las Vegas is that you can experience the vision of chef’s from all over the world in one city. We did a great dinner each night. The culinary highlights were: Jean George, Nobu, and Bobby’s Burger Palace. Yep, a burger joint made the list. After a fancy dinner that still left us a bit hungry we stopped to get our burger on. It was one of the best burgers we have ever had! So good in fact, that we went back on our last night! Who said an amazing meal had to be fancy! BTW, for you foodies out there the Bobby in Bobby’s Burger Palace is celebrity chef Bobby Flay.

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I can’t tell you how many tries this picture took… it was after dinner so maybe it was the wine??

What we did

Most days were spent relaxing by the pool and dinners in the evening. But, we did do a few other things to keep us entertained.

We went to a KA a Cirque de Soleil production. Cirque de Soleil has become such a presence that it would be shameful not see one or more of their productions. A few years ago we saw “O” at Bellagio and it is still the best show I’ve ever seen.

If you want to have your mind blown, go see David Copperfield at MGM. He is a legend and is definitely a must see when visiting Las Vegas. The theatre he performs in is small and intimate. The show is interactive, up close, fun and beyond entertaining. One illusion was actually performed right in front of us. We still can’t figure out how he did it!
For the finale, I was fortunate enough to be one of the participants on stage. Without a joke, he made me (and 11 other audience members) disappear!!!! Oh, and reappear at the back of the theatre. It was easily one of the coolest things that I have ever been involved in. What a great experience!

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If a man is going to make you disappear, let’s hope he gives you an autograph once he makes you reappear! Mr. Copperfield certainly did.

One day we drove to Red Rock Canyon for a hike. Approximately 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas is an amazing desert landscape of red, rolling rock formations, deep valleys, fantastic vegetation, animals and scenery.
To make things easy, we were able to rent a car directly at the Four Seasons Las Vegas concierge desk. They provided us with a Mercedes sedan. That was fun and only about $20 more than what was being offered by outside car rental agencies for a much less vehicle. Plus, we had the convenience of having the car delivered to us and dropping it off to the hotel’s valet.

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Is this what you pictured Las Vegas to look like? I sure didn’t!

I could go on about other aspects of our trip. Did we gamble? A bit. Did we win? Not really. Shop? Yes, of course. I could go on. But bottom line, Las Vegas really can and does offer it all. In the end, it was everything we were looking for.

Viva Las Vegas!

~ Shoana

 

 

Shoana Jensen