Visiting the Strip? Save time for its spas. One of my favorites: Qua, at Caesars Palace. The Roman baths make you feel like you've left Las Vegas behind, and the snow room is worth a (quick -- it's cold!) stop. Then the treatments are out of this world. On my most recent visit, I got the Nagomi treatment, on the mini-menu for the new Nobu boutique hotel inside Caesars. It included a therapeutic massage and excellent facial with a new fizz-like layer that worked on my skin. I couldn't think of a better way to start my day.
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Where A-listers Come to Perform
The Colosseum was built for the great Celine Dion, and she still performs there -- when her son isn't in school. During the rest of the year, A-listers Rod Stewart, Shania Twain and Elton John rotate, with other greats such as Jerry Seinfeld performing one-offs.
The animated Fall of Atlantis show, is so Vegas. The over-the-top, somewhat kitschy, display is an 11-minute experience that's brief but memorable. The show was recently renovated but the premise of the story still remains the same; King Atlas must decide if his son or daughter will take over Atlantis. Conflict ensues as the two compete with fire and water to show who is more powerful. Of course, this clash of elements forms the basis of the entertainment for guests as they gather around this feature at Caesars Palace. It's a fun show to catch if you're waiting for dinner or if there are kids in tow, especially since it's free to view and only a few minutes.
Every year, Bon Appetit magazine partners with Vegas casinos and chefs for a long weekend of dining, imbibing and culinary education that leaves attendees in a seriously glorious food coma. From intimate dinners to massive dine-arounds, the lineup is offered a la carte, with the weekend culminating in an eat-a-thon at Caesars' Garden of the Gods pool complex, with many of Vegas' top restaurants (including Chinatown favorite Raku, above) serving samples to a hungry crowd. Of course, there's plenty of wine, beer and cocktails to wash it all down. It is called Vegas Uncork'd, after all.