Enjoy an escape to one of Las Vegass 10Best Resorts
Las Vegas’s best resorts offer their guests a vast array of amenities, from plush rooms to award-winning restaurants, popular shows, casinos and shopping. While resorts on the Strip are impressively appointed and massively sized, resorts off the Strip provide equally upscale features but in a less crowded and more intimate atmosphere.
On the Strip, large resorts like Mandalay Bay and The Venetian not only have well-appointed rooms, but also an array of attractions. You could easily spend an entire weekend inside one of these resorts, exploring all they have to offer.
Some off-the-Strip resorts, like the Red Rock and M Resort, are close to hiking, biking, rock climbing and golf. You’ll find casinos, spas, great pools and a solid selection of restaurants in these neighborhood hotels, and the Strip is just a short drive away. As a plus, you’ll get to enjoy a great view of the Las Vegas Strip in the distance.
No matter whether you’d rather stay, on or off the Strip, any of Las Vegas’ best resorts will give you spacious rooms, generally featuring things like soaking tubs, up-to-date tech and room service. Away from the room, look for world-class spas, entertainment, restaurants, shopping and casinos.
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The Venetian is connected to its neighbor, Palazzo, and it’s difficult to tell when you’ve left one of these resorts and entered another. Their combined square footage makes the complex one of the world’s largest, and it’s also one of the premier convention spaces in Las Vegas. The Venetian is all-suites, and the Old World Italy design theme is echoed throughout the property. A large selection of restaurants is found both in the resort and in the large shopping area that famously includes Venetian-like canals and gondola rides. Popular shows rotate through the showrooms and most holidays are celebrated with on-site special events. The award-winning Canyon Ranch Spa Club gives guests every type of spa option, being one of the world’s largest day spas.
Recommended for Resort because: The spacious Venetian has a charming Old World Style, a profusion of things to do and an impressive selection of restaurants.
Encore and its sister property, Wynn, are often thought of as one Las Vegas resort, which is a generally correct idea. One of the differences between the two is that Encore is an all-suites property, so while both resorts offer guests award-winning accommodations, one of Encore’s elegantly appointed suites is a step above. Exclusive shops, acclaimed restaurants and shows and a stylish, modern décor invite you to stay and escape from the outside world. Mature landscaping salvaged from the property’s former life as the Desert Inn sets this Vegas resort apart from its neighbors, sheltering the entrance from view. The understated elegance here is intentional, giving guests the feeling of exclusivity and retreat. The redesigned golf course gives golfers the chance to experience one of the few remaining on-the-Strip courses.
Recommended for Resort because: Encore’s tasteful and elegant design extends throughout the property, creating an upscale atmosphere from the rooms to the restaurants.
The Mandalay Bay Resort’s all-inclusive approach is perfect for anyone who would rather check-in and stay put. The large, comfortable rooms have wonderful views of the Strip or the Las Vegas valley. A large pool, which includes a sandy beach and a lazy river, awaits you. The resort’s spacious spa is a treat for all the senses, and a big selection of restaurants (like Stripsteak, Herbert Keller’s Fleur and Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo) ensures that you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner at a different place every night. A tram connects the resort to the Luxor and Excalibur, so you can check-in and easily explore the area without ever getting back in your car or a taxi.
Recommended for Resort because: Mandalay Bay’s all-inclusive style and well-appointed rooms give guests everything they need for a memorable getaway.
The romantic Bellagio took its inspiration from Lake Como in Italy, and the resulting design is both beautiful and elegant. Often thought of as Las Vegas’ premier resort, the Bellagio offers an unforgettable experience. Home to one of the most romantic attractions in the world, the famous Fountains of Bellagio, the hotel also has some of the Strip’s most remarkable restaurants. With such an abundance of things to do and places to eat, guests need never leave the grounds. Guestrooms and suites are designed in a tasteful, classic style and feature first-class amenities. Naturally, you’ll find every type of pampering at the Bellagio, from room service to exclusive room packages with private check-in and concierge.
Recommended for Resort because: The Bellagio is known for its classic, European-inspired design and its array of first-class amenities.
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The JW Marriott Resort, located west of Las Vegas and just across the street from Angel Park Golf Course, provides a casino-free resort experience. If you’re determined to gamble, the Rampart Casino is within easy walking distance. However, if you’d rather skip the casino and indulge in spa treatments, explore the desert around Las Vegas, play golf, or shop, you’re in the right place. In this western Las Vegas neighborhood, you can enjoy an escape unlike what you’ll find at resorts on the Strip. This part of Las Vegas equals fewer lines to wait in and probably a smaller tab at any of the area’s restaurants, which equals less stress and more relaxation.
Recommended for Resort because: JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort offers a stress-reducing ambiance and a location away from the Strip and close to outdoor attractions.
The high-rise of the M Resort Spa Casino in Henderson can be seen for miles. It’s an easy place to spot, but might not be the first place visitors think of when they want a resort experience. That’s a mistake because M caters to both local Las Vegans and visitors. Upscale casual is the design in the large, comfortable rooms. Elsewhere on the property, guests will find an abundance of things to do. The acclaimed Spa Mio will massage away your worries, and the salon can provide some additional pampering. Onsite restaurants (including a popular buffet), a trendy wine bar called Hostile Grape, and a fabulous pool that has its own day club during pool season combine to make M a great resort experience. Not far from the Strip, in terms of miles, the M is worlds away in terms of atmosphere.
Recommended for Resort because: With a sleek style, comfortable atmosphere and great views of the Strip, The M Resort is the place for an off-the-beaten path escape.
With a modern design full of windows, artwork and bright spaces, ARIA’s entrance and front desk feel open and light-filled, and more like resorts, you find outside of Las Vegas. Guests enjoy rooms featuring custom-designed furnishings, 300 thread count linens, and plush robes. A remote allows complete control of the room’s lights, temperature, TV, and draperies. Spacious Sky Suites come with all the comforts of home, except that the plush design maybe even nicer than what you have at your own house. ARIA is the only gaming property in the CityCenter complex, which includes Crystals, the high-end shopping mall that features exclusive retailers. Look for on-site restaurants of the finest caliber by chefs like Jean Georges, Michael Mina, and Julian Serrano. ARIA is also LEED certified, embracing a growing trend on the Strip toward greener accommodations.
Recommended for Resort because: Aria’s sophisticated, urban style reflects a whole new approach to luxury in Las Vegas resorts.
The Palms Casino Resort has been a trendsetter since it opened and a property-wide renovation in 2018 gave it a fresh, stylish new look. Just a short drive west of the Strip, Palms offers three towers, each with its own distinctive style. The Fantasy Tower is full of imaginatively decorated suites, while Palms Place is a more serene experience and the Ivory Tower sets new standards for hipness. The line-up of notable new restaurants at the Palms includes the exclusive Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse, a buzz-worthy buffet and Mabel’s BBQ. The nightlife scene has also had a complete refresh here, with Apex Social Club on the 55th floor and Unknown, the casino bar with a Damien Hirst art piece created from a shark cut into three pieces. For couples, the Palms’ Drift Spa includes the sexy co-ed Hammam for some special time alone.
Recommended for Resort because: The trend-setting Palms Casino Resort offers guests stylishly designed rooms and an impressive array of on-site restaurants and bars.
The Green Valley Ranch Resort (commonly referred to as GVR) isn’t actually in Las Vegas. It’s in Henderson, and it’s just a short drive from the Strip. GVR comes with all the things you’d normally find at a Las Vegas resort: comfortable and well-designed rooms, great pool, casino, restaurants, a spa and entertainment, but it’s not as crowded or as busy as a place located on the Strip. Right next door to GVR, shoppers can stroll through The District, a mixed-use shopping plaza with retailers like West Elm and Charming Charlie, along with a large selection of restaurants. You’re a short drive away from Lake Mead and Hoover Dam, making it a good choice if you’re planning excursions in that area.
Recommended for Resort because: Green Valley Ranch Resort isn’t far from the Strip and offers guests comfortable rooms and plenty of restaurants, shops and things to do.
The Red Rock Resort gets its name from its close location to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The design of the property is a complementary combination of fountains and stone with a style slightly reminiscent of Palms Springs. The rooms are large and modern, and guests can choose from views of colorful cliffs or the distant Strip. Amenities include a spa, restaurants, a movie theater and a bowling alley, along with a full casino. Although the Red Rock is on the far west side of Las Vegas, guests have easy access to the freeway, putting the Strip about a 30-minute drive away. Red Rock is also adjacent to a large new shopping complex, Downtown Summerlin, as well as the practice arena for the Golden Knights hockey team and the new baseball arena for Las Vegas’ Triple A-team, the Aviators.
Recommended for Resort because: Red Rock Resort offers an upscale, oasis-like design, well-appointed rooms and a wide array of nearby attractions, shops and restaurants.