Recently Las Vegas has shaken its reputation for solely being a gambling mecca, an ultimate bachelor party paradise or somewhere fans can retrace Elvis’ steps in the city he long called home. Hitting the casinos and late-night clubs is definitely an adrenaline rush, but Vegas has worked hard to be so much more. With an influx of Michelin-starred restaurants, designer boutiques and some truly outstanding hotel suites—abodes with everything from private bowling alleys to art installations by Damien Hirst—Nevada’s Neon Capital has joined the worldwide ranks of high-end destinations.
For the first time since 1982, Formula 1 is returning to Las Vegas for one of the most anticipated racing events of the year. The Las Vegas Grand Prix, which runs November 16–18, features an all-new, 3.8-mile circuit within several of the Strip’s iconic landmarks. For unrivaled views of the racetrack—along with a curated experience that includes luxe spa treatments, such as a 24-karat gold facial, and a customized menu by celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa—check out Caesars Entertainment’s Emperor Package. It consists of five nights at Nobu Sky Villa, where there are panoramic views of the track and enough space for 75 guests. It includes 12 tickets to the sold-out F1 Paddock Club (think VIP trackside seating) and Pit Lane Walk (witness the mechanics at work). Expect a 24-hour butler, access to a Rolls-Royce and driver, and two tickets to see Grammy Award-winner Adele’s sold-out show at the Colosseum.
Wynn Las Vegas has teamed up with F1 to create an all-access experience that includes six coveted spots along the track and exclusive access to opening ceremonies and the members-only, 1920s-style Wynn Grid Club (within the Paddock Club). The package gets buyers four nights in an Encore three-bedroom duplex, a curated dinner for six at Delilah, a round at the Wynn Golf Club, spa treatments and the hotel will donate $100,000 to local charities with each package sold. Palms Casino Resort, which recently reopened following a $690-million renovation, offers the Kingpin Suite, which boasts a two-lane bowling alley, and the Hardwood Suite, with half-court and scoreboard. Those purchasing the Palms Casino Resort F1 Villa Package stay at a 5,000-square-foot Sky Villa replete with a private terrace pool and views of the Vegas skyline. F1 hospitality tickets also include dinner at Scotch 80 Prime—the A5 Japanese Kobe beef is a must-try—and a VIP table at ultrachic lounge Ghostbar.
Pre- or post-F1, there’s plenty to dig into. For a five-star experience, book the six-seat Krug Chef’s Table at Restaurant Guy Savoy. Located in Caesars Palace, it’s the only Krug Chef’s Table in the United States and it provides diners with an intimate view of the kitchen while they enjoy a 10-course tasting menu paired with Krug Champagnes. Fans of Guy Savoy will be familiar with dishes such as octopus terrine and artichoke-and-black-truffle soup
For a hands-on experience, book a private cooking class with executive chef Nicolas Costagliola. Another reservation is at the Garden Table, located in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. The immersive dining concept allows you to eat amongst the breathtaking floral beauty. Book ahead for a prix fixe brunch from Sadelle’s Café (the sticky buns are to die for) or an exquisite dinner at chef Michael Mina’s seafood haven (also at the Bellagio).
Louis Vuitton has unveiled a striking new space at Wynn Las Vegas. On offer are ready-to-wear apparel, shoes, accessories, fragrances and more, as well as exclusive items like a Casino Trunk featuring multiple gambling-themed compartments and a built-in roulette wheel. Special client rooms lead into the outdoor gardens, where the Anish Kapoor sculpture The World Turned Outside In is worth the visit.
Gucci has also added a new store to its Vegas lineup: a two-story emporium at the Shops at Wynn. Visitors will find ready-to-wear along with limited-edition gaming pieces including playing cards wrapped in a Gucci crocodile leather case. One of the most anticipated openings of 2023 is Fontainebleau Las Vegas, slated for completion in December 2023. The 68-story property will include a hotel, casino, restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as a shopping district with about 35 luxury retail concepts.
Las Vegas is filled with larger-than-life attractions, but few top the Empathy Suite at Palms Casino Resort. The 34th-floor Sky Villa was designed by famed artist Damien Hirst, whose work adorns almost every square foot.
The glass bar, for instance, is a case stuffed with more than 100 pounds of medical debris, while the primary bedroom windows sport the pharmacy motif found in many Hirst works (even the massage tables have Hirst-designed embroidered butterflies). The suite also has floor-to-ceiling windows, a sauna, a gym, a billiards room and a private pool overlooking the city. Directly next door is a butler on call 24/7.
Caesars Entertainment has recently announced plans to renovate its hotel tower in Paris Las Vegas, with rooms slated for completion by late 2023. The Versailles Tower will consist of more than 750 luxury guestrooms, some with large balconies overlooking the Strip.
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