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Vegas virgin? Here’s your guide!

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By Nelson Alcantara, eTN editor-in-chief | Aug 31, 2011

Vegas virgin? Here’s your guide!
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For those who are planning a trip to Las Vegas but have never been - rest up, because it is one of the liveliest cities in the entire world filled with something to do every minute of every day. Vegas may be known as a never-ending party, but is filled with much more to do than just gamble. In order to make sure that your first experience is the experience you want, some research is necessary.

SmarterVegas.com has made trip planning for first-timers so easy and affordable that it’s almost a sin not to go - but when in Las Vegas do as the Las Vegans do! Smartervegas.com not only offers extreme deals on the most exclusive hotels and shows, it also provides information on some of Sin City’s best-kept secrets. Before you book your first trip to Vegas, consider these top ten tips and tricks that will have you living large without overspending, courtesy of SmarterVegas.com.

1.) Be Flexible: As much as booking a hotel requires planning ahead, don’t tie yourself down to one hotel too early. SmarterVegas.com offers new discounts on hotels every day, and deals are often specific to factors such as the time of year you will be traveling and what special events will be taking place. We suggest booking at hotels that are central to the Vegas Strip such as The Bellagio, Aria, Caesars Palace, or Bally’s Hotel. The choice is yours, and SmarterVegas.com can help you find the perfect room at unbeatable prices. Check out the latest hotel deals at http://www.smartervegas.com/hotels.aspx. Sign-up for the unlisted deals newsletter for exclusive rates and even more options to choose from.

2.) Be Gluttonous: Las Vegas is home to some of the best chefs, restaurants, and buffets in the world. So why not indulge?! No matter what you are in the mood for, SmarterVegas.com offers descriptions and highlights of the top restaurants in the city as well as a “Find a Table” option through which reservations can be made. Can’t decide on just one type of cuisine? Try Flavor’s, a buffet offering endless options of food from around the world. Starting at just US$15 per person, it’s sure to hit the spot!

3.) Be Merry: What kind of place would Vegas be if it didn’t live up to its wild reputation of being one constant party? Start your night off at your hotel bar (depending on where you are staying, the options are endless!) where you can relax after dinner and sip on signature, grommet cocktails. Try the new Chandelier Bar, located in the Cosmopolitan Resort, for a chic and flirty atmosphere. With 5 separate floors each with a unique, unmatched personality, there is something for everyone to start their night off right. If you’re looking for a bar with live music, try Rhumbar. This eclectic laid back bar is inspired by the relaxing environment of the beach and offers live jazz and island music on its outdoor patio.

4.) Get Ready to Dance: What better place to go after the bar than a high-end club packed with heart-pounding music and beautiful people? For those looking for the ultimate club experience, try Marquee Nightclub, located in the Cosmopolitan Resort. Marquee is quickly gaining a reputation as one of Vegas’ best clubs. Its state-of-the-art sound and visual system has attracted some of the biggest European House DJs and has recently hosted Avicii, DJ Chuckie, ATB, and Laidback Luke. Other top Vegas clubs include XS, located at Encore, and LAX, located at The Luxor Hotel. If you’re looking for something more sultry and reserved, try Pure Nightclub located in Caesars Palace. Pure exudes sophistication and class, and its elegant décor and lavish seating will have you feeling like a real celebrity.

5.) Recuperate: After that long night out, you’ll need a morning filled with relaxation! Las Vegas is known for having the most luxurious spas offering some of the world’s most advanced spa treatments. For the ultimate spa experience, try the Forbes 5-Star recipient, The Spa at Wynn. This breathtaking spa’s natural décor and flowing waters will make you feel like you truly are in paradise. Just what you needed to recover from last night’s debauchery.

6.) Be Entertained: Your first trip to Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without going to a show. There is no shortage of award-winning performances or top entertainers in this town, and you don’t need to break the bank to experience them. From Cirque de Soleil to Blue Man Group, take your pick from the endless array of options and visit Smartervegas.com for deep discounts on tickets. See the show everyone is raving about without having to pay full price. Looks like you won’t need luck to win big this time, thanks to Smartervegas.com. The website offers deals up to 50% off on some of the most popular shows on the strip! Check out what’s on sale now at: http://www.smartervegas.com/shows.aspx.

7.) Dive in: Time to take a break from the casinos and hit the pool! Does your idea of unwinding involve beautiful people, loud music, lots of fantastic drinks, and a day-long beach party? Try Nikki Beach, nicknamed “The Sexiest Place on Earth,” located at the newly-renovated Tropicana Hotel. Another great day party location is Mandalay Bay or jump on the MGM Grand’s lazy river and drift slowly while you sip on that margarita. Book through SmarterVegas.com for special deals to save on your Cabana rentals. Those searching for a quiet retreat from the excitement of The Strip should seek refuge at the Cosmopolitan’s Bamboo Pool or the luxurious pools at The Wynn.

8.) Explore New Heights: For those of you first-timers with a love for adrenaline, be sure to jump on the X Scream ride at the Stratosphere. This teetering and tottering ride, similar to a hanging see-saw, propels you 866 feet in the air and will have you dangling over the Las Vegas strip. It’s a great view if you can handle the thrill! Haven’t had enough? Head over to Vegas Indoor Skydiving and satisfy your urge to free-fall without actually jumping out of a plane. If you want to experience Sin City from up high without the extreme adrenaline rush, end your night at the Eiffel Tower Bar at the Paris Hotel and Casino for stunning views of The Strip.

9.) Take A Tour: When you need a break from all the lights and sounds of The Strip, venture just 40 minutes away to take a river rafting tour of one of the twentieth century’s greatest engineering achievements, the Hoover Dam. The Grand Canyon is another nearby sight not to be avoided during your Vegas trip. Although air tours can often be costly, Smartervegas.com offers significant discounts on airplane and helicopter tours of one of Mother Nature’s greatest wonders. Check out all tour deals available now at: http://www.smartervegas.com/tours.aspx.

10.) Play Like A Pro: There has never been a better time to pick up the clubs and book a round of golf in Las Vegas. With over 20 new developments springing up since 1998, the options for golfers of all levels are vast: everything from championship courses, like the luxurious Bali Hai Golf Club, which offers lush greens, thousands of palm trees, and one of the best restaurants in the country, to classic Vegas desert courses at Legacy Golf Club. But, when booking a tee-time, there are a few things to remember: Friday through Sunday are the busiest, so a mid-week golf outing is sure to score you better tee-times and better deals. If you desire a morning or evening tee-time, especially on the weekends, make sure to book in advance. Otherwise, mid-day tee-times during the weekend are less likely to fill up as fast and may get you a deal or two. For more information on all of the fabulous golf courses Vegas has to offer head over to SmarterVegas.com.




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