Weekend Guide: Las Vegas Welcomes Visitors Once Again

Between canceled plans, stay-at-home orders, and the general stress of living through a pandemic, it is fair to say that us locals deserve a vacation. While international travel may be off-limits right now, travelers can still get a taste of worldly flavor in their own backyard – no passport required.

As Labor Day approaches, drivable destinations are calling our name, and luckily for us, Las Vegas is only a few hours away. Get your suitcase packed and ditch the yoga pants for those fancy clothes you’ve been waiting to showcase because we’ve got a list of the open spots to hit in Sin City.

A quintessential playground for the rich and famous ARIA Resort and Casino is desirably situated in the center of the Las Vegas strip. With suites up to 2,060 square feet, the resort takes COVID-19 compliancy seriously with access to a range of socially distant activities perfect for an idyllic getaway. Before re-opening their doors, the MGM Resorts team worked with medical experts to develop a plan that would allow guests to safely return. Their new “Seven-Point Safety Plan,” puts your health and safety at the center of everything they do. This comprehensive, multi-layered approach addresses everything from employee screening, masks, cleaning and air quality, to digital innovations that put you in control of your check-in experience. The city of Las Vegas itself recently launched Vegas Smart, a program that reminds visitors to be mindful of their surroundings and others. Encouraging guests to keep their distance, wear mandatory face coverings in public spaces and wash their hands often. MGM Resorts and the city of Las Vegas are doing everything they can to keep guests healthy while having fun.

To encourage even more visitors, MGM Resorts International just unveiled an offer that business travelers should not refuse. For a much-needed change of scenery book their latest package “Viva Las Office,” the ultimate home-away-from-the-home office experience available at Bellagio and ARIA. With three-tiered packages, “Viva Las Office” offers elevated amenities and benefits to fit every working traveler’s needs. Whether looking for a three, four or five-night stay, guests can fully maximize their workdays with flexible check-in and check-out times along with a dedicated Executive Assistant who will handle all reservations and experiences throughout their stay. When it’s time for a break, visitors can take advantage of a daily food and beverage credit along with a discount to enjoy activities around the city including helicopter and jeep tours.

Guests who book any of the “Viva Las Office” packages also will receive special access to discounted airfare through JSX, the revolutionary hop-on jet service, providing working travelers with a seamless experience from wheels up to wheels down. For those guests who want to travel with their four-legged co-workers, JSX, Bellagio and ARIA are all dog-friendly with a variety of add-on amenities.

While shows and most nightlife venues are still under wraps, dining destinations are all the rage. ARIA offers a plethora of restaurants on property to satisfy any foodie from fresh seafood at CATCH to French delicacies at Bardot Brasserie and of course every New Yorker’s favorite Carbone for hearty Italian. If you are looking for entertainment paired with decadent dishes and speakeasy-style cocktails look no further than the hottest new dinner theatre in town, The Mayfair Supper Club. Located inside The Bellagio Hotel & Casino, The Mayfair dazzles with cabaret and jazz style performances and cooks to perfection a selection of authentic dishes you are sure to enjoy. With charming staff and carefully crafted dishes, you will not forget this post quarantine splurge anytime soon. Try the Prime Rib, comprised of Mishima Wagyu, Au Jus, and Horseradish Cream if you want a savory meal and for seafood connoisseurs, the Seafood Tower is a for sure hit showcasing Alaskan crab legs, Maine lobster, Hawaiian Ahi Poke and oysters from Canada’s seafood-rich waters.

For those looking to hit the pool and work on their tan, have no fear the pools at ARIA are open and safe. If you want to go that extra mile to ensure social distancing from other guests opt for a poolside cabana. Experience personalized service in an energetic and luxurious atmosphere while you enjoy amenities such as complimentary robes, towels, lounge chairs, and misters. All guests are required to wear face coverings at all times except when walking directly to/from the pool, while in the pool, or while actively eating, drinking or smoking.

Weekend brunches are still alive and well on the strip and a visit to Sadelle’s Café, one of the top spots will cure any hangover no matter how many Mai Tai’s you may have had the night before. Enjoy a feast for the senses as you dine overlooking Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens with decadent dishes like the Bellagio Benedict topped with Caviar. Don’t forget to pair it with a Fresh Peach Bellini and toast to the good life you never thought was possible during these crazy times. This swanky establishment with its gorgeous blue walls and floor to ceiling windows is the perfect way to kick off your weekend in style.

After dusk venture over to Maverick Helicopters for an exciting activity that is sure to make you feel like a Vegas VIP. Discover the latest attraction to hit the town, a Las Vegas Night Flight. Enjoy the thrill of soaring high above Sin City’s most popular landmarks in an ECO-Star helicopter, the most luxurious touring helicopter in the sky.

The adventure begins at a terminal on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip just south of the Tropicana. Your pilot will personally greet you and familiarize you with the safety features of the aircraft as you settle back in your leather seat, put on your headphones and get ready for takeoff. Watch below as you fly over signature Las Vegas landmarks from the Bellagio Fountains to The Stratosphere and even Fremont Street. Get a glimpse of everything the city has to offer in only 15 minutes!

With discounted rates and fewer crowds now is the perfect time for a weekend getaway to the gambling capital of the world. While things may not look the same, you can feel comfort in knowing the extensive measures that have been put in place to ensure guests stay safe and healthy.

Photography Courtesy of MGM Resorts