Newer resorts on the Las Vegas Strip can steal the thunder from time to time, but if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that the Bellagio refuses to be outdone when it comes to entertainment, dining, shopping, spa services, and luxury rooms. And that does not even count the magnificent fountain show, one of the crown jewels of Las Vegas. The resort is the Queen of the Strip, and when you spend a day here, you see why this is undeniable.
You day begins with shopping, as any good day does. If it’s labels you’re after, the Bellagio has more than its share. From young and vibrant to classic and established, the looks you covet can be found here, not to mention museum-quality gifts. As you wander from shop to shop, you wonder where you will find the best outfit for the night. Perhaps a better plan is to combine a shirt from Chanel, a scarf from Hermes, shoes from Prada, a clutch from Bottega Veneta, and a new watch from Breguet. You stop into Harry Winston, because, well, you never know what you might find.
After you shop until you (almost) drop, it’s time for a rejuvenating trip to the spa. You check yourself in to one of the most award-winning, expansive spas on the Strip, and consider which treatments you need today. On the menu you find body treatments, facials, Thai yoga, hot stones, ashiatsu, and the private-pool watsu treatment. You decide on one called Deep Coconut Surrender, which hydrates your skin with coconut milk and oil, while the masseuse relaxes your muscles—and your mind. You make a note that they also offer poolside massages, as you may take them up on that another day.
After all of this you’ve worked up an appetite. but finding a great place to eat won’t be a problem here. The real problem is choosing just one. Michael Mina’s namesake, the intimate Le Cirque, or the acclaimed Yellowtail, known for creative and classic sushi, all seem to call you name at once. But you’re looking for a fountain view, so that means the art-filled Picasso or Lago, one of the Bellagio’s newest, which offers an excitingly different approach to Italian cuisine. The osso bucco, which comes with creamy polenta al formaggio is delicious, but the main attraction now are the fountains just outside.
The magnificent and world-renowned fountains are an ever-evolving technological and artistic wonder on a man-made lagoon evoking Italy’s Lake Como, where the original town of Bellagio sits. You take in the choreographed “performance,” where the water seems to dance beautifully, each spray like a spectacular ballerina, set to music. Later when you watch from the Strip, it’s a different experience completely, seen from a different vantage and played to a different song. For an extraordinary experience, you take a backstage tour of the fountains to see how the magic happens in the control center. With a glass of champagne in hand, you know this is an unforgettable moment, and a memory you’ll keep forever.