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|Wynn Las Vegas is one of the most luxurious resorts in a city known for luxury. (Chris Baldwin/WorldGolf.com)|
If your definition of the perfect vacation is dropping a load of money to live, if only temporarily, in perfect luxury without feeling the least bit bad about it, then Las Vegas is the place for you.
This is a town where a hotel room can cost as much as your mortgage and a round of golf can run as high as the monthly payment on a brand-new Mustang convertible. The good news is, you get your money's worth.
Las Vegas is one of the best resort towns in the United States, if not the world. Sin City holds nothing back and makes no apologies - just look at Wynn Las Vegas, where every room comes with a plasma television.
Here are some of the best places in town to drop a serious wad.
Wynn Las Vegas: Built by casino magnate Steve Wynn, this is one of the most luxurious resorts in a city known for luxury. If you've got the scratch - rooms start at about $200 a night - this is where to go for the full "big shot" treatment.
"Steve Wynn's $2.7 billion new Strip casino-resort-homage to all things Wynn offers one and all a glimpse into the high life of Robin Leach's old world," Chris Baldwin wrote in a LasVegasGolf.com review.
The rooms have 10-foot ceilings, a wall of glass, 42-inch plasma TVs and mammoth bathrooms. And the golf at Wynn Las Vegas is only for the privileged few: The $500-a-round, Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek golf course is open only to guests of MGM Mirage properties. It is reputed to be one of the best tracks in Sin City.
Bellagio Hotel and Casino: Suites at the vaunted Bellagio have a full wet bar and two master bathrooms - "his" with a steam shower and "hers" with a soaking whirlpool tub. The Salone Suite - the hotel's smallest at 853 square feet - runs around $500 a night.
The opportunities to indulge here are unlimited. Guests can dine at Le Cirque, the restaurant at the epicenter of New York's dining scene that came to Vegas when the Bellagio opened. It's laid out beside an eight-acre lake with dancing fountains.
Guests can stroll through the hotel's botanical gardens, take a dip in its pool or visit the spa for a facial or massage - and let's not forget the sprawling casino downstairs. All this is built within a friendly, inviting atmosphere.
"The Bellagio is a rich friend who asks you in to enjoy a glimpse of the high life, makes you feel like one of those lucky high school buddy hangers-on in HBO's Entourage," Baldwin wrote.
The Venetian: There are three different grades of suites at the Italian-themed Venetian, with something to match every upscale taste. The Venezia Concierge Palazzo, the hotel's premier accommodation, is 700 square feet of pure luxury, with two flat-screen televisions and private check-in. It'll cost you about $300 a night.
There are 17 restaurants to choose from, including Bouchon, opened in 1998 by Thomas Keller, hailed by Time as "America's Best Chef." Shopping is a pleasure at the Grand Canal Shoppes modeled after downtown Venice, complete with gondoliers.
For a bit of upscale pampering, check out the 69,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch Spaclub. The hotel also has a first-rate museum, the Guggenheim Hermitage.
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