Every year for Michael’s birthday, June 24th, we head to Europe! However, this year I had a lot of medical procedures going on and wasn’t cleared to leave the country yet. We pushed our Europe trip back to July but soooooomeone (Michael) wanted to go somewhere for his “actual day of birth.” God love him we are the perfect pair because this is for sure something I would say. With all that being said we headed to Las Vegas for a long weekend!
We had a late flight out on Friday so we literally ran to the hotel, changed and then headed to dinner and a show! I will say Michael’s biggest tip for Vegas is to try and do dinner and show at the same place if possible. Meaning, if you are seeing a show at Caesar’s Palace have dinner at a restaurant at Caesar’s Palace also. The strip traffic is insane and it can take like 30min to get from one hotel to the next. We try to make it easy on ourselves and just do one stop for the night!
Whenever we go to Vegas, lately, we prefer a more low key weekend- which is hard to find in Vegas 😆. We LOVE Aria Sky Suites. They have beautiful rooms, a separate little entrance and tons of pool/food/shopping options. Highly recommend. If we aren’t at Aria I would say the other favorite is The Bellagio! =)
Like I said we landed, checked it at the hotel and then ran out the door to dinner! We headed to Caesar’s Palace for dinner at Guy Savory. SO delicious. We did the coursed dinner and they had to rush since we were seeing a 10pm show but every single dish was amazing. After dinner we saw Absinthe and it was my new favorite show! I was worried about attending a 10pm show (yes I am SUPER lame ago to bed early) but it kept my attention and was jam packed full of action!! We did the VIP seating and I think it was definitely worth the extra price. We had our own little table and the seats faced both stages perfectly. (Side note- there are two ‘stages’ that they use and some of the seats you have to turn depending on where they are preforming. With the VIP seating you can see everything perfectly. You also get free drinks 😆!).
We headed over to The Bellagio for dinner and a show. As I stated above, if we weren’t stay at Aria we would do Bellagio. The hotel is gorgeous and the lobby is basically a bloggers dream haha… beautiful! If you are in Vegas I would recommend swinging through the lobby and checking it out. Anyyyyyyy who, dinner was at Le Cirque. Once again we usually do the coursed dinner option and I feel like you can’t go wrong. If you go on the earlier side (ie- before a show) you can sometimes get a window seat and then you can watch the fountain show from your table. Delicious food with a good drink while watching the famous Bellagio fountain- so amazing.
After dinner we headed to see O by Cirque du Soleil. This would be another ‘must see’ on my list of shows! This was not my first time seeing it and hopefully not my last. Its very unique and the whole stage is water. Its beautifully done and I highly recommend!
Okay so on this night we broke our cardinal rule of dining at the same hotel of the show. However, the restaurant was in our hotel and it’s one of our favorites! We had been to the one in LA but this was our first time going in Las Vegas. If in Vegas I highly recommend Catch! Not only is the food (seafood) delicious but the decor is absolutely beautiful. After dinner we headed to KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM. I will say this was my first time seeing this show and I wasn’t a fan. Call me crazy because its been a huge show in Vegas for years but I just wasn’t into it. I’ve seen Mystere at Treasure Island before and think if you are only going to a few shows I would see that over KA. However, I would FOR SURE see Absinthe and O if you are going for a weekend and only seeing two.
This night was Michael’s actual birthday. We decided to do a dinner at one of our favorites, Joel Robuchon. Whenever we do this we do not attend a show after because we do the 18 course dinner menu and then roll our stuffed bodies back to the hotel. Thats right, 18 courses. 1-8! I will say several of them are bite size starters but holy deliciousness! Its such a beautifully done dinner with so much thought that goes into each dish. Its perfect for a special occasion and is for sure something you will always remember! The restaurant is directly next to the KA show at the MGM so we were there two nights in a row. It wasn’t tricky to get to though, especially on a Monday night things were less crazy.
Also, there were lots of questions about Michael’s cake (I included a photo at the bottom). The bakery in the casino/lobby of the Aria makes AMAZING cakes. For small sized cake such as this one they request 24hrs notice. If you know ahead of time you are wanting on for your trip they can make literally anything with a weeks notice! They also taste delicious and are not outrageously priced!
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