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Top 10 Great Dates

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Ideas for Planning a Great Date Or Romantic Weekend in Las Vegas

The Strip has a reputation for hedonism and fun, but don’t rule out romance. In glamorous Las Vegas, where the sky’s the limit, there’s plenty to choose from when planning the ultimate date night (or day). So think big – there’s no room for subtly when wooing in Vegas!

Eiffel Tower Restaurant
Nothing says “romance” like Paris. Find yourself on the Strip instead? Take your date to Eiffel Tower Restaurant, where tables-for-two line the perimeter for a stunning, unobstructed view of the Strip. Dinner’s fantastic, but I prefer brunch, with a bottle of crisp white wine. 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, (702) 948-6937 eiffeltowerrestaurant.com/

High Roller

High Roller at LINQ

Las Vegas’s newest attraction offers the perfect kick-off to a really fun date. The world’s highest Ferris wheel boasts amazing views of the Strip. Then walk around the Linq for the newest shops, bars, and eateries. If your sweetie has a sweet tooth, she’ll love a cupcake. So make sure to pop into Sprinkles. 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, (800) 933-7993 caesars.com

Le Reve
You really can’t go wrong with any of the Cirque du Soleil shows, but I choose Wynn’s Le Reve for date night. With the watery stage and death-defying stunts, it packs major wow factor. And the VIP Indulgence package includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate treats, and a monitor that lets you peak underwater during some of the stunts. 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, (702) 770-9966 wynnlasvegas.com

Hyde

Hyde at Bellagio

Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

The Bellagio Fountains are one of the most romantic sights in Vegas. So why not take them in up close, from the patio at Hyde? Go early evening, before it turns into a nightclub, and order a spicy “Love Unit” cocktail. Drinks, music, and a sunset view of the fountains with the Eiffel Tower as backdrop? How romantic! 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, (702) 693-8700 sbe.com

Pool at Mandarin Oriental
Save the “party pools” for girls’ weekend or your next bachelor party. When you’re traveling as a couple, nothing beats the pool at Mandarin Oriental. Non-hotel guests may rent a cabana, which comes stocked with cold drinks and a flat-screen TV. Nothing is more relaxing than a day at this pool, so arrive ready to sip on cocktails and soak it all in. 3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 590 8882 mandarinoriental.com

Romance Retreat Package
Yearning to whisk her away to Vegas but lacking in time to plan? Bellagio has done it for you, with its Romance Retreat package. Chocolate-covered strawberries and a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot await in your suite that overlooks the Lake and Fountains. Then it’s time to enjoy your couples massages at the spa, and a sinful prix-fixe dinner a deux at either Picasso (yes, decorated with Picasso works) or Michael Mina, the seafood hotspot on the other side of the hotel’s famous Conservatory. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South, (702) 693-7444 bellagio.com

Yellowtail

Yellowtail

Photo Credit: MGM Resorts International

I love sharing a bunch of dishes while on a date, and nowhere does that better than Yellowtail. Impress your date by ordering a truffled tuna pizza and the crab hand rolls before you’ve even opened the menu. Other highlights include lobster carpaccio, rock shrimp, yuzu salmon, a “pop rocks” roll, and tuna tutaki. Snag a table on the patio for spectacular views of the Bellagio Fountains. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd, (702) 693-8300 yellowtaillasvegas.com

Spa at Aria
Very few Strip spas have coed areas, so the Spa at Aria is a real treat for couples who want more than just an in-room massage together. The coed section is outdoors, featuring an innovative hot stone room. Also included: a gorgeous pool and a salt room, so you don’t have to be apart from your honey when you’re ready to pamper yourself before and after your treatments. 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, (702) 590-9600 aria.com

Rose.Rabbit.Lie
For couples in the mood to kick it up a notch, there’s always Spiegelworld, the guys who brought us the hysterically raunchy show Absinthe (also a favorite date of mine). Their new venture, at Cosmopolitan, combines amazing acts with delicious food. If you don’t want to commit to the whole show, make dinner reservations in the Pool Room, where the performers go after the show for mini-versions of their acts. 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South , (877) 667-0585 roserabbitlie.com

Sky Suites at Aria
You can’t rest your head just anywhere during a romantic weekend away. Splurging? Then the Sky Suites are the answer. Not only are the rooms themselves the perfect oasis from the chaos of the Strip, but a reservation there includes access to a concierge who can help you with any requests for additional (personalized) romantic gestures. 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd, (877) 580.2742 ariaskysuites.com

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