Despite its wild reputation, Las Vegas isn’t just for visitors flying solo. While it’s certainly easy to get hitched in the Marriage Capital of the World, there are plenty of other, more leisurely experiences that couples can share to celebrate true romance. Whether you’re engaged, married, or dating, these are some Vegas experiences that will set the scene for sparks to fly.
Indulge in Sweets with Your Sweetheart
There’s a reason chocolate is inextricably linked with Valentine’s Day. The creamy confection is known to change brain chemistry by releasing endorphins, leading to feelings of pleasure. (We’re no scientists, but we think that means chocolate makes you happy and tastes really, really good.) Share those pleasurable feelings with your loved one by visiting one of Vegas’ chocolatiers. You can watch chocolates being made at Ethel M Chocolate Factory while you taste free samples, then pick up some of their signature truffles to enjoy later. The chocolate fountain at Jean Philippe Pastry Shop at the Bellagio is a must-see for sweets lovers, and the pastries themselves are among the best in the world (Jean Philippe Maury is a World Pastry Champion). Extreme chocolate lovers can plan a whole trip around their sweet tooth by visiting the annual Las Vegas Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.
Relax Together with a Couples Massage
Vegas has some of the most luxurious spas anywhere in the country, and they can spoil you and your partner like you’ve never been spoiled before. For the ultimate exercise in pampering, try one of the Dragon Suites at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Their Art of Romance massage session is a full three hours of relaxing rituals, including a foot massage, a customized aromatherapy massage, an invigorating body exfoliating treatment, and time together in a hydrotherapy tub surrounded by calming bath essences. Almost every spa and hotel offers a special package for couples, so you’re sure to find one that suits your own idea of romance and relaxation.
Share a Stunning View of the City
The writer Antoine de St. Exupery once said, “Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” If this is true, then Las Vegas offers some of the best opportunities in the world for love. The city provides plenty of stunning vistas for you and your partner to enjoy side by side. One of the most truly spectacular views is from the Stratosphere Tower. Las Vegas is a sight to behold from any angle — so you can imagine how breathtaking it is as seen from the highest free-standing observation tower in the country. To make an evening out of it, start with a gourmet dinner at the revolving restaurant on the 106th floor, then slip to the observation deck after dessert. Keep in mind that nearly all Vegas hotels (at least the ones on the Strip) will have spectacular views of their own, so if you book your stay with location in mind, you’ll be able to share a view without even leaving the comfort of your room.
See the Sights of Paris, France
Stealing a kiss under the Eiffel Tower, sipping French champagne in a dim nightclub, sharing a croissant at the Arc de Triomphe: there’s a reason Paris is thought to be the most romantic city in the world. You might be surprised to learn that you can do all of those things in Vegas, too. The Paris Las Vegas Hotel has recreated the most romantic parts of the City of Light, so you can take a trip-within-a-trip with the object of your affection. Second only to the sightseeing is the food, which rivals that of famous French chefs. Dine al fresco at Mon Ami Gabi or share some caviar at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant. If simple pleasures are more your style, visit Cafe Belle Madeleine for a perfect cup of espresso.
Glide Down the Grand Canal in a Gondola
A gondola ride at The Venetian is, admittedly, not quite like a gondola ride in Venice. You’ll float past the storefronts of The Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes, and, while they certainly have their own charm, they don’t quite mirror the Old World surroundings of the original gondolas. So why is a gondola ride one of the must-try romantic experiences of Las Vegas? Because of what it represents: gondola rides are such a well-known couples experience that asking your companion to share one with you is a guaranteed way of making your affections known, especially in the early stages of a relationship. A gondola ride is the perfect way to set the stage for a day of romance to follow.
Have a Cuddle by the Fireside
If you’re meeting a date for drinks, there’s no better spot for kindling romance than a lounge with actual fire. The Peppermill Fireside Lounge on the Vegas Strip is a fixture of “Old Vegas” glamor and style, with enormous fire pits and cozy couches for getting comfortable. The cocktail waitresses give the bar a classy vibe with their elegant black dresses, and the cocktail menu is enticingly exotic. Expect lush decor, warm lighting, and colorful ambiance when you visit the Peppermill Lounge to order a Mai Tai or a Pink Squirrel. The Peppermill Fireside Lounge has been a Las Vegas favorite since the 1970s, and its unique charm makes it a perfect spot to enjoy the company of your equally charming date.
Stay in Your Room
Sure, Las Vegas has some stellar sights and exciting activities. But for true romance, the best option might just be staying in. Book a room in one of Vegas’ exceptional hotels, and you’ll have everything you could ever need without even venturing outside — think of it sort of like your own personal all-inclusive resort. Choose a room with amenities you can enjoy as a couple, like the huge soaking tubs at the Four Seasons or the in-room spa services at Red Rock Casino and Resort. Many hotels offer special romance packages for couples, or go one step better and book a honeymoon suite. (Hint: it doesn’t have to be your honeymoon.)
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