Cheesy “Lost Wages” jokes aside, it is easy to spend a lot of money in Las Vegas. Somewhere between the blackjack tables, cocktail bars, steak houses and strip clubs, you might find that you’ve suddenly parted ways with the contents of your wallet. The thing is, you’re not sure what you spent money on.
Next time you’re in Las Vegas, splurge on something you’ll remember. Instead of losing incremental sums of cash via your minibar and room service menu, go big with one of these ideas.
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Meal
A burger and fries will taste the same – and cost less – at home, but you can only enjoy a filet mignon 844 feet above the Strip in Las Vegas at one place. If you love awe-inspiring views, the Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere is a worthwhile splurge. The glass-enclosed dining room actually rotates, guaranteeing that you’ll see the city from every angle imaginable. The skydivers plummeting by are a nice touch as well. If your idea of a memorable meal involves an exclusive chef-driven experience, make reservations in advance at é by José Andrés (way, way in advance). $275 per diner gets you a 15-course meal at this nine-seat space tucked inside Jaleo.
A Fancy Suite
Depending on your definition of splurge, a fancy suite in Vegas can totally fit your budget or can totally destroy it. Terrace suites at the Cosmopolitan are a somewhat affordable splurge that offer stunning views of the Bellagio Fountains, plus sweeping balconies. If you want to go all-out, the Sky Villas at the Palms include jaw-dropping, private infinity pools with views of the Strip.
A Helicopter or Hot Air Balloon Ride
Blow some money by getting high – in a helicopter or hot air balloon, we mean. Treat yourself to a sunset helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon that includes a champagne picnic, or see the city at dawn by way of a hot air balloon ride.
Indulge at a Spa
The nonstop action of Las Vegas isn’t often associated with the phrase “relax and recharge,” but it is indeed possible to do just that at one of the city’s many spas. Treat yourself to a spa day on the Strip. The Waldorf Astoria spa includes views of the neon lights plus steam rooms, hammam, couple’s suites and salon services. The Canyon Ranch Spa at the Venetian, which is the largest day spa in North America, includes thermal spa cabins, a salt grotto and a 40-foot indoor rock-climbing wall.
Something Totally Ridiculous
Look, it’s Vegas. No one is expecting you to make savvy financial decisions all of the time. While you’re here, spend some money on something absolutely ridiculous that you’d never buy anywhere else. One idea: the 60 Minutes of Fame DJ Party Package at Sapphire, which includes your own DJ set, plus 17 digital billboards featuring your face, five bottles of champagne, a $3,000 bungalow food and beverage credit and a private pool and bar experience. Or maybe you would prefer to control the Bellagio Fountains? For just $250,000, you get to choose the music and make the water dance. You could also just go with a classic Vegas splurge: a VIP table at a nightclub, bottle service, and the luxury of feeling like your fancier than everyone else.