Where to Stay in Las Vegas: The Cosmopolitan
Without a doubt, The Cosmopolitan is the cool new kid in town, attracting A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow, Blake Lively, and Adele. Think of this 2,995-room Strip-side jewel as the Vegas mega-resort 2.0: the sleek, stylish design (digital art "wallpaper" here, striking sandstone walls there) appeals to post-Millennial aesthetics. The restaurants—big-namers like Blue Ribbon Sushi, Jaleo, and Scarpetta—are cultish in their appeal, and even the rooms go city-chic with tech-y features, Phaidon tabletop books, and terraces from which to take in the gleaming lights down below. Rooms from $195.
Where to Stay in Las Vegas: The Mandarin Oriental
Arguably Vegas's poshest bed, the Mandarin Oriental brings two rarities to the Vegas Strip—namely, a small size (it's only 393 rooms, which in this town is downright boutique) and not a casino in sight. In fact, despite its bang-up location in the heart of CityCenter on the Strip, the whole property goes against the Vegas grain, from the serene Asian-inspired design, courtesy of Adam Tihany, to the calm air that's prevalent throughout. Rooms from $255.
Where to Stay in Las Vegas: Four Seasons
Located inside the Mandalay Bay complex but operating as a separate hotel (with its own entrance, lobby, etc.), the Four Seasons is Vegas's original non-gaming luxe alternative. And after a full-scale refresh of its 424 rooms, which is set to debut late this year, the hotel will once again be ready to shine. Expect art-deco flourishes throughout, including bold colors, rich woods, and lacquer galore. Rooms from $179.
Where to Stay in Las Vegas: Nobu Hotel
Early next year, all eyes will be on Caesars Palace, where the Nobu Hotel—the first hotel from legendary chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa—will take up residence in one of the resort's towers. Designed by David Rockwell, the 181 rooms will have an earth-toned palette and be full of natural finishes. The food here is definitely the focus, from the in-room dining menus created by Nobu to the downstairs outpost of the restaurant that will be the world's largest. Rooms from $249.
Where to Stay in Las Vegas: The Bellagio
A luxe, couples-friendly go-to, the 3,933-room Bellagio has been one of Vegas's top stays since it opened in the late '90s, and thanks to the just-finished renovation, it can still go toe-to-toe with younger arrivals. New rooms are Hollywood Regency-esque, with tufted leather headboards and striking color palettes. Those who love the finer things appreciate the chi-chi restaurants (there's an outpost of NYC's Le Cirque), indoor botanical conservatory, and 1,200 dancing fountains out front. Rooms from $159.
Where to Dine in Las Vegas: Picasso
The Bellagio's signature restaurant was already one of the best tables in town, thanks to chef Julian Serrano's exceptionally well-executed menu of French- and Spanish-inflected dishes. But now, couples looking to up the experiential ante can book a table on Picasso's new lakefront terrace, in view of the Bellagio's famed dancing fountains. There's nothing quite like dining on poached oysters topped with caviar and a vermouth sauce in the shadow of more than 1,200 jets shooting water as high as 460 feet in an intricately choreographed sequence.
Where to Dine in Las Vegas: Joël Robuchon Restaurant
French chef, Joël Robuchon, has garnered an unbelievable number of accolades, including the title of Chef of the Century from France's Gault Millau guide. Little wonder then that Joël Robuchon Restaurant at the MGM Grand—the chef's first eatery in the U.S.—is considered one of Vegas's best tables, and it's hands-down the best honeymoon splurge in Sin City. Expect innovative tasting menus featuring plenty of foie gras, caviar, and the like.
Where to Dine in Las Vegas: Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare
Book a table on the lovely and serene garden patio of the highbrow Italian spot, Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare. Run by James Beard Award-winning chef, Paul Bartolotta, the restaurant serves up Mediterranean-influenced fare, like handmade sheep's milk-ricotta ravioli in a marsala-wine glaze and dishes spotlighting fish that are indigenous to the Mediterranean (they're flown in nearly daily).
Where to Dine in Las Vegas: Twist by Pierre Gagnaire
Yet another top-notch Vegas first, this white-and-silver Adam Tihan-designed dining room in CityCenter's Mandarin Oriental is the first U.S. location for Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire takes a French-fusion approach to cuisine with dishes like foie gras seared in a sweet and sour glaze. The food is absolutely divine, and the setting follows suit—thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and 23rd-floor location, the tables seem to float about the neon-clad Strip.
Where to Dine in Las Vegas: Jaleo
Part of the Cosmopolitan's buzzy collection of stylish eateries, Jaleo, a brown-and-orange-hued, perennially packed spot, brings chef José Andrés's take on Spanish tapas culture to the Vegas Strip. Nosh on sherry vinegar-marinated mussels and Ibérico ham fritters as you sip on Spanish vintages with Vegas's glitterati all around you.
Where to Relax in Las Vegas: Encore Spa at Wynn Encore
This pampering powerhouse, which takes its design cues from Morocco, Andalucia, and Thailand, is one of the most beautiful spas that we've seen. But the real magic at Encore Spa happens when you're horizontal on the table. The Good Luck Couples Ritual—a Chinese-inspired massage, peppermint foot treatment, and scalp treatment all wrapped into one entirely decadent package—is a decidedly blissful way to kick off any new marriage.
Where to Relax in Las Vegas: Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace
Take your cues from the ancient Romans and embrace all the heady decadence on offer at Qua Baths & Spa. After taking a turn about the elaborate wet areas that combine beautiful hot, warm, and cold pools, plus a laconium (like a sauna) and heated stone loungers (trust us, they're comfier than they sound), join your partner in one of the couples' rooms for an Hourglass treatment. The bespoke service lets you choose from a list of therapies to create an individualized treatment plan.
Where to Relax in Las Vegas: The Mandarin Oriental Spa
It's Asian all the way at the luxe Mandarin Oriental Spa, which looks to healing traditions from the Far East (aromatherapy, reflexology, and ancient Chinese medicine). The beautiful couples' treatment rooms are the perfect place to while the afternoon away, thanks to their private steam showers, hydrotherapy tubs large enough for two, and floor-to-ceiling windows that provide beautiful panoramas out over the Strip.
Where to Party in Las Vegas: The Chandelier
This nightspot at the Cosmopolitan features three bar experiences over three floors, all wrapped up in a decidedly glitzy package, with 2 million shimmering crystals sparkling all around you. Upstairs at The Chandelier features a flirty lounge, with fruity and floral cocktails on offer. The midlevel bar deals in molecular mixology (read: plenty of liquid nitrogen), and downstairs is the high-octane dance club, with spicy cocktails to match.
Where to Party in Las Vegas: XS
XS, at the Wynn, is a slightly more sophisticated take on your everyday bump-and-grind Vegas dance club, and it's much-loved by the celebrity set for its actual-gold finishes (a gold-plated mold of a woman's bust on a wall, for example) and outdoor area with a pool surrounded by private cabanas. P.S., this is where Prince Harry challenged Olympian Ryan Lochte to a breaststroke race—at 3 a.m.
Where to Party in Las Vegas: Hyde at Bellagio
This sleek lounge already has some pretty great calling cards in the form of its sexy decor (a black hand-carved wooden bar, a reclaimed-wood fireplace, baroque-esque sofas), potent cocktails, and smartly-dressed crowd. But our favorite feature of Hyde Bellagio is the outdoor patio, which provides a front-row seat to the hotel's famed fountain act.
Where to Party in Las Vegas: Marquee Dayclub
Where better to bask in the sun than Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan, where you can laze on a daybed as a DJ spins for the undulating crowd? After dark, the party moves indoors to the adjacent dance floor, where you can groove until the sun comes up and it's time to do it all again.
Where to Party in Las Vegas: Tao Beach
You might spot Jay-Z, Nicole Scherzinger, or Heidi Klum hanging at Tao Beach, the 18,000-square-foot pool and day club at the Venetian. Order mojitos at the 30-foot bar, or splurge on one of the cabanas and order in sushi, Peking-duck spring rolls, and lobster wontons from the trendy restaurant downstairs.
What to See in Las Vegas: Le Rêve
The Wynn's beautifully romantic show, Le Rêve, which means "The Dream" in French, is a visual masterpiece of aerial acrobatics, gymnastics, and synchronized swimming performed in, around, over, and under a 27-foot circular pool. The story follows a woman's fantastical reverie as she dreams of her love.
What to See in Las Vegas: Zumanity
The most adult-themed of Cirque du Soleil's roster of shows, Zumanity at New York, New York, blends burlesque and cabaret styles with Cirque's signature jaw-dropping tricks. In other words, you'll see a sexy schoolgirl performing elaborate hula-hoop stunts, an aerial acrobatist taking an S&M approach to the art (leather straps are involved), and sexy dancing galore.