No longer reserved for gamblers and wild bachelor parties, Las Vegas now has everything the female heart desires. Once considered a playground for groups of men, Las Vegas also offers a blissful escape from the daily grind for groups of women. According to statistics at insiderlv.com, 50% of visitors to Vegas are women and 79% of Vegas visitors are married. That means more and more women are visiting Sin City for the ultimate girlfriend getaway.
Start your trip off right and arrange an airport pick up through Presidential Limousine Company. Instead of waiting in those long taxi lines, you’ll be greeted at baggage claim with a personal driver who will help with your bags, present each lady with a rose, and open a bottle of champagne while he whisks you off to your destination in style.
Once you’ve unpacked, you’ll be itching to check out the infamous Las Vegas shopping. If you aren’t on a tight budget, The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace have over 160 stores that will keep you looking fabulous throughout your stay. With shops like Coach, Express, Guess and BCBG, you’ll be glad you brought your Visa. Be sure and stop by Café Della Spiga for some mouth-watering gelato and a cappuccino to keep your energy level high.
The Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood are another shopper’s paradise. Victoria’s Secret, Betsey Johnson, Bebe and H&M are just a few of the stores here. Enjoy the experience under a beautiful painted blue sky with occasional "thunderstorms."
After a few hours of shopping, you’ll be in need of some rejuvenation. No girls’ trip is complete without a spa treatment. But in Vegas, who has the time to spend all day at the spa?
Fortunately, the MGM Grand Spa has an Express Menu with shorter, slightly more affordable treatments so you can have the day spa experience and still have plenty of time to party. Try the 25 minute "Soothe the Sole" treatment for your feet or the 25 minute deep back and neck massage to work out the knots from carrying your shopping bags.
After you’ve been pampered, take time to primp and dress in your new outfit. Your entourage will likely be in desperate need of a good meal. For excellent food, good service and reasonable prices, try Mon Ami Gabi at The Paris, a French bistro with a little bit of everything. The meal begins with the delivery of a baguette and wine recommendations.
The Gustave Lorentz pinot blanc is fruity and delicious. Whatever your selection, you won’t be disappointed with selections ranging from salads, sandwiches, fish and a filet mignon that melts in your mouth. Mon Ami Gabi is always packed at dinnertime for a reason.
After dinner, poll your ladies and decide: will the evening be naughty or nice? If all the wine has made your group bold, take a cab to the Excalibur and check out Thunder from Down Under. The internationally acclaimed male revue, named in the Las Vegas Review-Journal as the Best Male Revue two years in a row, is the perfect combination of sexy, naughty and fun. The 70 minute show has a no tipping policy so you can focus 100% of your attention on the six-pack abs as the dancers gyrate onstage and off.
Afterwards, get your picture taken with the hot men and make your girlfriends who stayed home jealous.
If your group isn’t feeling up to Australians in thongs (after all, you said no men, right?) head to a nightclub and do the dancing yourselves. Studio 54 in the MGM Grand is the perfect place for a ladies’ night. The DJ spins a mix of a little bit of everything, so you’ll never want to leave the dance floor. If you get thirsty, there are plenty of bars to satisfy your needs, usually with short lines. The crowd is friendly, the atmosphere is upbeat and ladies get in free on some nights. Studio 54 is open until 4 am so you’ll have plenty of time to party.
Las Vegas has some of the most liberal drinking laws in the country. With bars
that never close, it’s easy to overdo it. If your crew wakes up after a night of fun with a serious hangover, force yourselves to get out of bed and get to one of the Oxygen Bars on the strip. Oxygen therapy has many benefits including headache relief and detoxification benefits. After a 20 minute treatment, which costs $22 and includes a scalp, neck and back massage, you’ll be refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to grab another Cosmo. Maybe.
By the end of your girlfriend getaway to Las Vegas, you’ll be so tired that going back to being a wife and mother will sound welcoming. You’ll have pictures, souvenirs, new clothes, and memories you wouldn’t trade for anything. Years later, all you’ll have to say is "Thunder!" to cause your group of girlfriends to dissolve into the kind of giggle fit only Vegas can cause.
What & Where:
Presidential Limousine (702-731-5577; www.presidentiallimolv.com)
Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace (3570 Las Vegas Blvd South; www.caesarspalace.com)
MGM Grand Spa & Health Club (3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-891-3077; www.mgmgrand.com/)
Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Resort and Casino (3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-944-4224; www.monamigabi.com)
Thunder from Down Under at the Excalibur Hotel & Casino (3850 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-597-7600; www.excalibur.com/)
Sunday- Thursday 9:00 pm & Friday-Saturday 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm; 18 and over only
Studio 54 at MGM Grand (3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South; 702-891-7279; www.mgmgrand.com/)
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 pm to 4:00 am; 21 and over only