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The Chic Woman's Guide to Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. It's a catchphrase that has given sophisticated women all over the world a lot of comfort, establishing the city of bad decisions and bandage dresses as one seemingly self-contained. However, as the Moda team heads off to Las Vegas for the annual fine jewelry show (the most highly regarded of the calendar year), we seized the moment to shelve the stereotype and seek out Sin City’s chicer side. It does exist, you’ll see…

Where to Stay

If you're in search of a civilized (read: bachelorette-free) experience, here are the only two you’ll want to call home for a night or two.

ENCORE AT WYNN LAS VEGAS
If you have even a hint of class you're at Wynn Las Vegas. Booking a Tower Suite comes with extra perks including your own entrance—a worthwhile investment.

 

Insider Tip: Don't miss the Jeff Koons sculpture.

 

THE FOUR SEASONS
Those seeking refuge from the casino crowd can find a safe haven here. More elegant than most, it's one of the only hotels that’s not connected to one. And because it's situated at the South end of the strip (away from the action) if offers a peace and quiet that is nearly impossible to find elsewhere—some have gone as far as to call it a tranquil oasis.

Where To Eat

You may know the city for its alcoholic beverages but foodies have been flying here for years to enjoy its culinary excellence. Here’s where the discerning palates go.

NOBU, CEASAR’S PALACE
Thanks to all the cash flying around Vegas, its restaurants are able to bid on the world’s finest ingredients. We guarantee you’ll have some of the best sushi of your life here.

 

ORDER: The Japanese Wagyu banquet and the classics: black cod, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño and squid “pasta.”

 

MON AMI GABI
The chi chi spots tend to get all of the attention, but those in the know head here for a meal that's as delicious as it is well-priced.

 

ORDER: Bookend the meal with onion soup and profiteroles. And take advantage of the impressive wine list—there are plenty of cocktails to be had elsewhere.

 

JOËL ROBUCHON
This is the true crème de la crème—French chef Joël Robuchon holds the most Michelin stars in the world. His restaurants span the globe, but the one in Vegas (extra exclusive with only 12 tables in the main room) remains his signature flagship.

 

ORDER: The 16-course degustation menu.

Anywhere But Here!

With a day party everywhere in sight, the sophisticated woman knows better than to suntan with the masses. Here are three recommended escapes.

THE SPA
Think about it, doesn’t it make perfect sense that the breeding ground for hangovers would also boast world class recovery facilities? Whether you had one martini too many or not, receiving facials and massages at the Cosmopolitan's Sahra Spa & Hammam is a day well spent.

 

THE POOL AT THE FOUR SEASONS
The 100-foot outdoor pool is positively minute by Vegas standards, which makes it the ideal option for women like us. Smaller pool = less cohabitants. Plus, it’s private.

 

JAMES TURREL’S AKOB
If you thought Las Vegas was the city where culture comes to die, you'll be thrilled to know that hidden inside the Louis Vuitton flagship store, Turrell’s meditative light installation promises a moment of serene escapism. Remember to book in advance, this isn’t one that you can just casually pop by.

What To See (And Drink!)

If clubs aren't your thing (and all roads seem to lead there), an evening out can be spent elsewhere.

CHER
Let's be honest, people fly to Las Vegas just to see Cher. So if you're already there, do not miss her. Luckily, the 70-year-old star (can you believe it?!) has added 18 shows in August due to popular demand.

 

BOUND BY SALVATORE COCKTAIL BAR
Missing your swanky hotel bar scene? You'll find it here, along with a menu by the world famous Salvatore Calabrese (who cut his teeth at London’s Dukes). The really daring will enjoy the “Never Say Goodnight,” an espresso martini made with Red Bull instead of water. Because we all know this isn't your first stop of the night.

Off The Strip

Need to get away? These places well beyond the catwalk of casinos and restaurants are worth the trip.

SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS
Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s dayglow sculpture, set against the arid desert about ten miles south of Las Vegas, is a must (especially for those who count their Instagram likes). Go soon, it closes next year for good.

 

THE GRAND CANYON TOUR
Too often, the world’s most spectacular places are ruined by crowds and queues. Ditch them both by chartering a helicopter to the Grand Canyon and enjoy a picnic in a remote area closed to the public.

 

THE NEON MUSEUM
Though it may seem counterintuitive to escape the strip to see more neon lights, the “Neon Boneyard” is home to an outdoor collection of more than 200 vintage signs (the largest in the world) that's far cooler than it sounds. Tip: buy the ticket package which includes the Mob Museum—a look at the history of the Vegas mafia.

The Dress Code

Because bandage dresses and poolside heels clearly aren't for you, a more sophisticated approach is required.

To See Cher
By The Pool
Out to Dinner
Off the Strip
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