Treat Your Mother to a Visit in Paradise!

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and honor the amazing women who have raised us into the people we are today. While you could opt for your standard go-to of a gift, flowers, and a card, this Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a vacation you both will love! With warm and sunny weather, an abundance of fun-filled activities, and tasty restaurants, Las Vegas is the perfect destination to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day. There is no shortage of things to do for Mother’s Day in Las Vegas. Regardless of your mom’s celebratory preferences, there’s activities for all personality types that will leave her feeling loved and appreciated.

-Shop Til You Drop

Head to Downtown Container Park, an open-air shopping center with boutique retail shops, unique restaurants, and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! There are two special events happening for Mother’s Day Weekend: A Mother’s Day Wine Walk on Saturday and a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday. If your mother prefers a more typical (and upscale) shopping experience, visit Fashion Show Mall on the Strip or the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian.

 

-Treat Your Mom to a Spa Day

If your mom is in need of some much-deserved relaxation, she’s sure to find it at Mahana Spa. Here, she can relax, rejuvenate and revive with therapeutic treatments inspired by the tropics and the rainforests. Mahana Spa offers a variety of massage, facials and therapeutic skin treatments. Hoping for something on the Strip? Send her for a treatment to the Sahra Spa at the Cosmopolitan. This ultra luxurious spa offers massages, whirlpools, steam rooms, heated stone loungers, and more. Try a cleansing detox, or be invigorated with essential oils.

 

-Admire the Art

Talk a stroll through 18b, the Las Vegas Art District, and soak up all of the art and culture you never knew existed in Las Vegas. This cultural hub offers indie art galleries, unique performance spaces, tasty restaurants, and bohemian bars.  18b’s major venues include the Arts Factory and Art Square, where the intimate Cockroach Theatre stages independant and offbeat plays. Visitors will notice that the buildings are adorned with graffiti art that reflects the culture of this vibrant neighborhood.

 

-See a Show

Leave your mother in awe with the music, illusion, and acrobatics of a Cirque du Soleil show, a classic that has been delighting audiences for over 20 years. There are seven different themes to choose from on Mother’s Day weekend. These 90-minute shows run all year long and will suit every taste and age group. If your mom is a music lover, allow her to get “On The Floor” at Jennifer Lopez, break out her inner “Tiny Dancer” at Elton John, or “Turn Back Time” at Cher.

 

-Explore the Great Outdoors

Go the easy route and take a 13-mile, one way scenic drive through Red Rock National Recreation Area. Red Rock Canyon offers hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, geology, and camping. Admire the gorgeous rock formations and if you are up for it, take an easy walk through Calico Basin.

 

If your mom enjoys water sports, take her kayaking at Black Canyon. Arizona Hot Springs, as well as a few other hot springs, can be reached by kayak. Several local kayak rental companies like Desert Adventures will drop you off below the Hoover Dam and pick you up 12 miles downstream at Willow Beach. Enjoy the ride, but be sure to stop and relax in the hot springs, explore side canyons, and allow the current to push you downstream.

 

Mother’s Day Restaurant Specials

Mother’s Day and brunch go together like peanut butter and jelly. With so many excellent dining options in Las Vegas, it’s hard to know which is the best for your mom. Here’s a list of some of our favorites!

-The Capital Grille

If you’re looking for an exceptional prix-fixe brunch and bottomless mimosas, head over to The Capital Grille, located at Fashion Show Las Vegas. The Executive Chefs will be creating a special take on their classic brunch dishes like the Pan-Seared Salmon with Citrus Crab Salad.

-Lakeside

Lakeside at the Wynn is hosting a lavish, live jazz brunch, overlooking the Lake of Dreams. Listen to David ‘Mojo’ Poe band’s dixieland sounds as your mom selects from raw bar and seafood specialties, a live action omelette and egg station, the continental breakfast buffet, carving station and more.

-Triple George Grill

When it comes to dining in Downtown Las Vegas, enjoy Triple George Grill. They will only be offering a 5 course prefix menu for brunch at $46.95 per person. This award-winning restaurant is known for classic American cuisine and its warm and comfortable atmosphere.

-Bottiglia Enoteca

At Green Valley Ranch, Bottiglia is offering free bottomless mimosas for all moms, during brunch hours only! This ageless restaurant, located in the stunning Green Valley Ranch, offers sophisticated rustic Italian fare.

Where To Stay

On Mother’s Day 2018, take your mom on a French Mediterranean-themed getaway to Club de Soleil, a sunny oasis located on West Tropicana Avenue just three miles from the celebrated Las Vegas Strip.  Allow your mom to soak up the sun at one of our two pools or relax in our soothing hot tubs. Book your room today and treat the special woman in your life to a Mother’s Day she will never forget!

What to pack for the kids on your summer trip to Vegas

 

Packing for Vegas used to be so simple when you were single. Usually a change of clothes would do, and maybe not even that if you weren’t planning to ever leave the craps table. Not for nothing did the paramedics coin the phrase “Vegas Syndrome”* with you in mind.

But those days are over. You’re respectable now, which means you’ve probably procreated and become a taxi. Life in its present iteration is a series of take-me-tos and pick-me-ups – from dance classes, from soccer games, from youth orchestra rehearsal.

And yet you still make time for Vegas. If this summer marks your first trip with the kids to Sin City and Club de Soleil, you may be wondering what you should pack. Trust us: You’ll need more than bail money.

Suitcases

How many to bring? This question has bedeviled travelers making their first trip to Las Vegas with children since the early `90s, when it officially became a family destination. Don’t sweat it: We’ve devised a foolproof formula to help you determine how many bags to pack.

First, subtract the number of children you’re bringing from the number of days you’re staying. Do the reverse if the number of children exceeds the number of days. (This applies mainly to our LDS visitors.)

Next, divide the difference by the number of numbers on a roulette wheel, multiply the result by the number of seats at a blackjack table, then add by the number of times you’ve left Vegas in the red instead of the black.

Now take that number and subtract it by Las Vegas’ daily average July temperature and you’ll have the answer. Or to put it simply – one suitcase per child.

Clothing

Yes, bring it. Las Vegas, believe it or not, has the same mandatory clothing expectations as your own hometown. Use the length-of-stay metric as a barometer for determining how much to pack, but be sure to include two extra shirts per child in the event of profuse sweating, sleepwear, an extra pair of shoes per child if you’re planning on walking a lot – not recommended in 100-plus degree temperatures during the day – and of course bathing suits for our beautiful Club de Soleil pools!

Toiletries

Whatever products contribute to your kids’ personal hygiene at home will also suffice in Las Vegas. See? We’re not that different after all..

Gadgets

We stressed in a previous article the importance of keeping kids occupied on vacation and suggested that nothing does that better than gadgets. See our recommendations here.

Sunscreen

Think of this as extra clothing. Unlike regular clothing, you’ll want to wear more in summer.

Travel Toys

Click here for a handy guide to age-appropriate transportable toys. You’ll need `em.

Things for Baby

If you’re planning on making your children lifelong Vegas visitors, you have to start them young. We recommend no later than two weeks postpartum just to get their little lungs acclimated to smoky casinos. Here’s what you should bring with you:

Five diapers per day per child
One full package of wipes
A sling
Sippies and microwave sterilizing bags
Formula
Baby food
Transportable toddler snacks
Disposable diaper sacks

Now that you know what to pack, just remember to bring the kids!

*When you gamble and drink for several days straight with minimal sleep and food. It culminates in passing out on the casino floor and waking up with a four-day hangover.

How to Have Fun with Your Tax Return in Vegas

You’ve tallied your deductions, completed your 1040, and your tax return has just landed in your bank account. Now it’s time to take that cash and create memories in Las Vegas. It’s easy to spend money in Las Vegas. You can burn through a hefty chunk of change in an hour at the card tables. Or, drop hundreds on a couple rounds of drinks at any bar in the city. But what about doing something that will create memories that’ll last a lifetime – or at least a story or two to tell your buddies back home? Let’s look at several ways to have fun with your tax return in Vegas this year.

Food: Vegas is home to the $5000 hamburger (the FleurBurger 5000 – available at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino), but there are ways to have fun and experience incredible food without having to take out a second mortgage on your home. Enjoy dinner at the Strip House, select one of their incredible steaks, then prepare to splurge on their famous 24-layer chocolate cake. It will easily feed ten people, and costs $120. It’s something that dreams are made of for die-hard chocolate fans and worth the money.

Or, visit Bazaar Meat at the SLS and order roasted pig for the entire table for about $520. It’s incredible. For the sushi lover out there, Sushi Roko is the sushi destination in Vegas – where you can order the High-Roller Roll, a Bluefin tuna, caviar, and tempura lobster concoction that is a once-in-a-lifetime order for $250. There is no shortage of incredible food options, so be thankful you itemized those deductions so carefully and planned your trip around your tax return.

Adventure: You can work up a real adrenaline high at the poker tables, but consider this – Vegas is home to a wide array of exhilarating attractions and activities that guarantee a return on your investment. Try getting that at the casino. First, embark on a helicopter tour of the Vegas Strip or the surrounding areas. This isn’t as expensive as you might think, and the skilled pilots are adept at showing you all the area has to offer. Maverick Helicopters is a local favorite. They’ll even fly you to valley of Fire State Park for an ethereal yoga class on top of the Red Rock cliffs.

If you’re looking to stay close to Vegas, head down to Fremont Street and ride the Slotzilla Zip Line. For just $20, each member of your party can glide 114 feet above the street across 850 feet of zip line. We recommend reserving a spot at night when the area is lit up. Vegas is about adventure – so allocate those tax return dollars appropriately and create memories that will last a lifetime!

The Resorts: There is no shortage of fabulous places to stay in Las Vegas, but consider using some of your tax return dollars to stay at a relaxing resort that’ll rejuvenate your soul. Club de Soleil is a sunny, French-Mediterranean-themed oasis just three miles from the Strip. Our spacious suites come with numerous convenient amenities and are the perfect choice for a quick weekend getaway or an extended visit.

Things to do in Vegas during Christmas

When you think of a festive Christmas destination, does Las Vegas immediately come to mind? If it doesn’t, take a look at our list of things to do during your time in Vegas this Christmas. And then, see if a jaunt around the city doesn’t sound like the perfect way to spend time with friends or family during the holidays.

Cactus Garden Lighting

Las Vegas is in the desert. Cacti live in the desert. Therefore, it makes sense to decorate cactus groves with Christmas lights, right? The folks over at the legendary Ethel M Chocolate factory sure think so, and they deliver a fun and whimsical take on the traditional Christmas decoration philosophy. Check out the lights, then stick around and try some of their handmade chocolates.

 Ride The High Roller

The iconic High Roller Ferris wheel, the largest in the world, gets the full holiday treatment during the Christmas season as it is embellished with almost 2,000 vivid LED lights. See all of Las Vegas from 55 stories high, and take in the vistas from comfortable pods instead of open air seats. Located right on the Strip, you can’t beat the views.

 Live Music Venues

There are several amazing places to enjoy live music in Las Vegas, but for the ultimate experience this Christmas, head down to Fremont Street and see why this area is quickly becoming the hub for entertainment in Vegas. Headline-worthy acts are on the roster throughout the Christmas week and New Year’s Eve brings even more opportunity to rock out to your favorite group. From big name acts to tribute bands, you’ll find an eclectic mix when you discover Fremont Street during the holidays.

Las Vegas is the place to be this Christmas, especially if you’re looking for new and exciting things to do to cap off 2016. From music to museums, dining to dancing, you’ll find it all this holiday season in Las Vegas.

Guide to Shopping for Your Halloween Costume in Vegas

Once you’ve experienced the energy and joy of a Las Vegas New Year’s or the relaxing vibes of Memorial Day weekend, you’ll never again want to celebrate another holiday anywhere else but Sin City. This month, Halloween provides the perfect excuse to dress up for this devilishly fun holiday.

If you’re staying at Club de Soleil over Halloween weekend, keep the following  stores in mind to help you find the perfect costume this year.

BLACK CAT COSTUMES & NOVELTIES

Located at 2350 S. Rainbow Blvd, Suite 1, this all-encompassing costume and accessory store has virtually anything you’d need to create a memorable and distinctive costume. From Superhero outfits to Star Wars-themed costumes, and all of the classics, Black Cat Costumes & Novelties truly has it all. And, it’s open year-round so you don’t have to worry about timing your visit!

 HALLOWEEN EXPRESS OF LAS VEGAS

This massive store is located at 9731 South Eastern Avenueright in Silverado Ranch. Home to more than 10,000 Halloween costumes and all necessary accessories, Halloween Express is the place to be, if you’re on the west side ofLas Vegas. They also carry a full assortment of decorations to help you throw a festive party or decorate your home.

 STAR COSTUME & THEATRICAL SUPPLY

If you’re looking for something a few steps up from your standard Halloween costume this year, consider paying a visit to Star Costume & Theatrical Supply located at3230 South Valley View Blvd., Suite 120 in centralLas Vegas. This store is open year-round and features an assortment of costumes from just about every genre imaginable. Stage-quality makeup, wigs, accessories, and more are available to help you create the ultimate Halloween costume.

 AMERICAN COSTUMES OF LAS VEGAS

In business in Las Vegassince 1978, American Costumes is centrally located at390 West Sahara Avenue and features a wide variety of costumes and accessories. And if you’re planning a party or event around Halloween, they can even provide additional services like specialized balloons and singing telegrams. ThisLas Vegas institution is worth a visit any time of the year!

Still haven’t planned out your costume? Not to worry! These stores will help spark your creativity and have you headed in the right direction, if you decide to do a little last-minute shopping for Halloween. No need to stress about it for weeks in advance; we have you covered.

Lobby Waiting Area

Vacation ownership at Club now an even greater value

Club 2’s gorgeous lobby

An increase in lodging rates in 2015 – up more than 18 percent over the previous year owing to a rise in travel frequency – now more than ever underscores the value of vacation ownership.

Consistency of cost is a timeshare hallmark, and while hotel room pricing rose to an average of $102.64 per night in 2015 from $86.55 in 2014, your vacation club remained unaffected by market trends and subsequent supply and demand economics.

Ownership means you are never subject to the unpredictable pricing practices of opportunistic Las Vegas hotels, whose rates rise exorbitantly with each UFC event, mega boxing match or New Year’s Eve weekend.

Conversely, the cost of timeshare ownership remains steady and affordable, with property upkeep through the responsible application of maintenance fees the primary objective – not the wringing of every last dime out of the consumer.

As you’ve discovered, timeshare ownership at Club de Soleil a great bet, and we are humbled and honored to count you among our vacation club members. We take seriously our responsibility to provide you with a beautifully maintained property and look forward to helping you make wonderful vacation memories year after year.