|The romantic Taipan Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas|
December, the most popular month for getting engaged (say both TheKnot.com and Brides magazine), is upon us, and just around the corner is Valentine’s Day, which generates about six million proposals annually (according to the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker). And every year more than 80,000 of those proposals lead to a wedding — and usually a honeymoon too — in Las Vegas.
In many cases, the couple is coming full circle, as the city is a popular place for popping the question or for the couple to celebrate their engagement. In either case, they will likely be in the mood to splurge, so consider a high-end suite for them. Here is a small sampling of such accommodations.
The LINQ Hotel & Casino has recently finished a full resort renovation with 2,253 newly revamped rooms. The couple can enjoy an over-the-top stay in one of the two Penthouse Suites. Of note to those traveling with friends, both suites are designed for a Vegas-style party, complete with over 1,000 square feet of space, a large living room, a kitchenette with full-size fridge, and a bar with seating for four. Fun touches that will keep the party going include Bose speakers and a collection of vinyl records. Guests can also access the SONIFI system from their smartphones and personalize their music experience with customized LINQ Hotel playlists on Spotify.
The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has three presidential suites — the Mandarin, the Emperor and the Taipan. These sweet spots offer butler service, round-trip airport transfers, complimentary continental buffet and free use of the Tian Quan Thermal and Water Experience in the spa. Those looking to be spoiled (and who isn’t?) should dine at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, where we suggest the tasting menu with a wine pairing. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday, and the hotel suggests making reservations at the time of the room booking.
After dinner, late night drinks should be sipped slowly at the Mandarin Bar — guests will want to make the experience last. Located on the 23rd floor, the view through the floor-to-ceiling windows allows for stunning sights of the Strip. All the cocktails are handcrafted and made with organic ingredients, and, as a special touch, those celebrating their birthday receive complimentary Zodiac cocktails.
MGM Grand offers the stunning Penthouse City View Suite. With sweeping (dare we say romantic?) views of the city and the Strip, this luxurious suite boasts a private bedroom, extended living room, sleek furnishings, automatic blackout shades, dining area for four (just the thing for couples traveling together) and exquisite touches such as an oversized marble bar.
For something decidedly more risqué, there’s the Provocateur Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It’s black and red throughout with a master suite bed the size of three queen beds; a suspended cage; and a giant cross with handcuffs. Other in-room amenities include a whip, paddle and silk rope and, if that’s not enough, the Provocateur Suite also offers 24-hour delivery from Love Jones, the hotel’s rock ’n’ roll lingerie and accessories store.
Regarding potential proposal venues, the options are endless and include the Bellagio Fountains, a gondola at The Venetian, Las Vegas’ own version of the Eiffel Tower and the High Roller observation wheel, to name just a few.