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The Venetian Las Vegas for a Luxurious Holiday Getaway

Whether you’re headed to Vegas over the holidays to ring in the New Year, or simply looking for a quick escape from chilly temperatures, The Venetian has you covered for a luxurious home away from home.

At The Venetian (http://www.venetian.com), standard suites are nearly double the size of what you’ll find at other properties on The Strip, offering a spacious retreat to unwind and de-stress, and then celebrate in style. During my stay, I loved the sizeable living room and separate sleeping area. The bed had wonderful attention to detail with plump pillows and clean crisp linens that ensured a great night’s sleep. The larger-than-life bathroom featured a soaker tub and glass enclosed shower, plus a vanity area and plenty of space to get ready for a night out.

If you’re escaping winter, head to the pool deck for hot tubs and sunshine amid palm trees. Need some quality me time? Make an appointment with Canyon Ranch SpaClub, one of the world’s largest day spas.

When you’re ready to have some fun, explore the Grand Canal Shoppes—500,000 square feet of world class shopping, dining, and entertainment that winds through The Venetian and into The Palazzo (http://www.grandcanalshoppes.com). You’ll find luxury brands, boutique retailers, and plenty of energy along the way thanks to quick-bite eateries and cafes. The Grand Canal Shoppes is also where you’ll find the indoor Gondola Ride, a romantic way to spend the afternoon with your special someone, or share the experience with pals as your gondolier serenades your way through the Grand Canal. As you head into evening, pick up tickets for BAZ—Star Crossed Love. The cabaret celebrates songs from Baz Luhrmann’s greatest cinematic love stories—Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby—and has an incredible cast of performers. I was wowed by Ashley Loren’s (Satine) dancing and mesmerized by Timyra-Joi’s (Juliet) singing. It’s a must-see show for sure.

You’ll need lots of energy during your Vegas getaway, and The Venetian has a wide assortment of dining venues on site that will tease and please your taste buds. Mario Batali & Joe Bastianich’s B&B Ristorante (http://www.bandbristorante.com) features authentic Italian cuisine in an intimate setting. Bring your appetite and splurge on the Dry Aged Ribeye for Two. It’s absolutely worth it. For lunch, experience Sugarcane (http://www.sugarcanerawbargrill.com) for amazing small plates. Try the goat cheese croquettes with membrillo marmalade or pig ear pad thai with papaya salad. Grill-lover? You won’t want to miss the lamb chops. Meeting friends? Grab a pint and share a charcuterie board at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (http://www.runchickenrun.com) for a satisfying bite in a chill environment.

One of the things I loved about my stay at The Venetian was the resort credit for use at property establishments. Check for the latest deals online at http://www.venetian.com and opt for resort credit, discounts, or bonus nights. If you’re like me and enjoy nibbling throughout the day, the resort credit is a good excuse to sample anything and everything. I loved the pastries at Bouchon and made a daily coffee trip to Café Presse. If you stay up late, you’ll appreciate the 24-hour dining room at Grand Lux Cafe.

Other resort finds include JuiceFarm, a great grab-and-go spot for cold pressed and organic juices and smoothies. Even a simple OJ is a great pick-me-up to help hydrate and regenerate after a long night. When your sweet tooth hits, get in line at Carlo’s Bakery by Cake Boss Buddy Valastro for decadent treats. The cannoli is a must.

My stay at The Venetian was relaxing, recharging, and rewarding. I found the dining options to be incredible, the suites to be comfortable and luxurious, and the in-house shopping and entertainment to be a perfect selection for a weekend of fun.

Photos by CT Shier.

Insider Tip

Self-parking is available in The Venetian parking garage at no charge.

Where I stayed / started

The Venetian Las Vegas

http://www.venetian.com

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