Stay at the Four Seasons

The infamous “City of Sin” in the Nevada Desert is just the way it looks on television: totally over the top. A jungle of casinos, neon, and hordes of people looking for a good time, the legendary Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as “The Strip,” is where it all happens.

The only hotel “on Strip,” as the locals say, without a hectic casino floor is the Four Seasons. Luxurious and exclusive, it takes up the top floors of the Mandalay Bay building and is the Strip’s smallest hotel, with “only” 400 rooms. Curl up in a plush Strip-view suite to watch the Vegas craziness from above via the floor-to-ceiling windows. The glamorous rooms come with a 42-inch plasma screen, DVD player,and marble bathroom.

Guests can enjoy an alfresco breakfast at the Verandah restaurant. For dinner, the restaurant goes Italian with beef carpaccio and truffle gnocchi on the menu or you can opt for surf’n’turf at Charlie Palmer’s. Here you’ll find an elegant bar where the ambience is more low-volume jazz than the usual raucous Vegas pop. At the spa, try the very Vegas champagne mud wrap or the golden body treatment with passionflower oil. With pristine service and a wonderfully secluded pool the hotel is a real treat, despite the steep price tag. Meg Ryan, Reese Witherspoon, and even Michael Jackson have all found sanctuary in this relaxing refuge from the ultimate twenty-four-hour city.