10 Valentine’s Day Dates in Las Vegas
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Love is patient. Love is kind. And sometimes, love is a shotgun wedding at the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Not that you have to get Elvis involved. Try out one of these 10 Valentine’s Day dates in Las Vegas, and let the romance begin:
1. Break out the bubbles at Reliquary Spa.
At Reliquary Spa, relaxation goes way beyond a bottle of bath gel. Opt for the $300 “Couples Package” for a fun mix of dirty dancing, crisp champagne, and muscle-melting Swedish massage.
2. Go see what LOVE’s all about.
If John Cusack taught us anything, it’s that the right music–and a well-aimed boombox–can do wonders for your love life. In this case, the right music is The Beatles. And the right stage show is Cirque du Soleil’s LOVE.
3. Book a table for two at Michael Mina.
You might not equate San Francisco with seduction–but its chefs, like Michael Mina, can sure cast a spell. At his Las Vegas restaurant, Valentine’s Day dinner includes Ahi tuna tartare, crispy sole, and “kobe” rib eye for $125 per person.
4. Toast your twosome at Tabú.
The perfect cocktail, like the perfect relationship, is all about balance. Head to this Las Vegas lounge and raise a glass to your success with your choice of three Valentine’s Day cocktails: Cupid’s Touch, Peach Kiss, and Temptation.
5. Float through Vegas on a gondola.
We could argue all day about which boat’s the most romantic, but you’d be wrong if you said anything but “the gondola.” Each voyage comes complete with a singing gondolier and an inexplicable craving for limoncello.
6. Get that “Top of the World” feeling all over again.
A jump of the heart, a catch of the breath–is it love? Or just the height? Rotating 800 feet above the Las Vegas Strip, Top of World restaurant offers romantic views and a charming Valentine’s Day dinner.
7. Grow young together at BATHHOUSE.
The Side by Side Bubalina Chocolat’ Manicure and Pedicure at this spa isn’t just a mouthful–it’s also packed with great anti-aging benefits. Lie back with your partner and soak up the pampering from $60 each.
8. Head to Sage and eat your heart out.
Sage’s elegant prix fixe dinner is a godsend for your sweet tooth. A foie gras crème brulee heats up the second course, while the fifth course treats your taste buds to a warm toffee pudding with honeyed dates.
9. Shop for the perfect memento amorem.
Before you sell off your hair for a watch chain, consider shopping around. Between Crystals, the Forum Shops, and the Miracle Mile Shops, you’ll have no trouble locating a token of your affection.
10. Say your vows in Vegas–for the first time, or all over again.
Call it cliché, but there’s something untouchably wonderful about a Las Vegas wedding. So pick up some flowers, slip into your semi-finery, and walk the aisle to Elvis’ altar at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel.
Image Credits (Top to Bottom): “Cupid’s Wedding Chapel” by Robby Virus; “Reliquary Bath House” by Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas; “Coconut Macaroons and Fruit Gelee” by Muy Yum; “Graceland Wedding Chapel Sign and Steeple” by wild1don.
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