Staying in Las Vegas for several days? If you want to escape the sensory overload for a night, without having to venture too far away, there is an idyllic place nearby. Lake Las Vegas is free from neon, crowds and clubbing.
You need only travel 20 miles east of the glitzy Las Vegas Strip to reach this 320-acre lake and 3,600-acre resort destination. A unique concept in masterplanned recreational living, it took hold in Southern Nevada in the late ’80s with the construction of an 18-story dam and bypass system that ultimately begot a lake – an engineering feat that, on a much smaller scale, emulates Hoover Dam and Lake Mead.
The developers of Lake Las Vegas clearly had “The Boot” on their mind when they dreamed up the project. The Italian-inspired community boasts a Ponte Vecchio-like bridge, modeled after the one in Florence. There are also stairs leading toward the town center, which are reminiscent of the Spanish Steps in Rome.
Not only does Lake Las Vegas offer panoramic views of the desert, a large body of water and Old World charm, but it’s home to several prestigious resorts. Plus, over the years a variety of wonderful attractions, golf courses, shops and fine restaurants have popped up near the water’s edge.
So here are three places where you can bask in fun, relaxation and even romance at Lake Las Vegas!
Run this scene through your mind: A luxurious suite that includes a kitchen, a separate living room with a TV and DVD player, a dining area, a marble bathroom with a spacious tub or shower, plush linens to lull you into sublime oblivion and a balcony overlooking an enchanting lakeside village. This can all be yours when you book a night at the Aston MonteLago Village Resort.
There are four condo-style options available at the 347-room resort. They range in size from a studio layout to having three bedrooms. All are beautifully appointed – so much so that once you arrive, you’ll never want to return home.
After you’ve settled in, ask yourself this: What’s a great getaway without shopping, good food and wine? Then take a short stroll from your room, down a cobblestone street, and you’ll find yourself in the heart of The Village at Lake Las Vegas. The casual, Tuscan-styled complex features everything from shopping at pleasant galleries and boutiques to gambling at Casino MonteLago, which is home to an array of slots and electronic table games.
Whenever hunger hits, The Village at Lake Las Vegas is ripe with delicious dining venues. One not-to-be-missed restaurant is Sunset & Vines. This two-story wine bar would make Bacchus drunk with joy. It serves more than 60 wines by the glass and more than 500 wines by the bottle. In addition to imbibing, you can indulge in light fare – like tapas, artisan cheeses and meat platters – or a gourmet-caliber meal. Sunset & Vines has a high ceiling, chandeliers, open windows and a large outdoor patio that overlooks the lake. Upstairs in the loft space, you’ll find a sofa, easy chairs, books and board games.
Among the other great restaurants in the development are the French Bernard’s Bistro, the Italian Luna Rossa Ristorante and the Mexican Sonrisa Grill. For a frothy pint, live music and plenty of craic, head to The Auld Dubliner, an Irish pub and eatery.
Finally, if you have a hankering to get out on the water, stop by the full-service marina. There are yacht tours that allow you to explore Lake Las Vegas’ shining waters. You can rent a selection of watercraft – ranging from pedal boats, canoes and kayaks to motorboats. Or behold the mountains at sunset with all their colorful shades aboard a cruise with Gondola Adventures. Tailored for romantics or to celebrate any special occasion, it’s a ride you will never forget!
This beautiful Mediterranean-designed hotel stands at the east end of peaceful Lake Las Vegas. Stunning views can be had across the resort’s lavish gardens as well as on the lake’s mirror-like waters.
Ravella successfully combines traditional elegance with contemporary style. Imagine being in a grand manor house. The accommodations consist of 314 rooms and 35 suites, all with feather beds and premium linens. They are adorned with classic furnishings – such as upholstered chairs and dark wood nightstands and tables. Amenities include a 42-inch flat-screen TV, a personal work desk, a hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities. Guests will appreciate the spacious walk-in showers and huge bathtubs. Wireless internet access and 24-hour room service are available as well.
At the resort, you’ll enjoy cocktails in the sumptuously decorated Firenze Lobby Lounge as well as decadent breakfasts in the Medici Café and Terrace. The Spa at Ravella features 24 treatment rooms, a salon, a sauna, a steam room and a cool plunge pool. Among the menu of popular services is the Ravella Rocks, a unique twist on a traditional hot stone massage, and the Baci di Sole, a stress-relieving massage utilizing aromatic essences of lavender.
Of course, you can while away an afternoon by the stunning pool. Surrounded by cabanas that can be rented for the day, you’ll truly be able to cool off in comfort in the desert. And thanks to the Lagoon Bar & Grill, icy beverages are at your fingertips too.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Formerly owned by Loews, this stunning Moroccan-inspired resort situated on the north shore of Lake Las Vegas changed hands early this year.
Now, as The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, all 493 rooms have been upgraded with the chain’s signature Heavenly Beds (custom pillow-top mattress sets that are kitted out with unbelievably plush down comforters, fine linens and multiple feather pillows) and Heavenly Baths (fantastic bathrooms with showers that have dual showerheads, supple towels and invigorating white tea bath products). Overlooking Lake Las Vegas and a nearby golf course, each one has also been carefully designed and decorated to a high standard. You’ll be spoiled by such amenities as a Keurig coffeemaker with a selection of gourmet coffees and teas, a 37-inch flat-screen TV with in-room video games and a mini refrigerator.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas has an excellent reputation for drinks and food. Grab a coffee in the Marrakesh Express or sip on an exotic cocktail, like The Casablanca, upon arrival in the Arabesque Lounge. This spectacular spot is located off the lobby, and it opens out onto the lake – offering a magnificent view.
For a relaxed meal, stop by Rick’s Café, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or to tap into your inner gourmand as well as tuck into creatively prepared sushi and fresh seafood, go to Marssa. The AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant is helmed by Osamu “Fuji” Fujita, one of only eight people to receive the title of “Master Sushi Chef” in the U.S.
The Westin Lake Las Vegas has an enviable spa, Spa Moulay, where you can indulge in an Elemental Nature massage, which uses beloved Aveda products, or the Chakra Balancing service, a treatment that combines deep tissue and foot massage with meditation. Your four-legged friend can even partake of Spa Moulay’s wellness spirit by getting a canine massage.
There are plenty of ways to spend time outdoors at The Westin Lake Las Vegas. Two expansive pools provide great places for relaxation – and one of them even has a thrilling water slide for kids. In addition, you can stroll or lay out on a lovely white sand beach, which is stocked with kayaks and other water equipment.
Or if you want to try something out of the ordinary, you could hop on a standup paddleboard. What’s this, you say? A variant of surfing, it’s part of a cool, fast-growing sport. The flat board is fun to steer with a long paddle and generates a good workout. If it sounds difficult to you, don’t worry – the owners of Paddle to the Core have got you covered. They provide all the training and equipment as well as a good time on the water. Along with standard sessions, yoga classes are even offered on the paddleboards.
So there you have it…if you desire a short getaway from Las Vegas, you don’t have to go far. There’s magic in the air as well as well as a sense of playfulness and luxury at Lake Las Vegas. No matter what, you are guaranteed to love it here!