Enough of the Cold – Get to Vegas

The winter weather in Ottawa has everyone’s saying “Enough of the cold”. There’s still time to plan an escape to a warmer locale. Average temperatures in Las Vegas will be in the 70s by March and well above 80 degrees come April. From lounging by the pool to enjoying lunch in the sun, a Sin City escape is sure to warm you inside and out.

Hit The Pool. Many pools in Vegas remain open all year, but the true season kicks off in March. From child-free escapes and beachside betting to the ultimate daylife party and family friendly fun, there’s an option to fit everyone’s poolside style. This spring, the new Delano Las Vegas will debut Delano Beach Club, an ultimate retreat offering a distinctive and refined environment that embraces the chic yet laid-back South Beach lifestyle. Wild pool parties such as those at WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand and LIQUID at ARIAwill return, giving guests a reason to party the day away. Those looking for a more relaxed vibe can lounge at adult-only pools such asCypress Pool at Bellagio while guests with kids in tow can enjoy Mandalay Bay Beach. From body surfing in the 1.6-million-gallon wave pool to floating down the lazy river or lounging on 2,700 tons of real California sand, this beach has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Dine Outdoors. You’ll find nothing but sunshine while dining outside. Monte Carlo’s open-air BLVD Plaza on the Las Vegas Strip offers an abundance of live entertainment and unique eateries such as Yusho, featuring Japanese-inspired street food and Double Barrel Roadhouse, where guests can enjoy gourmet Southern-inspired comfort food. The best views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio can be seen from the patios at Picasso or PRIME Steakhouse.


Get Active. If the winter months have derailed your fitness goals, Vegas has alternative options to kick start your workout routine. Start the day in “downward dog” as charismatic bottlenose dolphins gracefully glide by. Yoga Among the Dolphins at The Mirage offers guests the chance to fall into a deep state of relaxation and peace as they flow from pose to pose in a serene, underwater viewing area within Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. For more invigorating exercise, ARIA’s Indoor Hike provides a fun way to work off extra calories while exploring Vegas’ growing art scene. Hikes are personalized to guests’ fitness level and include an intense circuit of stair climbs, squats and push-ups. With the sun shining, it’s tempting to take your workout outdoors. Red Rock Canyon, located just 17 miles west of The Strip, offers nearly 200,000 acres of scenic hiking trails, world-class rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking.


Warm The Body. Embarking on a tantalizing journey for the taste buds, guests can enjoy the Fire & Ice Absinthe cocktail at Shawn McClain’s Sage at ARIA. Sage’s mixologists mesmerize guests with a waterfall of flaming absinthe, encouraging them to experience the aromas and flavor of the spirit, often hailed for its ability to aid in digestion. Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak at The Mirage reminds guests of summertime cooking with meats prepared entirely over an open flame. From wood-burning ovens to charcoal grills, the menu showcases Colicchio’s passion for cooking with fire. For a dish packed with flavor and heat, Blossom at ARIA’s ma lat fish, which roughly translates to spicy water fish, will do the trick. The off-the-menu Szechuan dish is made with Chilean sea bass and isn’t listed on the menu because the chef will not alter the traditional recipe.

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Fuel The Soul. Guests can trade in the snow for milder “weather” with the Rain Stone Therapy Massage at MGM Grand Spa. The 75-minute detoxifying treatment fuses hot stone massage with raindrop therapy where nine pure essential oils are dropped along the spine creating a greater healing process that helps to bring balance and harmony to the body. The Spa at ARIA invites guests to meditate under soft lighting while laying on traditional Ganbanyoku heated stone beds. These Japanese stone beds not only soothe muscles and accelerate metabolism, but allow for increased circulation while heating your inner core.


Stay Well. With more than 12 innovative health and wellness features in each room, STAY WELL Rooms at MGM Grand help guests feel their absolute best, leaving travelers refreshed and ready to take on the remaining months of cold weather. The most advanced HEPA-standard air purification system reduces allergens, toxins and pathogens, creating better air quality and breathing. Dawn simulator alarm clocks help guests wake naturally while the Vitamin C-infused shower promotes healthy hair and skin, leaving guests feeling rejuvenated.