“Welcome to Las Vegas,” the city that never sleeps.  A gruelling 8 hour flight and a 2 hour customs wait and we were finally ready to embark on our cab journey to The Bellagio Hotel, yes, that’s right, the one that starred in the Oceans 11 movie.

A fun fuelled strip with an endless line of hotels, no two hotels are the same.  Each one is its own resort filled with shopping centres, theme parks, restaurants, bars, clubs and casinos.

Food!

The best place for food and desserts, the Cheesecake Factory at the Caesars Palace Hotel has an infinite menu for both savoury and sweet taste buds.  The wait for table is definitely worth it; just remember not to eat anything before as this Factory will be sure to fill your stomachs.

Check out the scrumptious buffet at either the Wynn or the Bellagio.  The buffet is catered for all.  For a small entrance fee, food from around the world will make your mouth water and leave you wanting more.  The only drawback, alcohol may not always be free.

The big tipping culture in Las Vegas means you should carry lots of dollar bills. People do get annoyed if you don’t tip so it’s always better to!

Activities!

Book the Helicopter ride to Grand Canyon and have a small picnic in the heart of the Canyon.  One tip though, there are no bathroom facilities, so be sure to love thy nature if you drink a bit too much! The Sun Set tour ensures you will see the sun go down on Vegas on your return flight,  Vegas by night  is very pretty with twinkling lights in the blackness of the desert. Enjoy the best views to get you in the mood to party at night.

Walk around, have fun.  Las Vegas is a massive outdoor resort.  A bubble of fun, everyone is friendly and great to talk to.

Have a flutter in the casinos or just gather round and watch the many people winning money at the casinos.  Mid-afternoon tables are cheaper and can be found in hotels such as Luxor, MGM or Treasure Island.  But there is always something for the more confident and the high end gambler, check out the Bellagio, Wynn and Caesars Palace.

Shows!

Dancing fountains at the Bellagio are sure to entertain you day and night. They “dance” every half hour until 11pm and they look great from the top of the Paris Eiffel Tower Hotel located directly opposite to the Bellagio.

There are some great shows in every hotel, including family friendly shows like the “O” at the Bellagio and other raunchier, sexier shows to see.

Clubs!

Club nights start late and finish in the early hours of the morning.  All hotels have clubs and some are really good.  Pure at Caesars Palace, Surrender and Excess at Encore, Tao at the Venetian and Marquee at the Cosmopolitan all have great music and a sexy atmosphere.  The skyline view at the Rooftop Club in Rio Hotel is definitely one not to miss.

Leaving Las Vegas was something I did not want to do.  As we approached our final hours before boarding the plane, I reminisced about my trip and thought of all the things I will do when I return.  Ride in a limo, embark on a four hour drive to nearby LA, experience the rides in the New York New York Hotel, bungee jump of the Stratosphere hotel and go to a pool party.  Although, 30 degrees heat was lovely for me, clearly it was not hot enough for a Vegas Pool Party!

Landing back at Gatwick, I had one more night of “holiday” at the Sofitel Hotel before I had to drive back home.  It was a great trip, and I will be sure to book my return trip soon!

About the author:  This article was written by Nishma Shah for FHR Airport Hotels and Parking