Caesars Palace is still the most palatial of hotels on the Vegas strip with its astounding Roman architecture, statues and art inside and out on its expansive property. Caesars Entertainment encompasses much more than the famous Forum Shops with fountains and blue atmospheric skyscape, more than the Casinos, sports betting, spa and fabulous shows inside the Palace. Cross the street for the promenade, a side strip of musicians, bars, restaurants and hop on the High Roller – the world’s largest observation wheel.
A slow 30-minute ride up and around the colorful wheel displays all the angles of the strip including the fountain show at the Bellagio. Reaching 500 feet at the apex, the enclosed cabins are so spacious there is room to dance and music is played by a DJ on screen that will set your feet in motion. Lights, lights, all the lights of the strip at night, action! Viva Las Vegas.
Two high roller options for golf are 30 minutes away, designed by Rees Jones and managed by Vici Golf. Cascata is sprawled out in the foothills of the River Mountain Range just outside Vegas near Boulder City. The cascading waterfalls from the mountaintop gushes right through the Mediterranean clubhouse itself. An indoor staging area for the carts is located by the rushing waters for a very unique golf experience. The driving range faces the mountain cascades where a herd of big horn sheep entertain while grazing and dodging balls from the golfers.
The course routing follows the canyons and elevation changes synonymous with Rees Jones designs. Ponds and streams are created by the cascading water from the top of the mountain. Hilltop panoramic views accentuate the memorable round. Wood grain lockers in the dressing rooms are adorned with gold plated labels inscribed with the guest’s name, just one of the over the top amenities at Cascata.
Vici Golf delivers more panoramic scenery at Rio Secco Golf Club, including a birds-eye view of the Vegas strip. Fairways follow the canyon floor to elevated tees and greens with million-dollar homes dotting the landscape without distracting from the natural home of road runners and coyotes that roam the course.
Rio Secco is also the home to Butch Harmon’s School of Golf, so you might get a glimpse of the top players in the world that come for their tune-ups or advice to improve their play. Or for about 40 grand high rollers can receive their own lesson plan. Conditions are always optimal at Vici’s properties as is the quality of food and service. The pro shops are fully equipped with the latest fashions, logoed for fitting souvenirs. Vici makes golf a sure bet in Vegas.
There is always something new in Vegas, especially in the culinary arena. Gordon Ramsay has many restaurants on the strip including Fish and Chips on the Promenade and Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill inside Caesars, but the latest addition is the most exciting of all – HELLS KITCHEN on the strip side of Caesars sprawl. The popular TV cooking show by Ramsay is brought to life in an open kitchen atmosphere. Watch the ensuing chaos of the red and blue teams of chefs creating exquisite dishes, as flames dance behind them.
You won’t hear the cursing and shouting, but you know that if the offering is not up to the finest of quality, they may be skewered! Just kidding, but you can get a scrolled personal note in a circular skewer across the top of the Gordon’s Notes cocktail, a light refreshing start of any dinner. Ours read, “Congratulations, you made the worst dish in the house tonight.” Thanks a lot. No offense taken when their Beef Wellington melts in your mouth.
This is as fun as dining gets. To HELLS KITCHEN, Caesar’s and Vici Golf, we say, “Hail, yes Ceasar!”