A vacation to Las Vegas can be a crazy, fun, and exhausting trip all rolled into one. With so much to see and do, insane crowds, seemingly endless walking, noisy ads distracting your every move, it’s not surprising that a Vegas vacation can really wear you down. Sometimes, you just need a quiet escape from all the clutter and commotion for a bit to recharge your batteries before enjoying all the craziness again. Fortunately, there are a number of really relaxing activities that exist for those seeking a tranquil refuge, if only just for an hour or 2. Listed below are 10 of my favorite places to escape the noisy crowds and congestion of The Strip. Feel free to share some of your personal favorites.
1. Waldorf Astoria Tea House
The Waldorf Astoria Tea House, located on the 23rd floor of the gorgeous Waldorf Hotel (formerly the Mandarin Oriental), is my absolute favorite place in Vegas to escape all The Strip action. When you seek a quiet break, yet still want to feel like you are in Vegas, only without actually being in all the commotion, a relaxing tea break at the Waldorf is your best bet.
The Waldorf offers a wonderful afternoon tea service in a truly spectacular setting. The tea room is elegant, zen like, and cozy with floor to ceiling windows overlooking The Strip. Thus, you still get to take in the dazzling Vegas scenery, only without the stress. It’s really nice to see another side to Vegas – it sure does look more amazing and beautiful from the 23rd floor of Vegas’s most elegant resort.
Afternoon tea includes an assortment of scones, mini sandwiches, specialty chef created desserts, and of course, a pot of steaming hot tea. I recommend the Imperial Spring Dragonwell, a delicious smooth green tea with hints of chestnut. Or you can simply skip the afternoon tea service in favor of a simple pot of tea, which is a relaxing experience in itself. The Waldorf offers an assortment of wellness loose leaf tea blends, which are just perfect for helping to restore your body and rebalance your energy after a long day out exploring all the wonderful Strip attractions.
With incredible views of The Strip, a diverse selection of quality loose leaf teas, extraordinary tea presentation and service, and a refined & quiet setting, a trip to the Waldorf Astoria tea room is the ultimate in Vegas relaxation.
2. The Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
Unfortunately, many tourists are unaware of the many freebies lurking all around The Strip. Almost every casino resort is home to a handful of wonderful of freebies. The Flamingo is home to the serene Wildlife Habitat, which is not only free to the public, but also a great place to escape all The Strip action for a bit. Although most travelers are unaware this place even exists, The Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat is one of the best nature experiences in this busy city. The resort’s 15 acres have been transformed into a tropical oasis with lush landscaping, relaxing fountains, soothing waterfalls, and exotic wildlife. A colorful flock of Chilean flamingos call this quiet oasis home. Beautiful unique looking birds, turtles, and Koi fish can also be found along the grounds.
Whenever you need a breather from all the casino action, take a little trip over to the Flamingo for a relaxing stress free stroll around the beautiful grounds of the Wildlife Habitat. Take a picture with a parrot, watch a live feeding, take pretty nature pictures, or simply stroll around and enjoy a drastically different setting that you will not find elsewhere on The Strip. A visit to the Wildlife Habitat is free, relaxing, and fun, so there really is no reason not to check it out!
3. Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Although the Bellagio fountain show is spectacular and absolutely worth making the time for, it really is not the most relaxing place in Vegas due to the immense crowds all attempting to catch a glimpse of Vegas’s most standout show. A walk around the gorgeous Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a quieter alternative.
The display consists of thousands and thousands of flowers and plants, 90% of which are recycled. Several times throughout the year, the 14,000 square foot garden is transformed into a unique scene to represent the beauty of each season. The fall harvest and Christmas display are the most stunning. Whenever you feel the need for a break from The Strip, a quick stroll around the serene Bellagio Gardens will do, no matter what time of the year your visit falls.
4. The Wynn Gardens
The atrium at The Wynn is absolutely spectacular, and like the Bellagio Gardens, a quiet, relaxing place to stroll around. Everything is made of flowers, including a gorgeous carousel and hot air balloon. From afar, you would never be able to tell that these 2 gorgeous designs are made entirely of flowers -they really are artistic masterpieces!
As you walk through a canopy of trees, you will be amazed at the floral balls hanging above you. It took designer Preston Bailey more than 3500 hours to create this stunning display of more than 110,000 flowers, and the dedication and attention to detail is simply amazing.
As The Wynn tends to be less congested than other casinos, it is a nice quiet resort to stroll around with many relaxing activities to check out. At The Wynn, you will find a small luxury shopping area, a great restaurant where you can dine next to a waterfall (Lakeside), and a fantastic water fountain show that is more low-key than the popular Bellagio show.
5. Bouchon at The Venetian
Bouchon is a great little French restaurant located in the Italian inspired Venetian resort. It is my favorite place for a relaxing brunch/coffee break on The Vegas Strip. Bouchon is home to the most relaxing poolside outdoor dining terrace. Bouchon Chef Thomas Keller has won numerous awards including that of “America’s Best Chef” by Time magazine. Classic French cuisine, extraordinary service, and a relaxed & refined setting make it the best place in Vegas for a low key brunch date.
I highly recommend Quiche du Jour, Pain Perdu (Brioche French Toasted served with blueberry compote and Crown Maple Syrup) and the Assortiment de Pâtisserie (a tasty selection of 4 of Bouchon’s best mini pastries). And of course, Bouchon serves up some of the best coffee in Vegas, not to mention offers one of the few non-chain, sit down coffee experiences in Vegas. Also be sure to stop by the Bouchon Bakery (also located in The Venetian) for some tasty macaroons, available in just about every flavor imaginable.