Two years ago, our ski trip was canceled just days before we were supposed to depart. What’s a girl to do but find a replacement trip asap? We looked at the weather across the U.S. and the warmest spot that weekend in February was Las Vegas with highs in the 80’s. Vegas has long been a welcome beacon to last minute travelers; but also those of us seeking sun during cold spells back home. That’s great if you’re a gambler and/or a partier; but what if you’re not? Luckily (no pun intended), Vegas has resorts without casinos that cater to a low key bachelorette party too.
The Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegaslies 17 miles from the strip. Its position on the shores of a 320 acre lake that includes a white sand beach and waterfall adds a huge water element even by Vegas hotel standards. It also has all those amenities we’ve grown to love from the Ritz Carlton: great club level food service, luxurious beds and linens, spacious marble bathrooms, pool side sunbeds and service fit for a queen. You’ll hear “It’s my pleasure” over and over again. It is far enough away that if you plan on taking advantages of the strip’s shows, restaurants, and shopping you may want to consider renting a car.
If you’re looking to be closer to the action; but want a quieter atmosphere, check out the Palms Place Hotel. It’s connected to its sister property The Palms by a short indoor people mover (in case you want to experience a little of the noise and action; but don’t want to live in it). The Palms Place sedate lighting to calm your nerves, large suites (see above), a smaller pool scene (see below)and no casino noise to rattle your nerves. It’s a favorite with celebs because of its private low-key feel. If you go ask for a suite with a view of the strip. The Palms Place is still a good 20 minute walk to the strip; so we recommend cabbing it at night to save your feet. Otherwise head towards to strip and you’ll end up at Caesar’s, right in the middle of everything. The Palms Place is offering packages starting at $159 for a studio suite which includes a poolside cabana, VIP nightlife pass and spa access. For only $50 extra you can upgrade to a one bedroom.