Grand Canyon Trip

Las Vegas

Bliss At The Bellagio

Zion National Park

The Grand Canyon's Two Best Kept Secrets

Rooms With A View

The South Rim

Nightmare In Sedona

Disenchanted With Enchantment

Phoenix Biltmore Bargins

Architect's Delight

Side Trips We Missed

  Bliss At The Bellagio  

The Bellagio is one beautiful hotel!  Everything is perfect:

Bellagio Dale Chihuly ceiling The stunning Dale Chihuly ceiling in the lobby,
Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens the indoor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens lush with flowers,
Bellagio beautifully landscaped pools Bellagio beautifully landscaped pools the beautifully landscaped pools,
Bellagio choreographed fountains and the breathtaking choreographed fountains.  (There’s also an art gallery that sounded great, but at $12 a person, we passed it up).   We had a large room with a perfect view of the fountains for about $200 a night – be sure to ask for a fountain view.

The only disappointments were the in-house restaurants.  The outdoor café at the pools was great for breakfast and lunch (be sure to try the watermelon juice), but the gourmet restaurants (Le Cirque, Circo, Nectar, Prime Steakhouse, Picasso, Aqua, Noodles, Jasmine, Olives, and Shintaro) were expensive and difficult to get into.

We tried in vain to get reservations for Le Cirque and Picasso a few days in advance during the crowded week before Memorial Day.  We ate once at Olives and were underwhelmed.  The other two nights we ate at Nectar – the food was fine, if not memorable, but it’s an interior restaurant with no view.

Cirque Du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil's Mystere at Treasure Island MYSTÈRE at Treasure Island is an enjoyable evening with some memorable acts (particularly Hand To Hand, the incredible two-man display of agility and strength, the bungee/trapeze number, and the acrobatics) and quite a bit of filler.  The special effects are pretty much limited to costumes and colored smoke, but it’s fine for kids.

Tickets for Mystère were $80.00 (plus tax) and available up to three months in advance.   Call 800-392-1999 or 702-796-9999.  Performances are held Wednesday through Sunday at 7:30p.m. and 10:30p.m.  There are no performances on Monday and Tuesday.

Cirque du Soleil's O “O” at the Bellagio is truly amazing.  There are some fine acrobatics, but the staging with the magically appearing and disappearing 1.5 million gallon water pool is the real star of this show.   With a much larger auditorium than the Mystère venue at Treasure Island and more expensive tickets ($90 or $110), it has more revenue to play with and it all shows up on stage.

Tickets for “O” were $110.00 and $90.00 (plus tax) and available up to three months in advance.  Call 888-488-7111 or 702-796-9999.  Performances are held Friday through Tuesday at 7:30p.m. and 10:30p.m.  There are no performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays and on special dark days.