Ready for a Weekend Away? Las Vegas Is as Luxe as Ever

Plan a trip to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas for world-class shopping, dining, and excitement—all with enhanced safety measures
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After spending a year at home, you’re probably feeling a little stir crazy. If you’ve been daydreaming about a romantic weekend getaway or a chance to celebrate the start of Spring somewhere other than your living room couch, why not make it a reality? Head to Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas where you can enjoy delectable dining, luxury shopping and enchanting entertainment which includes the return of Streetmosphere –  now available Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12PM to 7:30PM – providing complimentary Renaissance inspired ambient performances while you shop along the enchanted cobblestone streets. Invite someone you love on a trip to Las Vegas, and live it up as safely as possible.

Adrianna Costa, a TV personality, mom blogger, and influencer based in Los Angeles, recently visited Las Vegas. She stayed at The Palazzo and played at Grand Canal Shoppes, all at The Venetian Resort. She said, “We all have COVID fatigue. We need a change of scenery, and in Las Vegas, we have access to the best that the world has to offer, from the restaurants to the shopping experiences. It’s a super luxe trip, right in your backyard, and the people-watching is fantastic. There is a way to do it and still feel responsible and vigilant.”

Costa felt safe throughout her trip, and said, “They’re absolutely adhering to all protocols when it comes to COVID. For example, when you’re in an elevator, they have little spots where you can stand, and there’s only four people allowed in the elevator at a time. You have to stand six feet apart, there are temperature checks, hand-sanitizing stations everywhere, and security makes sure that you’re doing the right thing and wearing a mask.”

When she arrived in Las Vegas, she headed to Smith & Wollensky, located inside Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort. She said, “It’s an iconic steak house. You can go for dinner or drinks before dinner, but we went for lunch and it’s fantastic for that. I had crab on top of crab. I was like, ‘I’m doing this up.’ I had a glass of Chardonnay, and their Dungeness crab cocktail, and then we had Alaskan king crab legs, which were great.”

That evening, Costa visited two other restaurants, both in Grand Canal Shoppes. The first was Mercato Della Pescheria, where Costa had fettuccine with tomato sauce. She said, “It was sensational. The noodles are homemade there. It’s right in the middle of the Grand Canal Shoppes, and you feel almost like you’re sitting outdoors. It’s got a very European vibe.”

Next, she checked out the destination’s newest restaurant, The X Pot, which combines traditional hot-pot style food with an unforgettable dining experience. Costa called it “Really special,” and said, “They bring you a hot pot of soup—because I’m vegetarian, mine was mushroom-based—and then they give you either vegetables to put in or chicken or meat. It’s really fun for a group because they do a show as well. Dancers come out, there’s a light show, there’s a little robot that brings food to different tables… The food and the presentation are really intricate and just over the top.”

Later that night, they headed next door to KAMU Ultra Karaoke, a high-end karaoke club with soundproof private rooms. Costa said, “They take you in, and you have your own personal server. There’s booze and food and whatever you want. There’s a light show that correlates with whatever song you’re playing. It’s like your own mini concert, where you’re the star of the show. It’s a really cool experience. If you’re doing a bachelorette party or going with some friends, there’s privacy and you feel safe.”

The next day started with brunch at SUGARCANE raw bar grill, located inside Grand Canal Shoppes. Costa said, “The single best bite of food I had was at SUGARCANE. It was a special brioche bun with brie, honey, truffle and truffle oil, and there was an egg in the center. It’s called Toad in the Hole.”

After brunch, it was time for one of Costa’s favorite Las Vegas activities—shopping! She said, “The best shopping in the world is there.” Grand Canal Shoppes features luxury offerings from all over the globe, no passport needed. You’ll find Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Coach, Salvatore Ferragamo, Fendi, Godiva, Louis Vuitton, and many more. Costa said, “If you want to splurge and buy something nice, Grand Canal Shoppes is where you should go.”

Grand Canal Shoppes also offers an extensive roster of unique boutiques, such as Sugarboo & Co., which Costa visited. She said, “Their whole thing is about positive quotes on all of their art bags, coffee cups, everything. I got a beautiful pillow, and I got my kids necklaces there, which they love. It’s fun and a little bit different.”

A highlight from the trip was visiting The Palazzo’s Prestige Lounge, located on the 23rd floor, which Costa described as “a club level on steroids.” If you’re staying at the Palazzo, you’ll have the option to include access to the Prestige Lounge. Costa said, “It’s a big open space. They’ve got a bartender, complimentary drinks, continental breakfast in the mornings, and appetizers before you go out at night. You get prosecco when you check in, and you get to check in somewhere special and different. Not only does it feel extra exclusive, it elevates the Vegas experience.”

Prefer to plan your own Las Vegas itinerary? Costa shared one last piece of advice: “You can fly, but if you don’t feel comfortable flying, just jump in your car and drive. I drove, and that way your schedule is more flexible. It’s easy to get there, and the drive is beautiful.” Grand Canal Shoppes is an enchanting destination, only a few hours away.