Rather than do a day-by-day kinda post I thought I'd group things by theme... First up - fish. Maybe not the most obvious given that the city is inland but bear with this...
Our first morning started bright and early with a yoga class at The Mirage. I booked the "Yoga Among The Dolphins" session as a surprise for my mum and it was the most amazing start to the week. I was really impressed by the yoga instructor - it can't be easy teaching a one-off session to tourists, a mix of yoga devotees and people to whom "downward dog" means nothing (or possibly something entirely different to the yoga pose...) The dolphins could be heard chattering around us as we moved through the poses and at the end of the class there was time for some pictures and a chance to see the dolphins in their outdoor pool. The class also included a post-yoga smoothie and a chance to use the beautiful spa facilities at the hotel. Definitely the best way to start our day and our holiday.
I love aquariums and the one at The Mandalay Bay has an amazing range of sea life - from beautiful starfish to quite scary-looking sharks. There's even a touch pool with stingrays - they feel so silky and soft. The hotel is at the southern end of the strip - a huge golden building with an amazing "beach" style pool and is the last point to pop in and grab a coffee before the walk (or bus ride if you're feeling less energetic) to the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" Sign.
The Forum Shops at Ceaser's Palace have a small but Roman-themed acquarium. The hourly Atlantis Show which takes place above it is definitely worth checking out too and there are some great shops (or "shoppes" as they seem to call them in Vegas) worth a browse and the use of your credit card.
We stayed at The Bellagio which had the most beautiful conservatory. It was updated to the summer theme while we were there in time for Memorial Day to an "under the sea" theme - how appropriate! The hotel was perfectly located for exploring the strip and had a beautiful pool. The rooms were spacious and I'd definitely recommend booking a fountain room for views of the hourly fountain show - there's even a TV channel to sync with the fountain music!
Maybe less appropriate for a post about fish but this lobster roll was divine! I'm a huge fan of Food Network so when I saw that this tiny take out restaurant had been featured this became a must-eat. There are some cafes and gift shops outside Bally's and its the perfect place for a quick bite eaten outside.
Have you visited Vegas?