The Bellagio: Stunning Views, Fine Dining and Luxurious Spa
The luxury resort cost $1.6 billion to build, including its expansive 100,000-square-foot gaming area, spa, six outdoor pools, a gallery of fine art, and a 1,800-person theater which is home to the famed Cirque du Soleil.
The Fountains of Bellagio, set on a lake of more than 8.5 acres of water, put on an elaborate show of dancing fountains choreographed to music and lights every 30 minutes. Over one thousand individual fountains span 1,000 feet of water and reach as high as 240 feet into the air. Musical pieces that accompany the show range from classical and operatic pieces to popular music and songs from Broadway shows. Book one of the rooms or suites overlooking this beautiful water feature on your romantic vacation.
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens display flowers, plants and trees, arranged in a theatrical fashion and are maintained by a staff of 130. The display of plants and flowers changes with every season. The lobby of the hotel features an extraordinary glass sculpture, a three-dimensional chandelier called Fiori di Como, composed of flower petals of every color hanging 18 feet above the lobby. Nearby you will find the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris, Monte Carlo and the Caesars Palace.
Pool and Spa
Bellagio's pool area is divided into several pool courtyard settings reminiscent of the classical setting of a Mediterranean villa. Guests can enjoy the soothing effect of parterre gardens, Italian cypresses, olive trees and climbing vines. Several of the resort pools have a unique hand carved stone fountains in the center. On your romantic getaway, relax by the pool and enjoy a massage in one of the private cabanas.
If you want to relax on your trip, head to the luxurious Spa Bellagio where you can work out, meditate and indulge in exotic spa treatments. The wellness center measures 65,000 square feet in size and is housed in the new Spa Tower. It features Zen-like contemporary architecture and an impressive list of new services.
Here you'll be able to try an array of international treatments from Egypt, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Bali. The spa has 56 treatment rooms, including 12 Skin Care Rooms with private showers; four Ashiatsu and two Thai Massage Rooms; two Vichy Rooms; two Hydrotherapy Rooms; a Watsu Room; and four rooms for couples. Aater walls, New Age music and sounds of nature create a calming environment in the Meditation Room. Head here to meditate and relax after your treatment.
The 1,000-square-foot fitness studio offers daily fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates. There is a selection of treadmills, cross trainers, bikes and four 100-pound boxing bag stations. Attire, including robes, sandals, shorts, and T-shirts, is provided.
Via Bellagio offers a unique shopping experience, presenting creations by some of the world's most famous fashion designers. Via Bellagio features a collection of upscale boutiques and shops, including Hermes, Prada, Armani, Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld. Choose from jewelry, watches, gifts, works of art, evening wear and fine sportswear. The shopping area is enclosed in glass and offers more than 100,000 square feet of boutiques. Check the current exhibit schedule at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. This art gallery has recently featured Claude Monet and Andy Warhol.
Rooms & Suites
There are 3,933 guests rooms and suites from which guests can enjoy views of the resort's lake, surrounding mountains and city skyline. Rooms are decorated with European-style furnishings, and fine art. Bathrooms have Italian marble floors and soaking tubs.
Entertainment and Nightlife
Experience the famous Cirque du Soleil Production of "O" featuring circus acts, modern theatrical effects, live music, dance and water.
The resort has several different bars featuring live music. Fontana Bar, located center stage on the Casino Level, offers expansive views of the lake and features a band playing contemporary, Top 40, Swing and R&B music. The lavishly decorated Petrossian Bar serves afternoon tea, champagne, Petrossian caviar and smoked salmon.
Light Nightclub, based on the popular cocktail lounge in New York, is decorated with rich and vibrant fabrics of sateen and velvet. It offers bottle service in a refined and stylish setting.
Dining at the Bellagio
The resort houses an array of restaurants and cafes, ranging from casual poolside dining to elegant restaurants run by world-famous chefs. The Bellagio Le Cirque, run by the Maccioni family which operates the famous Le Cirque in New York City, serves French food and overlooks Bellagio's dancing fountains.
The resort is home to other exquisite dining establishments, including the AAA Five Diamond Picasso; Aqua, famous for its fresh selection of seafood; and Olives, serving Mediterranean cuisine. The Bellagio cafes serve mouthwatering pastries created by famous Pastry Chefs.
The Picasso restaurantwas named for one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, Pablo Picasso. The restaurant draws its inspiration from the villages of the Mediterranean, featuring a beam and brick ceiling and gesso-covered burlap walls.
The restaurant decor consists of Picasso's paintings, ceramics, tiles and sculpture. Claude Picasso, the son of Pablo, designed the carpet and the furniture for the restaurant. Before being seated for dinner, guests can enjoy a cocktail on the outdoor patio along the water's edge. The restaurant serves French-Mediterranean cuisine featuring master Chef Julian Serrano, the first Las Vegas chef to be honored with the James Beard Award for "Best Chef, Southwest." Serrano showcases his seasonal cuisine in two special menus: a four-course tasting menu and a five-course Chef's Degustation. The restaurant is open for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is closed Wednesdays. For reservations, call 702-693-7223.
Get Married on the Terrace of Dreams
The hotel has two chapels decorated with colorful stained glass windows, Venetian glass chandeliers, luxurious tapestries and fabrics. The South Chapel seats 130 guests, while the East Chapel was designed for intimate ceremonies of 30 guests. Terrace of Dreams was designed especially for outdoor events. The Italian balcony features a marble floor and golden walls. The famous Fountains of Bellagio form the perfect backdrop for a romantic ceremony.
The hotel staff can assist with catering, photography, flower arrangements and other details. The spectacular fountain show is the most romantic at night. Speakers are positioned strategically all around Bellagio Lake and play music even between the shows. The lake explodes with light and music when the fountains begin their famous dance. There is a path all the way around the huge lake and if you walk along it you can watch the attraction from different points of view.
Visit to the hotel's Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Admission is free and the display is changed with each season and major holiday. The Conservatory has a 50-foot glass ceiling which provides the flowers, plants and trees with natural daylight. The area measures more than 13,500 square feet in size. We recently saw the Christmas display which was spectacular. During all of the seasons and major holidays, different exotic plants and flowers are used to create an enchanting garden. The Conservatory lies just past the lobby of the hotel.
Rates for deluxe guest rooms start at USD $249 per night.
Location: 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South , Las Vegas , Nevada , United States, 888-987-6667, website