Travel & Culture

Sin-gle City: How To Travel To Vegas Alone

May 3, 2024

Whether you’re a mom who needs some me time or just looking for a great solo travel destination, Las Vegas (yes, Sin City) offers tonnes of fun for one. —Noa Nichol


Staying on the Strip solo can be intimidating—luckily, the newest property along Las Vegas Boulevard makes it much less so. Fountainebleau is one of the most beautiful (and best-smelling) resorts we have ever stayed in; this refurbished “blue” tower boasts a casino, 20 restaurants, a dozen bars and lounges, a full-service spa, seven outdoor pools, a fitness centre, daily housekeeping, valet parking, 24-hour room service, two cafés and more. At 67 storeys, it offers nearly 3,650 decadent guest rooms decorated in soft-blue hues, with dreamy bedding and button-controlled lighting and drapes; a clear view of the Sphere from our window made us feel less lonely, especially when it displayed a cute emoji face. Something fun to look for: Fountainebleau’s signature bowtie, a nod to Morris Lapidus, the dapper architect of the Miami Beach property. You’ll spot the sweet shape everywhere, from the floor tiles to the chandeliers to the croissants in the coffee shops.


Kick up some dust off-roading through the beautiful Lake Mead Recreational Area in a Ford Bronco, courtesy of Buck’n Bronco Offroad Adventures + Outfitters. These versatile vehicles seat multiple passengers but need only one driver: you. Then, leave the Vegas desert far behind (and below) as you take off at Illuminarium Las Vegas at AREA15, where SPACE: A Journey To The Moon & Beyond, will take you on an extraordinary journey across the galaxy. Fly through a technicolor nebula, walk the surface of the moon, see Saturn’s rings up close and weave through an asteroid belt thanks to high-tech animation systems and 360 cinematic immersive screens. Finally, head back to the hub of the city to take in a show—or two. We saw stand-up at the L.A. Comedy Club at the STRAT, Cirque du Soleil’s humorous Mad Apple production, and Awakening, the dazzling spectacle set in one of the most technologically immersive theaters ever designed at Wynn Las Vegas.


Dining alone isn’t daring—it’s delicious! Begin with breakfast sans leaving the resort; at French-inspired La Fontaine try the soufflé pancakes, stacked high and topped with lemon curd, berries and thyme whip, or a Le Royal benedict, with smoked salmon and lemon Hollandaise on an everything brioche. There for brunch? The opulent service features extensive champagne pairing. Lunchtime calls for a stroll up the Strip, at the Paris Las Vegas. The Bedford by Martha Stewart—a replica of Martha’s 1925 farmhouse with culinary inspiration drawn from her legendary gardens—serves up Big Martha’s Pierogis with potato filling and brown butter, and a flower-shaped upside-down lemon meringue pie that’s almost too pretty to eat (almost). Alternately, Washing Potato, back at Fountainebleau, does dim sum differently, with thoughtful bites that promise to ignite your imagination. Finally, consider dinnertime done and dusted with options for all types of eaters; Komodo, also at Fountainebleau, does sushi really, really well, and can even accommodate vegetarians. For a true vegan meal, book a table for one at Crossroads Kitchen, and order anything you want, including calamari and tagliatelle Bolognese, without fear of meat.


No solo trip would be complete without a little me—read, spa—time. Start at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace; the 100-minute Mojave Rain treatment opens with a sage smudging to set a scared space, welcome in positive energy and send your intentions out. Relax as detoxifying and balancing essential oils are cascaded along your back and feet. Then, allow your Qua artisan to sooth away any remaining tension with a harmonizing Las Vegas massage and balancing energy work. At Fountainebleau, a Celestial Waters Passport to the spectacular Lapis Spa lets you enjoy the profound benefits of contrast therapy—moving between heat and cold—while exploring vitality pools, snow and star showers, steam rooms, and more at your own pace. Do not miss the group event that happens in the Aufguss Sauna—one of the largest in the United States—at regular intervals throughout the day; this social-wellness experience incorporates sauna, aromatherapy steam and a theatrical presentation of towel movements choreographed with music and lights.


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