Just ask a local: How do we have a romantic Valentine's Day in Las Vegas?

With its Sin City moniker, many people think of Las Vegas for bachelor/bachelorette parties or a weekend getaway with the guys/girls rather than for romantic trip with your significant other. That's why I often get asked what couples can do in Las Vegas to set the mood for romance. While there are plenty of places that are perfect for celebrating any special occasion, I find myself recommending these three spots to couples more than anything else.

Ignite the spark at a seductive show
When you're lusting for something to watch with your loved one that's tasteful yet titillating, look no further than "Zumanity" at New York-New York. My favorite Cirque du Soleil show, the provocative cabaret-style production blends playful innuendo with daring eroticism as its cast celebrates love. Featuring smoldering dance routines and acrobatics, it's not uncommon for ticket holders to leave the showroom feeling a little hot and bothered -- especially after the leather straps performer and the limber contortionist. www.cirquedusoleil.com/zumanity

Spend some time together at a spa
There's nothing like reconnecting with the one you love, and Spa Aquae at JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort and Spa is the perfect place to enjoy a little pampering together. Unlike most spas, the off-Strip retreat has a lavish co-ed area outdoors couples can enjoy with a hot tub, sauna, steam room and hydrotherapy circuit pool. The spa also offers massages couples can experience side by side, like its 50- or 80-minute desert stone massage. Guaranteed to "heat things up," the service uses warm stones to help relieve couples of tension and stress and transport them to a state of romantic bliss. www.marriott.com/lasjw

Relish a romantic dinner
For a truly sensual dining experience, I always recommend Strip House inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. The sizzling steakhouse not only serves delicious charred cuts of beef, but also knows how to set the mood for romance with its rich red interior and provocative Studio Manasse burlesque photographs on the walls. Couples can dig in to the porterhouse for two or the 24-ounce, center-cut chateaubriand that's carved tableside, then savor a slice of the decadent 24-layer chocolate cake.
www.striphouse.com/venues/las-vegas

-Heather Turk, Custom Publishing Writer

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