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Nine ways to have an express vacation in Las Vegas

Get a tan and a massage at the same time, or order multiple courses from different restaurants

Las Vegas visitors may have a long list of vacation requests while they’re in Sin City — hit the spa, get to a fancy restaurant, make show reservations and more. The problem is time. The average visitor spends 3.2 nights in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. That’s not a lot of time to fit in everything.

Help has arrived. New express versions of Las Vegas experiences let guests fit it all in during one trip.

Vacations are meant for relaxing, and ESPA at Vdara combines the spa’s most popular treatments on a new quick-fix menu. Get a 25-minute Hot Shot stone back massage for $85 on weekdays and $95 on weekends, or snag the Express Radiance package, a pre-party pick-me-up that brightens the skin for a night out on the Strip, for the same prices. Even the busiest travelers can pick up ESPA’s Detox-to-Go box that provides all the tools guests need for a DIY in-room treatment for $145.

Info: ESPA, (702) 590-2474

Combine your sunbathing time with a massage with Spa Bellagio’s 15-minute poolside rubdowns done right on a pool chair for $55.

Info: Spa Bellagio, (702) 693-7472

Make couture shopping quick and easy by heading to The Shops at Crystals, where more than 40 high-end designers can be found under one roof. Shop Tom Ford, Louis Vuitton, Donna Karan, Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana and more without ever stepping foot outside. Want it shipped home? Most stores will take care of that for guests, or head to the concierge service within the mall.

Info: The Shops at Crystals, (702) 590-9299

Dine with a James Beard Award-winner on the go at Shawn McClain’s FIVE50 Pizza Bar at Aria. A take-out counter dishes out slices of pizza starting at $5 until 1 a.m. nightly. Try the Forager, topped with mushrooms, bacon, whipped ricotta cheese and spinach.
Info: FIVE50 Pizza Bar, (877) 230-2742

Never leave the casino floor to get craft beers. Mandalay Bay lets guests choose complimentary craft beers while they’re gambling. Find beers such as Goose Island Sofie, Lagunitas IPA and Brooklyn Brown Ale.
Info: Mandalay Bay, (702) 632-7777

Can’t decide on a restaurant? At the Mirage, guests don’t have to, at least if they are staying in the swanky Villas. Order one or two courses from each of the resort’s restaurants via room service and have them delivered right to the suite. Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, the Italian restaurant Portofino Ristorante and sushi from Japonais are just some of the restaurants from which to choose. Rates for the two-bedroom, 6,955-square-foot villa start at $2,250 per night.
Info: Mirage, (800) 637-0295

Don’t wait for a bartender to put together your drink. Head over to Yusho at the Monte Carlo, where six cocktails are ready to roll on the taps. Try the chuhai made with Sudachi shochu, jasmine tea and citrus.

Info: Yusho, (702) 730-6888

Waiting in line to get into a nightclub takes half the fun out of the night. Skip the line when you book at least five hotel rooms at the MGM Grand with the new MGM Resorts Connections. Wristbands for instant access to Hakkasan and the daytime pool party at Wet Republic are just some of the perks. Info: MGM Resorts Connections, (855) 554-5004

When time doesn’t allow for an entire 90-minute show, head down to Circus Circus for 15-minute aerial acts right on the midway. Jugglers, contortionists and crazy roller skating duos are just some of the free acts put on throughout the day.

Info: Circus Circus, (702) 734-0410

Talk about multitasking. When you just can’t get up from the table to make a show or restaurant reservation, the new Interactive Pro Table can solve that problem. Guests at the BellagioMGM Grand and the Mirage use new multi-touch tables to make reservations and even watch television.



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