The epitome of luxury and excellence, Bellagio is a visual masterpiece. This hotel and casino is certainly at the top of their game. From the moment you pull in to their grand resort, you know it's something pretty special. As you enter, their front desk adorably awaits you. Behind the check-in desk is a beautiful garden, decorated with flowers and balloons to lift your spirits immediately. Fiori di Como, the hand-blown glass flower art sculpture, adorns the 18' high ceiling and was designed for Bellagio by famous artist Dan Chihuly. It's stunning, created with over 2,000 pieces intertwined with each other. I would need pages to respectfully review the Bellagio, but I'm trimming it down to basics. The rooms are delightful (try to get a Fountain/Eiffel Tower view), shops are dangerously wonderful, grounds are stunning, casino is fantastic, restaurants are top notch, gym and pools are perfection. What more could you ask for? Nothing!
The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens are gorgeous. Their themed floral arrangements change with the seasons. Flowers are meticulously cared for by handfuls of horticulturists at their beck and call. The glass house is filled with adorable, brightly-colored birds. You'll enjoy watching them dance and sing around their beautiful home.
Todd English's Olives (Bellagio). Our favorite restaurant on this visit, Olives didn't miss a trick. Seated on the patio, overlooking the fountains, the view couldn't have been any better. Everything, from the ambiance to the service to the food, was outstanding. Starting off with beef carpaccio (with cipollini onions, scallion cream, and gorgonzola polenta), the best we've had anywhere, the meal just got better and better. Flatbreads were crisp and flavorful with sweet, caramelized onions boosting their flavor up a notch. Their untraditional Caesar salad (with oven dried tomatoes and bacon marmalade crostini) was incredibly delicious, as was the uniquely wonderful Watermelon salad. Next up were the entrees... Linguini Alle Vongole (littleneck clams and white wine sauce), Sea Scallops (with truffle potato puree and sea beans in cabernet reduction), Beef Tenderloin (with tempura asparagus, caramelized onion potatoes in a red wine demi sauce), and Lamb Lollipops ... all mouthwatering. Desserts... loved the refreshing sorbets, and the decadent Chocolate Falling Cake.
Bellagio Buffet. There are dozens upon dozens of buffets in Las Vegas. And there are many top ten lists. We gave the Bellagio's a shot just because everything else there was as good as it gets, and we weren't disappointed. The atmosphere was nice and the food great. This gourmet buffet will leave you longing for absolutely nothing. Everything was fresh and they had all the usual dishes that you would expect... salad offerings, prime rib, roasted chicken, fruit, vegetables, meat and chicken dishes, and pizza. In addition to that, there was fresh sushi, king crab and snow crab legs, beef teriyaki and beef stew (both really excellent), beef tartar, Chilean sea bass, briskets, salmon, shrimp cocktail bar, Mexican, Italian, and Asian sections (all delish). As far as desserts, we loved the mini Key Lime pies, chocolate mousse, and the creme brûlée.
Chayo (Caesar's Linq). This new Mexican restaurant will surely satisfy you. First of all, we enjoyed the Linq area, with lots of cute, unique shops, cafes and restaurants. Chayo is fun, beautifully decorated, tvs at the bar, unique artwork, and we love that they have a mechanical bull for their patrons to try out almost every evening. You don't see that around too often! Their food was gratifying... created with unique twists on traditional Mexican food. Everything we tried was excellent. First stop was some tequila and they have a collection that can't be beat! We continued with apps: Homemade chips and salsa (sprinkled with chile for a kick), trio of tacos (crispy shrimp, beef and chicken), Cilantro Soup (very different and delicous), and Queso Fundido. For dinner, the fajitas were phenomenal, steak cooked perfectly and accompanied by greaseless peppers, onions, prickly pear cactus (yes, you read correctly) and roasted corn. Fabulous. All of their steak dishes will melt in your mouth, they're that amazing. The Rib Eye tacos are filled with big chunks of tasty steak. The Lobster tacos are the best you'll ever try. The Avocado Corn Chopped Salad was so flavorful and full of different textures. And we enjoyed the Churros with chocolate sauce, a very different dessert.
Stratosphere SkyJump. Going up the elevator to the roof top of this hotel (855 feet high up) is scary enough. Standing on a tiny ledge and jumping off is a whole other thing. The SkyJump is one of the most exciting attractions in Vegas and it will test your every nerve. You are basically jumping off the top of the roof while attached to a bungee cord. It's terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Although the rides doesn't last long, it will provide you with a 'bucket list' experience that you will be thrilled you conquered.