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Summer getaway to Las Vegas

It’s always summer in Las Vegas! If you want guaranteed sunshine during your holiday, why not experience the non-stop Las Vegas this year? Catch a DJ by the pool, shop in the sunshine, head into the desert in a Hummer or take out some frustration by smashing up a car with a digger in a heavy equipment playground.

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Shop in the sun at Town Square Las Vegas

Get out in the winter sunshine (Las Vegas still has highs of 18°C in February) and explore the myriad shops and restaurants of Town Square. The open-air shopping complex has more than 100 stores set across 38 hectares, as well as plenty of restaurants to relax in after a long day hitting the shops. The fish tacos at Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant and Bar are a particularly popular lunchtime treat for weary shoppers.

Party by the pool

Swimming pools are taken to a whole new level in Las Vegas – and swimming is just one of the activities on offer. Numerous resorts boast ‘dayclubs’ with top-notch DJs providing beats while you sunbathe – the Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas is one of the most well-known spots, regularly playing host to DJ David Guetta. Meanwhile, Drai’s Beachclub Nightclub offers panoramic views from the rooftop pool of The Cromwell – and as the name suggests, the party keeps going well into the night.

Take a Hummer to the Hoover Dam

Big Horn Tours offer trips to see the Hoover Dam in a luxury Hummer H2 proudly painted with the Stars and Stripes. With groups limited to 6 people per vehicle, it’s a much more intimate and personal way to see the sights than piling aboard a tour bus – and the powerful four-wheel-drive Hummers can take you right into the desert. The Hoover Dam itself is an impressively colossal sight – built in the 1930s using around 2.5 million cubic metres of concrete, the dam is so massive that it’s predicted to last for thousands of years.

Stroll around the newly refurbished resort Park MGM

Park MGM is a 3,000-room, $550-million resort that’s due to open in Spring 2018, and in pride of place out front is The Park – a place to promenade among the hundreds of trees and partake in a little al fresco dining. The area has been designed with plenty of shade to provide respite from the heat, and there are unique sculptures dotted all around – like the 12-metre-high ‘Bliss Dance’ statue depicting a woman mid-dance-step, balanced on one foot.

Eat lunch in a shipping container

The Downtown Container Park consists of 30 shipping containers and 41 modular cubes that host a variety of boutique shops and eateries. The whole thing is designed with sustainability in mind – the cubes can be easily moved and repurposed as anything from a mobile office to a pop-up shop. There are plenty of odd things to look out for as you shop, too – a giant praying mantis found its way here from the Burning Man festival, and can occasionally be seen to spout flames from its antennae, while nestled in the middle of the complex is a huge children’s treehouse, complete with three slides.

Let loose in a ‘heavy equipment playground’

Turn the fantasy of operating a digger into reality at Dig This, a ‘Heavy Equipment Playground’. After a safety orientation, you’ll be put behind the controls of a giant bulldozer or excavator and encouraged to dig trenches, fling around 1,000-kilogram tyres or even play a game of ‘Bucket Basketball’. And if you shell out a little extra for the ‘Aggression Session’, you’ll be given your very own car to smash up to your heart’s content. It’s a bit like Street Fighter II, but with massive yellow diggers instead of fireballs.

Dance until dawn in the Strip’s hottest nightclubs

Las Vegas has no shortage of megaclubs, and one of the highlights is Omnia at Caesars Palace. This gigantic nightclub covers 7,000 square metres and is centred around an out-of-this-world ceiling sculpture featuring eight massive rings that circle slowly around, looking for all the world like a UFO coming in to land on the writhing crowd below. The Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, meanwhile, is one of the hottest clubs on the Strip right now, so make sure to get there early or be prepared to queue – or even better, book VIP table. Light at Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort is another top pick, featuring a mix of theatrics and music – where else but Las Vegas could you watch an aerial acrobat perform while listening to the hottest EDM DJs?

Dine outdoors at La Cave

With its tasteful wooden décor, La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas is a warm and intimate spot to retire for dinner – but it also boasts a beautiful, tree-lined patio for al fresco dining in the winter sun. The menu is focused on high-quality small plates, with highlights including wagyu steak, Hawaiian snapper and the restaurant’s own take on the Caesar salad. Head this way to see more of the best restaurants in Las Vegas.

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