The Best Resorts in Las Vegas 

Take a relaxing dip in the pool at Green Valley Ranch on a trip to Las Vegas
Take a relaxing dip in the pool at Green Valley Ranch on a trip to Las Vegas | Courtesy of Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino / Expedia
Siobhan Grogan

With over 42 million visitors each year, Las Vegas knows how to show its guests a good time – you can stroll up and down the Strip, gamble all day in its well-known casinos, or just relax in the Nevada sunshine by the pool. Ideal for fun-seeking families or groups of friends traveling together, its world-famous resort hotels are now destinations in their own right. With all the casinos, restaurants, and entertainment you could need in one place, here are our top picks for the best resorts in Vegas.

1. Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa

Resort, Casino Hotel

Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa
Courtesy of Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa / Expedia

Families won’t be too concerned that this impressive casino resort in Summerlin is 10mi (16km) from the Strip. Though there is a shuttle service to the sights, kids will be too busy seeking out the delights of the hotel itself to worry about leaving. Highlights include a cinema, kids’ club, 72-lane bowling alley with its own deli, cyberquest arcade, and incredible 3 acre (1.2ha) pool area with cafe, poolside entertainment, and lounger service.

2. Luxor Hotel & Casino

Resort, Budget Hotel, Casino Hotel

The lobby with Egyptian statues and several palm trees at Luxor Hotel and Casino
Courtesy of Luxor Hotel and Casino / Expedia
There’s nothing understated about the Luxor’s towering black pyramid soaring above the south end of the Strip. Inside, the hotel’s wealth of entertainment and dining options are just as extravagant. Guests can hit the casino, choose from several restaurants – serving everything from Mexican dishes to frozen yogurt – or book one of Luxor’s long-running shows including the extraordinary Blue Man Group. Spend days recovering at the mammoth 19,000sqft (1,765sqm) pool complex or indulging in spa treatments at the Nurture Spa.

3. Mandalay Bay

Casino Hotel, Hotel

The plush bar, with bar stools and yellow couches, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Courtesy of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino / Expedia
Don’t expect quiet days and early nights at Mandalay Bay. This is a Vegas hotel that can outdo even the most ostentatious hotel on the Strip with its headache-inducing choice of activities and amenities. The focus is firmly on fun here, with its own 11 acre (4.5ha) sandy beach, wave pool, lazy river, and lagoon. There’s also a range of big-name theater shows, along with a shark aquarium that’s home to over 2,000 animals – including piranha and giant rays.

4. Cancun Resort Las Vegas

Resort, Casino Hotel

A mock Mayan pyrmid features a waterfall descending into an expansive pool at the Cancun Resort Las Vegas.
Courtesy of Cancun Resort Las Vegas / Expedia

If lazing by the pool appeals more than neon-drenched nights in a casino, Cancun Resort offers a compromise between the thrill of the city and a well-earned break in the sun. Ten minutes’ drive from the bustling Strip, the resort itself is a laid-back mix of penthouse suites, villas, and apartment-style rooms with full kitchens – so traveling groups and families can spread out. Meet each morning by the huge pool complex, complete with Mayan pyramid, waterfall, four mammoth water slides, hot tubs, and cafe.

5. Club de Soleil

Resort

The exterior car port and driveway of an aprthotel is flanked by palm trees.
Courtesy of Club de Soleil / Expedia

Club de Soleil offers a luxe Mediterranean-style sanctuary minutes from the Strip, but with added home comforts when you crave a little more than a hotel. There are laundry facilities, a clubhouse, and barbeque grills available, while every suite has its own full-sized kitchen or kitchenette – with an in-room grocery delivery service to make self-catering hassle-free. Luckily, the two 24-hour heated pools, hot tubs, and tennis court ensure it will still feel like a holiday.

6. ARIA Resort & Casino

Resort, Casino Hotel

The outdoor pool, lined with sunbeds, and the glass-fronted building of the ARIA Resort and Casino
Courtesy of ARIA Resort and Casino / Expedia
A gleaming high-rise a short walk from the Strip, the ARIA Resort is a grown-up playground that truly comes alive after dark. If the casino doesn’t appeal, try the enormous JEWEL Nightclub with its roster of world-famous DJs, several secluded cocktail lounges, or the glittering poker room with nightly tournaments. Foodies will love the choice of restaurants, including a tapas bar, traditional pub, authentic French brasserie, and spendy steakhouse from renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

7. Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino

Resort

Courtesy of Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino / Expedia

This peaceful palatial resort may be a 15-minute drive from Las Vegas’s big-name hotels and attractions, but ideal if you want a resort holiday packed with activities. Landscaped Spanish-style grounds conceal a spa, cinema, concert hall, food court, and kids’ club, plus the obligatory large casino. The fantastic pool area is the big draw though, set among palm trees and lawns with an adults-only area, lounger service, and its very own sandy beach.

8. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Chain Hotel, Luxury

The exterior of The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa with two pools and tall palm trees
Courtesy of the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa / Expedia

Golfers, outdoor lovers, and spa-weekenders will adore this calm resort, a short drive from the Strip. There’s no casino or nightclub – but there is a decent gym with regular organized group runs, bike rentals, a restful Aveda spa, and a heated outdoor pool. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Reflection Bay Golf Club is just next door, while active types can head to the adjacent lake for kayaking, fishing and windsurfing.

9. Tahiti Village

Resort

An expansive pool area wit mock-beaches is surrounded by vacation apartment buildings.
Courtesy of Tahiti Village / Expedia

Pretend you’re on a tropical island just a few miles from the Strip at this sprawling resort with nearly 900 suites. Most of these easily sleep a family and come with fully equipped kitchens, separate bedrooms, and jetted bathtubs. The resort itself is packed with things to do including a spa, fitness center, video-games arcade, and activities for children – though you may have a hard time dragging them away from the artificial sandy beach with its heated lazy river ride, waterfalls, Tahitian Tiki torches, and pool volleyball.

10. M Resort Spa Casino

Resort, Casino Hotel

Courtesy of M Resort Spa Casino / Expedia

This sleek, modern hotel may be 15mi (24km) from the Strip’s non-stop entertainment, but there’s no need to go anywhere once you’ve checked into the M. Guests can drift between the well-equipped fitness center, renowned spa, casino, golf simulation, and impressive 100,000sqft (9,290sqm) pool area with its adults-only pool club. Don’t worry about leaving to eat either – there are plenty of options including an award-winning buffet, steakhouse, artisan bakery, and Italian restaurant.

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