Hotels near Las Vegas – but not right on the Strip – unite Sin City’s extravagance with the wonders of the Mojave. Not as flamboyant as their city cousins, the hotels on Las Vegas’s limits include lake-side resorts, canyon retreats and mountain getaways. Here’s the pick of the bunch.
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa
Spa Aquae at the JW Marriott focuses on water – hence the name
In between the Strip and Red Rock Canyon, JW Marriott’s Summerlin location is just minutes away from both. Adventure-seekers will relish the proximity to world-class hiking and climbing. They’ll then be thankful for the on-site spa, complete with plunge pools, therapy baths and steam rooms. Yes, the casinos are minutes away. But if you’d prefer to stay at the resort, there’s an 11,000sqft (1,022sqm) outdoor pool plus a range of restaurants serving international delights.
A 30-minute drive from the razzle-dazzle of Las Vegas Boulevard, this Mediterranean-style hideaway is surrounded by dusty desert mountains and an expansive lake. During the day, guests can splash in the lagoon-style pool or hideout in the spa. Alternatively, those happy to hack away in the sunshine enjoy access to two Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, Reflection Bay Golf Club and SouthShore Golf Club.
Perched at 6,700ft (2,042m) in Kyle Canyon, the Retreat on Charleston Peak is circled by some of Nevada’s best hiking trails. High-adrenaline action is also found either at the Lee Canyon Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (15 minutes’ drive away) or the Strip (30 minutes by car.) This rustic mountain lodge is committed to environmental sustainability. Native plants are used in outdoor landscaping which reduces the need for additional water, an important consideration in drought-prone Nevada.
Based in Henderson, the Westin is around half an hour’s drive from the Strip – ideal if you’d like to dip your toes in the frivolity but not submerge in it. The resort, which sits on the shores of Lake Las Vegas, has its own sandy beach. Use this as your launchpad for an afternoon of kayaking and paddle boarding. Guests can also tee off at the adjacent golf course, tramp the local hiking trails or dine at the hotel’s Asian-fusion restaurant, Marssa.
Based at the entrance of Red Rock Canyo, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is a luxury destination with a staggering mountain backdrop. Nearby sit sandstone cliffs and hiking trails into the red-hued national park. But just because you’re 10 miles from the Strip, you don’t have to compromise on fun. This resort has its own casino with table games and slots, bowling lanes and a movie theater. It also has the Sandbar Pool, a series of dipping pools with private cabanas, daybeds and poolside gaming.
A comfortable stay for a reasonable price, Santa Fe Station offers the many delights of Vegas in a neat package. Yes, there’s a casino offering the chance to win big – but there’s also a bowling lane, games arcade and an indoor play area for kids. Based in northwest Vegas, a short drive will take you to Mount Charleston and Red Rock Canyon, where hiking trails and outdoor adventures await.