Occasion: The Proposal
So you're coming to Vegas and want to pop the big question. Although some of us have never done it, our experts can offer you a few suggestions:
Q: I plan to propose to my girlfriend in Vegas. Where is the most romantic restaurant to do it?
A: The Eiffel Tower restaurant at Paris Las Vegas is romantic and faces the Fountains of Bellagio, as does Picasso at the Bellagio, and the outdoor patio can be very secluded. The balcony at Mix on the 64th floor of Mandalay Bay's THEhotel as well as Alize at the Palms offers seclusion and spectacular views of Las Vegas. Located near downtown and 844 feet in the air is the elegant Top of the World restaurant, which rotates for a 360-degree view of the city. Also in downtown, the old Vegas ambiance at the Ranch Steakhouse on top of Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel inspires feelings of love.
Q: I want my proposal in Vegas to be totally outrageous and memorable. What do you recommend?
A: Well, if you want to be wild and crazy, propose as you're taking off on the Big Shot, Insanity or X Scream, all at the Stratosphere. Or if you really want to take her breath away, take the plunge on The Roller Coaster at New York-New York. For a fun adventure through rugged terrain, why not pop the question on an ATV tour? Or, take her to see spectacular sights on one of many helicopter excursions. There are tours that go to the Grand Canyon at sunset or that cruise the Strip amid the neon and glittering lights at night. Some packages even include champagne. It's almost like being in a limousine -- but you're in the air!
Q: I want to spend an intimate evening with my sweetheart before I propose. Where is the best place to do that?
A: Lake Las Vegas. The tranquility there is optimum for romance, and a moonlit cruise on the gondolas will make her putty in your hands. If you decide to stay on the Strip, the Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan offers a beautiful setting with its luminous beaded curtains. Plus, there is a fine menu of sophisticated cocktails. And a fun, sort of retro spot (shown in the movie "Swingers") is the Peppermill's Fireside Lounge, where you can cuddle beside a bubbling fire pit. It doesn't get any more intimate and romantic than that.
Q: I'd like to plan a romantic weekend in Vegas during which I plan to propose. Can you help?
A: Start off your weekend with a trip to a spa for a romantic couples massage or partake in the Paris Pour Les Amoureux (Paris for Lovers) Package at the Spa by Mandara at Paris. Designed for couples, it includes a body exfoliation, followed by private aroma bath whirlpool for two, topped off with a full body Aromatique Massage. That night, get her thinking about marriage by attending the hilarious Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding. Why not take a ride in a gondola at the Venetian, where you can be serenaded as you cruise the canal. And what's better than dinner and dancing on the Desert Princess paddlewheeler on Lake Mead? She'll definitely be impressed. Two other Vegas hot spots that make for a perfect proposal backdrop are The Mirage volcano with its dramatic display of fiery lava and the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. A final option...take advantage of the Eiffel Tower Marriage Proposal Package at Paris Las Vegas and ask for her hand in a semi-private area of the Eiffel Tower.