Lonely Planet's top 10 acts of escapism in Vegas
Make a pilgrimage to Liberace's shrine of kitsch
Known as "Mr Showmanship", the late, great entertainer Liberace has been honoured by the creation of this outrageous museum, located off the Strip. While audiences enjoyed listening to Liberace's exuberant keyboard artistry, they were also amazed and secretly amused by his outlandish style. Time your visit to coincide with one of the free guided tours, during which no mention will be made of Liberace's homosexuality or the more creepily bizarre rumours that he had his lover undergo plastic surgery in order to make him look more like Liberace himself.
Laze by the pool all day
Las Vegas' pop culture of excess also applies to swimming pools. Bikini-clad goddesses proffer frozen grapes at Caesars Palace while the Golden Nugget's waterslide shoots swimmers through a glass-enclosed shark tank. The city's most impressive (guests-only) pool complex at Mandalay Bay even has an artificial beach.Here, surfers can ride on 6ft-high artificial waves, rent a beachfront cabana or private villa to be treated like royalty for a day, or while away the hours gambling at the beachside casino.
Indulge in bodily bliss at a modern oasis
Seeking Hawaiian lomilomi, Japanese shiatsu or a Thai massage? Or perhaps a volcanic-mud or banana-leaf body wrap and a coconut-crème exfoliation? Or how about a lotus-flower bath and a soak in signature apothecary elixirs? Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace has everything you desire, and then some. Sweat out your hangover inside the aromatic cedar sauna. Take a dip in the Roman baths. Chill in the arctic room, where dry-ice snowflakes fall. Recline in the exotic tea lounge. In the "Men's Zone", bad-boy poker players can get a royal shave or have their sore muscles kneaded like they were victorious gladiators.
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