Girls Night Out: ARIA Las Vegas

In the next two weeks, I'll be attending my best friend's bachelorette party down in Beverly Hills.  I feel, as I've gotten a little older, I'm not as drawn to the crazy bachelorette weekends that my younger married-off friends once had.  I'm much more inclined to a great dinner and even better company...don't you agree?

{invitations via hen & co}

I know a popular option is always Vegas.  I mean, what's not to love...right?  The glitz and glam practically cater to a girls night out.  But I feel like Vegas can be a bit overwhelming...

Most people don't think of Las Vegas as a particularly calm or classy vacation destination.  However, while certain aspects of Vegas can definitely be crazy at times, there is another side to Sin City that offers a classier, more relaxed, girls night out {as displayed by my girl Andee here}. In fact, some of the newer resorts are catering directly to this more toned down, but equally glamorous Vegas experience. One example I've heard a lot about is the ARIA resort.

At the ARIA, guests can enjoy an incredible high-class experience. The party atmosphere most associate with Vegas is certainly available, but there are a number of classy alternatives that can offer you just as much fun. Here are a few specific things you might enjoy on your girls night out.

Fine Dining
Vegas in general is known for its fine dining options, and at the ARIA you'll find an incredible selection and range of restaurants. Whether you're interested in Spanish tapas at the Julian Serrano restaurant, late night desserts and pastries at Jean Phillipe Patisserie, or popular savory restaurants like Sage and Sirio Ristorante, there are plenty of delicious choices. Most are on the pricey side, but that's to be expected in Vegas, and at these venues the exquisite food and beautiful atmospheres are worth the money.

Cirque du Soleil
Las Vegas is known as one of the most popular locations for Cirque du Soleil events, and there are often spectacular shows at major resorts. Zarkana at ARIA, however, is one exhibition of Cirque du Soleil that's made a permanent home at a single resort. This is an incredibly enjoyable show, featuring all of the usual acrobatics with a dark, otherworldly, and almost eerie show atmosphere.

High-end shopping is one of the things that most differentiates the ARIA resort from her sister hotels in Las Vegas. The Shops At Crystals make up an incredible, sparkling complex in which visitors can find many of the world's top brands for clothing, jewelry and accessories. Even if you're not looking to break the bank with these products, you and your friends will surely have a fun night window-shopping!

Spa Treatment
A spa night won't keep you out on the town late, but at the ARIA you'll find that spas are open until 8pm. This allows you and your friends to spend the evening relaxing completely. Once the spas close, you can spend the rest of the night eating wonderful food, taking in a show, or even simply relaxing in your comfortable room or suite. It's a bit low-key for Vegas, but it makes for a wonderfully relaxing evening.

Now, while I've never stayed at ARIA {the last time I visited it was at a less than classy establishment!}, it's definitely been on the top of my list.  Have you ever stayed there?  I know I'm dying to get back to Vegas.

{that's me and Reynolds to my left at my bachelorette party!}

Where did you go for your bachelorette party?  I went to Scottsdale!  See more details here.

xo natasha

A special thanks to Paige Carpenter for contributing to this post.


  1. I lived in Vegas for 3-years and have only been back once in 11-years since moving. Not my cup of tea.

  2. FUN! I'm going to Vegas in 2 weeks. I've stayed at the Vdara and loved it!!!

  3. oh my! right in my neck of the woods! If you have any spare time (which I assume you will not!) I would love to grab coffee!!!

  4. I'm totally with you on the more low-key girls night. I've done the crazy Vegas bachelorette party but what you've listed sounds much more up my alley these days. P.S. Loving the half naked guy poster in your bachelorette picture :) haha

  5. Im actually going to Vegas August 2nd - staying at Cosmo. We are going on a girls trip, should be a good time :)

  6. I loved Aria! We went there for my friend's bachelorette in May and it was fabulous!

    We're just going to Louisville for my bachelorette - it's kind of close but juuuuust far enough away from Cincinnati! I'm super excited! Xoxo

  7. I totally agree Natasha! I was terrified of my bachelorette party before my bestie and I planned it together. We didn't want to do the crazy, typical night. We loved our experience in downtown San Diego, and our friends kept it classy :) I've been to the aria, and it's beautiful! I love city center in Vegas.

  8. Not a Vegas fan in the slightest but I have stayed at Aria. It was nice (and the beds were awesome!) but if I went again I think I would stay at the Cosmo. It just looks more fun! My bachelorette was in Denver, CO and it was one of the best trips of my life!!

  9. I haven't been to Las Vegas in 8 years -- and really, right now I don't mind not going back. There are so many other places I would rather visit, especially with a toddler. I think that when our children are older Keith and I will go back, but it will be a way different experience likely full of pool drinks, shows and great dinners.

    Have fun at the bachelorette party! Girl time is always so much fun! We went to Napa for mine and I had the BEST time! Wish we could do it all over again!

  10. I prefer low key bachelorette parties as well. We went to dinner and a broadway show for mine... Exactly what I wanted!

  11. Agree -- My bachelorette party was in Sonoma.

  12. I was just there last month, and stayed in the Luxor. The Aria is beautiful and I would love to stay there or the Cosmopolitan next time I go! :)

  13. My husband had his Bachelor party at Aria, they raved about it for months, great choice! I totally agree with you, I feel way too old to be going out partying the night away, while I wish I could my body says otherwise ;) I have a Bachelorette party this weekend, it's a vineyard affair, wish this Momma luck!

  14. never been but it looks SO nice! I definitely want to stay there sometime soon for a low key vegas :)

  15. I love Vegas but for TOTALLY different reasons then when I was younger. I love the shows they have there and the restaurants are incredible. That would be the only thing I would go for! Drinking all night and wasting all my money gambling... No thanks :)