Planning a Couples Getaway to Las Vegas

Planning a Cool Couples 40th Birthday Bash Vegas Style

As a travel lover and planner, I was excited to take on the challenge of planning a group birthday party in Las Vegas.  Scott has had a close knit group of friends since childhood, college, weddings, births and finally:  40th birthdays. Everyone had traveled to Las Vegas at least once — and the resorts visited ranged from Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, Cesear’s, Wynn, The Rio, The Mirage, and probably a few more.  We wanted to try something new for everyone — after some negotiating location, price, and quality — we picked The Cosmopolitan.  The best price point and flight schedule was on Southwest Airlines Vacations.  Always love a free checked bag!

First I asked the gang what they hoped to get out of the trip.  Topping the list: ‘see a show’, ‘nice dinner out’, ‘the pool’, ‘spa time’, and ‘win money’.  When I plan a trip to Las Vegas, one of the first things I do is arrange a car from  Most people traveling to Vegas take cabs instead of renting cars since the strip is where they spend most of their time.  So the cab lines are long.  Ordering a car or limo is practical (chauffeur to help with your bags), inexpensive (our stretch was $15 pp), fast, and fun.  Tip – call ahead to ask for complimentary champagne — we had Presidential Limousine and they were happy to oblige.  If you aren’t staying near a Walgreen’s or corner store, you can have them swing by one so you can stock up on snacks or drinks you want to have in your room!

Next I contacted the concierge to see if the hotel could do something to make our trip special.  Not one, but two reps from The Cosmo provided me with a ton of info about dining, spa, pool, day-club and cabana rentals, and shows.  Even with a group this large they weren’t able to offer us any ‘comps’, but had we booked directly with the hotel instead of SouthWest Vac they might have thrown us a bone.  Still, several of us were able to upgrade our rooms upon arrival using a technique Scott learned called The Vegas Sandwich.  Tip –  tuck a $20 between your credit card and ID when you hand it to your check in concierge.  If rooms are available, they will give you a ‘complimentary’ upgrade.  We were checking in Sun – Wed in June, not the busiest time of the week, so the two couples who tried it got lucky.  Not sure if it  works on the week-end, but roll the dice!

On to dinner plans!  With a group of 12, a reservation is essential.  Group feedback ranged from steaks to sushi, so I looked for something with a little bit of everything.  Using OpenTable I reserved a table at the perfect time, at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio at the Venetian.  Note – for a large party, a credit card is required.  Days before arrival I called Postrio directly to confirm a table ‘outside’ on the palazza.  The dining experience was wonderful, loved the crab cakes and the dirty martinis, but best of all, our waiter allowed 6 separate checks, and took a bunch of pictures for the group!

The show the crew chose was Rock of Ages.  Our friend Trent booked tix through an online discount vendor.  The discount was great, and so were the seats, but getting the tix took a few steps.  He had to pick up a voucher in one location, and then pick up the tickets in another.  We all thought the show was a blast, decent singing and acting, but more importantly a fabulous trip back to 1986 and all the cheesy hair and clothes we wore back then.  The fake lighters were a great souvenir, and the event was definitely a highlight for most of the group.

We didn’t get consensus on ‘spa time’, so we left that up to individual couples.  Scott and I scheduled massages, and entered Sahra early to enjoy the hot and cold steam rooms, whirlpool, and peace and quiet within.  It was a Tuesday afternoon, and we each had our own side (M/F) practically to ourselves.  The massages were high quality, and the entire staff was welcoming and gracious.  They had all the essentials for a post treatment shower with toiletries, hair product, you name it.  Afterwards, we had to do one of those other Las Vegas trip requirements — a nap!

Finally, I advised the gang to request a late check out from The Cosmopolitan on departure day, which was great because most of us were able to avoid a long check out line.

I hope you have fun planning an adventure in Las Vegas soon!

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