Honeymoon: Getting Lit on the Lake

When most of us think of Vegas for bachelorette parties, it’s lights, gambling and shows. But it’s easy to add some pampering and relaxation along with Thunder from Down Under.

Lake Las Vegas in neighboring Henderson and only 30 minutes from the Strip, making it a perfect landing pad for a wedding party. The planned community has at its heart a 320-acre lake surrounded by several outstanding golf courses and two resorts with great dining options, spas and activities. For those who love the outdoors, the lake has several ways to get on the water, the region offers numerous hiking and biking trails and Lake Mead and Hoover Dam are a short drive away.

There are two major hotels on the lake: the four-diamond Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa at the Village and the more remote Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, named one of the “World’s Best Hotels” by Travel + Leisure. Both offer outstanding restaurants, including the award-winning Marssa at Westin, serving up Japanese and Asian-fusion cuisine, and both house decadent spa services perfect for the expecting bride and her entourage.

The Village at the lake offers several restaurants, bar and pubs as well, plus a coffee shop for those mornings after. To get on the water, Lake Las Vegas Water Sports rents kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats and 18-foot electric boats, both at the Village and at the Westin’s private beach. La Contessa Yacht lies anchored at the Village and may be rented out for bachelorette parties, although the $1,250 price tag for the first hour works best for large groups. The party yacht comes equipped with a full bar with a capacity for catering vendors.

For a complete escape from reality, the Westin sits at the far end of the lake where development has yet to happen. The resort features two gorgeous, heated outdoor pools with a lazy river-style water slide, oversized hot tubs and private cabanas. At the resort’s center is a waterfront patio with several fire pits and fireplaces with service for cocktails and small plates. Throughout the property are more fire pits so a private party can enjoy moonlight and drinks by the water’s edge.
Uber rides from the lake to downtown Vegas come fast and inexpensive so it’s easy to get into town and enjoy the nightlife of Vegas. However, for those who want to explore the city’s attractions, the town of Henderson and the hiking and biking activities in the region, a rental car makes traveler easier.

For instance, Ethel M Chocolates offers chocolate and wine tastings every hour at its headquarters in Henderson. Groups can join in anytime to learn about the history of chocolate making and sample the company’s best paired with wine or rent the space for $60 an hour.

For the adventurous looking for something unique, the seven-mile Historic Railroad Trail at Lake Mead takes hikers through five historic railroad tunnels and ends at the famous Hoover Dam.

For more information about Lake Las Vegas, visit lakelasvegas.com.


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