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Enjoying Luxury & Family Fun at MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas

Enjoying Luxury & Family Fun at MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas

While Las Vegas may have that Sin City reputation, there is so much more to this vibrant desert city than gambling, drinking, and celebrating a 21st birthday! My recent stay at the MGM Grand Resort convinced me that it is possible to spend an amazing few days with your family in Vegas, and still do it in style. You cannot go wrong staying at any MGM Resort on the Strip, from Mandalay Bay to Circus Circus, and even the new NoMad Hotel. However, the MGM Grand stands out exceptionally well in terms of variety.

They are known for being the Entertainment Authority in Las Vegas, and for good reason. MGM Grand hosts many star-studded events at the MGM Grand Garden arena, while also offering a spectacular Cirque du Soleil show, world class dining with celebrity chefs, and unbeatable nightlife. There is no need to go anywhere else, especially when the accommodation is modern, sleek, comfortable, and very well thought out.

ACCOMMODATION:  

The best thing you can do for yourself is directly book or upgrade to one of their Stay Well rooms. My home away from home was a Stay Well King Room, which granted me access to the Stay Well Lounge for an incredibly easy check-in process, allowing me to skip the lines in the lobby. Upon arrival, you are given a choice of flavored water to take to your room, along with a quick rundown of all the special features in their Stay Well rooms.

While my room was very contemporary and spacious, like most hotel rooms in Vegas, I was very impressed to discover all of the special amenities. Everything from the mattress to the air in the room is focused on wellness and comfort. MGM Grand’s Stay Well rooms combine the latest wellness technologies from the Cleveland Clinic, Delos, and Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Each of these rooms come with an air purification system, aromatherapy diffuser, special mood lighting for day and night, an immersion bed, and so much more! I particularly enjoyed the choice between the regular, 24-hour room service menu and a healthy room service menu offered only to these Stay Well rooms.

RESORT FACILITIES: 

If you want to get the full wellness experience, I highly recommend visiting the MGM Grand Spa. This is the perfect place to rejuvenate and fully relax. They have 30 treatment rooms, saunas, whirlpools, and tranquil lounges with water, snacks, and magazines. I really enjoyed a 50-minute superfood facial, along with a peel. The facial is a wonderful nutritional boost rich in superfoods and essential minerals that are designed to help out stressed or dull skin. Your skin will not only feel energized after, but the detoxifying actives will have your skin feeling plumper and radiant. I certainly left feeling so refreshed and calm, which is sometimes hard to achieve in Las Vegas!

As far as having fun in the sun, the MGM Grand Resort has a pool complex with 6.5 acres of paradise. You’ll discover 4 swimming pools, 3 whirlpools, and cascading waterfalls. The highlight for most people, whether you’re a kid or not, is definitely the Lazy River. All you need to do is grab a tube and float away until your heart’s content; it is an absolute blast.

DINING:

I was very overwhelmed, in a good way, with all of the dining options at the MGM Grand Resort – over 2 dozen! From casual to fine dining, and even a Starbucks, there is absolutely something for everyone. But if you’re looking for a memorable foodie experience, I highly recommend a visit to the Japanese gem that is Morimoto.

If that name sounds familiar, this is the creation of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto who made his debut in Vegas with this restaurant opening in 2016. His distinctive Japanese fare includes some of the world’s finest sushi to unforgettable dishes which combine Eastern and Western flavors. We sat in the main dining room but you can also sit at the sushi bar or one of the Teppan tables.

In terms of food and flavor, this was definitely the best culinary experience I’ve ever had in Las Vegas. We ordered a huge variety of dishes: spicy tuna tacos, panfried pork gyoza, rock shrimp tempura, Morimoto Sashimi, braised black cod, sizzling steak, and duck confit rice. If I had to choose a favorite, it would be the braised black cod with a side of the duck confit rice. The fish practically melted in your mouth and I loved how they took a classic rice dish but elevated it.

Please don’t skip out on dessert, because you’ll certainly enjoy these edible works of art. We went for the fresh donuts rolled in sugar and filled with cream which you could squeeze in yourself! But the fiery chocolate tart certainly stole the show, with its delicious marshmallow, salty caramel ganache, spiced rum, and dark chocolate sorbet. It was the perfect ending to a memorable meal.

ENTERTAINMENT: 

Thankfully, the night doesn’t have to end there. After dinner, I’d recommend seeing , MGM Grand’s unbelievable Cirque du Soleil show. Unlike most Cirque shows, this one has an exciting plot along with amazing staging, aerial adventures, and perpendicular acrobatics. KÀ is about a heroic journey of love and conflict, set within ever-changing theatrical landscapes that create an entire empire on stage. Speaking of the stage, they have a colossal, 360-degree rotating stage as the best dramatic backstop for this show. The costumes, makeup, and live singing were all so beautiful to see. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it before, and it is perfect for the entire family to enjoy.

Speaking of family-friendly activates, I saved one of the best activities for last. As a fan of both the Hunger Games books and films, I was so excited to learn that the MGM Grand resort is home to the new and exciting Hunger Games: The Exhibition! Fans get to go on an epic journey of Katniss Everdeen’s humble beginnings in District 12 to her rise as the Mockingjay in the world of Panem.

You’ll find everything from iconic costumes, to genuine props, and impressive set recreations. I marveled over President Snow’s office with the eerie white rose, and the Tribute Train to the Capitol. There are also so many interactive activities which invite visitors to really engage with behind-the-scenes content and explore the technology that brought the beloved books to life.

The highlight for me, and I’m sure for many others, is the archery training experience with a 60-foot wide interactive digital training lab. Yes, you get to actually shoot a bow and arrows! In fact, this earned the Hunger Games Exhibition a Guinness World Records award for the largest touchscreen display. This really brings the archery to life and whether you’re a Hunger Games fan or not, I believe anyone can enjoy this interactive exhibit.

CONCLUSION: 

From start to finish, my stay at the MGM Grand Resort was incredibly entertaining. The balance of luxury and fun is at its best here. The variety is exceptional and everything that the MGM Grand has to offer positively changed my mind about how Las Vegas can truly be a travel destination for everyone!

Disclaimer:  I was a guest of MGM Resorts, but all opinions here are my own.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

23 Comments

  1. Speechless. Pure luxury
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, the MGM Grand knows how to have fun in style!

  2. If I ever go to Las Vegas, I think I would be more than happy to stay here, with a huge range of restaurants and a great Spa, it sounds perfect. The Cirque de Soleil would definitely be a highlight for me too. And that pool with the Lazy River and waterfall? Sounds fabulous.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      The range of restaurants is SO impressive!

  3. Ok, you sold me! I so want to stay here when I eventually make my first visit to Las Vegas! I love the looks of the room, the food but the amount of swimming pools in the resort is amazing! Do I really need to go to the casinos or nearby Grand Canyon when I could just stay here all day. Looks like it has everything. 🙂
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It was very hard to leave – so many exciting things to do!

  4. Heather
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    Shut up. A Hunger Games exhibition? Is it permanent? I’ve been to Vegas so many times (usually go every 2 years or so) but I haven’t been since it opened or Morimoto opened. My favorite food is anything Asian (with Japanese especially sushi and Thai being at the top) so I am DYING to try that now. And do the HG exhibition. I’ve seen a lot of Cirque shows, but not Ka so that would work. The rooms at the MGM Grand look beautiful (I’ve been there but never stayed there) so all of this sounds like a visit waiting to happen for me!

    • Carmen Edelson

      You must go, Heather! It is a permanent exhibit and so fabulous! And Morimoto is definitely the best restaurant I’ve ever been to in Vegas.

  5. The air purification system sounds amazing. I have not yet been in a hotel that offers this. I use a diffuser at home myself so this is something I hope other hotels start to offer. And I agree that Vegas is more than just gambling and partying 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      Glad you agree! Loved my room.

  6. I’m in two minds about Vegas… part of me is keen to go and part of me is concerned about being overwhelmed by the crowds and the whole casino ambiance! This looks like a good place to spend a few days though. I’m glad you had a good food experience, that always important to me when I travel.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I know what you meant, as I get easily overwhelmed too. I have another post coming out about two more MGM properties but I’ll tell you right now, I’d highly recommend the NoMad Hotel, it’s new and such a hidden gem! Not overwhelming at all. It’s part of Park MGM which is another beautiful hotel, much more relaxing than the others.

  7. I loved staying at the MGM Grand Resort, although it has been about 12 years since I was there! 🙂 That pool is ridiculous, though. Even with such a large pool, it’s still teeming with people!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Especially in the summer! Much calmer during the week days and slower seasons.

  8. Laura Pedlar
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    I visited Las Vegas a few years ago and only had time for a whistle stop tour of the hotels. The idea of taking a bit slower and finding the time to visit the spa sounds like a good plan. I could just do with a superfood facial right now! I love the food pics, they’re making me feel hungry 😋

    • Carmen Edelson

      The food at Morimoto is to die for!

  9. You had me at the dawn simulation alarm. I need one of those for my everyday life at home! (Especially now that school is back in session here and the mornings start an hour earlier!)

    • Carmen Edelson

      I do too!

  10. Braised black cod and duck confit!? I’m sold! I’ve actually heard great things about MGM (the rooms themselves) prior to this but now learning about its restaurant and Hunger Games exhibit, I’m defs more tempted to just book a vacay here ASAP. Getting to shoot bows and arrows in the training lab sounds epic!

    • Carmen Edelson

      There’s so much fun to be had at the MGM! And Morimoto is definitely the best meal I’ve ever had in Vegas.

  11. The archery training looks like such a fun experience! I didn’t realize there was so much to do at this resort
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    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I was really blown away!

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