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Sophie Monk's naughty Las Vegas

09:00 AEST Thu May 5 2011
Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert was settled by the Spanish in 1829 and the Mormons built a fort there in 1855. Gambling was legalised in Nevada in 1936 and gangster Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo in 1946. The town earned the reputation of being a hard-hitting town of booze, prostitution, gambling, drugs, standover merchants, gangsters and every illegal activity you can think of. It was a hard-man's town.

Well that was then. Getaway asked Aussie actress Sophie Monk, now resident in California, to show us the Las Vegas she knows: the fun town for girls. There are shopping malls galore, every type of spa you can imagine and lots of fancy restaurants and bars.

Aria Casino and Resort

The brand spanking new and massive Aria Casino Resort was a good place to start with some pampering. It's part of the new City Center Complex, which towers over the Strip. It's a city within a city.

The resort has 4004 guest rooms and an enormous casino floor. Three pools have 50 cabanas, an adults-only pool, 16 restaurants and 10 bars and lounges including a nightclub.

The two-level spa and salon has 62 individual spa treatment rooms, 55 salon stations, barbershop, deluxe fitness room, exercise studio and meditation and relaxation rooms.

Aria's 1800-seat theatre houses Viva Elvis, a Cirque du Soleil tribute to the life and musical legacy of The King, Elvis Presley.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino

After some indulgent relaxation, Sophie and her friend Sarah were ready to hit the shops. The choice is staggering. Malls and shops in every hotel sell everything from the world's most exclusive brands, excellent discount opportunities and Vegas kitsch.

They reckon the best place to find gifts to give your friends a laugh is at New York-New York Casino. There's an endless supply of goodies you look at and think "Who would buy that?" and then end up buying it for that person in the office with a weird sense of humour. The Getaway office is full of such gifts!

Mind you, there's nothing kitsch about New York-New York itself. It's luxury all the way with an over-the-top array of posh amenities.

Bellagio

With 30 storeys of luxury inspired by the Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy, this is one not to miss. Its 3.2 hectare lake lies between the property and the Strip. It has a large dancing water fountain synchronised to music. Inside you will be fascinated by Dale Chihuly's Fiori di Como, more than 2000 handblown glass flowers covering the lobby ceiling. Bellagio is also home to Cirque du Soleil's aquatic production O.

Bellagio's award-winning spa is one of the best and most expensive in Vegas. Sophie and Sarah popped in to have a manicure before deciding where to go for a night of fun. Of course, while they were there, they couldn't resist a little bit of window shopping at the Giorgio Armani, Dior, Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, Hermes and Fendi boutiques.

L'Atelier De Joël Robuchon

Las Vegas has a stream of "all you can possibly eat" restaurants, as well as the usual fast-food outlets, but for a truly special dining experience, L'Atelier at MGM Grand is one of the city's two Michelin-star restaurants.

One of eight gourmet restaurants owned by France's esteemed chef, L'Atelier is known as "the culinary workshop of the gourmet mastermind". Believe it or not, their signature dish is pommes purée, known to us as mashed spuds. Menus start at US$49 and there's a five-course tasting menu for US$85 so it could be worth a visit.

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino

This is the place for sunset drinks. Way up on the 64th floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel, the Hotel is one of Vegas' fashionable hot spots. Sip a cocktail or enjoy your favourite beer or spirit. DJs Frankie 808 and P-Nut entertain as you watch millions of lights announce night on the Strip has officially begun.

Thunder from Down Under

For some fun from home, Sophie and Sarah just had to go to see the sensational Thunder from Down Under show at Excalibur. It's a hot spot for a girls' night out with plenty of flirting between the stars and the audience and inhibitions are let drop for a couple of hours of fun.

The athletic performers are "scorchingly hot, hot, hot" and the dancing sexy. The pirate dance, a tribute to the Spartans of 300, is a classic tux strip-tease, "tease" being the operative word. There's no nudity so you can take your grandma along, and after the show there's a photo opportunity with the hunk of your dreams.

Eve the Nightclub at Crystals

For the perfect end to a huge day and night, the girls went to Eva Longoria Parker's glamorous nightclub. It's a favourite spot for Hollywood's hottest — Prince, Kim Kardashian, Avril Lavigne and other stars are regular visitors. Eva and her husband, Tony Parker, make regular appearances.

Eve the Nightclub has given Vegas nightlife a boost in a new direction. Location, celebrities and excellent food blend to amuse and entertain the most discerning fun crowd.

It's all black and gold with booths around the circular dance floor, there are giant video screens and DJs and custom-designed Swarovski crystal chandeliers.

The comfort of Aria was beckoning. There was a lot to talk about and shopping to compare and we think Sophie and Sarah have given us a perfect example of Las Vegas definitely being a fun place for girls!

*View all of Sophie's Las Vegas antics here:


*Check out Sophie's wet and wild trip in Hawaii here:

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada — the gambling capital of the world.

Cost

Aria Resort & Casino poolside cabanas are from $372 a day. Rooms are from $120 a night. Sky Suites start at $465. Thunder from Down Under general admission starts from $38.

Prices correct at May 5, 2011.

For further information

Aria Casino and Resort
3730 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
United States
Ph: +1 866 359 7111
www.arialasvegas.com

New York-New York Hotel & Casino
379- Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Ph: +1 866 815 4365
www.nynyhotelcasino.com

Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
United States
Ph: +1 888 987 6667
www.bellagio.com

L'atelier De Joel Robuchon
3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-4319
United States
Ph: +1 702 891 7358
www.mgmgrand.com/atelier

Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
United States
Ph: +1 877 632 7800
www.mandalaybay.com

Thunder from Down Under
Excalibur
3850 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
United States
Ph: +1 877 750 5464
www.excalibur.com
www.thunderfromdownunder.com
Reservations: www.excalibur.com

Eve the Nightclub
3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
United States
Ph: +1 702 227 3838
www.evethenightclub.com

Visas: Most Australians do not need a visa, providing they have a machine-readable passport with at least six months' validity after the departure day, have a round-trip non-refundable ticket and do not intend to stay longer than 90 days. Australians need to complete a pre-travel authorisation at www.cbp.gov/esta.

Electricity: 110V to 115V at 60Hz. Outlets take two parallel, flat prongs. Australian visitors will need a US adapter and converter.

Time zone: Nevada is GMT -8.

Currency: The American dollar.

International dialling code: +1.

User comments
Wow it must be nice to be so perfect. My husband and I specifically tune in to see Soph's segments. She provides an insightful "Aussie" review of a destination. Yes she is a REAL person with no doubt real feelings too. I would love to see some of you negative people try to present on Getaway and see what comments are left carelessly about you. I''m sure it won't hurt your feelings to be called a drag queen. I am so dissapointed at how easily people cut others down.... Sophie I will continue to watch you deliver a great segment and you should know your sense of humour makes you more attractive than you already obviously are!!!! Well done.
Dear god, why does that trashy wannabe rate any media time at all. Just in case I missed something significant that she might have done, I checked her wikipedia page. Nope, I hadn't missed anything, and you can bet that she's puffed her page out as much as she possible could. Sophie Monk on the internet is a criminal waste of pixels. Bardot, Calendar Girl, Date Movie, Click - the list of her achievements is endless...
Here we see the same ol' ***-retentive personal attacks on Sophie by a bunch of puritan neo aussie socialite wannabees (or just the same moron using multi browser access). Sophie is a refreshing natural aussie girl... and a dam..d good looking one at that. It's just not worth answering the individual personal attacks that follow Sophie's appearances (and some trying to embarrass the producers by including a lame apology to Sophie won't cut it either). So keep up the great diversification of aus personalities on the show channel nine, the VAST majority of REAL laid back aussies can also relate to the traditional humour too. Indeed Sophie definitely balances out the sometimes over patronizing nicety of the shows star?. (what a hoot it would be to follow Sophie and Missy Higgins around town for a day - now that would really tighten a few already tight sphincters aye)
I agree with all the comments above. I was cringing throughout the segment. She should stick to her strengths..... what are they again????
There is so much more to Vegas than what Monk thinks is important. Her voice and incorrect english is a discredit to Australia. We find her fake and over siliconed and botoxed.
I seem to recall that Sophie Monk used to be reasonably acceptable, in the whole scheme of Australian womanhood. Now, however, she has become just another nasal, ear-assaulting bimbette, in the school of Gillard and Jackie O, and has difficulty in constructing a sentence without the words "totally", "literally", and "like". Utterly dreadful, banal, and abysmal. That's Australian females, including Sophie Monk. No wonder Australian men (or what passes for men) are so maladjusted!
I have just read the above comments and I have to say " How Cruel" I watched the episode and found Sophie to be absoluting charming. I, will continue to watch "Getaway" and I certainly hope to see more of the gorgeous Sophie. Malcolm
I just happened to switch to Getaway while SM's segment was on. I hate to say this but she was really really awful and came across as quite ***. All looks (half of it plastic) and no brains. I hope never to see or hear her again.
i like sophie, so what if she,s not a stuck up snotty nosed presenter . shes is beautiful and like her voice u no what its australian
Sophie Monk has cheapened the Getaway program. She is an embarrassing bogan.

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