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how to hit vegas with kids (and a dog) in tow

vegas with kids Every Vegas hotel worth its chips has a theme and a gimmick. Last month I sold myself to the idea. The theme: Morocco. The gimmick: a luxury oasis that’s both child and pet friendly. Is that even remotely possible? Well, surprisingly, yes.

It turns out the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort seamlessly blends the warmth of a Moroccan-inspired sanctuary with the indulgences of a modern-day resort that pampers to your little ones every need. Now hitting Vegas with kids in tow couldn’t be easier.

The lofty lobby is pure north-Africa; while the rugged desert foothills flank fairways as smooth as silk under star studded skies. Pedal boats, kayaks, canoes and an electric boat are available for family guests who want to explore 320-acre Lake Las Vegas. There’s a luxurious spa, a championship par-71 golf course, kid-friendly landscaped ‘lagoon’ pool with a water slide, there’s even a white sand beach teeming with local wildlife. I woke at dawn to spy a pair of herons paddling on the fringes of the shore. By the time we got down to the beach, a family of waddling ducks had taken over and let us feed them by hand.

My three boys spent the morning ping-ponging between the pool and the sands – the poolside cabanas and palm-shaded terraces shading them from the brutal desert temperatures. Our home for the night was a swish Executive Suite with a connecting bedroom. The Arabesque, vintage-style lamps, hand-painted headboards and armoires added to the tasteful oasis vibe. The suite was plenty big enough for myself, my husband and 3 boys, but it’s worth knowing the resort has 3 freestanding Casbah suites with multiple bedrooms: a great solution if you have a larger family.

vegas with kids Big pluses included the Vegas with Kids ‘Loews Loves Kids’ program, which offers daytime and evening child care camp (3-12 years) The resort is currently running a Family Fun program where the second room is 50 percent off, kids eat free, plus there’s a discount card for local attractions.

Then there’s the Kids TRY program that encourages kids to try three fun activities (swimming, biking and running) during their stay. On check-in kids get a ‘Kids TRY’ card that, if they complete, entitles them to a take home kid-sized pedometer.

With healthy hearts in mind Saturdays throughout the Summer sees the resort’s Master Sushi Chef Osamu ‘Fuji’ Fujita teaching youngsters the art of sushi. The one-hour class sets out to sharpen the skills of our next generation of sushi lovers (ages 5 through teens) coaching the basics of ordering, using chopsticks, eating different types of sushi and sushi etiquette. Plus there’s a godsend ‘On Call for Kids’ lending closet filled with practical and playful travel necessities, such as games, books, car seats, strollers, night lights, potty seats, baby bath tub, baby blankets, and outlet protectors.

beach stan But perhaps more important – and this is a big-time dog lover speaking – there’s the ‘Loews Loves Pets’ program, which caters to the hotel’s four-legged guests. Pet-friendly services include a special veterinarian-approved room-service menu, a dog bowl and treats. We brought along our dachshund – Stan – and he was treated like a star.

Lounging on soft oversized floor cushions, overlooking the mountains, it was hard to believe we were just 17 miles from the glittering lights and shameless nights of the Las Vegas Strip. Yep, that’s right, no faux volcanoes, no manmade canals, no slot machines, no card tables, no roulette wheels. If you fancy a flutter you have to leave the grounds altogether to find the nearest casino, located a mile or so down the street.

Sure, you can stay on the Strip. You can have the sound of ‘clink, clang, cha-ching’ pounding through your head as you zigzag your kids through the bleary-eyed zombies lined-up on the slot machines. For us the tranquility of Lake Las Vegas was a better bet all round.

LOEWS LAKE LAS VEGAS: 101 Montelago Blvd., Henderson, Nevada.,  + 1 (702) 567-6000, Information: www.loewshotels.com

What Else to see & do in Vegas with Kids

  1. The Chuck Jones Experience
  2. The Neon Museum
  3. Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour
  4. Las Vegas Mini Gran Prix
  5. Las Vegas Natural History Museum
  6. Cruise the Grand Canal in an Authentic Venetian gondola
  7. Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary
  8. Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
  9. New York New York Manhattan Express Rollercoaster
  10. The Grand Canyon & Colorado River

 

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