The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa

Now this sounds like an indecent proposal: Come to Vegas…so you can leave and go somewhere else. But that’s really not so shocking once you know a bit about how wonderful a getaway to Lake Las Vegas for a night (or two, or three) can be — especially when you at stay The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa.

Located about 20 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip (approximately a 35-minute drive), Lake Las Vegas is a world of its own. Here’s the story: In 1991 the manmade lake was created by building an 18-story dam (just imagine how Lake Mead was formed when Hoover Dam was constructed…but on a smaller scale).

A tourist-friendly destination soon took shape around the shoreline dedicated to the pursuits of good food, relaxation and recreation. The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa provides all of these things in spades — along with beautiful views of the lake. This Moroccan-themed resort melds seamlessly into the rugged landscape, much like a desert oasis. And the atmosphere feels a lot less harried than that of the megaresorts on the Strip.

In terms of food, you’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant more stunning than Marssa, which has huge windows with, of course, lake views. Featuring a fusion of Japanese and Asian cuisines artfully served, the food tastes as delicious as it looks. Plus, there’s a fantastic sushi bar at Marssa that boasts 15 different kinds of sake. Rick’s Cafe, on the other hand, offers the spices and unique flavors of Morocco in a more casual poolside setting (be sure to have your meal out on the patio).

You can also enjoy wonderful signature cocktails (like The Casablanca) and snacks in the Arabesque Lounge. It has dramatic arched windows that open up onto a patio and, what do you know, overlook the lake. When it comes to relaxation, Spa Moulay is a calming sanctuary with 11 treatment rooms. On its menu are an array of blissful massages and facials. Or soak up the sun at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa’s multilevel pool, which has areas perfect for adults and children (thanks to the fun water slide).

If you’re one of those active souls, stretch your muscles in a yoga class or try stand-up paddleboarding (it’s all the rage) on the lake.  The resort is also situated next to the Reflection Bay Golf Club. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, many of its 18 holes run along the shoreline (the 8th hole even takes you out to the end of a peninsula). 

So if you find you need a break from the frenetic pace — and those clanging slot machines — on the Strip, a night (or two, or three) at The Westin Lake Las Vegas is actually a perfect proposal.

Yes, the resort is located next to Reflection Bay Golf Club, which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. The resort also boasts a white sand beach and lake for fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding (with Paddle to the Core) and more. Electric boats are even available. The grounds include jogging paths. Bicycle rentals are offered, and there is a sports court with a putting green as well as short-court tennis, paddle tennis, basketball and volleyball.

The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa has the following dining options: Marssa, Rick’s Cafe and the poolside SandsaBar & Grill. Marrakesh Express offers fresh-baked pastries and beverages.


Yes, the Arabesque Lounge is the perfect place for drinks in the evening.

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