They say whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the Signature at MGM Grand – a glitzy, towering temple to entertainment just off the strip – are something to write home about. For those who aren’t into gambling, this suburb of the infamous gaming-show-pleasure city offers up a casino-free sanctuary designed for relaxation, with three swimming pools for its guests to enjoy in the desert heat.

As we visited for a getaway – yes, it is possible in Vegas – we absolutely loved the ‘ding-ding’ free serenity here. The thing is, everything in this three-tower, all suite hotel has been designed to ensure that our trip was as chilled as possible, with as much class and sophistication that as be achieved in sin city. For example, there’s no smoking at all throughout the hotel, unusual in the 21st century, albeit not in Vegas. In our room, floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the bright lights of the city and the desert beyond, and luxurious décor and amenities are in place (we definitely made used of the Jacuzzi bath-tub big enough for two) to ensure that if we want to stay in for any reason, we were in seventh heaven. True to Vegas form, everything was completely and utterly oversized. Even the smallest studio suites are massive; ours was equipped with a kitchenette and bar as if we’d ever need it. Just next door and on the strip, world class restaurants and eateries are within easy reach.

The team here are absolutely great and completely on-point, but note that true to brand, they’re there to help, but trained to leave you undisturbed should you not need them. We thought this strange at first, especially here in Vegas where there’s a tip waiting in every customer and request, but when it was explained, we truly appreciated it. So don’t mistake the lack of overbearing service you might get elsewhere as aloofness on the part of the MGM staff.

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