Oh to be a top performer at Venquis!
My morning was filled with excitement and luckily mid-day fast approached, it was time for the group to leave the Venquis office and head over to London Heathrow, for an all expenses paid for trip of a lifetime - Viva Las Vegas! Being one of the more organised members of the group, I led the way to the airport. At the airport as soon as check in and security was passed we headed straight for the Number 1 Lounge to let the celebrations begin! A couple of gin & tonics later, it was time to board our BA flight to Las Vegas!
After quite a long flight and many movies, we arrived in Las Vegas and we were met at the airport by a stretch limousine and taken to our hotel, the 5* Aria Resort and Casino. On arrival at the hotel we were eager to get the trip started and continue the celebrations so headed straight to dinner at one of the hotel restaurants, Javier, a Mexican restaurant (my favourite cuisine!) well known for their premium Margaritas (my favourite cocktail!). Dinner was great and after one too many Margaritas the group split off – some heading to bed to recover from the travelling and others straight into the casino to have their first experience of the famous Las Vegas casinos.
Closed my eyes and it was already morning, we regrouped in the lobby and headed out for some exploring before joining the guys at Bootleg Canyon for Ziplining – a must do while in Vegas. The ride up the hill was BUMPY! The bus took us most of the way up the rocky hill, but we were required to walk the rest carrying our own equipment as well as having our full harness on! I must admit my fear of zip lining was removed, it wasn’t scary but was still pretty pulse-pounding. Between the first and second runs, there was another strenuous trek up a bunch of rickety stairs. Zipping down each of the four runs took probably three minutes apiece, then a 10-15-minute wait between each run for everyone else to take their turn. The whole experience from start to finish was around two hours. Great views of all the rugged, desolate hilltops and valleys nearby. The tour guides were hilarious, and we were all kept entertained the whole time!
After what was really one of the best experiences I have had in my life we headed back to the hotel for a quick turnaround, then jumped back into the limousine and headed off for dinner at Hakkasan, Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant. My menu at Hakkasan was delicious but I think a certain member of the group (Tom!) very much struggled with some of the raw fish and spice!
Dinner done, and we headed into the Hakkasan night club, one of the biggest clubs in Las Vegas for a night of DJ Tiesto. Tiesto was incredible and everyone had their dancing shoes on, Barnaby (our CEO) ensuring that the group stayed right up at the front for his whole set, ending at 5am!
Our last full day in Vegas was a day of touring. We hired a Grand Dodge Caravan, driven by our very own Jon. Our first stop was Hoover Dam, a dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado. The state line that separates Arizona and Nevada is at Hoover Dam, two states with different time zones and I took the opportunity to stand with a foot either side of the line and get a picture. We then continued to our next stop – Red Rock Canyon. Red Rock a national conservation area with amazing opportunities, we stopped and had the opportunity to take some pictures.
That night we had dinner at Picasso at the Bellagio, a French restaurant with an array of original Picassos. We had the best table in the house, right by the fountain show which was incredible. Dinner was followed by watching ‘O’ by Cirque du Soleil, the show was amazing – inspired by aquatics, acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers.
Vegas was above and beyond what I expected, as cliché as it sounds it really was a trip of a lifetime. If you would like to win a ticket for next year’s VIP trip, get in touch with our Head of Talent Acquisition, Jabrien Bains, firstname.lastname@example.org