Planning a Las Vegas trip? Here are the hottest new things to do since the city reopened

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While some things have changed in Las Vegas since the pandemic hit, one thing hasn't. The city continues to reinvent itself, opening impressive new hotels, debuting new restaurants and offering innovative experiences to make it much more than just a place to gamble.

Resorts World Las Vegas, Circa Las Vegas and Virgin Hotels Las Vegas have all opened within the past year. Shows and residencies are returning and with pent-up demand.

From deals on resorts to supper clubs drawing in Hollywood's elite, here are a few new things in Las Vegas that you may want to reserve in advance, whether to guarantee yourself a spot or land a good deal:

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Circa's Stadium Swim

The newest hotel to join the downtown Las Vegas skyline, Circa boasts a rooftop venue called Stadium Swim. It has six pools staggered on three levels, all with a view of the 40-foot-tall high-definition screen.

You'll want to make a reservation at circalasvegas.com.

Tip: If you stay at the resort, you get access an hour earlier than everyone else.

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Get a deal at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, which opened in March, bloomed out of the site of the former Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Updated to accommodate the next generation of Vegas visitors, it has a summer deal on its chambers (what it calls its rooms).

Along with 20% off room rates, it's kicking in a $50 dining credit, valid at The Kitchen at Commons Club, Casa Calavera, Night + Market, Kassi Beach House, The Bar at Commons Club and The Shag Room.

The offer is good on stays through Sept. 30 and you must book by Aug. 31.

Make reservations at virginhotels.com/las-vegas.

Area 15 and Meow Wolf

Las Vegas now has an entire district of immersive experiences called Area 15. One of the buzzworthy tenants with a cult following is Meow Wolf's Omega Mart.

The Santa Fe, New Mexico-based artistic group Meow Wolf brought its eclectic vision to Vegas when the supermarket-themed immersive art installation opened in January. Make sure to look for the hidden speak-easy along your journey and perhaps read some of Meow Wolf's tips for your visit before you arrive.

Get tickets at meowwolf.com/visit/las-vegas.

Las Vegas supper clubs

Delilah, a supper club at Wynn Las Vegas, boasts an art deco-themed interior and has attracted stars like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner.
Delilah, a supper club at Wynn Las Vegas, boasts an art deco-themed interior and has attracted stars like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner.

The long-awaited supper club Delilah at Wynn Las Vegas opened with a star-studded guest list, including Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner. The swank, art deco-themed "dinner and a show" club likely will continue to attract big-name celebs thanks to its "no photo" policy.

If you want a reservation, start well in advance. A recent check of online availability showed Delilah booked a month out.

At Bellagio, Lío Ibiza will take over the resort's Mayfair Supper Club on Oct. 18-31. Tickets are spendy – some dates we checked ranged from $300 for a bar seat to $6,000 for a table – but the hotel says guests will "dine and dance, becoming part of a sensory soiree created for this limited run at Bellagio, with the iconic fountains serving as the one-of-a-kind backdrop for the legendary Ibizan cabaret."

Reservations for Lío Ibiza are available at themayfairlv.com/lio/events. Make reservations for Mayfair Supper Club at themayfairlv.com.

You can connect with Arizona Republic Consumer Travel Reporter Melissa Yeager through email at melissa.yeager@azcentral.com. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Las Vegas travel: Here's what's new since the COVID pandemic

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