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Wanderful Wednesday with Melinda Sheckells | Aug. 19, 2020

Posted at 12:14 PM, Aug 19, 2020

MELINDA SHECKELLS, Las Vegas lifestyle and entertainment expert — Melinda Sheckells, Las Vegas lifestyle and entertainment expert, shares recommendations on local and regional travel deals, extraordinary experiences and even some amazingly “Wanderful” dream trips to faraway destinations.

Everybody has the itch to travel right now and there are some amazing offers out there to help the industry bounce back. Score an unprecedented room rate package at the Strip’s most luxurious resort, fly high in the sky to escape with All in Aviation at Henderson Airport and explore a celeb-filled dreamy destination that is open now to U.S. travelers.

If you want to venture out safely, but don’t want to go too far, Wynn Las Vegas has several packages available through the end of the month that just might be the sale of the century.

The city’s leader in luxury accommodations is showcasing three packages to pique the interest of locals and visitors.

The two-night stay getaway with $100 dining credit is price at $260 on weekdays and $380 on weekends.

While checked in, you can choose to use the restaurant credit at SW Steakhouse, Lakeside, Mizumi, Jardin, Red 8, Terrace Pointe Café, Wazuzu, Tableau, Wing Lei, Costa di Mare or Sinatra.

For the golfer, the Stay and Play at Wynn Las Vegas starts at $410 on weekdays and $530 on weekends. Included is two nights at Wynn Las Vegas or Encore, one round of golf per visit at the recently revamped Wynn Golf Club and a $50 dining credit. Plus, you will get a personalized gift.

And for visitors who don’t want to make the drive or quick flight, Wynn has partnered with JetSuiteX for the Escape Travel Package for two from $609 on weekdays and $959 on weekends. This includes air travel for two to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations for two nights and a $50 dining credit to use at Wynn Las Vegas restaurants. JSX flies roundtrip from Burbank, Orange County, Oakland, Dallas or Phoenix to Las Vegas. Stay two-nights in a Wynn Resort King and receive a complimentary upgrade to a Wynn Tower Suite King, subject to availability.

All package prices exclude taxes and fees.

Now if you don’t want to leave the flying to someone, this week All In Aviation launched its custom flight lesson experiences.

Learn to fly in the luxury Cirrus SR20 aircraft or the Vision Jet for serious aviation enthusiasts. The Cirrus Aircraft is the most technologically advanced single-engine piston plane on the market. All In Aviation is the only flight school in the southwest U.S. offering jet pilot experiences in the new Cirrus SF50, the world’s first personal jet.

Adventure seekers design their own destination flight lesson experience to anywhere in the southwest region. Departing from either Henderson Executive Airport or North Las Vegas, flights can include lunch or dinner, a stop at the beach, or a hike in the mountains as well as the opportunity to bring two-three additional guests at no extra charge. This trip of a lifetime starts at $2,000 and popular locales include the California coast, Zion, Tahoe, etc.

The Bucket List Topper package starts at $800 for a Round trip flight lesson with a certified flight instructor in a Cirrus SR22. With two to three guests, you’ll fly to regional remote destinations such as Zion National Park or the Grand Canyon with views of Red Rock, Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam and more.

Flights are priced hourly based on available aircraft, plus an hourly fee for a Cirrus standardized flight instructor (two-hour instructor minimum). Final price depends on total flight time and aircraft model. Each customer will receive a special certificate containing a pilot logbook entry.

One place you won’t be flying yourself but you definitely need to visit is the Islands of Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean chain of about one hundred islands, cays and rocks, accepting visitors from around the world once again.

A flight to Turks and Caicos is a simple 90-minute jaunt from Miami.

Required for all travelers under the new normal government requirements is a COVID-19 RT-PCR test result from an accredited laboratory per excluding children under the age of 10 years at the time of travel. The test must have been taken no more than five days prior to travel to the Turks and Caicos Islands. Travelers must carry a copy of the test results

Also expect upon check-in temperature checks, luggage sanitization, mandatory face masks in public areas, hand sanitizer everywhere and reduced and about 40 percent capacity.

Turks and Caicos is a celebrity hotspot and many stay at Point House at COMO Parrot Cay, a private island and luxury resort with a mile-long pristine beach. They offer the unique Shambhala cuisine program throughout the resort, which emphasizes raw, easily digested foods richer in living enzymes, vitamins and sea minerals, combined of course with pan-Asian influences. And for ultimate level of relaxation, downward dog at Shambhala Retreat, with daily complimentary classes that take place in a tranquil pavilion overlooking the island wetlands.

If you are bringing the family, The Shore Club on Long Bay Beach is a favorite of stars and the six-bedroom villas are perfect for the whole entourage to spread out and a steal of a deal at around $5,600 per night plus 25 percent room tax.

Other travel destinations open to U.S. citizens right now include Serbia, Mexico, Maldives, Northern Macedonia, Albania, Barbados and Turkey, among others.

For more travel, dining, entertainment and shopping news, visit @melindasheckells and KTNV’s @wereopenlv