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Valentine’s Day in Las Vegas: Speed dating at the D; Neon Boneyard; CollectiveZoo; romantic dinners

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The Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at Alize atop the Palms on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012.

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Neon Museum Boneyard Park

The Neon Museum Boneyard Park in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Only Las Vegas could go the extra mile to make Valentine’s Day so memorable, and there are attractions and events Friday that are far more than chocolates and roses.

And if you’re solo for Cupid’s arrow, your future could change when you meet the love of your life at the speed-dating event at the downtown D Las Vegas and break a world record.

If you’re stuck with Netflix and haven’t chosen a romantic dinner spot, here are the Royal Robin Rundown highlights to let you plan.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

More than 1,000 romantic hopefuls might meet that special someone at the D Date-A-Thon on Fremont Street Experience at the D. Each person will get to date 24 people each for 3 minutes apiece in hopes of finding their date for the remainder of Valentine’s Day. Speed-dating organizations Lock & Key and Pre-Dating teamed up to create the 3-hour party to find the perfect match.

Hit it off right and bring your pajamas because you can join the romantic revelers of CollectiveZoo as its pajama party sleepover at the Artisan. Lovers and singles alike are encouraged to wear pajamas and sexy lingerie. There’ll even be a Bad Decisions wedding chapel for mock bride-and-groom marriages. Be bold in the face of love!

Start a new tradition of symbolizing eternal love with “Love Locks on the Bridge” at the Eiffel Tower Experience at the Paris. This is the Las Vegas version of the centuries-old tradition in Paris on a bridge over the Seine. Guests will take a personal lock, have it engraved or mark it with a ribbon, turn the key securing it to the 460-foot observation deck fence and throw it away, just like they do in the French capital.

For ultimate luxury, there’s a “Suite Valentines” weekend spa package at Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch resorts. Valued at $15,000 but priced for Feb. 14 at $10,000, you get to and from limo service for the spa massage treatments all weekend for two, the 4,000-square-foot luxury suite and romantic meals, plus, champagne in bed.

The Neon Museum has special Valentine’s Day treats for couples wanting a different backdrop for their nuptials on the busiest wedding day of the year. For $777, your Neon Museum wedding package includes the 30-minute Boneyard ceremony, champagne, flowers, bouquets and 30 minutes of being photographed among 150 historic and vintage Las Vegas hotel signs.

2011 Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner at Alize

The Jean-Louis Palladin dinner at Alize in the Palms on Oct. 16, 2011. Launch slideshow »

Andrea's Grand Opening at Encore

Stacy Keibler, Maria Menounos and Kate Upton attend the grand opening of Andrea's at the Encore on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. Launch slideshow »

Ladies, if you’re flustered over how to do your hair and makeup for the big night, fret not. Just call my friend Michael Boychuck, the hair guru to the stars. At his salon Color in Caesars Palace and his Life Spa +Salon in Summerlin, he’s predicting that voluptuous curls, popping red lips and rich brown hair shade colors will capture everybody’s attention. The mane man said: “This Valentine’s Day, hair trends stay simple but pack a lot of sex appeal that can be transformed from day to night and still be elegant and playful.”

Guys, if you can’t stand the thought of asking the sales girls at Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur what to recommend for your ladylove, then just go with old-fashioned dinner reservations. Here are some romantic destinations where you won’t go wrong:

One of the most romantic spots in all of Las Vegas, if not the most, is at Alize with its 280-degree panoramic view of the Strip from the top of the Palms. Chef de Cuisine Mark Purdy has planned a five-course menu.

The two-level Hakkasan at MGM Grand with its modern Cantonese cuisine serves romance with a lip-smacking three-course menu including the silver cod roasted with rose wine and truffle, plus, a decadent chocolate mousse and orange desert.

SHe by Mortons at Crystals in CityCenter offers an 8-ounce tomahawk ribeye for two or twin rock lobster tails paired with twin filet medallions with chocolate bar or a box of chocolates for dessert with chocolate liquers.

At Andrea’s in Steve Wynn’s Encore, which celebrated its first anniversary Wednesday night, executive chef Joe Elevado has created the Look of Love tasting menu, while chef Carlos Guia has planned the Aphrodisiac Tasting Menu at his nearby Country Club steakhouse in the Wynn, and chef Theo Schoenegger has a five-course Sinatra Seduction menu at Sinatra.

A very tempting and tantalizing restaurant and show package with the topless beauties of “Fantasy” can be found at Luxor with Tender and “Fantasy” and Rice and Company and “Fantasy; Rhumbar at the Mirage celebrates with Bubbles & Love pairing champagne and hookahs.

Plus, the Tower of Love, a cream-filled pastries and chocolate concoction at 35 Steaks & Martinis at the Hard Rock Hotel and “Shot Thru the Heart” drink specials property-wide.

Eat, drink and make merry. Pucker those lips and kiss. There is no remedy for love but to love more. If life is a flower, then love is its honey. One thought, though: If love is blind, then why is lingerie so popular?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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