The daytime pool scene in Las Vegas is almost as hot as the nightlife.
At many Las Vegas resorts, the pools are an important part of the nongaming zeitgeist. This is where visitors come when they want to unwind, meet people, or sleep off a particularly long night of way too much fun. The pools themselves are as varied as the resorts with which they’re paired, offering a variety of amenities ranging from topless areas to free boozy popsicles and more.
Three main pools on Aria’s pool deck mean there are three times the number of opportunities to feel like a VIP. Everything here is over-the-top, from attentive service to food and drink specials, which change every day. Cabanas come with music docking stations upon request. In addition, a separate and private pool serves guests of the Aria SkySuites, while the two-pool Liquid Pool Lounge is an adults-only experience where tops are optional.
Collectively, the seven pools that comprise this expansive complex at Caesars Palace are known as the “Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.” The nickname is apt. The largest of the bunch, the Temple Pool, has a small temple in the center with waterfalls and statues. The Neptune Pool, another favorite, is loaded with giant floaties that your friends will love seeing on Instagram. The Jupiter Pool is kid-friendly, while the Fortuna Pool has swim-up blackjack. Different cabana packages are available just about everywhere.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The pool deck at The Cosmopolitan is known for fun. In summer, the resort shows movies up there at night; in winter, the pools are turned into ice-skating rinks. There’s ping-pong and foosball year-round. When it’s warm (figure April through October), a portion of the pool deck becomes part of Marquee Dayclub, which essentially is a nightclub vibe in a self-contained space outside. Be on the lookout for alcoholic popsicles, boozy milkshakes, and other options for mixing drinking up and cooling down.
Without question, the Citrus Grand Pool Deck at the Downtown Grand is the hottest pool scene in Old Vegas. The pool itself—an infinity edge, for those of you scoring at home—is beautiful but actually quite small; the rest of the pool deck compensates just fine. In one area, there’s real live grass where people can sit or recline while they eat their lunches. Another portion of the deck has backyard games such as cornhole. There’s also a firepit. Not sure what to drink for all of this? You can’t go wrong with frosé.
Think of the M Pool at the M Resort in Henderson as one giant trapezoid of water, split in half by a walkway straight down the middle. The walkway makes navigating the area easy; it also provides a great vantage point for people-watching. There are a handful of cabanas on either side, all of which are available for rent by the day or half-day. Other pool treats include a full food menu, as well as a variety of events geared toward locals.
Highlights of the pool area at Mandalay Bay have nothing to do with traditional pools—the most notable water features are the ones that look nothing like the pools at other hotels. Without question, the most popular spot in the pool area: the wave pool, which sends four-foot waves toward swimmers every 60 seconds or so, and represents the only wave pool of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip. Also worth checking out: The Lazy River, around which visitors can float for hours on inflatable life rafts.
The Palms has a new 100,000-square-foot pool deck as part of a $690-million renovation. Much of this space is a dayclub; the area has a giant glass partition to separate it from the Kaos nightclub, and a retractable dome. Cabana action will be popular here, and most cabanas will have their own cantilevered glass pools. The place should give new meaning to the notion of swimming in the lap of luxury.
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
Don’t let the way-off-Strip location of Red Rock fool you—for a locals’ casino, this place has the pool deck dialed in. The main pool here is a circular number called the Sandbar Pool; the name most likely comes from the fact that there’s an “island” in the center where you can hoist yourself out of the water and sunbathe. To the south, the pool is flanked by shallower wading areas, a spot for poolside gambling, and a full-service café. On weekends the hotel sponsors yoga out on the deck.
Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Considering how large the Venetian really is, a pool deck with nine—seriously—pools isn’t too far-fetched. The main pools are on the Venetian side, and they are flanked by lounge chairs and cabanas alike. Over on the Palazzo side, everything is on a slightly smaller scale (though not by much). All pools are decked out with tiny mosaic tile art on the bottoms. Oh, and if all of these luxury details aren’t enough of your morning, consider this: Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck concocts the poolside menus.
The pools at The Wynn include a multitude of private cabanas as well as a “European” pool for topless sunbathing. There’s also gambling under a tent. The real action is at Encore at the Encore Beach Club. Here, lounge chairs are partially submerged and giant showers in the center of the pool provide the perfect chill-pill on hot days. Perhaps the only downside? It’s almost impossible to go from the rooms upstairs to the pool without getting horribly lost.