Las Vegas recently debuted The Park, a fun, Mojave Desert-inspired public space that will serve as the pedestrian pathway to the all-new T-Mobile Arena. One of the attraction’s highlights is a pair of “water walls” that extends 100 feet on both sides of walking visitors. It’s a gorgeous site, but come those 90-degree summer days, we just hope it doesn’t tempt visitors looking for a quick way to cool off.
If you can show a bit of restraint, find relief along the Strip at pools that make a big splash with everything from their lavish amenities to their appetizer menus. From posh musical playgrounds to day clubs in the desert, Sin City’s pool scene is alive and doing very well. Once you finish taking selfies at The Park, come join us at the cabanas to see for yourself.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Best for: Staying connected
After introducing eight cabanas to the fold last year — expect an elevated experience to range from the chairs (tri-weave sofas, chaise lounges) to the connectivity (complimentary Wi-Fi, a media hub, two USB ports and more) — the only thing this Four-Star playground needs to do in 2016 is ensure that shrimp in the Baja tacos are spicy enough.
Best for: Nighttime revelry
While Drai’s Beach Club has a lot going for it in the morning and afternoon — hovering 11 stories above the Strip, it affords spectacular city views — it takes on a whole new identity in the dark. With DJs spinning the latest hip-hop tracks, waitresses providing bottle service and the likes of Chris Brown performing, the Nightclub (10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursdays to Sundays) is one of Vegas’ hottest addresses.
ARIA Resort & Casino
Best for: Poolside dance parties
Four-Star ARIA’s Liquid Pool Lounge has two adults-only pools, surrounded by chaise lounges, daybeds and eight private cabanas. While you nosh on food and drink from the full-service bar and restaurant, top-notch DJs like Lil Jon and Mike Attack provide music to keep the party going all day.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Best for: Mature mingling
Of the Four-Star hotel’s three distinct pool experiences, the Marquee Dayclub Pool (Boulevard Pool and Bamboo Pool are the others) has captured our attention most. We don’t know if that has more to do with a new drink menu (Caribbean Punch, anyone?), us being in awe of its three-story bungalow lofts or the fact that Ciara just walked by. Whatever the case, the high-end hangout makes perfect sense for adults looking to mingle for a few hours.
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Best for: Sunbathing
Nothing will interrupt your quest for the perfect tan at Encore’s European-style pools — not even clothes. These pristine spots at the Four-Star hotel, set among manicured gardens, offer temperature-controlled water and allow for topless sunbathing to soak in the desert sun.
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Best for: Celebrity sightings
During the day, the 12 private, Balinese-themed cabanas of Tao Beach are filled with luxury-seeking guests of the Four-Star property (amenities include air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and customized mini-bars). But at night, the pool deck turns into an extension of the Tao nightclub with bottle service, fire fixtures and DJ sets that have been known to attract A-list Vegas visitors.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Best for: Sophisticated loungers
This Five-Star hotel creates a serene escape on its stylish eighth-floor pool deck. Those who crave a more sophisticated scene will take a dip in Mandarin Oriental’s two pools, two Jacuzzis and plunge pool. Every hour, attendants will stop by to drop off amenities like frozen fruit to keep you cool. Upgrade to a cabana to snag a 48-inch flat-panel TV, a PlayStation 3 and Bluetooth speakers.
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
Best for: Imbibing
Foxtail Pool gives you a place for swimming and socializing. Swim up to the bar to order potent cocktails like the Duck & Monkey, made with Jägermeister, Malibu Rum, pineapple juice, lemon-lime soda and fresh lemon. Or gather a group for the Sparkling Duck package, which comes with a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Epoque Rosé, a Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut and three bottles of sparkling wine.
Best for: VIPs
For an exclusive experience, try the Four-Star hotel’s Mediterranean-style pool. Cabanas are loaded with amenities, including a private patio, an HD TV, Wi-Fi, and more. Or opt for a Cypress Premier Lounge, which puts you poolside in a secret garden. Sprawl out on a daybed or lounger and cool off with an Evian mister and smoothie shots away from prying eyes.
The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas
Best for: Party hoppers
Each Signature tower offers a heated private pool where you can lounge in cabanas away from the crowds. When you need a change of pace, head to Wet Republic, a party hub with saltwater pools and world-renowned DJs like Steve Aoki and Tiësto, or the more PG pool complex at MGM Grand, featuring four swimming pools, three whirlpools, waterfalls and a lazy river.