The longest of Las Vegas’ seasons is back, and it’s looking to be a hot one. The city’s pools — whether for party or relaxation — are nearly all open for business. Here are the newest spots to splash down on the Strip.
ARIA Sky Suites
Slated to open at the end of April, the new pool at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ARIA Sky Suites is no joke. Guests staying at this exclusive hotel within a hotel will bask in the sun from any of 125 single chairs, 15 double chaise chairs, five daybeds or eight cabanas at the Sky Pool. While lounging, keep an eye out for amenities (think chilled towels, infused water and signature teas) that will be offered on a 90-minute rotation. Snap pictures of the fresh new periwinkle and soft yellow color palette that sets the pool off from Aria’s main pool area color scheme, which includes creams and orange. As expected, both staffing and service are modeled after Forbes Travel Guide’s top-notch standards. And in case things heat up a little too much, Evian mist facial sprays will bring on the cool.
SLS Las Vegas
Not to be outdone, SLS Las Vegas brings not one, but two new pools to the Strip for the 2015 summer season. Now open, Foxtail Pool Club will celebrate its official grand opening April 24-26 with performances featuring Steve Angello, Rebecca & Fiona, and Erick Morillo, and will throughout the summer be home to such headliners as R3hab, 3LAU, Gareth Emery and Stafford Brothers. The sprawling, retro-inspired 43,000-square-foot complex boasts 25 cabanas, two VIP cabanas, 30 daybeds and a number of floating “lily pads.” Since Foxtail operates as a dayclub Friday through Sunday and a hotel-guest amenity Monday through Thursday, Beach LiFE will serve as a serene resort pool for resort guests when Foxtail is open. The 10,000-square-foot open-air rooftop pool has room for 495, including 18 cabanas and six daybeds.
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
New pool furniture (due to arrive at the end of April) and a refurbished pool deck are timely and welcomed updates, but the highlight of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas’ pool renovation is its brand-new cabanas. Eight private cabanas offer hotel guests the ultimate in poolside relaxation, with three private cabanas on the lower deck (including one for larger parties of up to eight) that offer stunning views of the pool and waterfall, and five Deluxe cabanas on the upper deck. No matter which you choose, you’ll get tri-weave sofa seating and two chaise lounges (one cabana offers four lounges), a ceiling fan, a sleek, 46-inch flat-screen TV; a refrigerator stocked with Evian water, chilled oshibori towels and fresh fruit; a laptop-size safe; a magazine selection; and privacy drapes. In addition, expect to find complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi, a media hub, two USB ports, an HDMI port and two electrical outlets. And everyone can appreciate the full-service menu from Veranda Cucina Italiana and — natch — bottle service. It might be paradise, but this is still Las Vegas.
Delano Las Vegas
The newest property on the Strip will also be home to the freshest pool of the season when Delano Las Vegas unveils Delano Beach Club in April. Hoping to evoke the vibe of the original Delano South Beach, the new venue will be dressed in a cool palette of white accented with teal and cobalt, and will be open exclusively to resort guests and those with reservations for one of 16 private cabanas. An oversize chessboard (like the one at Delano South Beach) on the wet deck adds some excitement, while indie sounds, cocktails and poolside massages add to the relaxation. Expect to find yourself somewhere between the two no matter where you end up this summer.
Speaking of rooftops, Las Vegas’ only rooftop party pool, Drai’s Beach Club at the The Cromwell, is back with stunning 360-degree views of the Strip from 11 stories up and a resident-deejay lineup that includes Adventure Club, Chromeo, 3LAU, Quintino, Borgeous, MakJ and more. The 30,000 square-foot pool deck has just been given a new slip-proof surface and features two main pools, 15 luxury mezzanine-level cabanas with their own mezzanine level pools, 15 VIP booths, bungalows with private showers and restrooms, more than 40 daybeds, seven deejay booth tables, four full-service bars and a revamped menu that includes breakfast, appetizers, salads, entrées, pizzas and party platters. A veritable forest of natural palm trees sways in the breeze, providing ample shade. And when the sun goes down, the nautical-themed Yacht Club nighttime pool party takes over Tuesdays beginning April 21.