|Located on the Strip at Tropicana Las Vegas, the Sky Beach Club will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning April 8.|
Each year, it happens around the beginning of spring, and attracts travelers from around the world. It is the pool season in Las Vegas. Here, we take a look at the pools that will make you want to dive in, head first. Many of these double as day clubs or night clubs and as such are restricted to guests 21 years of age and older.
Tropicana Las Vegas: This resort hotel will soon be home to the city’s newest pool experience, Sky Beach Club. Beginning on April 8, it will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. With an emphasis on delivering interactive experiences for guests 21+, the South Beach-inspired venue will embody Vegas’ summertime party vibe with bikini-clad waitresses providing bottle service, two luxury pools, VIP cabanas, a DJ booth and two bars. Sky Beach Club’s entertainment lineup is expected to include A-list celebrity hosts, top live music acts as beer pong and live table games, including blackjack.
Tropicana also has a daytime pool set on two acres with palm trees, lush landscaping and waterfalls. This pool also has loungers, cabanas and daybeds. This pool will open for the season on March 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Mirage: The Private Oasis at the Mirage is a small, exclusive VIP pool area lined with padded chaise lounges and shared umbrellas. The Mirage Cabana staff provides complimentary service, including tastings of fruit, juice and refreshing sorbet. Poolside food and beverage service is available from the Paradise Café as well as complimentary fruit-infused water. The Mirage pool also offers 16 private luxury cabanas all outfitted with 32-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, complimentary water, sodas, and a fruit and cheese plate. If that wasn’t enough, top it all off with a private deck, chaise loungers and a personal cabana host.
The adults-only BARE Pool Lounge offers Euro-style (topless optional) bathing, a full-service bar, poolside menu and live DJs. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to dusk starting April 22 and running through September.
Four Seasons Hotel: This resort’s 100-foot-long, private pool is surrounded by chaise lounges, a manicured landscape and there’s also a whirlpool. But we’re going straight for one of the eight cabanas, complete with comfy sofas and chairs, a ceiling fan and a 46-inch flat-screen TV. Did we mention the chilled towels and trays of fresh fruit?
Plus, to keep up with the Las Vegas party scene, guests can arrange to have bottle service and food delivered to their cabana. For the ultimate experience, we suggest booking Cabana One. This large hangout can fit up to eight guests and is on the lower deck — right in the action; it has the best view of the pool and waterfalls.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: Options here are the Bamboo Pool, Marquee Dayclub Pool and the Boulevard Pool, which has views of the Vegas Strip and actually, has a stage for live music and other entertainment. Tip: Guests should indulge in shaved ice, Korean tacos, frozen drinks and chilled lagers while listening to that live music. Looking to host an extreme pool party? Boulevard can hold up to 3,000 guests for private event (please send us an invite, thank you).
The Bamboo Pool, meanwhile, captures that western U.S. vibe, with a decidedly natural environment. There are rolling, grassy banks and covered walkways and generally fewer crowds. To go along with the earthy feel, there are two teakwood bars at either end of this pool. We suggest ordering a specialty cocktail to begin, and then as the sun goes down, order a champagne lollipop to toast the day. This pool can also be booked for private events, hosting up to 1,000 people.
For guests looking to splash around dancing, the Marquee Dayclub Pool is the place to be. It is an extension of the nightclub, and the built-in DJ stage will keep the tunes pumping and the two bars will keep the drinks flowing. Marquee is open all-year round, thanks to a heat-controlled dome.
Golden Nugget Las Vegas: The pool area at this downtown hotel is dubbed The Tank for its eye-catching aquarium. Guests can gaze into a 200,000-gallon tank stocked with sharks and colorful fish while standing in the pool — or opt for the thrill of sailing down an enclosed waterslide that funnels through the tank, safely affording amazing views of the sharks and other aquatic life. There is also an infinity-edge pool on the third-floor at The Hideout and a poolside watering hole called H2O Bar.
|The M Resort’s main pool area has two, 5,460-square-foot heated, infinity-edge pools, each with a child-friendly wading-depth pool at either end.|
M Resort: A little bit off the beaten path — or Strip, as it were — the M Resort’s main pool area has two, 5,460-square-foot heated, infinity-edge pools and two large hot tubs surrounded by fire torches. Both pools are four feet at their deepest and have a child-friendly wading-depth pool on each end.
The DayDream Pool offers cabanas, daybeds, lounging areas, an ice-railed bar, DJ booth, hot tub and an infinity-edge pool and spa. The DayDream Pool, Villaggio del Sole Pool and Entertainment Piazza offer upbeat music throughout the entire pool area. There are also two full-service bars on the main pool deck. Reopens March 18.
Pool Cheat Sheet: By the Numbers
Here is a bit of what you need to know about some of the many other cool pool options in Las Vegas.
Aria Resort and Casino: Three main pools; Sky Pool is for Sky Suite guests only. The pools are heated and guests are served complimentary hot chocolate during the winter.
Bellagio: Five pools in a courtyard setting. One pool is open during the winter and 21 cabanas are available for reservations.
Caesars Palace: Seven pools bear such evocative names as Apollo, Bacchus, Fortune, Jupiter, Temple and Venus. Except during special events, Venus permits European-style swimming and sunbathing.
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas: One large wave pool, a lazy river and the Moorea Beach Club, which has a fire pit. Guests can also opt for Mandalay Bay Beach, which has 2,700 tons of real sand.
The Linq: The 21-and-over LINQ Pool provides a cooling escape with amazing views of the High Roller and LINQ Promenade. Plus, the pool deck’s misting system keeps everyone cool.
The Venetian: Three pools here include the seasonal, Balinese-style TAO Beach, known for attracting world-renowned DJs to entertain and also for occasional celebrity sightings (Jay Z, Heidi Klum, LeBron James and Jamie Foxx, among others).