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The 10 best pools in Vegas

For the ultimate Vegas pool party or a lazy afternoon in the water with a cocktail, our guide to the best pools in Vegas

Photograph: Al Powers

Stuck for awesome Las Vegas bachelor party ideas? Spent too many hours at the buffet and need to work it off with a swim (we hope you at least went to one of the best buffets in Las Vegas!). Or are you simply looking to cut loose at a famous Vegas pool party? Whatever your reasons for putting a dip on one of the best pools in Sin City at the top of your list of things to do in Las Vegas, we’re here to a help with our extensive guide to the city’s top oases. Swim with the sharks (sorta). Go back to Rehab. Visit the gods. The best pools in Vegas take the simple act of plunging into water to wild and luxurious new heights.

Best pools in Vegas

1

Encore Beach Club

What Las Vegas lacks in coastline it makes up for in aquatic playgrounds, and when it comes to the art of the pool party, exhibit A is Encore Beach Club. This 55,000-square-foot oasis has palm trees, shower go-go platforms and an enthusiastic crowd that packs the place to dance to top DJs. With a gaming pit, daybeds perched in the water, VIP cabanas and exclusive bungalows with private plunge pools (and restrooms), EBC’s strength lies in how it manages to be both a total rager and luxurious dayclub simultaneously. It gets extra points for its Thursday evening bashes, when guests are encouraged to wear their bikinis and splash the night away.

Thu 10pm–4am; Fri, Sun 11am–7pm; Sat 10am–7pm.

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Bellagio Pool

Enter the Mediterranean as you step foot onto the Bellagio pool deck, where no less than five pools beckon from an elegant garden landscape. Indulge in cocktails made with fresh juices, a sushi lunch or even a poolside massage while you spend the day soaking up rays or relaxing with a book. Private cabanas here come with misters, WiFi, pool rafts, fresh fruit and a fridge stocked with non-alcoholic beverages. If privacy is paramount, opt for the Cypress Premier Lounge, an exclusive retreat set apart from the rest of the space where entry includes infused water, chilled towels, smoothie shots and Evian misters.

Pool daily 8am–7pm; Cypress Premier Lounge daily 9am–6pm.

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The Strip
3

Marquee Dayclub

Even in January there’s a pool party on the Las Vegas Strip. This Cosmopolitan dayclub laughs in the face of cold weather with a climate-controlled dome that fully covers the poolscape and lets visitors don their bikinis in the dead of winter. However, Marquee really comes to life in summer with a lineup of A-list DJs that gets the club crowd out of their beds to start the fun before lunch. Bringing a group? Consider reserving a daybed or cabana with private infinity pool so you’ll have a place to relax, share some snacks and get down on a beer bucket or bottle.

Fri–Sun 11am-sunset.

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The Strip
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4

Mandalay Bay Beach

This expansive resort backyard checks just about every box: wave pool, sandy beach, lazy river, poolside casino. There’s even an adults-only top-optional enclave for those allergic to tan lines. And if you’re looking to rent some real estate for the afternoon, the Beach offers 100 different cabanas, daybeds and bungalows, where you can order in Jell-O shots, nachos or a spa treatment. After dark, the Beach plays host to outdoor concerts and other special events.

Daily 5am-6pm.

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The Strip
5

Mandarin Oriental Pool

Like the Mandarin Oriental hotel that houses it, this eighth-floor pool deck is smaller than many of its Strip neighbors but more sophisticated. Service is stellar here; that means attendants who pass by every hour with complimentary nibbles like frozen fruit or mini smoothies and cabanas—also available to non-hotel guests—stocked with non-alcoholic beverages, fresh fruit, sunscreen and magazines. The Pool Café serves a full range of approachable fare, from continental breakfast to seared tuna salad to skirt steak quesadillas. Wash it all down with a pineapple ginger mojito or a glass of rosé.

Sun–Thu 8am–6pm; Fri, Sat 8am–8pm.

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The Strip
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Caesars Palace

Some hotels have a pool. Caesars Palace has seven. They’re all part of the resort’s Garden of the Gods, a sprawling outdoor escape done up in stately columns and statues that’s divided into smaller pockets each offering a slightly different experience. Want to party without the full-on dayclub crush? Venus. Looking for somewhere chill to lay out? Jupiter. Fancy a game of swim-up blackjack? Fortuna. Free to hotel guests, those staying elsewhere can pay a cover to bask poolside or ante up for a cabana, which comes with cold refreshments and a fruit plate.

Main pool daily 9am–6pm; Venus Thu–Sun 11am–6pm.

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The Strip
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7

Hard Rock Pool

You can thank this rock ’n’ roll resort for launching the Vegas pool party obsession when it debuted Rehab in 2003. That debaucherous daytime fête is still going strong, now held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hard Rock’s tropical pool grounds where palm trees, sand, snaking lagoons and waterfalls make it feel like Spring Break all summer long. But the hotel isn’t all booze-fueled madness: The Nirvana pool is a quieter alternative with the same sweet landscaping, and the Friday Night Live concert series brings acts like Mayer Hawthorne and Eagles of Death Metal to play outdoor shows in the Rehab grounds.

Hotel pool Mon–Thu 9am–7pm, Fri–Sun 11am–7pm; Rehab Fri–Sun 11am–7pm.

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East of the strip
8

Wynn Las Vegas Pool

The Wynn has a reputation for impeccable design and tasteful decor, and both are on display at the resort’s pool, open only to hotel guests. The space is beautifully landscaped with gardens creating small alcoves that lend an atmosphere of privacy even when the place is packed. There are European pools for topless bathing, a gaming lounge with the day’s sporting events on TV and a cocktail menu that trades piña colada mix and cloying margaritas for refined and refreshing flavors. Just don’t forget to hydrate, too.

Daily 8am–6pm.

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The Strip
9

Wet Republic

It’s all about the party at this 54,000-square-foot MGM Grand dayclub, where champagne showers and crowd-surfing DJs are just par for the course. The crowd’s as hot as the music, the pools are filled with saltwater and those looking to go the VIP route have plenty of options to fit their style and budget. At the top end of the spectrum are ultra-exclusive bungalows with private dipping pools, personal safes and teak furniture, but guests can also book a more economical daybed or a table in the lounge where your seat comes with blessed shade. When the thermometer hits 110, everyone will be jealous.

Thu–Mon 11am–dusk.

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10

The Tank at the Golden Nugget

Plenty of Vegas pools have luxury cabanas, DJs and servers who look like models. You know what they don’t have? A waterslide that goes through a tank full of sharks. The centerpiece of this multi-tiered poolscape is that 200,000-gallon tank, glowing blue and filled with predators. But guests who skip the fast ride down from the top will still find plenty to enjoy here, from the cooling waterfalls to the cabanas to the Hideout, an adults-only area with its own petite pool, bar and not a kid in sight.

Daily 10am–6pm.

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Downtown

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