Best pools in Vegas
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.
Play blackjack, order barbecue, or lounge in a luxurious cabana at this 15-acre dayclub, which features a live DJ on most days of the week. Flamingo's exclusive pitcher service offers pre-mixed cocktails such as mojitos, pink lemonade, and sangria served in specially made pitchers guaranteed to keep your beverages ice cold. If you're willing to put down the big bucks, each cabana is 260 square feet of air conditioned heaven, equipped with a plasma televisions, XBox, surround sound, and seating for 12.
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
At the Bellagio pool deck 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.