Everything’s flashier in Vegas, including the pools. These sparkling bodies of water continually push the boundaries of the poolside experience, with cutting-edge design, food and cocktails by celebrity chefs and mixologists, beats by A-list DJs and hip hop artists, LED and Bluetooth technology and oodles of sex appeal, all combining into the world’s wettest and wildest parties in the world. Most make their home in Las Vegas’ best hotels and charge an entry fee for non-guests, so picking up a 5 Day Pool Party Pass not only saves money but offers a wider taste of the best of Vegas.
Wet Republic at MGM Grand
The Hakkasan Group brings its Michelin-starred glamor to the MGM Grand with a massive 54,500-square-foot wonderland of saltwater pools, intimate dipping pools, daybeds, banquets, luxurious bungalows and deluxe cabanas (complete with giant TVs and Blu-ray players) that buzzes both day and night. Providing the electricity is a roster of world-renowned DJs like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris and David Guetta, a high-tech sound system, IMAX-sized LED setup, unique culinary dishes, signature cocktails and premium bottle and pitcher service.
LIQUID at ARIA Resort & Casino
The liquid in the name ripples, swirls and splashes in the ARIA's three ellipse-shaped pools (two are VIP) surrounded by towering plants, 85 chaise lounges, 35 daybeds and 8 private cabanas – the last are particularly luxurious, with ceiling fan, music docking station, fruit plate and “misting service.” Simply wave your hand for another ice bucket of beer and watermelon cooler or head inside the 35-seat restaurant for mahi mahi tacos, coconut shrimp and wagyu beef hot dogs, all grooving to the DJs’ beat.
Daylight at Mandalay Bay
Inspired by the Ushuaia day club in Ibiza, the Daylight features 1,500-square-foot stage topped by six huge LED screens at one end of the complex. From there, DJs jam out to the throngs of the bold and the beautiful cavorting in and around the 5,000 square-foot pool or chillaxing in 70 daybeds and 25 cabanas and bungalows with Daylight’s signature white sangria. “Lit Sundays” turns up the celebrity vibe even more, handing the mic to A-list hip-hop artists like J. Cole, Ludacris and Rick Ross
Drai’s at The Cromwell
The Strip's only rooftop pool deck offers panoramic partying thanks to the vision of nightclub owner, entrepreneur and ‘80s’ film producer (Weekend at Bernie's, Woman in Red) Victor Drai. Eleven stories up, the party spreads across 65,000 square feet of space installed with all the tech bells and whistles as well as eight pool areas with 40 poolside daybeds, towering palm trees and a beach club restaurant serving Kobe sliders, tuna poke nachos and fresh sushi. At the mezzanine level are 15 more cabanas with HD television and private bathroom with showers.
TAO Beach at The Venetian
The magic of Bali spices the air of this 18,000-square-foot oasis on the roof of the Venetian Resort above Tao Nightclub and Bistro, from the “Asian-inspired” daybeds scattered throughout the venue to 12 orange tent-like cabanas. The wiring, however, is pure Western, with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs and even gaming consoles. VIP treatment also includes massages and a range of “TAO-tinis” and “TAO-jitos” from the 30-foot bar, not to mention Thai BBQ chicken quesadillas and “Buddha” beach burgers, carted up from the restaurant below. At night, two 14-foot fire columns help transform the space into a high-energy nightclub jazzed up by guest DJs.
Venus at Caesars Palace
“Sunbathe the way Caesar intended” invites this 10,000-square-foot retreat, so feel free to undo the bikini top to melt away the tan lines. Strategically placed shrubbery and decor keep it secluded from the rest of the Caesars pool area and any prying eyes, and the limited capacity of 400 make it more intimate and tranquil. Enhancing the poolside freedom is a list of spa treatments, including body art application and the “Love my legs” chilled leg treatment, which combines a lime-blossom scrub with a chilled wildflower clay mask.
Bare at The Mirage
As the name implies, this 14,000 square-foot pool area, designed by the famed Hakkasan Group, supports topless “European-style sunbathing” on its eight umbrella-covered daybeds, four tables and two luxury dipping pools. Yet more privacy is available on the elevated VIP section, which comes with its own glass infinity-edged pool. Add to that iced towels, Evian misters, huge TVs and pitchers of specialty cocktails like spicy bloody Mary’s and the house mai tais, and it’s impossible not to let it all hang out. Perhaps that’s why celebrities like Tommy Lee, Slash and Nicole Scherzinger have been known to put in an appearance.
Sky Beach Club at Tropicana
Relaxing around the two pools at this 37,603-square-foot South Beach-inspired oasis, encased by fountains, palm trees and luxurious cabanas, is perfectly welcome, but you’ll miss out on its second major attraction: a range of interactive table games including blackjack and beer pong. While you’re up, you may fall into the rhythms spun or beat out by celebrity hosts like 50 Cent and Sean Kingston, or simply enjoy the view of bikini-clad models providing bottle service. For an elevated experience, private daybeds and 18 VIP cabanas are available for reservation, and some come with private hot tubs.
Encore Beach Club at Wynn
Perhaps no pool deck in Vegas can compete with the spectacle of this huge red, white and blue three-tiered space that can hold up to 2,300 revelers. Supporting them all are lounge chairs; floating lily pads; 26 cabanas stocked with refrigerators, flat screen TVs and a plush daybeds. The eight bungalows add private bathrooms, a cooling system and even balconies overlooking the Strip. The pedigree also ensures a super sexy serving staff, as well as A-list DJs and performers like David Guetta, Major Lazer and The Chainsmokers.
Aquatic Club at Palazzo
One of Las Vegas’ newest pool experiences offers an alternative approach, drawing on the intimate and sophisticated environment of aquatic, racquet and lawn clubs of yore, starting with the retro ‘50s uniforms designed by Tory Burch, and abstract expressionism murals in each cabana. So, too, do throwback cocktails like Bees Knees and French 75, boozy artisan ice-pops and a soundtrack that spans jazz to ’80s pop to Afro Cuban, creating a Goldilocks-esque balance that’s not too wild, not too reserved, but just right. The same could be said for the menu of sushi, salads and pizzas by Wolfgang Puck.