It’s pool party season in Las Vegas and you know what that means: frozé all day, amazing DJ sets, and swim-up blackjack tables. If there ever was a reason to host a bachelor party or girls’ getaway in peak Vegas summer, it’s to go to an epic pool party. All pools are now open, and the season runs from March through October, though there are exceptions. Admission to these pools is usually free for hotel guests, but expect to pay if you’re not staying there and for prices to be steeper on the weekends when top DJs headline. Some of these hotels offer specials with complimentary pool passes when you book a suite—check with our agents for current pool promotions in Las Vegas. Here are 10 of our absolute favorite hotel pools to check out this summer.
If you’re dreaming of getting showered by a bottle of champagne while you intermittently lounge and dance poolside, Encore Beach Club is your best bet. This 55,000-square-foot oasis—also the home to the XS Nightclub NightSwim—is the ideal location for the kind of party you’ll be talking about for years to come. Restaurants and bars line the large pool as tropical palm trees sway in the warm Las Vegas breeze. Having everything within an arm’s reach makes it easy to sip and nibble in between dips in the pool. Encore Beach Club’s 2019 lineup includes David Guetta, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, Major Lazer, and Steve Angello.
Have you ever wanted to bust a move in a swimming pool? NightSwim makes it possible. Every Sunday during the summer, Wynn’s XS Nightclub morphs into NightSwim, a dance party and pool party that draws massive crowds and world-class DJs. Enter via the golden staircase and you’ll see why XS—located adjacent to Encore Beach Club—offers the classiest night out in a swimsuit. You can enjoy bottle service by the pool or in a private cabana while being dazzled by state-of-the-art lighting systems and the music of EDM stars like the Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Diplo, and Alesso.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed pool vibe, let the Bellagio transport you to an Italian-inspired refuge. The Bellagio pool deck has a Mediterranean atmosphere replete with five pools surrounded by an elegant garden landscape. Sip cocktails made with fresh juices, eat sushi, or enjoy a poolside massage while you spend the day soaking up rays or relaxing with a book. Private cabanas feature refreshing misters, wi-fi, pool rafts, fresh fruit, and a fridge stocked with non-alcoholic beverages. If you’re looking for more privacy, reserve a chair at the Bellagio’s Cypress Premier Lounge and enjoy exclusive access to the refreshingly cold Cypress pool.
You’ll never get bored at Mandalay’s 11-acre aquatic playground, which features a massive wave pool, broad sandy beaches, a lazy river, and a poolside casino. Sun worshippers can revel in an adults-only, top-optional enclave to rid themselves of tan lines. Mandalay Bay Beach also offers 100 luxury cabanas (which can accommodate up to 10 guests each), daybeds, and premium beachside bungalows where you can indulge in Jell-O shots, nachos, or a spa treatment. If you’re looking to turn up even more, check out Mandalay’s Daylight Beach Club, which gets the party going with frozen rosé aka frozé and DJ sets like hip-hop legends Rick Ross and Jeezy on Memorial Day weekend.
Located on the roof of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Marquee goes hard all day at the pool and all night in the club. It features 60,000 square feet of entertainment with two pools, three lavish party rooms, a gaming area, and several bars. (For winter guests, Marquee Dayclub has a climate-controlled dome that covers the poolscape and lets visitors don swimwear in the dead of winter.) Top artists perform in a 40-foot DJ booth and on a projection stage inside the nightclub and poolside. Opt for an exclusive experience in one of the Marquee’s eight grand cabanas, which feature dedicated food and cocktail service, spa, infinity-edge dipping pools, and flat-screen TVs.
Seven is a lucky number in Las Vegas and it’s also the number of pools at Caesars Palace. The resort’s Garden of the Gods is a sprawling, outdoor getaway adorned with stately columns and statues that evoke the spirit of ancient Rome. Lounge in the sun or escape the heat and relax in the Qua Baths & Spa’s air-conditioned poolside cabana with services such as Swedish and deep tissue massages. The Garden is divided into distinct sections with each offering a different experience: Want to escape the kids? Venus. Want to chill out? Jupiter. Want to try your luck at a game of swim-up blackjack? Fortuna. Looking for DJs, drinks, and plenty of action? Neptune (the largest pool, of course).
If you’re looking for a dayclub with a big pool, head to Wet Republic at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. At 54,500-square-foot, Wet Republic spans six acres and features five large saltwater pools, including an adults-only pool and a party pool, plus bungalows and party cabanas. Swim underneath a giant LED screen as superstar DJs such as Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, and Armin van Buuren perform. You can find some precious shade in the open-air covered lounge and chill with an adult beverage.
For a Bali-esque experience without leaving Las Vegas, find your bliss at Tao Beach. Seven days a week, you and your pool-partying friends can sip pitchers of fruity sangria amid Balinese-inspired architecture. Relax on a daybed or in a VIP cabana (with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, gaming console, DVDs, wi-fi, and minibar) and catch open-format DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Located on the top floor of Tao restaurant, Tao Beach has an extensive appetizer and grill menu that beats typical pool eats.
Drai’s Beach Club is a pink paradise, with a delightful raspberry shade covering the lounge chairs and curtains, making it a top spot for bachelorette parties and girls’ trips. Drai’s Beach Club is the creation of Victor Drai, known for his visionary concepts in hospitality and nightlife. Set atop The Cromwell’s roof, the pool sits 11 stories into the sky, giving party-goers unprecedented views of the Las Vegas skyline and sights. LED lighting, a lux design, and modern sound systems provide entertainment to party guests throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces. Drai’s Beach Club alone spans 25,000 square feet and has the capacity to hold 2,500 pool partiers.
Ready for a little r ’n’ r—as in rock ’n’ roll? The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is credited with launching the Vegas pool-party scene in 2003 when it debuted Rehab. That legendary pool party raged for 15 years until it said “no, no, no” and closed in 2018. Today, the Hard Rock’s five-acre tropical pool grounds are still blessed with tall palm trees, sandy beaches, swim-up blackjack tables, water slides, VIP cabanas, snaking lagoons, and waterfalls custom-made for an endless Spring Break. Poolside concerts have featured Beach Fossils, the Midnight, and George Clanton. The EDM-oriented Breathe Pool Lounge, for adults 21 and over, is located a level above the main pool area, providing drinks, beats, and a sweeping view of the Strip.
(Updated May 6, 2019)
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