Waaah. Summer is already over and just thinking about these past few months makes us want to relive the season all over again. (In the words of Uncle Rico, “Oh man. I wish I could go back in time.”)
But unlike Uncle Rico from the popular 2005 “Napoleon Dynamite” movie, we won’t be ordering time machines any time soon. Although Vegas pool club closures are fast approaching, don’t be sad. Push that emotional box of Kleenex to the side and put your swimwear back in your suitcase. Lucky for you, a lot of Vegas pools are heated (on average, at a comfortable 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit). Here’s a round-up of Vegas pools that are open year round.
Couple of tips before you do the Carlton dance: Winter in Vegas tends to get nippy, averaging 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit (OK, OK — cold for us babies who live here). In case that’s cold to you, it doesn’t hurt to bring a hoodie with you. Or a stylish robe or kimono. Sometimes our fall, winter and early spring winds can be brutal, so you’ll thank us later. Days are also much shorter. If you’re planning a late afternoon tan, the only thing that’ll be getting darker is the sky. Save that tanning oil for next summer.
ARIA Resort & Casino
Hours: October, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; November, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; December – February 2016: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The 215,000-square-foot tropical-inspired pool deck at ARIA is one of the Strip’s larger pool areas. But you’ll find joy walking around here. You’ll see oversized palm, acacia, pine and bottle trees, along with colorful plants in oversized oval flower pots. The secluded whirlpools feel great too. If you plan on getting a massage or facial right after, the hotel spa is next door. While your friends back home are making snow angels, you’ll be feeling all-around heavenly.
Hours: Through Nov. 1: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Nov. 2 – 29, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Nov. 30 – January 2016: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vdara’s 40,000-square-foot rooftop pool retreat has spa cabanas, three plunge pools for cabana guests, one main pool and a whirlpool. The views of Aria are phenomenal from Vdara’s pool deck, and the made-to-order cocktails and tapas aren’t too shabby either. Plus, the pool has an intimate feel and we’re all about that.
Hours: Starting Oct. 5: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Nov. 3: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Dec. 7: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Goodness gracious. This pool at Bellagio is gorgeous. The Italian-inspired area has five luxurious pools, two of which are lap pools. The two largest pools are heated, while the temperature of the three smaller pools varies by season. Here you’ll also find citrus trees and landscaped gardens. Hand-carved stone fountains and Mediterranean-designed tile enhance the scenery. For additional relaxation, lounge in one of the four whirlpools.
Moorea Beach Club
Off season hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily
Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay overlooks the beautiful 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach. During the summer, Moorea Beach Club is a “toptional” pool for adults 21 and older. But the peek-a-boo action will have to wait until next spring: In the winter, Moorea Beach Club is the all-ages guest pool. Besides, it’s a bit chilly anyway so it works out for everyone.
Hours: Starting Oct. 5: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Nov. 2: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 7: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Staying at The Mirage? Trust us when we say all you’re missing here is a drink with an umbrella (we’re sure you can arrange that, though). The Mirage has two pools and two spas surrounded by waterfalls, private cabanas and an outdoor café. It’s like being on an island in the heart of the Strip. The lush landscaping ranges in shades from reds and yellow to hot pink and orange. It may not be summer, but the vibe says otherwise.
Wynn Las Vegas
Seriously, whoever does the Wynn’s gardening is an artist. The manicured gardens surround the beautiful, secluded pools at Wynn Las Vegas, where luxury and paradise unite. Whirlpools and private cabanas are also available. As tempting as it is to stop and stare at this pool shot, keep scrolling.
How often do you see a colorful butterfly mosaic decorating a pool floor? That’s just the beginning. Encore’s pool also has bright flower gardens, which makes for a nice, peaceful stroll. Admire your surroundings from one of many white chaise lounges, or sprawl out one of the round comfortable couches.
Venus Pool Club
Off season hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily
Normally a 21-and-older topless pool club, this adult pool at Caesars Palace transforms to an all-ages guest pool around late October to early November. The layout is elegant and simple. You’ll feel like a million bucks and the bar and everything else are just steps away. If you really want to feel like a VIP, the pool area has fully-stocked cabanas. A poolside party in December? Brr, but we’ll take it!
Breathe pool at Hard Rock
Hours: 11 a.m. – dusk
Breathe…just breathe…we’re sure you won’t have an issue applying Anna Nalick’s lyrics to your pool experience here. While its crazy sibling Rehab is closed during the winter months, Breathe pool at Hard Rock stays open at a comfortable 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Breathe has 14 cabanas and a full service food and beverage menu. The Hard Rock hotel is slightly off the Strip, but you’ll still get awesome views of the city. Make sure to snap a selfie and make your friends jealous during winter break.
Hours: Varies, weather permitting.
If you’re looking for a place that’s reminiscent of a backyard pool party in a sophisticated setting, then this is the place for you.
But it’s not the kind of backyard pool party you see in ’90s rap videos. (Leave that for Ditch Fridays at Palms main pool during summertime.) What we really mean is that it’s super welcoming…you could say Zen-like. The 50,000-square-foot pool at Palms Place has everything from stone gardens and a stone fireplace to waterfalls, palm trees and a relaxing lounge area. The tropical flowers add a nice touch, too. You’ll also catch pretty dandy views of the Palms towers next door.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; after Nov. 1: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Besides the palm tree silhouettes reflecting beautifully in the pool, we love how the couches surround the simple but elegant rectangular pool at Palazzo. For us, it’ll be a sit, jump and repeat kind of day. The neighboring Venetian hotel pool is also open year-round (same hours) and available to Palazzo guests. Guests staying at Venetian’s Venezia tower can enjoy a private pool complete with a pool garden.
The Tank at Golden Nugget
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 pm., daily
Duh-nuh, nuh-nuh, nuh-nuh…was that a pretty good “Jaws” theme song impression? You get the idea. Located in iconic Downtown Las Vegas, The Tank at Golden Nugget does offer a Jaws-like experience, buuut the live sharks here aren’t out to get you. You can admire them through the pool’s attractive aquarium, right after you zoom through the three-story enclosed water slide. (Yes, we’re making you do it.) While everyone is stocking up on sweaters, you’ll be here chillin’ with the big fishies.
Hours: Varies, weather permitting.
Venture far, far (OK, not that far) away from the Strip and head to M Resort, located 20 minutes south from the glittering lights. You’ll find two heated infinity edge pools and two large whirlpools surrounded by fire torches. Yeah, yeah. It’s away from the Strip. But might be nice to get away for a little. Plus, you get nice views of it (and surrounding mountains) here anyway. The pool also has plenty of lounge chairs and stylish daybeds perched between the two main infinity pools and along the pool deck. These daybeds come with a canopy and curtains — perfect for that extra privacy.
Bonus: If you’re all about that winter wonderland life, The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas transforms into an ice skating rink. And if you want a toastier experience, there will be fire pits where you can roast marshmallows and make s’mores. The main pools close in December, but you can always dip into one of the whirlpools. Those stay open.
While not all pools are available year round, plenty stay open until November and December. Here’s our complete list of Las Vegas hotel pools. Stay cool, friends.
All photos courtesy of Vegas.com.