Vegas gets into the swim of things

Now that spring has sprung, you don’t have to worry about how to get into Las Vegas’ trendiest restaurants and nightclubs. They’re taking a back seat to the hottest places in town – the pools!

Just imagine: You could be soaking up the sun in a chaise lounge, on a luxurious daybed or from the patio of a private cabana. You could be sensuously sipping a refreshing cocktail – like a minty mojito or a fruit-filled sangria. You could be playing a game of beach volleyball, unwinding in a bubbling hot tub or indulging in a poolside massage. All of this is not only possible – it’s commonplace.

The pools in Sin City are indeed fabulous. Take the sparkling waters at the all-suite Rumor Boutique Hotel, which is situated just a few blocks east of the Strip. The pool area is home to Las Vegas’ only grassy knoll. It’s also decked out with hammocks in the property’s signature color – purple.

The pool at Rumor Boutique Hotel at night

Even when the sun goes down, the pool at Rumor Boutique Hotel is still stunning.

“Relaxed, chic, sexy…a combination of Palm Springs style, mixed with a bit of Miami cool and plenty of Vegas sexiness,” said Shaw McPherson, the general manager of Rumor Boutique Hotel, when describing the overall vibe. “It’s intimate, low-key and friendly. There is plenty of space to spread out, lay out some towels and enjoy the day in the sun without ever worrying about it disappearing behind a large hotel tower.”

This outdoor playground is very friendly and has a “non-scene vibe.” You won’t find crowds or high prices here – just a casual party atmosphere. According to McPherson, guests at Rumor Boutique Hotel can mingle and enjoy the private feel of the pool without having to reserve chairs at the crack of dawn.

“It’s a pool where you can create your own experience,” added McPherson. “You can book a cabana, invite some friends and have an intimate party or grab a hammock and nap under the swaying palms.”

As if this weren’t enough, Rumor Boutique Hotel is throwing pool parties every weekend that will include an inflatable water slide in the courtyard, a live DJ, bikini-clad cocktail servers and drink specials. “Vegas Magazine” is also hosting a few pool parties on select Saturdays, and there will be a gay-friendly pool party on Sundays.

“The pool parties are lively,” said McPherson, “and if you are looking for the place to create a great event, the pool and outside lounge can quickly be converted to be the best spot for an outdoor party under the stars.”

Earlier this month, the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa in northwest Las Vegas kicked off its pool season. The grounds at this off-Strip resort are incredibly lush and provide a pleasant, tranquil environment.

The lushly landscraped pool at the JW Marriott Las Vegas

The pool at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa is lushly landscaped.

“We have a horticulture team working year round to ensure that our trees, plants and flowers are well taken care of.  We truly feel we’ve created a beautiful oasis within our desert home, which sets us apart from many other properties in town,” said Arzu Delp, the director of resort experience at the JW Marriott Las Vegas. “Our guests are transported from the distractions of everyday life to a gorgeous sanctuary as soon as they set foot at our pool.”

In addition to unwinding, the pool area at the JW Marriott Las Vegas offers a variety of recreational opportunities. There’s a bocce ball court as well as a full sand volleyball court. Both are popular among visitors of all ages.

“Our pool is about relaxing with family and friends while enjoying the beautiful grounds and great food from our Waterside Café,” said Delp.

Rumor Boutique Hotel and the JW Marriott Las Vegas aren’t the only properties boasting spectacular swimming pools. Most of the resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and in downtown house stunning water worlds. (Make sure to check back in later this week when we look at Las Vegas pool clubs.)  We’ve listed eight excellent hotel pools below. So go ahead – dive in!

Eight Resorts in Vegas with Cool Pools

The Tank at the Golden Nugget

The Tank at the Golden Nugget. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

• Golden Nugget
Better known as “The Tank,” the $30 million outdoor pool complex at this downtown resort has a 200,000-gallon aquarium built into it. Although you can’t actually swim with the sharks and other fish, you can get awfully darn close to them. The Tank also has waterfalls, a three-story water slide, 15 pimped-out cabanas, the H2O lounge and several gaming tables. It’s open daily (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There’s a 15-acre tropical-themed water playground as well as a wildlife habitat filled with flamingos, koi, turtles and ducks at this historic resort situated in the heart of the Strip. You can enjoy interconnected, lagoon-style pools set around a cascading waterfall. There’s a winding water slide, 38 cabanas and daybeds, and the adults-only Go Pool. Towels are complimentary, and you can snag lounge chairs on a first-come basis. Food is available from the Beach Club Café. The pool area is open daily (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. – 5p.m.

The wave pool at Monte Carlo

The wave pool at Monte Carlo. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

• Monte Carlo
This resort has an incredible poolscape, complete with a small wave pool, a sand volleyball court and a 400-foot-long lazy river (rafts are available for rental or purchase). There are four different swimming pools, cozy cabanas and plenty of poolside eats. Soon the resort will be hosting weekend pool parties with live DJs and emcees. The pool complex is open daily (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There is nothing like a day spent beside one of the beautiful mosaic-tiled pools at this resort. With five different courtyard settings, you will have trouble choosing a spot beside the azure waters for relaxing and people watching. For privacy, you can always reserve a cabana, which is filled with everything you could ever wish for: an HDTV, a fully stocked refrigerator, a newspaper, rafts, a mister system and more. American-style fare is served at the Pool Café. Massages are available as well. The pool area is open daily (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace

The Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

Caesars Palace
Seeking fun and romance in the sun? With a lavish Old World atmosphere, this is the place to go. Called the Garden of the Gods, it is, without a doubt, among the world’s most stunning pool oases. You’ll be  surrounded by lush cypress and palm trees, classical statues and marble columns. There are seven pools, all named for Roman gods, that span the 4.5-acre complex. One of them (the Venus Pool) is a secluded, European-style pool where topless sunbathing is acceptable. Pool hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting).

The Palazzo
Perfect if you want to unwind and work on your tan, the spectacular pool area is a centerpiece at this hotel. There’s a large resort-style pool, along with six smaller pools and four hot tubs. Magnificent fountains, a leafy landscape, 41 cabanas and a central bar (note: afternoons are best enjoyed with a cocktail in hand) round out the mix of amenities. Through March, the pool area is open daily (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hours expand in late spring, running from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Paris Las Vegas
At this French-themed resort, you’ll find some of the most beautiful bodies sunbathing near a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. This two-acre rooftop pool paradise has everything: manicured gardens, a giant octagon-shaped pool and two whirlpools. There are private villas and cabanas, an outdoor café (du Parc)  and poolside attendants. It’s open daily (weather permitting) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Mandalay Bay Beach

There's a wave pool, golden sand, the Beach Bar & Grill and a casino at Mandalay Bay Beach.

• Mandalay Bay
There’s no pool complex more famous in Las Vegas than the 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach. You can expect fabulous views of sand and surf here – as 2,700 tons of real sand were trucked in and a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool was built. In addition to three swimming pools, you’ll also discover a lazy river, the open-air Beach Bar & Grill, the three-story Beachside Casino, a couple of cocktail bars and several shops. With a one-of-a-kind stage suspended just above the water, you can take in a movie or listen to live music (the Beach Concert Series brings an outstanding line-up of performers to town each year) from a blanket spread out on the sand.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.