Despite triple-digit temperatures through summer, Las Vegas pools were an afterthought. If tourists had time they would take a dip in the pool, catch some sun or use it as a break from the party atmosphere. But with the advent of daylife as a new partying genre and revenue stream for casinos, most revelers would be remiss to not attend at least one pool club if not two or three during a weekend stay.
Daylife has spawned the expansion of the typical hotel pool to four-acre oases as seen at Hard Rock Hotel and $70 million additions like at Encore. The recently-opened Cosmopolitan brought in nightlife aficionados Tao Group to open Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub, giving guests a place that literally keeps the music flowing from the night straight through the daytime. Down the street at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Nikki Beach prepares to open on Memorial Day Weekend.
But before you dive head first into the pool club scene (considering most of these pools are only 4 feet deep, diving isn’t recommended anyway) there are a few things you should know.
First, leave your towels in your room. Pool clubs take care of their guests, meaning you don’t have to haul your towels down from your room or neighboring hotel. Stop by one of the towel huts, ask for a towel and you can dry off before tracking water into the casino. At least your mom will approve of something you have done this weekend.
Remember to pace yourself. While three days of non-stop partying sounds like your favorite dream, you don’t want spend your weekend puking and hungover with a sunburn. So lay off the pool club one day to give yourself a break.
If you’re going to shed your inhibitions, know the rules. While Vegas welcomes sinful behavior there are still varying rules at different pool clubs. For example, Tao Beach has European sunbathing Monday-Thursday, but not Friday-Sunday. If you’ve seen the now canceled “Rehab” reality TV show you know outlandish behavior is accepted at the weekly Sunday party of the same name, but nudity, fights and drug use will get you tossed faster than a baseball player kicking dirt at an umpire.
While you may have an idea of the pool clubs you want to visit, here’s a collection of some of our favorites:
Cost: Starts at $20.
If you’ve experienced Tao Nightclub, voted one of the top clubs in the world, think of Tao Beach as a daytime extension to its nightlife counterpart. The 18,000-square-foot area features the same DJs that spin at Tao, a dance floor packed with bikini-clad vixens along with a tempting pool, 12 decked out cabanas and a staff that pampers guests with sunglass cleaning and body misting.
Encore Beach Club
Cost: Starts at $25 for women and $50 for men.
Steve Wynn didn’t cut corners when he commissioned Encore Beach Club nor did he spare any expense with a price tag rumored to be more than $70 million. But the three pool, two-level paradise is as aesthetically pleasing as it harmonious. The high-end décor that is more St. Tropez than Las Vegas blends seamlessly with the crop of internationally-renowned DJs that man the turntables every weekend.
Where: Aria at CityCenter
A few elements are needed for a successful backyard party: a pool, good looking people, plenty of tasty libations and the music to promote a party atmosphere. Liquid, while among the smallest of Vegas’ pool clubs, provides the kind of backyard party everyone clamors for with the beautiful backdrop known as Aria.
Cost: Starts at $20.
The name says it all, ditch work Friday and start your Vegas vacation early. If you’re up to the daunting task you won’t be disappointed. Guests can chill out in one of three pools while dancing to beats spun by headlining DJs including DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Pauly D (yeah, Pauly from “Jersey Shore”).
Cost: Women enter free, men start at $20.
Appropriately named for its European-style bathing option, Bare allows guests to shed those annoying tops that lend themselves to unattractive tan lines. While the topless option may be enough to entice some people, it’s just one of the few things that makes Bare different from other Las Vegas pool clubs. The elevated VIP section, lined with umbrella-covered daybeds, overlooks the entire area and features an infinity pool. For guests looking for a little pampering there’s Evian body misting, chilled cucumbers, iced towels and a massage therapist.
Where: Hard Rock Hotel
Cost: Starts at $40.
The weekly pool party that launched the entire pool club scene is back for its eighth season. The wild party that is like a weekly version of a college spring break party in Mexico takes over the entire pool area at Hard Rock Hotel, more than four acres, which is just enough to house the 4,000 people who come out every week. When there aren’t headliners like Cee-Lo Green or Drake, you can find a number of athletes and stars hanging out in the cabanas that overlook the entire party.
Where: MGM Grand
Boasting the only saltwater pool at a Las Vegas pool club, Wet Republic has become one of the premiere summer hot spots. It is no stranger to top-flight headliners and performers like Diddy, will.i.am and David Guetta, who’s internationally-known “F*** Me I’m Famous” party, which has set up shop for the summer at Wet Republic. Guests can lounge on one of the 18 in-pool water lounges or hang out in one of 10 party cabanas equipped with chaise lounges, a refrigerator, an Xbox 360, flat-screen TV and a private spa area with bathroom.
The daytime version of the popular nightclub has already made waves in the Las Vegas pool scene with a bevy of headlining DJs. With 22,000 square feet of space, the dayclub is home to two pools, several bars and a gaming area. Cabanas come with private infinity dipping pools, flat screen TVs and more. If you don’t want to hike to your room after a day here, no problem, just rent one of the three-story bungalows located poolside.