Looking to spend an enchanted afternoon in Sin City? Imagine a pool club that’s packed with witchy women, powerful potions and entrancing energy. All of these elements come together in The Voo at Rio Las Vegas.
Dubbed an “ultra pool lounge,” this isn’t a decadent den dedicated to ancient practices. However, The Voo is a place where those who are 21 or older can see bewitchingly beautiful bikini-clad babes. It’s also a place where you can imbibe exotic cocktails and laze around on a lounge chair while listening to pounding beats and worshiping the sun. A mystical experience, to say the least!
To get to The Voo, you’ll have to head to the back end of VooDoo Beach, the resort’s sprawling outdoor deck with four swimming pools, waterfalls, a white sand beach, two full-service bars (VooDoo Beach Bar and Cruzan Island Bar) and the Rio Spa massage pavilion. You’ll spot the host of the pool club, Nicole, sitting by a podium under an umbrella near the entrance. After showing her a valid photo ID identifying your age, you’ll be allowed to walk in. That’s right, there’s no entrance fee to pay here – regardless of whether you’re a man or woman, visitor or local, non-hotel guest or hotel guest.
The Voo is surrounded by shrubbery for privacy. It looks deceptively small but can accommodate about 1,000 people. Three waterfalls flow down a large rock formation into an elegantly curved pool, which is encircled by sea blue-cushioned lounge chairs, daybeds, cabanas and umbrellas. Tucked behind the cascading waters are two large Jacuzzi-style tubs. Towering palm trees add to The Voo’s oasis-like feeling.
A live disc jockey – DJ Meko – is at a booth elevated above the crowd spinning a wickedly cool combo of EDM, Top 40, rap and R&B hits. On weekends, The Voo features go-go dancers. According to Nicole, booty-shaking contests and other pool games are also held whenever it’s busy.
The music and promotions enhance the vibrant nightclub-like atmosphere – as do the drinks. Although there’s no bar in The Voo, patrons are welcome to purchase beverages from the two bars in VooDoo Beach or from cocktail waitresses in sexy swimsuits who drift by regularly.
Among The Voo’s signature libations is the Vegas Cooler made with Ketel One Oranje vodka, peach schnapps, triple sec, Red Bull and a splash of pineapple juice. Frozen drinks are popular, along with margaritas served over ice – like the Rio ’Rita on the Rocks. Plus, there’s a large selection of bottled beers as well as a weekly draft special.
In addition, The Voo’s food wins raves from pool party goers who can’t wait to get their hands on items like the chicken tenders, grilled hot dogs, Baja fish tacos, Angus sliders, nachos and Philly cheesesteaks. Those who are health conscious can order smoothies, juices, seasonal fresh fruits and a selection of salads, such as the soba noodle salad (a combination of cold Japanese noodles with green onions, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and Asian dressing). Of course, there are treats – think frozen candy bars! – for those who aren’t counting calories.
The Voo’s nine daybeds and seven cabanas are also hot commodities. They start at $50 and $125 per person per day, respectively – which is an amazing value compared to pricing for similar seating options at pool clubs on the Strip. Each cabana is furnished with a flat-screen TV, a couch and chairs, a mini fridge and a ceiling fan. It’s recommended you call at least 24 hours in advance (if not a few days) because there may be waiting lists for them on weekends. If you don’t reserve a daybed or cabana, the lounge chairs are free. There are about 150 of them – just try to arrive early as they are offered on a first-come basis.
The Voo often hosts bachelor and bachelorette parties. Celebrities have been known to drop by as well. Recently, top players from the World Series of Poker tournament, which runs through July 15, have been spotted by the pool during breaks from the action.
With these amazing sights, sounds, flavors and people, surely you’re ready to fall under The Voo’s spell! It’s open Thursday – Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information or for daybed and cabana reservations, call (702) 777-6773.