Splish splash: Take a dip in the best Las Vegas pools

My, oh my. Is it pool season already? We’re still in our  hibernation mode! But if you’re headed to Vegas, you’ll want to take a dip — beach body ready or not.

We’ve come up with a list of our all-time favorite Vegas pools, which we like to call our Fine Nine. With several different pools on the Strip and off the Strip, we wanted to make it worth your while. And we think everything from lagoon-style pools and shark tanks to killer views and outdoor concerts do the trick.

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Those oranges may not be real, but they’re fun to look at. Enjoy the rooftop vibe at Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck. Photo courtesy of Downtown Grand.

Citrus at the Grand Pool Deck, Downtown Grand

Event: There will be a grand opening party at the pool Saturday, April 30. Open to the public, guests can enjoy live music starting at 8:30 p.m. We’re kicking off our pool list with this downtown gem since it just got a spiffy makeover. Located on Downtown Grand’s rooftop, the 35,000-square-foot Citrus at Grand Pool Deck provides a bright and cheerful atmosphere and an amazing al fresco happy hour.

Besides its infinity pool, cabanas and grass seating, you can enjoy outdoor games like foosball, corn hole, table tennis and more. Or you can just sit and admire the faux orange fruit trees (hey, we like ’em!) and skyline views of the surrounding downtown hotels. Plus, we’re digging the green and yellow accent colors. It puts us in a great mood. (Speaking of great mood, the bar’s new weekday happy hour is not to be missed, available 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.)  And talk about fresh: If you’re dining poolside, the herbs in your dish actually come from the pool’s own organic herb garden. You can’t get any more sustainable than that. Enjoy your meal at one of the pool’s shaded tables.

You can catch us at the bar sipping on a fresh-squeezed spiked lemonade.

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We spy with our little eyes, something… awesome. Aria’s pool has it all. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

Aria

Aria’s 215,000-square-foot pool area is located center Strip and is personally one of my all-time favorite Vegas spots. Maybe it’s the jaw-dropping skyscraper views. Maybe it’s the oversized and secluded whirlpools. Or maybe it’s small yet noticeable touches, like its waterfall fixture, bright flowers and oversized trees. Anyway you look at it, Aria nailed it. The pool area is both upbeat and relaxing, which makes it so easy to hang out here all day.

The Tank at the Golden Nugget

He’s gonna get you… just kidding! Swim in harmony at The Tank, the wildly popular pool at Golden Nugget. Photo courtesy of Golden Nugget.

The Tank at Golden Nugget

How many folks do you know who swim with sharks… by choice? Not many, we bet. However, at Golden Nugget’s The Tank, it’s highly encouraged. Head downtown and doggie paddle next to five different shark species, exotic fish and sting rays. Have no fear: Unlike “Jaws,” these fellows are inside a 200,000-gallon aquarium, which sits in the middle of the pool. Want to be super daring? Zoom through the enclosed waterslide that goes right through the aquarium.

The award-winning pool also has cabanas and two levels to chill and unwind after your shark-filled adventure. If you’re part of the 21-and-older crowd, Golden Nugget also has The Hideout, which offers live DJ entertainment on the weekends. Holla.

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Hey, if you don’t mind being the center of attention, grab a daybed here. Or you can always close the curtains for privacy. Photo courtesy of M Resort.

M Resort

M Resort may be off the Strip, but trust us — it’s well worth the trip. Located about 20 minutes from the Strip, M Resort’s pool serves as a pleasant escape. You’ll enjoy two heated infinity pools, two large whirlpools surrounded by fire torches and awesome mountain views. We also love the placement of the daybeds, seen above. Nap time would also be ideal with the convenient canopy and curtains. And since you’re not on the Strip, you’ll never have to worry about fighting for a chair. There are hundreds of lounge chairs here, so you’re good. Also, M Resort’s pool bar whips up a mean sangria.

Mandalay Beach

Catch a concert, jump in the lazy river and work on your tan on the sand beach… all in one place. Mandalay Beach, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

Mandalay Beach

Have you ever thought how perfect Vegas would be if it only had a beach? Consider it already done. While Mandalay Beach is not a real beach per se, it certainly comes close. If you wanted to, you and your boo can walk hand-in-hand, sand between your toes, and gaze at the sunset. The wave pool is always a fun one and we’ve lost track of time (plenty of times) in the pool’s lazy river. So what could make this beach scene even more perfect? Watch a concert here. Mandalay Bay is widely popular for its beachside concerts. Rock out or groove to your favorite artists while splashing in the wave pool — we think it’ll add some flair to your dance moves.

The concert series kicks off with country singer Cole Swindell on April 9th, followed by Maori reggae band Katchafire May 21st. You better believe I’ll be here for its I Love the ’90s concert series on May 28th, featuring Salt-N-Pepa, Kid ‘n Play, Rob Base, Young MC and Kool Moe Dee, baby. Mandalay Beach also hosts festivals, like last year’s Las Vegas Beer and Barrel Project. But honestly, the sand beach is enough of a reason to be one of our all-time favorite Vegas pools.

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Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna… wait. We’re in Vegas. Hello, Flamingo. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Flamingo Las Vegas

Everyone needs a break from the desert. At Flamingo Las Vegas’ pool, you don’t even feel like you’re in Sin City. That’s what we love most. With all the lush greenery and waterfalls, this Vegas pool feels more like a lagoon. And hey, you can’t beat a waterslide (we’ll do our best not to cut in line). The Beach Club area is designed for the entire fam-bam, while the GO Pool is strictly for the 21-and-older crowd. Kick back in a cabana with your tropical drink and admire the pool’s divine landscaping.

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We’re definitely fans of lagoons on the Strip. The Mirage pool, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

The Mirage

The Mirage’s pool is like a miniature version of Flamingo’s massive pool space. So if you’re looking for a lagoon setting on a smaller scale, this is it.  Take a dip in one of the two pools or two spas and  admire the gorgeous waterfalls and trees surrounding you. It’s almost like being on your own private island on the heart of the Strip. Now… where’s our super sugary drink with a little umbrella?

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You may not be in Italy, but you can still admire Romanesque architecture. Garden of the Gods pool oasis at Caesars Palace, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Caesars Palace

Want to have a pool day and leg day, all in one go? Head to Caesars Palace. You’ll get a great workout roaming through its five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis. There’s a different vibe at each pool too. Whether you want a 21-and-older experience at Venus Pool Club or a quiet, more serene pool day at Jupiter pool, choose your setting or bounce around to all of them. Temple pool (seen above) is the social hub for all pool goers and Neptune is ideal for laps. We love options and Garden of the Gods has plenty.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Swim time! Or concert time or movie time. Whatever tickles your fancy, The Boulevard Pool’s got it. Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Boy, do we love our outdoor concerts. And speaking from personal experience, Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan is one of the best Vegas concert venues. I had the pleasure of catching a live show from Aloe Blacc, as well as Phoenix — both beyond incredible. Plus, you know it’s a great show when concert goers start jumping in the pool and dancing. There are other great reasons to love Boulevard Pool. Not only does it transform into an ice skating rink (complete with a snow machine) during the winter, it has foosball tables and stellar Strip views to be enjoyed year round. As much as we love its rooftop winter wonderland, we’re crazy about the summertime’s spiked popsicles. We’ll take two (each), please. If you’re into movies, you can have a movie night here on select days during the summer.

Didn’t see your personal best on this list? Not to worry… pool season just started and we have more coming  your way. You can also check out our unique pools, the ones open all year and our complete Vegas pools list.

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Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.