You’ve heard of nightlife. Welcome to daylife. Many of the hotel pools in Las Vegas are not your average hotel pools. They’re splashy, sunny party scenes where high-energy deejays, full-service cabanas, craft cocktails, and even hired dancers have become standard.
The Best Las Vegas Hotel Pools
Though a few of the Las Vegas hotel pools on this list are on the more relaxed side, most are for people looking for an unapologetically Vegas experience in a swimsuit.
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Drai’s Beachclub at the Cromwell
When you’re looking for Las Vegas hotel pools, head to Drai’s Beachclub at the Cromwell for 30,000 square feet of waterside partying. This rooftop venue, providing 11th-floor views above the Strip, includes seven different swimming pools, 30 cabanas and bungalows, 40 daybeds, two cocktail bars, Drai’s Cafe, and palm trees galore. Day or night, this is a super lively scene, with deejays, dancers, and the city’s most fashionable patrons.
Wet Republic at MGM Grand
For hotels in Vegas with pools, you could do worse than MGM Grand—its Wet Republic is a 54,500-square-foot venue packed full of scantily clad bodies swaying to a deejay’s thumping music. With a wild atmosphere, ritzy drinks, dipping pools, daybeds, and party cabanas, Wet Republic provides your authentic Vegas pool party experience.
The Pool at the Palazzo
The Palazzo offers one of the better Las Vegas hotel pools—it’s cozier and more relaxed than the others, with plenty of lounge chairs and daybeds. Cabanas come with ceiling fans, DVD players, air conditioning, and refrigerators. While deejays spin, attentive servers bring you towels and fancy drinks, along with snacks by Wolfgang Puck. There’s an onsite retail shop in case you forget your SPF or sunnies.
Palms Place Pool
The Palms’ sixth-floor resort pool area encompasses 50,000 square feet but has a calm ambiance, thanks to waterfalls, stone gardens, and lovely tropical-themed landscaping. There’s also a hot tub near a fireplace, an onsite bar, and plenty of shaded areas. Cabanas come with bottle service, a personal attendant, sofas, and a flat-screen TV. If you’re looking for hotels in Vegas with pools, the Palms Place Pool may just convince you to book a room at the Palms.
Mandalay Bay Beach
Mandalay Bay Beach is one of the most famous and popular Las Vegas hotel pools, and for good reason. This is about as close to the beach as you can get in Nevada, with 2,700 tons of sand touching the water and a 1.6-million-gallon wave pool. In case you prefer a river experience, you can also float an inner tube down the quarter-mile, kid-friendly Lazy River.
This is also the site of big-name concerts, and it’s a memorable open-air entertainment experience. Mandalay Bay Beach also offers two cocktail bars and one grill, two retail shops, as well as 100 cabanas, day beds, bungalows, and villas—order food, get a massage, and inform your cabana host of anything else you need.
Rehab Beach Club at Hard Rock Hotel
Rehab claims to have originated the Vegas daylife party scene when it opened back in early 2003. It’s a plausible assertion—this edgy venue is an old pro at creating a rowdy and flirty scene, drenched in booze and rock ‘n’ roll. Its five lagoonlike acres include sandy beaches, swim-up blackjack tables, cabanas, daybeds, banquettes—and a massive pool. Deejays are a big deal here, and frequently, major artists like Flo Rida perform.
Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool commands great views of the Strip, day and night. By day, sun lovers flock to soak in the rays and take a dip in the large pool. They occupy lounge chairs and daybeds up and down this multilevel venue. While music plays, vacationers play pool foosball or watch whatever movie is being projected on the Marquee screen. By night, the place transforms into an al fresco concert venue. (Another pool option at Cosmo is the vibrant Marquee Dayclub, a hard-partying extension of the resort’s dreamlike Marquee Nightclub.)
Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria
If you’re looking for a secluded pool with great ambience and plenty of palm trees, head to Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria Resort and Casino. This inviting adults-only venue specializes in providing VIP service and fancy poolside snacks to anyone occupying its many daybeds, banquettes, and high-tech cabanas. There are several small pools around the main one; you can book your own, if you like. Music is the main attraction—deejays travel from all over the world to spin their pulsing beats here, and their poolside audience revels in appreciation.
Tao Beach at Venetian
Tao Beach is one of the Las Vegas hotel pools where the beautiful people come to party. The clientele here sport toned bodies, designer shades, and the latest trends in swimwear—they show a lot of skin and not a lot of inhibition. And this 18,000-square-foot party zone is fully supportive of that. A 30-foot bar shakes up fresh cocktails, international deejays crank up the volume, and at night, two 14-foot fire columns flare.
The large pool deck features pops of orange and Asian design elements (Buddha sculptures, stone pots), and the snack and sushi menu is pan-Asian too. You can spring for amenities like bottle service, massage, and sunglass cleaning, or book one of 12 air-conditioned cabanas which come equipped with gaming consoles.
Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace
Continuing with the heavy Roman theme from inside the resort, the Garden of the Gods Oasis at Caesars Palace is surrounded by Romanesque architecture, and each of the seven bathing areas carries a look and name to match: you can play blackjack in (yes, in) the Fortuna pool, enjoy the views from the Temple Pool, swim laps in the large Neptune Pool, bask in the sun beside the Apollo Pool, or partake in Bacchus Pool’s VIP services. Throughout, there are cabanas and private loungers, and roving masseuses and body artists.
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–Original reporting by Avital Andrews. Follow her on Twitter @avitalb.