Welcome To Vegas Pool School
Vegas in the summer might be like a pot roast in the oven but during spring and fall (and even winter depending on where you’re visiting from), Vegas is an oasis in the desert. Lucky for you, you don’t have to sit there basting in your own juices in a vain attempt to be cool. There are plenty of oases awaiting your swan dive in Sin City. But like the casinos, the shows, and everything else in this town, some pools are cooler others. Sure, any of them will do the job of lowering your body temperature a degree or two. But you could do that in your own bathtub. If you’re going to take the plunge, do it in the best dives around – where you’ll find a little flair, a little style and maybe even a little skin. See you in the deep end.
Hard Rock Hotel
Everything at the Hard Rock has that “rock star” vibe. Including the pool. Like the backstage of a concert, you can’t get into this chlorinated hideaway without a pass. But once you’re there, you’ll see why they go through so much trouble of keeping the looky-loos out. There are undulating sand-bottom pools and beaches, swim-up Blackjack tables, private spots found throughout the staggered levels, underwater music, an alfresco bar, not to mention a babbling brook and a waterfall. Paradise found, indeed. If you are looking for a pool party, the one you’ll find here is called Rehab! You’ll need VegasHotSpots to get you in VIP.
Sure, the pool at Caesars is impressive with its soaring rotunda in the center and fountains shooting water 15-feet high and columns and sculptures that remind one of Rome and Roman indulgence. But that’s not why this pool is so cool. It’s the area called the Venus pool that’s so, well, shagadelic. Why? It’s the only pool on the Strip that allows European-style topless bathing. Can’t bring the kiddies to this tub. But really, why would you want to? The Venus Pool was made for sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Literally.
One probably wouldn’t think of 10-foot flamingos spitting water onto swimmers as attractive. But against the backdrop of one of the oldest and wonderfully kitschy hotels in Vegas, it works. Whoever laid out the plan for Flamingo’s pool was some sort of aquatic engineering visionary. The network of waterslides is proof positive of that: waterslides are a standard at many hotel pools nowadays. Add to that a 14-foot waterfall, as well as live flamingos and penguins on display, and you’ve got one of the most fun and refreshing spots on the Strip.
You wouldn’t expect such a peaceful and picturesque water palace from a hotel that’s now all but ignored. And that’s reason enough to go. The pool at the Tropicana might be one of the best-kept secrets in Vegas. And once you’re there, you might be able to find a few more hiding places amongst the jungle landscaping, dark caverns and winding paths. There are also well-shaded dining areas and Jacuzzis that are all set back from the main pools. Don’t feel like being outside? No worries. There’s even an inside pool for all you solar-phobes. If it’s privacy in the pool you want, Tropicana’s the place to find it.
Ocean? We don’t need no steenkin’ ocean. Here’s a pool that comes with something most of the other pools in Vegas don’t: Waves. Six-foot waves, to be exact. This makes Mandalay Bay’s pool not just a pool, but a literal water park. Covering 11 acres, the tropical park also features a lazy river, three exotic pools, water gardens and waterfalls with a sandy beach. And if you snack too much while sitting by the pool, there’s a jogging track surrounding the area. But really, who wants to exercise in Sin City when you can sit back and watch the eye candy sash-shay by?
OK, wave pools are very cool. But where do you go when you want to simply relax? Palms’ pool is the place. Featuring lounge chairs that are the size of double-beds, hammocks aplenty, as well as chairs and tables that are set up in the shallow end of the pool. Not only that, but there’s a glass pool with windows through which you can take underwater pictures. So you might want to wear some underwear underneath that bathing suit.
For those people who believe in the phrase “Size Matters”, may we present the MGM Grand. There’s not one, but five huge pools with 27,000 combined square feet of space to swim in. Add to that 147,000 square feet of sunbathing space, as well as a 1,000-foot lazy river that takes 10 minutes to float around, and you’ve got a pool area that’s worthy of its own zip code. Tell your friends and family you’ll meet them at the lost and found.
Many people think Mandalay Bay was the first hotel on the Strip to bring a wave pool to the Strip, but it was actually the Monte Carlo that brought the waves first. Sure, the waves may only reach three feet in height, but they’re still an enjoyable diversion nonetheless. There’s also a kiddie pool for those with the family in tow. If those oases don’t float your boat, fear not. Monte Carlo has a total of five pools to choose from, as well as the Easy River Ride. Who said excess is a bad thing?
For those with time to waste – and money to blow – don’t miss the The Bellagio Pools. Stroll down the central walkway, and you’ll see pools surrounded by well-groomed pines and bonsais (a little larger than the ones in Karate Kid). Three of the pools have mushroom fountains that you can lay beneath while getting soaked like a sponge. For $100 a day, you can rent a Flamingo Kid-style cabana, each with a dressing area, sink, table, 6 lounge chairs, TV, phone, ceiling fan and a well-stocked fridge. With all that, who needs a pool?
Here’s another hotel surrounded by multiple pools, each one with its own distinct personality. One is clam-shaped with a large pearl fountain in the middle. Another is fish shaped with a black-tile bottom. The third has a sandy beach, and the fourth includes a jacuzzi tucked behind a beautiful waterfall. The Rio features Ipanema Beach, a lavish multi-level recreation complex featuring waterfalls, sand beaches and volleyball courts. Ah, so many pools, so little time.