Best Resort Pools in Las Vegas
Pool season is set to begin in mid-March for most Las Vegas resorts. Going for a swim in Las Vegas is unlike anywhere else. Many resorts offer swim-up blackjack, topless areas, and cocktail service. Here is a list of the best pools in Las Vegas to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
MGM Grand: Grand Pool Complex
MGM Grand's Grand Pool Complex features 4 pools, multiple Jacuzzis, a lazy river which you can tube down, and is also home to Wet Republic, one of the Strip's best day clubs with a poolside lounge. This year Wet Republic opens on March 22nd and has a new lineup of resident DJs that include Calvin Harris, known for his hit song Feel so Close. Wet Republic is sure to be packed with the young and the beautiful when the season picks up. Outside Wet Republic, the sprawling complex's cabanas include safes, flat screen TVs, mini fridges, and tubes. There are also showers to change and rinse off in, and the MGM Grand is one of the few resorts that offers poolside wi-fi. The Grand Pool Complex is open from 8am to 6pm.
Best Features: Wet Republic, lazy river, tricked out cabanas, open to the public, wi-fi
Caesar's Palace: Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
Caesar's Palace has six elaborately decorated colonnaded pools. Of special note is the Temple Pool, centered by a swim-up pavilion with a statue of Caesar surrounded by several fountains. Caesar's Palace also has its own day club, The Venus Pool, encircled with columns, statues, and flora. The floor of the Venus Pool features a gorgeous mosaic. Over at the Fortuna Pool you can play swim-up blackjack. The pool complex is open from 9am to 6pm, but is $20 for non-hotel guests, and The Venus Pool has its own cover charge.
Best Features: Décor, swim-up blackjack
Unlike most Vegas pools, The Mirage's pools are heated and open year-round. Waterfalls and groves of palm trees surround the pools, in accord with the hotel's tropical theme. You can grab a drink at the tiki-style Dolphin Bar or the Bare Pool Lounge. The Bare Pool Lounge is one of the few pools in Vegas that allows European style sunbathing. Cover is $10 for women, and $20-$40 for men.
Best Features: Open year-round, heated, waterfalls, topless pool
The pools at Wynn/Encore Resort are heated, surrounded by gardens, and also allow topless sunbathing. A highlight is Encore Beach Club which turns into Surrender at night. This is perhaps the most scenic day club/nightclub in Vegas, a huge mostly outdoor space surrounded by faux building-fronts. Encore Beach Club opens on March 16th and is only open on Saturdays.
Best Features: Encore Beach Club/Surrender, ambience
There's something a little retro about the Tropicana's pool. Inspired by South Beach, Tropicana's pools are surrounded by palm trees, waterfalls, and sun. Tropicana also has swim-up blackjack and cabana rentals. This year will feature the grand opening of Bagatelle Beach Club, part of the Bagatelle restaurant and nightclub. The Tropicana also has a 24-hour indoor pool.
Best features: 24-hour indoor pool
Stratosphere's Level 8 pool lies on the rooftop of one of its buildings. From its lounge chairs, you can watch brave tourists bungee jump from the top of the Stratosphere tower. This pool is open to the public and can be reached by an elevator through a set of doors marked Level 8 from the casino floor of the Stratosphere. Since its on the roof, the pool closes down on extremely windy days which occur from time to time in Las Vegas. There's also a poolside bar/snack shop.
Best Features: Rooftop location, open to the public
The Hard Rock is home to the infamous Rehab, a riotously popular day club/pool party open every Sunday for rehabilitation from drunken Saturday nights. The day club is also open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays. Rehab isn't set to open until April 21st. The Hard Rock has three pools: Paradise Beach, the Nirvana Pool, and the Breathe Pool Lounge. The Breathe Pool Lounge typically offers ladies free champagne until midnight after dark.
Best features: Rehab, free champagne
Mandalay Bay features a sandy faux beach, wave pool, and lazy river. The faux beach area is only open to hotel guests. Mandalay Bay is also home to Moorea Beach Club, another topless pool. Food and drink is available at several locations: the Bikini Bar, the Beachside Bar and Grille, and the Smoothie Shack. There are a variety of rental options including cabanas, daybeds, gazebos, and bungalows.
Best Features: sandy beach, lazy river, wave pool, topless pool, bungalow rentals
The Luxor has another large pool complex with four pools, four whirlpools, and a slide. The pool is heated seasonally and there are misters located in the palm trees that operate during the summer. There is a snack bar, bar, and swimwear shop in the pool area. The complex is free for hotel guests and $10 for locals and non-hotel guests and is open from 9am to 5pm.
Best Features: slide, misters
The Monte Carlo also has a lazy river along with a Wave Pool and cabanas fitted with flat screen TVs. There are four gleaming pools total with live DJs on the weekends. The pools are open from 9am-5pm, even though they are lit beautifully at night. The complex is free for hotel guests and $10 for locals.
Best Features: lazy river, Wave Pool
Golden Nugget: The Tank
The Golden Nugget offers a unique pool experience because it's the only pool in Vegas that features a large shark tank. A three-story slide plunges through the shark tank into the pool below. The pool is heated year-round and open from 10am to 5pm. The Jacuzzi is open later, until 2am. The Hideout infinity pool and H2O Bar are also open until 2am.
Best Features: shark tank, slide, infinity pool, open late, heated