Las Vegas Pool Season – Finding the Perfect Pool

Pool season has become the most popular part of the Las Vegas calendar in recent years, and for good reason. The heat, the sun, cocktails and bikinis have made dayclubs such as Daylight Beach Club, Wet Republic incredibly popular. But not everyone who comes to Las Vegas is looking for a party. So for those of you looking for something a little more tame, no need to worry, as there are plenty of fun spots that cater to the less raucous crowd.

Once you get beyond the dayclubs, you can really find any type of pool environment you are looking for. From the simple pool with a lounge chair, to the take-me-away tropical vibe, to the kid friendly spot, and now even a little surfing in the desert, Vegas has it all. Splash Magazines Worldwide has put together a few of our favorites on and off the Las Vegas strip. For those of you who have not ventured off the Las Vegas strip, you are about to find out there is more to life than Las Vegas Boulevard.

Pool at JW (Photo Courtesy: Therese Sam)

We begin with our favorite pool, which does take you off the Las Vegas strip and into Summerlin – to the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa. If you are looking for a relaxing and tropical pool experience, this is your best . The 11,000-square-foot pool area is simply breathtaking, and your first view is an oasis surrounded by towering palm trees. From there you are drawn to the cascading waterfalls that complete the relaxing pool experience. The unwinding begins as you enter the pool and lay down to grab some sun on a plush lounge chair; or, just cool off in the pool while the amazing poolside staff caters to you with a plethora of summertime cocktails.

Waterfall at JW (Photo Courtesy: Therese Sam)

If you really want to elevate your pool experience you can spend your day relaxing in one of the private cabanas that can fit eight people in the standard cabana, or up to 16 in the grand cabana. You are going to enjoy flat-screen tvs, misters as well as stylish and plush lounge chairs and couches that will make sure you are as comfortable as possible. The cabanas at the JW offer a wide assortment of pricing and specials throughout the pool season, so if you ever thought about getting a cabana, this is one place to give it a try without breaking your Las Vegas bankroll. The JW itself provides a serene setting that offers you beautiful rooms and a championship golf course to go along with one of the most expansive settings in all of Las Vegas. For more information visit: JW Las Vegas or call 702.869.7777.

Next on our list is the pool at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. The Monte Carlo is often an afterthought on the Las Vegas strip with so many new and updated casinos grabbing the spotlight over the past decade. For those who know the Monte Carlo, they know it is one of the hidden gems of Las Vegas and the pool is no different. Multiple pools, a wave pool and a lazy river provide more than enough water to keep you cool in the Las Vegas heat. The pool at the Monte Carlo does turn things up on the weekend with the Sensation Weekend pool parties featuring games, DJs and MCs throughout the day. Don't let the sound of that make you think that this is an adult party pool; it is big enough to provide areas that are a little more relaxing and if you have kids, the variety of pools will keep them entertained. Tube rentals and amazing frozen cocktails are a must while you are the Monte Carlo, and one of the extra bonuses of this pool is that right next door is The Pub, which offers some of the best gourmet pub food in all of Las Vegas.

Pool at Monte Carlo (Courtesy of MGM Resorts)

If you are familiar with Las Vegas you might be a little surprised to find the glorious 11-acre tropical Sand-and-Surf Beach at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino coming in at number three on our list. We certainly can't fault you for wanting to experience the sand beach, the 1.6 million gallon wave pool or the quarter mile lazy river, but those are the very reasons it dropped on our list. It is simply too popular as you can tell by the fact that it was voted by Trip Advisor as one of the best pools in the United States. On the weekend it is just too crowded – trying to relax in the lazy river can be very unrelaxing and the amount of bodies that go flying in the waves of the wave pool can be overwhelming. If you can visit Mandalay Bay during the week when it is a little less crowded I would say you must give it whirl, but if you go on the weekend just be prepared for a little bit of chaos.

Pool at Mandalay Bay (Courtesy of MGM Resorts)

If you are staying at Caesars Palace, would you expect anything less that a pool experience named "The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis?" The Garden of the Gods offers seven different pools and that means there is literally something for everyone, beginning with the Temple, which offers an oasis for families where younger swimmers can splash under the rotunda’s central fountains while the cabana-lined Jupiter pool offers a quiet respite from the social scene, complete with ambient music and custom designed cabanas equipped to provide serene spa services from Qua Baths & Spa. Social sunbathers flock to the side-by-side Neptune and Fortuna pools for swim-up blackjack and handcrafted cocktails. The Apollo pool, aptly named after the Roman god of light and the sun, is located in the southwest corridor of the oasis, best suited for sun worshipping. For the VIP pool experience, invited guests can enjoy the Bacchus pool. Raised 18 feet above the pool desk, the two Bacchus pools are framed by graceful curved staircases and staffed by attentive butlers.

The Sky Pool at ARIA is in a bit of a class by itself as you need to stay at the ARIA Sky Suites to enjoy this pool experience, and these suites are certainly a little above the normal Las Vegas room rate. That being said, if you have a chance to stay at the Sky Suite at some point you certainly should. The Sky Pool offers all of the luxury services and VIP assistance that guests of ARIA Sky Suites are offered. This breathtaking pool offers complimentary refreshers every 90 minutes as well as unique poolside treats that are exclusively available within Sky Pool, such as smoothie shots, ice pops (including Raspberry Lychee Lemon Drop) and for those really hot days you can enjoy mochi balls. ARIA Property Mixologist Craig Schoettler also created some unique cocktails for the Sky Pool. All of this makes for a truly one of a kind experience for those of you who stay at the Sky Suites.

SkyPool at ARIA (Courtesy of MGM Resorts)

Finally, if you want to get wet with an experience unlike any other pool, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino recently introduced the Strip’s first ever FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double. The FlowRider allows you to experience a variety of board-sport skills such as surfing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skimboarding and skateboarding in a safe yet exhilarating environment. With FlowRider’s waveform technology, riders should have no fear of wiping out as the surface is designed to absorb the energy of impacts. The FlowRider Wave-in-a-Box Double joins the Planet Hollywood’s well-known pool scene, which boasts two separate pool decks, two pool bars, live DJs, 21 new cabanas with poolside bottle service, daybeds and a pool café.

There are few cities that can compare to Las Vegas when it comes to being the perfect setting to enjoy the summer season. From the adult pool to the party pool or the family pool and of course just the take me away from my troubles and pamper pool, Las Vegas has a pool for everyone so make sure you jump into the one that fits your personality and enjoy the sun and fun of Sin City.

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