Every year, Las Vegas hotels spend millions of dollars upgrading their pool complexes to compete for the sun loving tourists that visit during warm Spring and hot Summer months. This means more fun and excitement for all vacationers seeking the best pool experience. While some pools are open to the public, most hotels on the Strip are strict about checking your room key to ensure you are a registered guest. Therefore if you enjoy the pool experience, it’s best to do your research before you go and choose a hotel that fits your needs.
Best Las Vegas Hotel Pools
If your idea of a perfect Las Vegas Getaway includes endless hours relaxing or partying by the pool, then a good pool complex will be high on your list of desired amenities. Everybody has their own favorite hotel pool in Las Vegas, but if we had to pick a top five we would recommend the pools at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Bellagio, The Mirage and Caesars Palace.
If you are looking for a variety of options then Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand have two of the best overall pool complexes. The amazing Mandalay Bay Beach offers three swimming pools, a beachside casino, a wave pool, real sand, and a lazy river. Adults can also enjoy the nearby Moorea Beach Club with European bathing, cushioned chaise lounges, great cocktail service and poolside DJ music. The Grand Pool Complex at MGM Grand is a tropical oasis with five pools and a lazy river. MGM Grand also hosts Wet Republic’s ultra pool which features an exclusive nightlife atmosphere complete with poolside drinks and pampering.
The pools at The Mirage and Caesars Palace are just as impressive. If you are looking for a tropical oasis then The Mirage Pool is a great choice. The pool complex is surrounded by a tropical garden and features interconnecting lagoons and a waterfall. Like most of the best pools in Vegas, it can get crowded, especially on weekends during peak pool season. The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace is magnificent, and is great for sunbathing and swimming. If you are booking a stay at Caesars Palace and it’s within your price range we’d recommend the Augustus, Forum Tower or Palace Tower rooms.
Other hotels on the Las Vegas Strip with recommended pool areas are Wynn, Encore, Venetion, Aria, Flamingo and the Tropicana. The Flamingo and Tropicana are both older hotels but their pool areas feature multiple pools that cater to both adults and children and both hotels remain long time favorites for many repeat visitors. The Tropicana features an award winning, tropically landscaped, 4-acre pool area. Also planned for 2011 is the Grand Opening of Nikki Beach Club at The Tropicana. Last we heard the grand opening was scheduled for April 29th, but check with the hotel to make sure. If you are going to stay at the Flamingo and it’s within your budget then we recommend staying in one of their newly renovated Flamingo Go Rooms.
It’s worth noting that the atmosphere at many of the best pool complexes like those at The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, and MGM Grand can change significantly on Fridays and Saturdays. The pool areas get busier with more music and younger clientele. If you prefer a relaxing atmosphere and are planning a weekend getaway to Las Vegas you may be better suited to one of the hotels recommended in the next section.
Best Las Vegas Pools for RelaxingIf you want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon lounging and swimming at the pool and are looking for something slightly more peaceful and upscale, then our favorite destination is the Bellagio Pool and Courtyards with Caesars a close second. The Bellagio pool and courtyards are beautiful and are perfect for a relaxing swim or poolside cocktail.
Other great options for relaxing pool areas with lounge chairs and great service are Venetian and Wynn/Encore. Often overlooked properties with fringe benefits are MGM Signature and Four Seasons. Each of the towers at MGM Signature has its own smallish rectangular pool for the exclusive use of MGM Signature hotel guests. These pools are more relaxing with a laid back feel and attentive service. Should you feel a little more adventurous, you also have the benefit of full access to the MGM Grand’s big pool complex which is more lively and great for kids. The Four Seasons pool is relatively small but features a lush and very relaxing atmosphere and the service is top notch. Plus you can use any of the Mandalay Bay pools which as we previously mentioned are fabulous.
Whilst these pools typically have fewer kids than those featuring lazy rivers and slides, if you travel during Spring Break or when children are out of school, you may see a lot of kids at any of the pools in Las Vegas. If you want to avoid kids, our best advice is to visit Las Vegas when they are typically in school.
Las Vegas Pool Parties
If you are looking for sun, hot bodies, plentiful drinks and live DJ’s, then head to a famous Las Vegas Pool Party. For a daily pool party atmosphere MGM Grand has Wet Republic, Mandalay Bay has Moorea Beach Club, Aria has Liquid Pool Lounge, and the Venetian has Tao Beach. Two of the more famous Vegas Pool Parties can be found off the strip. Both The Palms and The Hard Rock Hotel cater to a younger clientele and both pool areas have a daily pool party atmosphere. If you are looking for the ultimate pool party experience, The Hard Rock Pool features “Rehab” on Sundays and on Fridays the Palms hosts “Ditch Friday”.
Best Las Vegas Pools for Kids
Kids will love the Mandalay Bay pool area with its large beach, lazy river, and wave pool. Like most Las Vegas properties, you’re going to find that some of the pool goers will be young adults drinking and enjoying themselves, so no pool in Las Vegas is completely kid friendly, especially on busy days. Kids will also love the lazy river at the MGM Grand pool complex. Monte Carlo also features a lazy river, and is a decent choice, but their pool area is not as good as it once was due to construction changes resulting from the nearby City Center development. Another excellent choice on the Strip is the Flamingo with its big water slide. If you are staying downtown the Golden Nugget with its water slide is also a good option.
European Style Pools in Las Vegas
One of the biggest trends in Las Vegas are adults only pool areas (21 and over) that feature European style sunbathing. Most of these pools require paid admission and offer pampering services (chilled towels etc.), cocktail service, DJ Music and other amenities while individuals sunbathe outside by the pool. Bare at The Mirage, Venus Pool Club at Caesars and Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay are all recommended options. Guests staying at Wynn/Encore can enjoy the Sunset Pool at Wynn or the European Pool at Encore. The Go Pool at The Flamingo, Beach Club 25 at The Stratosphere and TAO Beach at the Venetian also provide an adults only, Euro style experience.
Las Vegas Pool Season
Many hotels keep a heated pool open year round, and most pool areas are fully operational by the end of March, but pool season doesn’t really get going until the weather heats up in April and May. There is a big difference between the weather in March and the weather in May. It’s always a good idea to pack your swimwear in March, but in general you have to get lucky to enjoy great pool weather that early in the year.
Recommend your Favorite Hotel Pool in Las Vegas
If you have a favorite pool in Las Vegas then let our readers know by leaving a comment below. If possible, try and explain why you prefer this pool to others so readers with similar tastes can make a more educated decision when booking their Las Vegas Vacation.