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From ARIA to Palms, These Are Vegas' 10 Best Pools

Published On 04/15/2014 Published On 04/15/2014
Alicante Casino + Hotel
Alicante Casino + Hotel
MGM Resorts International

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

On the Strip

It’s a tale of two cities. On one side, you’ve got the best of times, thanks to a lazy river, poolside massages, a full-service eats menu, etc., and on the other side, you've got... the other best of times at Wet Republic, one of the summer's busiest party spots, with DJs, bikinis, and booze served by some of the best-looking “model employees” you’ll find on the Strip.

The Venetian and Palazzo

The Palazzo

On the Strip

There’s no shortage of “adults-only” pools in Las Vegas, but Azure is among the best of them: an oasis where the squeal of bratty children won't interfere with your ability to chow down on frozen grapes, fruity cocktails, and food by Wolfgang Puck.

Aliante Casino + Hotel

Aliante Casino + Hotel

North Las Vegas

Horace Greeley (or was it the Pet Shop Boys?) famously said “Go West, young man," but he really should have said North, if you're looking for a pool with a forest of palm trees, jazz concerts, and deals that cater to locals far, far away from the Strip.

The Palms Casino Resort

Palms Casino & Resort

Off the Strip

Palms Pool is actually two pools spread across two acres, and is home to the Ditch Fridays summer party series, plus events like the Midsummer Lingerie Carnival costume bash, where, as everyone knows, you can’t go wrong with girls in lingerie and body paint who just happen to be steps away from splashing water.

Barbara Kraft

Encore

On the Strip

Sure, the Wynn's got two other pools surrounded by lush gardens, swanky cabanas, etc., but the private Encore Beach Club is your go-to (if you can get in), thanks to things like two levels of cabanas that feel like small apartments; an unbeatable lineup of big-name DJs; food from EBC Grill; and, best of all, a stripper pole in the center of the pool.

Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Palace

On the Strip

The Garden of the Gods Oasis swimming area is just massive: it's got six pools offering a little bit of something for everyone (as long as everyone likes décor heavy on iconic Roman sculptures, columns, etc.), including the secluded Venus pool, which is “adults-only” and “tops optional," so you can escape the crowds, and the kids... wait, did you say "tops optional"?!

MGM Resorts International

ARIA

On the Strip

For a relaxed-day-club feel with a twist of luxury, Liquid is your spot. It’s nestled in the heart of CityCenter, and offers a more intimate experience with a smaller pool area that feels more like a lounge than a day club. Sip on cucumber lemonades and enjoy music that’s heavy on the Top 40 and easy on the House and EDM. Or if you get bored... watch some TV on the 40in flat-screen in your cabana.

MGM Resorts International

The Mirage

On the Strip

The resort pool has some of the best scenery on the Strip... with lots of green trees, a waterfall, and an amazing atmosphere when sunset comes around. The only downside is you may have to walk past the Kardashian Khaos clothing boutique before you get inside.

Artisan

Artisan

Off the Strip

Artisan has a reputation for its Goth-inspired lobby and for being a go-to after-hours destination. But it’s also worth checking out during the day, so that you can lounge around the pool. Not just any pool. Euphemistically entitled "the European Pool" (think of the famously tops-optional beaches that grace the Mediterranean), this spot is nearly as idyllic as its namesake.

Erik Kabik

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Off the Strip

The Hard Rock created the day-club craze in Las Vegas, and rolled out its famous Rehab pool parties every summer, but it’s also worth checking out on those days when you just want to relax, sip on a cocktail, and forget about the night before, instead of getting an early start on the next one.

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1. MGM Grand Hotel & Casino 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

MGM Grand Hotel & Casino offers numerous suites and penthouses for your Vegas vacation. Dine at one of their signature restos (Joel Robuchon, Hakkasan, Craftsteak... to name a few), or relax at the spa or salon.

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2. The Palazzo Las Vegas 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This award-winning (Top 25 Hotels in US and Canada, World's Best, Forbes Four Star, AAA Five Diamond) hotel on the strip offers luxury and entertainment with shopping, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs, and more all on site.

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3. Aliante Casino + Hotel 7300 Aliante Pkwy, North Las Vegas, NV 89084 (Off Strip)

This off-Strip hotel and casino offers luxury in the serene, Aliante neighborhood of north Vegas. Complete with five in-house restaurants, a 600-seat showroom for live concerts, and a casino with more than 1,800 slot machines, Aliante offers a level of glam at a lower price range.

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4. Palms Casino & Resort 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

This luxury casino sports gorgeous accommodations, high-end restos (N9ne Steakhouse, Alize, Nove Italiano), and a spa/salon.

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5. Encore Las Vegas 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Strip)

A golden, butterfly-motif, $2 billion Yang to the Wynn's Yin, the 63-story Encore is a complexly themed wonderland of classy degeneracy, with 2034 houndstooth-upholstered rooms and a 74,000 sq ft gaming floor partitioned off by columns and curtains, miraculously making your bankruptcy an intimate affair.

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6. Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The grandaddy of all Las Vegas casinos, Caesar's Palace is an icon in its own right. The massive Parthenon-like resort boasts regular rooms and deluxe fantasy suites, a cavernous and varied casino, premium shopping, live entertainment (ranging from Celine Dion to Elton John), and a conveniently located chapel should anyone have too much fun.

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7. Aria 3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89158 (Strip)

With 61 stories of gleaming floor-to-ceiling windows, this chic, upscale resort is an entertainment mecca right in the heart of the Strip. Aria boasts an array of boutique fine-dining options -- ranging from Sage, helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Shawn McClain to Michael Mina's cutting-edge French eatery Bardot Brasserie -- lounges, clubs, spas, and high-end stores.

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8. The Mirage Hotel & Casino 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

A staple in the Vegas hotel scene, The Mirage hosts a slew of next-level accommodations and suites, like the Villas, where you can have your own private lagoon-like pool surrounded by a forest of palm trees.

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9. Artisan Boutique Hotel 1501 W. Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102 (Strip)

Roaring back from the brink of foreclosure, the casino-less Artisan hotel's totally ballered-out, with huge gilded gothic doors leading you into an early 1900's Parisian paradise comprised of a restaurant serving jazzed-up American faire.

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10. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 4455 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The concept behind Hard Rock hotels is simple: people need a place to crash after raging, gambling, eating, and drinking all night. And the Vegas outpost ensures that you'll be able to accomplish all of those things in one spot, with three towers devoted to hotel rooms, the casino, over 200,000sqft of pools, nine restos to booze or grab a bite, plenty of ways to (bachelor) party during your last nights as a free man, and more.