Most have a preferred way to “do” a Las Vegas pool party. Some may choose to relax with close friends inside shady, misted VIP cabanas, keeping an eye on the DJ (and the writhing half-naked masses) from a safe distance. Others just aren’t happy unless they’re surrounded by fellow partygoers, splash-dab in the middle of the action. Luckily for all, during the off-season, the masterminds behind our city’s legendary party puddles were hard at work coming up with new surprises to please every stripe of sun worshipper.
Because every single second of pool season is precious, Wet Republic’s new and improved (read: shaded and misted) queuing area promises to get revelers poolside, ASAP; while the addition of accessible storage lockers at the revamped entry may technically exist to keep everybody’s valuables safe and dry, the handy cellphone chargers located within are the ultimate draw. New bungalows boast pool and DJ views, a personal Jacuzzi and HDTV for the high-rollers, but the expanded 95-foot bar and revved-up LED display are upgrades that everyone can enjoy. At MGM Grand, WetRepublic.com.
Drai’s Beach Club
Drai’s, the long-standing final party stop for the last ones standing, ushers in a new era of decadence with the unveiling of Drai’s Beach Club. With more than 60,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space perched on the roof of the Cromwell—the Strip’s latest boutique hotel addition—the venue’s 40 daybeds, luxury bungalows and cabanas (each with private plunge pool) promise to be some of this summer’s most sought-after real estate. TheCromwell.com.
Hashtag SaturGAY! The newly remodeled Tropicana Beach Club resort is the home to Las Vegas’ LGBTQ-friendliest Saturday pool party, Xposed! Minglers repping every hue of the rainbow are free to lounge on daybeds, relax by a cascading waterfall, dig into sand volleyball courts, take a dip in one of the property’s heated pools or just feast their eyes on fellow partygoers. XposedLV.com.
Palms Pool & Dayclub
No self-respecting local would ever think to roll up poolside sporting last season’s swimwear—it’s just not done. So for those with a beachwear fashion emergency, lost luggage or whose evening has blurred into day (hey, it happens), the Palms Pool this summer introduces a Bikini.com pop-up shop providing guests with the services of a “Bikini Concierge” on both Friday and Saturday afternoons. Palms.com.
The godfather of Las Vegas pool parties, Rehab Sundays is brand-spankin’ new this season—adding an extra day of fun (Saturday) along with a fresh musical focus, veering away from the ubiquitous EDM to a pop-driven format. In more practical matters, the cabanas and banquettes of the Nirvana and Breathe Pools and Paradise Beach have been refreshed and have added a few key touches, such as safes and handy storage bins. At Hard Rock Hotel, RehabLV.com.
Artisan Boutique Hotel
Jump into the Naked at the Artisan (well, topless anyway) pool action with a mostly local crowd every Sunday at La Playa Latin Beach Club. Partygoers enjoy cabana and daybed options and can relax with a hookah while taking in the view of our city’s natural and not-so-natural wonders as resident DJs Veetam and Cubano keep the beat. ArtisanHotel.com.
Daylight Beach Club
After last year’s successful debut, Daylight at Mandalay Bay doubled down on the fun this summer with the addition of two exclusive VIP pools—one 448 square feet for the northside cabana-dwellers and a 245-square-foot pool for those enjoying the cabanas to the southwest—to the property’s existing 4,400-square-foot pool. DaylightVegas.com.
The Cosmopolitan Pool District
Why settle for popcorn and soda with your double feature when the Jaleo team has sophisticated Spanish cuisine on offer? Created especially for the Dive-In Movies screened on the 65-foot digital marquee at the Boulevard Pool, the new Paella Picnic features tapas, such as sliced apple and fennel salad with manchego cheese, walnuts and sherry; beet and tomato gazpacho with goat cheese; and a daily paella creation, cooked on an open-flame, wood-burning grill. The $30-per-person cover charge includes movie entry, a dining table on the yard and a daybed for lolling off the resulting food coma. CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.