Dive Into Decadence in Las Vegas' Most Extreme Pools
Unless you are under the age of 10, chances are you aren't generally impressed by hotel pools. Sure, when you are on a warm-weather getaway it's nice to hang out by the cement pond with a book and an umbrella drink, but for the most part, a pool is a pool.
nless you are under the age of 10, chances are you aren't generally impressed by hotel pools. Sure, when you are on a warm-weather getaway it's nice to hang out by the cement pond with a book and an umbrella drink, but for the most part, a pool is a pool.
The Tank at Golden Nugget
You might think that the only sharks you will find in Las Vegas are located on the gaming floors, but at the legendary Golden Nugget, you can swim with some real sharks - or at least close to them. A recent renovation has turned the heated outdoor pool into a combination water park, aquarium and exclusive club. Climb to the top of the three-story waterslide and speed down through the center of the 200,000-gallon shark tank; after the exhilarating ride you can rest in one of the 15 private cabanas equipped with televisions, refrigerators and butler service. If you don't want to splurge for a cabana, you can soak up the desert sun on a comfy daybed.
The Beach at Mandalay Bay
Las Vegas hotels might be marooned in the middle of the desert (click here to see more) but you would never know it by the pool at Mandalay Bay. This pool is a tropical island oasis in the middle of the desert featuring a real beach with more than 2,700 tons of sand, a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool plus three additional swimming pools, a lazy river and 100 private cabanas available for rent. Adults who don't want to deal with pesky tan lines can lay claim to a spot at the Moorea Beach Club, where topless sunbathing is acceptable (and the norm) and you can enjoy private dipping pools and comfortable day beds. If the sun gets to be too much, head in to the air-conditioned Beach Casino, where the dress code is swimsuits and beachwear, or check out one of the poolside concerts from major acts during the summer months. The overall atmosphere is one of a nonstop beach party.
Nirvana at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Like Mandalay Bay, Nirvana is a bit of the tropics in the desert, complete with a sandy beach and thatched cabanas lining the pool area. But as you would expect at the Hard Rock, the pool area here is a nonstop party, with the music even piped in under the water. Can't decide whether to try your luck in the casinos or soak up some sun? No worries - this pool has swim-up blackjack tables in addition to a swim-up bar. On weekend nights, the pool area transforms into Rehab, one of the hottest clubs in Las Vegas, and hosts major music acts and DJ's, making it possible to spend your entire Vegas vacation by the pool.
Garden of the Gods Oasis at Caesar's Palace
Where else but Las Vegas can you swim among Roman "ruins" in the shadow of a marble palace? At the Garden of the Gods Oasis at Caesar's, you choose from any of six distinct pool areas, from the family-friendly Apollo and Temple Pools, to the ultra-exclusive Bacchus Pool elevated 18 feet in the air, to the swanky, adults-only Venus Pool, where tops are optional and weekend nights come alive with the sounds of a house DJ. Guests can choose to lounge in one of the nearly 2,000 deck chairs in this immense pool complex, or rent one of the 40 luxury cabanas that offer butler service, televisions, fans and optional massage services.
These are just a few of the extreme pool experiences you can find in Las Vegas, and as resorts continue to compete to be the biggest, best and most over-the-top, you can expect that the pool areas will follow suit. So don't forget your swimsuit, and make some time during your Vegas vacation to soak up some rays in one of these incredible pools.