By Vincent Alonzo
Swimming pools have been symbols of power and excess going all the way back to the days of the Roman emperors and even the Greek conquerors who preceded them. If there is one destination in the world that is
keeping that tradition of over-the-top aquatic luxury alive, it is Las Vegas.
Here’s a look at six pool experiences that are not to be missed.
THE HARD ROCK RESORT
The Party Never Stops
The Hard Rock Resort holds the distinction of bringing
Spring Break to Sin City. The party started when the
property debuted Rehab in 2003, and it hasn’t stopped
for 15 years. The daytime bash is now held Friday,
Saturday, and Sunday at Hard Rock’s tropical pool
grounds, which are surrounded by palm trees, sand,
snaking lagoons, and waterfalls. But the hotel isn’t all
geared to party animals. The Nirvana pool is a quieter
alternative for groups looking for a less manic experience. The Rehab grounds also host Friday Night Live
outdoor shows with top rock acts.
Still Water Runs Deep
Everyone crowds around on the Strip to gaze in wonder at the
magnificent fountains shooting water 20 stories into the air at the
Bellagio, but groups lucky enough to be meeting there have something just as unique to enjoy — water sitting still in an elegant
setting. The property offers five pools surrounded by an elegant
garden landscape that seems as if it was transported
from somewhere in Mediterranean. Groups requiring extra
privacy should check out the Cypress Pool, which is set
apart from the rest of the facility and is ideal for an upscale reception.
The Perfect Opener and Closer
The 54,000-square-foot Wet Republic at the MGM Grand is
all about partying hard with a few thousand of your closest
friends. And isn’t that what your attendees are when they’re at your meeting?
It’s perfect for a large opening-night party to kick off an event or a closing night
bash to send everyone home knowing that they had a good time.
POOL Serenity Eight Stories
The eighth-floor pool deck at the
Mandarin Oriental is smaller than
many of its Strip neighbor’s but more
sophisticated. The service is stellar here; that
means attendants who pass by every hour with
complimentary snacks like frozen fruit or mini
smoothies, and cabanas stocked with nonalco-
holic beverages, fresh fruit, sunscreen, and maga-
zines. It’s a perfect spot for attendees to decom-
press after the day’s sessions — as well as being
a relaxing venue for an intimate reception.
Seven Pools of Wisdom
How can you not mention Caesars
MANDALAY BAY BEACH
when it comes to over-the-top pool
experiences? The resort wasn’t the first
on the Strip to have a pool, but it was
the first to turn it into something more
than just a rectangular hole in the
ground with a diving board. Caesars
Palace has seven pools and they’re
all part of the resort’s Garden of the
Gods, an epic sprawl of a layout that
transports groups back to ancient Rome with stately columns and
statues, an area that’s divided into smaller pockets, each offering
a slightly different experience.
What, No Kitchen Sink?
If attendees can’t find something to do at Mandalay Bay Beach,
then they’re just trying to not have a good time. It’s got just about
everything: wave pool, sandy beach, lazy river, and poolside casino. There’s
even an adults-only, top-optional section for those who want a “what happens
in Vegas, stays in Vegas” experience. After dark, the Beach plays host to out-
door concerts and is, of course, available for corporate events.
Clockwise from far left: The swim-
up Black Jack bar at the Hard Rock;
Bellagio’s Cypress Pool; MGM Grand’s
Wet Republic; Mandarin Oriental’s
eighth-floor pool; the pools at Caesars
Palace; and the Mandalay Bay Beach
Few destinations can top Las Vegas when it comes to creating pool experiences that are also great event venues