Bikini? Check. Drink in hand? Check. Sunshine? Check. It’s officially pool season. Las Vegas isn’t a city known for being mild — they go all-out with everything from luxury suites and top-notch buffets to high-end casino games and superior pools. In other words, this is the place to vacation if you’re looking to relax and have a good time. When deciding where to stay, we vote for picking a hotel based on its swimming pool — after all, when it’s hot out, the pool is where you want to be!
Hotel Flamingo offers Vegas’ largest swimming pool, with 15 acres of lush, tropical surroundings and five separate pools. Connected by lagoons and water slides, Flamingo provides the ultimate swimming and relaxation experience. One of the pools even has a beautiful 18-foot waterfall!
Best all-around pools
Mandalay Bay is almost as large as Flamingo, sitting on 11 acres total, but this pool truly has it all. There is a beach, a wave pool, a lazy river, beach dining, beach shopping and more, and there are over 100 cabanas, day beds, bungalows and villas available for rent. They even have an adults-only topless pool if you’re feeling frisky!
Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel is by far the best place to party in Vegas — and they take that motto to their pools! It’s got two pools, four hot tubs, private Tahitian cabanas and an underwater sound system. If you’re looking for over-the-top pool parties, loud music and exotic drinks, the Hard Rock is for you!
OK, we had to include a fancier pool, too. Bellagio Hotel is super high-end and classy, so it only makes sense that their pools are as well. The setting is romantic, quaint, relaxing and inviting. It’s as if you’ve stepped foot into a Mediterranean villa. The pools are heated and open year ’round, so come anytime if you’re in need of some high-end relaxation and superior service.
Best kid-friendly pools
If the kids are joining you on this trip, consider staying at Excalibur Hotel. There are two large pools — one is kid-friendly with a water slide and the other is for adults only. Excalibur is very affordable, plus it offers tons of amenities just for the kids — including an arcade, a SpongeBob SquarePants movie, rides and a jousting dinner show.
MGM Grand Hotel is another great option if you’re bringing the kids. The pool complex has a large lazy river with waterfalls and caves. During peak season the pool can be quite energetic, so make sure to keep an eye on the kiddos. The hotel also offers the delicious Rainforest Café for meals that the kids love — complete with mist showers, rainforest decor everywhere and life-size gorillas.