As early as the the mid 1800’s, settlers and trade routes made use of the Las Vegas valley as a re-supply point on the long journey west. Hyman Roth of the Godfather movies would tell you that Moe Green built Las Vegas out of a military desert stopover and to a degree, this is true.
When the Hoover Dam was built and the workers were looking for vices, it was Bugsy Siegel (the fictional Moe Greene’s inspiration) that supplied it. Casinos along the famous Strip were developed and Las Vegas grew into a constant dazzling display of excess that persists to this day.
Drastically different theming and a variety of styles are available at every address but each and every casino in Las Vegas have two things in common.
- These casinos are located in one of the hottest (temperature-wise) areas in the United States, if not the world, and guests need a strong source for cooling off, especially in the summer.
- With the hotels becoming larger and larger, the need to compete for one of the best pools in Las Vegas has led to constant amenities and size growth in pool complexes throughout resorts in the city.
The casinos want you there to spend your money. You know this, they know this, everybody knows this so it’s no dark secret. However they are also aware of the plethora of casino choices you have once you decide to visit Vegas so they each do their best to attract the most visitors.
They dress up their rooms, they offer fine dining, but in this oppressive desert heat they know you’ll be spending some time out at the pool, especially if you are traveling with a family. So if they can create the best pools in Las Vegas, they hope you’ll consider their resort or hotel as your base of operations while in the area.
Our Picks For The Best Pools in Las Vegas
Desert heat is dry and manageable, but everyone loves to take a dip and cool off. So even if you’re just here for the slots and poker tables, let’s take a look at ten of the best pools in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Mandalay Bay Beach at Mandalay Bay
The high-end resort complex of Mandalay Bay anchors the southern end of the famous Las Vegas Strip and is one of the first hotels you will encounter when coming into Vegas by way of the Fabulous welcome sign.
This hotel easily has some of the best pools in Las Vegas and we could easily shave two selections off our list by making each pool area its own worthy entry, but when you see the main pool complex at Mandalay Bay and the exclusive Moorea Beach Club you will know you have walked into one of the best pools in Las Vegas.
Eleven acres of water features, 2700 tons of pristine white sand bringing the beach to you, and the 1.5 million gallon wave pool and performance stage make the main Mandalay Bay pool a destination for the party-goers, young and old alike. Connected by smoked glass and an age restriction, the slower-paced private Moorea Beach Club is a top-optional pool complex with a more relaxed, adult nature. Overall, Mandalay Beach has not only the largest, but easily one of the best pools in Las Vegas, if not the best.
Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Ceasars Palace
Synonymous with the entire concept of Las Vegas, Caesars Palace may not be the oldest casino on the strip, but it is certainly one of the more revered, and for good reason. Aside from maintaining and updating the hotel and casino as a paragon of Vegas entertainment, The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis is by far one of the best pools in Las Vegas.
The complex of pools at Caesars has its own map, and you’ll need it to get around and explore it all. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Garden of the Gods will provide.
Seven pools and more than a hundred cabanas and daybeds available, if you’re looking for exciting public action, swim into the Temple Pool or the Neptune Pool. Keep your lucky streak alive while you relax in the water at the Fortuna’s swim-up Blackjack tables! The Apollo Pool is a little more relaxed and quiet and the Venus Pool is dedicated to adults only. And if you’re lucky enough to be considered a VIP, you may get an invite to the best pool in Las Vegas, the Bacchus Pool.
Grand Pool Complex at MGM Grand
The Grand Pool Complex at the MGM Grand is one of those places where you can let your cares slip away and enjoy an afternoon or evening poolside with friends. The water complex is six and a half acres and includes four pools and a premier lazy river. The cabana rental and service is second to none with large screen televisions and standby service making your poolside stay one of excellence.
If you’re not staying in a cabana, the five poolside bars and the amazing Cabana Grill counter service restaurant are at every corner and always waiting to meet your needs.
The four pools are complimented by several hot tubs and spas dotted along the complex, and the winding lazy river is a great way to spend an afternoon floating along in bliss. An offshoot of the lazy river brings you right up to the center stage area where you can get up close and personal with the band without getting out of the water. As one of the largest hotels on Earth, it should come as no surprise that the Grand Pool Complex at the MGM Grand made it near the top of our list of the best pools in Las Vegas.
The Tank at Golden Nugget
At the north terminus of Fremont Street you’ll find the Golden Nugget and one of the best pools in Las Vegas. The Tank Pool at the Golden Nugget isn’t the largest pool in all of Vegas, or even the most exclusive. But what it does have is real live sharks.
Fear not intrepid traveler, the Golden Nugget hasn’t gone crazy and you won’t be tossed into a shark-infested pool… The 200,000 gallon shark tank is incorporated into the pool complex so you can swim right up to them but remains quite separate from the waters you’ll be swimming in.
The multiple story relaxation area has in-water loungers staring at the tank and if you’re adventurous enough, they have a twisting water slide that passes through the shark tank on the way into the water. If all this sounds like too much excitement for you, The Hideout rooftop adult pool is a little more reserved and calm, no sharks but plenty of action. While this is the only hotel on our list of the best pools in Las Vegas located in the Downtown area, it should definitely not be overlooked, simply for its uniqueness.
The Pools at The Venetian & The Palazzo
Another heavy hitter for our list, the Venetian and the Palazzo are technically separate pool areas so they could be listed separately but since as a guest of either hotel you’ll have access to all the same pools, it would be better to list this as one large water complex and certainly encompassing some of the best pools in Las Vegas.
The Venetian Pools are four large pools and some smaller hot tubs and a children’s play area splash pad. Actually, there’s no rule, feel free to frolic in the splash pad!
The Palazzo Pools add in another seven pools to the list, and if the Venetian Pools didn’t make you feel special, the Palazzo pools up the game and will have you soaking in the sun in splendor and regal atmosphere. Currently closed for renovation, the Venezia Pool is even more exclusive and quiet, when it opens, this will add four more pools to the Venetian & Palazzo pool complex, easily putting it near the top of our list of the best pools in Las Vegas.
Pool District at The Cosmopolitan
At the corner of the Las Vegas Strip and Harmon Avenue is the Cosmopolitan, where contemporary Vegas visitors go to make the scene, and where better to enjoy the hot desert sun than in one of the best pools in Las Vegas as you peer over the ledge down at the action on the Strip four stories below.
The Boulevard Pool has soothing and exciting action all day long, and in the evening the Sunset Cocktail Hour and the Dive-In Movies make a great way to spend the evening.
Just across the pool deck and up to the fourteenth floor of the Chelsea Tower is the Chelsea Pool, a more relaxed and quiet atmosphere where you may want to unwind away from the noise and prying eyes at the popular Boulevard pool. Between these two wildly different choices, the Cosmopolitan offers one of the more diverse and better pool complex options in Las Vegas. All in all, if you want one of the best pools in Las Vegas during your next stay, look no further than these great options from the Cosmopolitan.
Encore Beach Club at Wynn Encore
For many of the entries on our list, we’ve lumped many pools from a hotel’s complex together and called the sum greater than its parts. For the Wynn Encore, we’re not going to do that, not because the “ordinary” pools at the Wynn are less than spectacular, but because the Encore Beach Club is so exceptional that it deserves to stand out on its own.
The Wynn complex is amazing, but even if it were to stand alone, the Encore Beach Club is by far one of the best pools in Las Vegas.
If you came to Vegas to party, if you want to experience one of the greatest non-stop pool parties, you belong here at the Encore Beach Club. 21+ to enter, the music is bumping and so are the guests. Dancing, smiling, laughing, and generally having the time of your life, the fabulous pool is the centerpiece around which everyone is drawn as a daytime nightclub, and as the sun sets, “Encore Beach Club At Night” takes over and the party never stops at one of the best pools in Las Vegas.
Liquid at Aria
Aria is one of Vegas’ more upscale and contemporary hotels, attracting a younger sophisticated clientele.
The three Ellipse pools available at Aria will always be surrounded by wonderful guests soaking up the sun and enjoying a cocktail and conversation, but if you’re looking for one of the best pools in Las Vegas, Aria Sky Suites offers you “Liquid”, an exclusive poolside atmosphere for those looking for a small escape from the Vegas life.
Liquid Pool Lounge is an adult-only pool where you can get away from the hustle and bustle of younger children splashing and yelling. There is nothing wrong with children enjoying a pool, but Liquid is set aside as your oasis and relaxation venue, even of only for a short time, you have to take time for yourself. The secluded cabanas and daybeds make it easy to melt into the afternoon and regroup yourself before heading back into the bright lights of Las Vegas. Overall, if you’re on the hunt for the best pools in Las Vegas, Liquid at Aria in CityCenter should definitely be on your list.
The Sandbar Pool At Red Rock Casino
Getting of the strip doesn’t mean getting away from deluxe amenities. The Sandbar Pool, affectionately known by many traveling reviewers as “the backyard” over at the Red Rock Casino in Summerlin still boasts one of the best pools in Las Vegas.
A wheel and spoke design features prominently as the main pool houses guests and the outlying pools become less crowded, you can pick and choose your level of company from buoyant and bubbly, to quiet and less intrusive.
The Sandbar Cafe serves poolside drinks and eats, and you don’t have to stop gaming just because you wanted to step out for some air and get in a quick dip in the pool; poolside gaming is available as well. As the sun sets in the west, look out over the Red Rock Canyon and take in one of the most spectacular sights you’ll see while relaxing in one of the best pools in Las Vegas.
The Mirage Pool At The Mirage
No list of fantastic water features would be complete without listing the Mirage Pool at the Mirage. Easily one of the best pools in Las Vegas, this oasis of relaxation is specially sculpted to feel more like a secluded lagoon rather than a popular resort pool in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the country.
As the order of the day would be to relax and recline in comfort, it is highly recommended to reserve a cabana or daybed for your poolside luxury as the level of service is unequaled by any other pool complex in Las Vegas.
But if you’re only stepping into the pool area for a short time and don’t want to indulge in the pampered comfort of a cabana, the trickling waterfalls and crystal blue water will send you into your bliss all the same. The nearby Bare Pool just beyond the Dolphion Shop is an adults-only top-optional pool for those seeking a more “European” tanline. All in all, if you’re looking for one of the best pools in Las Vegas, look no further than the incredible options provided by the Mirage.
Our Final Thoughts On The Best Pools In Las Vegas
You come to Las Vegas, Nevada for a vacation. Some of us want to gamble, some want to see shows, some to cavort with strangers and indulge in an extroverted episode that we are promised “stays in Vegas”. But no matter what the reason you are drawn to the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip, one thing we all have in common is that we have congregated in the middle of a desert and the sun is punishing all of us for this decision.
The casinos can offer you some protection from that heat as they are all air conditioned and windowless, but sometimes, no matter how long your winning streak is going, you need to step outdoors and take in a breath of fresh air. When you do, consider your resort’s pool as a way to get away from it.
Most hotels offer great pools but there are some on this list that step up the game and truly offer the best pools in Las Vegas. Take advantage of their desire to pamper you, relax and let the soothing waters cool your skin and ease your mind. You’ll be back at the tables soon enough, allow your inner-spirit a few moments to soar, and swim, in any of these best pools in Las Vegas.