Here is an interesting selection of premium pools in Las Vegas. From the cool and hip, to refined and chill, to crazy or obnoxious, our premium pool primer gives you six different vibes to choose from.You can expect an average price per cocktail at a premium pool to be about $12 to $16, for a sandwich or salad, to be about $14 to $18.Please note that some premium pools allow topless bathing! A valid ID must be present by each person entering any premium pool in Las Vegas, even if you are obviously well over 21 years old.
Tao Beach Club – Venetian Pool Party
Tao is home to a small square pool as well as a whirlpool, and is lined by about 160 lounge chairs. Located next door to the main pool area of the Venetian, most days a live DJ spins from 1pm until closing. The ambiance is casual tropical and very friendly, with an attractive clientele of 22 to 35 year olds in skimpy beachwear. The music starts out as soft reggae then transitions slowly into hip hop and house, accompanied by plenty of dancing in the aisles. This exceptionally well-managed venue carefully avoids being stuffy or overly expensive. Superb mixed drinks are around $14 each (try the award winning “Poolside” cocktail) and they offer delicious small plates and larger menu items such as lobster tacos, Thai BBQ chicken quesadillas, Kobe hot dogs, sushi rolls, tuna tartar, burgers, and all sorts of salads ranging from $8 to $32. By far our favorite poolside area for people watching, Tao Beach Club is a great place to enjoy cool drinks and a refreshing nicely-prepared light snack on a hot day. There is a $50 and up minimum consumption charge to rent a lounge chair, and a $500 and up minimum consumption charge to rent a cabana, depending on the day of the week.
European Pool – Encore Pool Party
This topless optional pool and whirlpool are lined by exotic trees and has a great ambiance. European Pool is situated at the end of Encore’s elaborate main pool zone, and includes an alfresco bar and casino area. Yes, there is a lot here to keep you entertained! The music is adult contemporary mixed with R&B, and the crowd of 120 or so guests, mostly 25 to 45 year olds, are here mainly to chill out. While the price of the cabanas as well as the superb food and beverage selections on offer are a bit on the high side, they are well worth it. This is one of the more refined premium pools. There is no admission fee for registered hotel guests with room keys.
Moorea Beach Club – Mandalay Bay Pool Party
This was definitely one of the most fun premium pools we visited. This is also definitely a topless optional venue. Cover charge ranges from $30 to $50 per person daily, and it is open from 11am until 7pm. There is a nice medium-sized curved modern pool plus two whirlpools in this secluded zone—which is separated from the main pool—along with about 140 comfortable chairs and daybeds. On most weekends, when a live DJ spins thumping dance music, Moorea Beach can attract up to 500 young through mid-aged singles and couples that know how to party in a civilized way. There is a top level with an outdoor casino area, the music is always loud, service is top notch, and the sandwiches, salads, paninis, frozen cocktails, and Champagne are beautifully presented and delicious. A great place to tan—if you can afford it!
Cyprus – Bellagio Pool Party
One of the most relaxing pools in town—as befits the overall vibe of the Bellagio—this small, square premium pool, situated alongside the main pool zone, offers about 75 comfortable lounge chairs along with a few day beds. Cyprus is surrounded by tropical trees and flowers, lending the feeling that you are on an exotic vacation somewhere. Music heard here is a mix of soft R&B and a few mellow pop tunes. To enter this zone, you must prearrange chair rentals, which costs from $50 to $150 each depending on the day of the week. The clientele ranges from 25 to 55 years of age, and are upscale yet not snobby. The food and beverage quality here is first rate, but rather expensive.
The Pond – Green Valley Ranch Pool Party
Somewhat off the beaten path in Henderson, the small club-like separate pool area of The Pond is free of charge to enter and has only about 24 lounge chairs and a dozen or so rental day beds, all of which are usually scooped up at the stroke of 11am by spoiled, arrogant 30-something cliques from Henderson. The pool itself is tiny and four feet deep, a place to cool down from the summer heat (not swim), but it is cute. No admission fee for registered hotel guests or locals. Thumping hip hop is the theme, drinks here are strong and in high demand and reasonably good snack food is also available. Nice place, but not always the friendliest of clientele.
Voo Pool – Rio Pool Party
A loud and brash topless optional pool area with its own grotto and go-go dancers over at the Rio features about 120 free lounge chairs, and several cabanas and daybeds for rent ($125 per person minimum charge for food and drinks). The Voo Pool features a live DJ playing house and hip-hop at very high volume, and a daily “shake your booty” contest that seems to attract a somewhat less sophisticated crowd of 21 to 30 year olds. No admission fee for registered hotel guests with room keys. Drinks are weak, the food was terrible, and the hostess had a bad attitude, which tells you something about the management here.