Las Vegas is heating up -- weather-wise. Temps next week are expected to be in the 90s. Visitors can take the plunge at pools other than the one at their hotel. In fact, even the swanky Mandarin Oriental is allowing those who aren’t registered there to enjoy its exclusive pool and first-class amenities (and more on that in a minute).
There’s generally (but not always) a charge for non-guests, and the fees can change if, for example, a pool is hosting a special event. Some pools welcome families; others are for adults only. Call ahead for details.
Here are some suggestions on where to splash down without having to produce a room key.
Bagatelle Beach, (702) 701-0200. This is adjacent to the Tropicana but has its own private entrance. Bagatelle promises fun in and out of the water. There are two pools and beach activities including a sand volleyball court. Cool off with a custom cocktail such as the pampelmousse, made with Avion tequila and fresh grapefruit and pomegranate juices. It's slated to open May 4; prices aren’t yet set, a rep said but she expected them to be about $20 for women and $30 for men.
Caesars Palace, (702) 731-7110. The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis is an aquatic playground with eight distinct pools, including the secluded Venus Pool Club at which topless sunbathing is allowed. The pools are open to the public, if space is available, for $20 per person.
Flamingo, (702) 733-3111. The Go Pool is surrounded by 15 acres of tropical foliage (and flamingos too) and features a nonstop party atmosphere and outdoor gaming. Those not staying at a Caesars Entertainment hotel pay a $25 cover charge.
Mandarin Oriental, (702) 590-8888. The pool, on the eighth floor of this five-star hotel, overlooks CityCenter. Non-guests must rent a cabana and prices start at $350 on weekdays and $550 on weekends. Each cabana holds six to eight people, and rental includes a bottle of Moet Ice champagne; a mini-bar stocked with complimentary, non-alcoholic beverages and more. And, if your sunglasses need cleaning, a pool attendant will be happy to help.
The Palazzo, (702) 607-7777. The Azure, a trendy pool with a St. Tropez vibe, features plenty of creature comforts. Guests get fresh fruit, including frozen grapes, and sunscreen application. There’s a $20 cover, but locals get in free.
Rio, (702) 777-7777. The resort’s VooDoo Beach features four pools and outdoor spa treatments (fees apply). Best of all, there’s no admission charge for non-hotel guests.