Sunny Sin City

Wet Republic at MGM Grand



Las Vegas heats up in early spring as the Strip opens itself up to hotels’ posh pool scenes. If your VIP clients are looking for the skinny on what’s sexy in Sin City, we’ve got the scoop.

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Encore Beach Club, the adult pool destination located in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, kicked off its 2012 pool season with a spring preview for guests on March 17. Note: The day club will be open on Saturdays and Sundays (except Easter) until the grand opening on Saturday, April 21. From then on guests can enjoy the pool Fridays through Sundays.

The Spa Salon at Aria
The Spa Salon at Aria is on two levels and has 62 treatment rooms.

Looking for the hottest party in town? We hear that the grand opening celebration will feature DJ sets by Size Matters artists Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia and AN21 on April 21. Tiësto will debut at Encore Beach Club on Sunday, April 22.

This season, A-listers can look forward to “Daystar Sundays” featuring headlining performances; “Recess Fridays,” a weekly series of original themed party promotions; and live performances on Saturdays from headlining DJs and music artists.

The Beach Club is luxury oasis at its best (think 40-foot palm trees surrounding three tiered pools). This is the perfect hideaway for VIPs, with 26 cabanas equipped with refrigerators, flat-screen TVs and plush and comfy daybeds.

Eight bungalows have private bathrooms, their own infinity pools, cooling systems and views of the Strip. Other luxury highlights include a gaming pavilion, an ultra lounge that can accommodate up to 40 guests, and Surrender Nightclub.

Las Vegas Beach Club
Las Vegas Beach Club at Encore has already kicked off its pool season.

After the pool, it’s time for recovery at the Encore Spa & Salon, an over-the-top pampering experience with 51 treatment rooms, including 14 double-occupancy Garden Suites for massages, body treatments, facials and hydrotherapy. Tip: Arrive an hour early or schedule a free hour after your treatment to unwind in the steam room, dry-heat sauna, and hot and cold plunge pools.

For Encore Beach Club private bookings, luxury travel advisors can reach out to Annmarie Feiler ([email protected]; 702-770-7313), director of special events, Las Vegas Nightlife Group.

Sun seekers can also opt for the scene at the MGM Grand. The Grand Pool Complex measures 6.6 acres and encompasses four swimming pools, three large whirlpools, a lazy river, tropical landscaping, bridges, fountains and waterfalls.

Up the level of luxury in one of the 26 private cabanas. Guests of the VIP cabanas are entitled to a personal host, food and cocktail service, private changing area, towels, cable TV with remote, telephone and two complimentary tubes. Poolside massages are also available inside the cabanas daily during pool hours.

Also of note: Adjacent to MGM Grand’s main pool area is Wet Republic, one of Vegas’ first ultra pool experiences. This 53,000-square-foot complex combines pulsing nightlife with plush pampering. The adults-only area enclave is open Thursdays through Mondays and closes in October for the season.

Wet Repubic at MGM Grand
Wet Repubic at MGM Grand uses daybeds to set a luxurious scene.

Should your clients wish to be pampered indoors, we say take a trip to the Grand Spa, a 30,000-square-foot space featuring saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, relaxation lounges and 26 treatment rooms. Services include facials, aromatherapy treatments, stress relief services, massages and more.

Luxury travel advisors can call 702-891-3563 with questions.

Pool goers staying at the top of the Strip can scope out the scene at Aria. The 215,000-square-foot pool deck is tropical oasis at its best (think palm trees, acacias, pines and bottle trees). This playground features three primary pools and Liquid, an adults-only pool.

Open from March through December, the pool area has 34 luxury cabanas, all with four chaise lounges, a 42-inch LCD TV, iPod dock, two pool rafts, two robes, Wi-Fi, a dining table, personal safe, telephone and ceiling fan. Top Touch: Guests of the cabanas are entitled to an amenities basket that includes sun products, Aria playing cards and snacks.

Need a nosh? The pool area is home to Breeze Café-to-go, serving up healthy American cuisine.

Of course, if it is a more exclusive scene you crave, we suggest visiting Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria, which is tops in VIP service. Liquid has 17 cabanas, all with prime seclusion perfect for your A-list clients. The scene is a bit sexier at this Vegas hot spot, as DJs spin to set the mood. There are two luxury pools, multiple bars and two semiprivate dipping pools for cabana guests.

After bronzing in the sun, be sure to visit The Spa & Salon at Aria, a bi-level, 80,000-square-foot oasis. It has 62 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, fitness center, boutique, poolside spa cabanas and a co-ed spa balcony (think Japanese open-air hot bath with an infinity edge).

Contact the concierge (702-590-9520) with all inquiries.

Aria Resort & Casino
Aria Resort & Casino has a pool that’s a stunning oasis above the Strip.

The newest pool scene can be found at Las Vegas’ newest hotel, The Cosmopolitan. The latest resort to hit the city, and which prides itself on a naughty reputation, is home to three pool “districts”, all of which will be pleasing to well-heeled clients.

The Boulevard Pool has prime birds-eye views of the Strip. This multilevel poolscape is constantly thumping with music and is a hot social scene. The pool can accommodate up to 3,000 people when it hosts concerts on the stage and is heralded as one of Vegas’ top music venues.

Want a more serene scene? Check out the Bamboo Pool, a more discreet pool area that calls for hiding out from the frenetic energy of the Strip. The Bamboo Pool will open April 16.

Live out your wild side in thoroughly decadent style at the Day Club pool, an extension of the hotel’s Marquee nightclub. The Day Club has Grand Cabanas with infinity pools and three-story Bungalow Lofts, complete with cabana, living quarters and a party deck on top.

The Day Club spans 22,000 square feet, with two pools, several bars and a gaming area. Exclusive experiences can be had in one of the eight cabanas, which offer infinity-edge glass dipping pools, flat-screen TVs, and dedicated cocktail and food service. Switch over to the evening hours in one of the bungalows that dot the perimeter, which have their own overnight quarters, individual pools and an open-air party deck.

And if you thought the pool scene was impressive, wait until you see the spa. The Sahra Spa & Hammam sprawls a massive 43,000 square feet, with 18 treatment rooms that can be used for massages, body treatments, facials and hydrotherapy. The 1,200-square-foot Hammam has cold plunge pools, steam rooms and heated stone loungers.

For a truly VIP experience, book one of the Sahra or Spa Suites, which have TV and DVD players, a wet bar, two whirlpool tubs, a shower and a steam room.

 Luxury travel advisors can reach out to Leisure Sales Manager Katie Ladomerszky ([email protected]) with questions.

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