Encore Beach Club
The scene: The 26 cabanas within EBC are some of the most plush in Las Vegas. Per industry standard, they come with televisions and refrigerators. Eight—reserved for super VIPs—are considered bungalows at 350 square feet. Those have views of both Las Vegas Boulevard and the pool-party action, plus private bathrooms, infinity pools, showers and air conditioning.
What to drink: EBC offers refreshing pitchers (frozen and non-frozen), such as the Skyy Strawberry Lemonade.
The uniform: Swimwear company Luli Fama designed the bikinis for the cocktail servers (shown here on Sudana Pa).
In Encore Las Vegas, 702.770.7300; encorebeachclub.com
The scene: See DJs such as Alesso, Krewella and Nicky Romero with 5,000 of your closest friends. On Sunday nights, Daylight turns into Eclipse, and this season night swimming is allowed. Also new this year, Daylight doubled down on the fun with the addition of two exclusive VIP pools—one 448 square feet for the northside cabana-dwellers and a 245-square-foot pool for those enjoying the cabanas to the southwest—to the property’s existing 4,400-square-foot pool. In total, there are 25 cabanas and bungalows.
Who to know: Hosts James Scott and Robert Gamch run the party.
What to eat: Coconut shrimp with mango relish and orange marmalade.
What to drink: The Clooney (Casamigos Blanco tequila, ruby red grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, pure agave nectar, San Pellegrino Pompelmo).
In Mandalay Bay, 702.588.5656; daylightvegas.com
The scene: Because every single second of pool season is precious, Wet Republic’s new and improved (read: shaded and misted) queuing area promises to get revelers poolside ASAP; while the addition of accessible storage lockers at the revamped entry may technically exist to keep everybody’s valuables safe and dry, the handy cellphone chargers located within are the ultimate draw. New bungalows boast DJ views and personal dipping pools, TVs, safes and misters for the high-rollers. In all, there are 12 bungalows and 10 cabanas.
What to eat: A shrimp cocktail feast and seasonal fruit platter.
In MGM Grand, 702.891.3715; wetrepublic.com
The scene: The cabana life at The Cosmopolitan’s pool party is a sweet existence, indeed. Each has its own infinity pool, among other standard amenities. A lucky few will get to stay in one of Marquee Dayclub’s three-story bungalows for the night, which have an open-air party deck that looks down on the action.
What to eat: Buttermilk chicken sandwich with stone-ground mustard slaw and Sriracha aioli.
What to drink: Try the Poolside (Absolut Tune Sparkling Fusion vodka, St. Germain, muddled grapes and fresh lemon juice) or the Beach Bum (Bacardi Mango rum, Grey Goose Le Melon vodka, pineapple and lime juice).
In The Cosmopolitan, 702.333.9000; marqueelasvegas.com
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
The scene: The pool deck sits atop the eighth floor. There are 17 cabanas, each featuring a sectional couch with bright pillows, two additional sun chairs, ceiling fan, misters, television and a stocked mini-bar. Pool attendants circulate to clean sunglasses and distribute amenities, including mini-smoothies and frozen fruit.
What to eat: Calamari with garlic chili sauce and shrimp and scallop ceviche marinated in tangerine, avocado, red onion, pomegranate, cilantro and paprika.
What to drink: There is nothing more refreshing than sangria on a hot summer’s day.
The scene: This pool perched on the rooftop of the Downtown Grand has a more down-to-earth, approachable feel than the Strip’s water wonderlands, and it’s also way less of a wallet-buster. Cabana prices vary, but are a mere fraction of what’s required to secure similar poolside real estate uptown.
What to eat: The OMG Burger comes with grilled tomato, bacon, shallot aioli, fried onion, house-made pickles and cheese.
What to drink: The 3rd St. Mojito.
In Downtown Grand, 702.719.5100; downtowngrand.com
Drai’s Beach Club
The scene: Drai’s, the long-standing final party stop for the last ones standing, ushers in a new era of decadence with the unveiling of Drai’s Beach Club. With more than 60,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor space perched on the roof of The Cromwell—the Strip’s latest boutique hotel—the venue’s 40 daybeds, nine VIP bungalows sharing five elevated pools and 15 mezzanine-level cabanas with private pool and private shower/restroom promise to be some of this summer’s most sought-after real estate.
What to eat: A steak sandwich with blue cheese, crispy onion and arugula.
In The Cromwell, 702.737.0555; draislv.com