A key resort amenity, pool quality is oftentimes more important to visitors than the casino, guestrooms, dining options, or bars on site.
While many come to Las Vegas to test their luck and rabble-rouse, others look forward to relaxing and soaking in the desert sun.
With that group of people in mind, I wanted to create a guide to help you identify the best pools in Las Vegas, both on the Strip and on Fremont Street – After all, booking a resort with a tiny, shaded, or dated pool scene could be a tragic miscalculation.
Although there isn’t a “best” pool in Vegas per se, there are a number that are solid contenders for that distinction.
Below are pools that I consider to be in the upper echelon of options in Las Vegas.
See Also: Las Vegas Pools Open to the Public – For Free or a fee.
Best Pools On The Strip
Mandalay Bay’s Beach
Mandalay Bay’s Beach pool complex has firmly entrenched itself among the best on the Strip. Why? How much time do you have?
What makes Mandalay Bay’s pool spectacular is the diversity of experiences it offers. The 11-acre complex boasts a 1.6 million gallon wave pool that churns out 6-foot tall waves, a real sand beach, a jogging path, a lazy river, and 4 swimming pools.
Nothing beats a relaxing float on a lazy river the day after you “overindulged”.
Like Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand ranks among the top pools in Vegas due to the diversity of amenities spread out over a sprawling 6.5-acre complex.
Encompassed within MGM Grand’s pool deck are a 1,000-foot-long lazy river, 3 whirlpools, and 4 pools complete with waterfalls.
The environment has a tropical feel thanks to the abundance of palm trees and plant life, which also serve as a privacy barrier segmenting the pool deck into smaller sections.
The best way to get a feel for the size and scope of the pool at MGM grand is from above.
Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods
The Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace spans 5-acres with pools on 3 levels.
Comprised of 8 total pools spread across the complex, you’re sure to find space to stretch out and absorb some rays.
Like others on the list of top pools, Caesars earns mention not only for the expansive nature of its pool deck but for the sights your eyes feast on while lounging.
Nestled between hotel towers, Caesars’ does a fantastic job extending the resort’s Roman theme and decor to the pool creating a unique and differentiated experience.
Uniquely, guests have the opportunity to play swim-up blackjack in the shaded Fortuna Pool. Yes, it only pays 6:5 on a blackjack (Boo!), but being able to test your luck while being partially submerged is worth the trade-off.
Consistently recognized as one of the most luxurious resorts in Vegas, it won’t surprise you that Bellagio’s pool is also highly regarded.
Incorporating 5 pools and 4 hot tubs into a Mediterranean-themed pool deck, Bellagio provides a relaxing environment to rest and rejuvenate before tackling the day ahead.
Although expansive, the pool deck is divided into several separate courtyards creating a more intimate vibe.
Another pool in Vegas with a tropical vibe, Flamingo’s GoPool incorporates a waterfall and lagoons into a visually appealing complex that resides on the “rowdier” side of the “relaxation/party spectrum”.
While “untz seekers” are sure to enjoy the GoPool, those that prefer a quiet, relaxing experience may want to look at other options, like Flamingo’s “Family Pool”, which is physically separated from the chaos of the GoPool.
Among my favorite features of Flamingo’s design is the incorporation of palm trees in the middle of the pool.
A 21+ experience, guests can check the calendar of events at Flamingo’s GoPool in advance here.
As one of the nicest hotel properties in Las Vegas, a top-tier pool experience is expected and Cosmopolitan delivers on that promise with two distinct pool scenes.
Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool is perched on the rooftop near the front of the property providing stunning views of the surrounding Las Vegas Strip. Boulevard is billed as being Cosmopolitan’s “upbeat” pool with music and a festive atmosphere.
Adding to the uniqueness of the Boulevard Pool is that loungers can be found on various levels surrounding the pool, allowing guests to find the perfect amount of seclusion, sun, or shade.
Complete with a poolside bar, and jacuzzi big enough to fit about 25 people, Cosmo’s Boulevard Pool is among my favorites in Vegas.
Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Pool is located on the south side of the property and is designed to be a quiet place to relax without the constant thumping of bass.
“Chill” is the best way to describe Chelsea which also remains open year-round.
As you would expect, one of the most luxurious properties in Las Vegas also has one of the best pool experiences on the Strip.
While absent are the wave pools, lazy rivers, and sand beaches that draw the masses to other top pools in Vegas, Wynn excels at quiet, relaxing, elegance.
Their main pool is shaped like a long barbell and is surrounded by privacy producing greenery and plant life. Wynn’s pool is in the top echelon due to the beauty and class that the complex exudes.
Uniquely, Wynn’s pool also offers craps and blackjack tables poolside.
One of the newest additions to the Strip offers an impressive pool experience that blew me away the first time I experienced it.
Perched atop Resorts World’s roof, the pool deck provides spectacular views of resorts to the south like Wynn, Encore, TI, Palazzo, Venetian, and The Mirage.
The 5.5-acre complex is comprised of 9 different pools that range from shallow options designed for families to an infinity pool that overlooks the Strip.
Like other top pools in Vegas, Resorts World’s pool area is spread out and separated by trees and cabanas, providing a more private and intimate experience.
Unique amenities available to guests include yard games like cornhole, submerged loungers, and even hammocks.
The Venetian & Palazzo
With a combined 7 pools that match the level of quality guests have come to expect at Venetian and Palazzo, this combined rooftop pool deck ranks among the best in Vegas.
In addition to your “run-of-the-mill” pools, Venetian boasts 3 infinity pools and a splash pad. Palazzo offers a 1-foot deep lounge pool. Both pools offer a number of hot tubs and their own bar.
With a variety of available seating options, you’re destined to find the perfect amount of sun and privacy.
An Honorable Mention
Paris‘ Soleil Pool
While the circular rooftop pool won’t blow you away, the Soleil pool deck’s location on Paris’ rooftop is pretty darn unique, sandwiched between the hotel tower and the replica Eiffel Tower.
Best Pools On Fremont Street
Circa‘s Stadium Swim
Circa’s Stadium Swim has easily earned the title of being the best pool on Fremont Street, boasting a 143-foot screen that displays live betting lines and sporting events.
Although the screen steals the show, the pool itself is no slouch with 6 separate pools, 2 jacuzzis, and 2 swim-up bars.
Every one of Circa’s 330+ loungers, 30 cabanas, and 38 daybeds all point toward the screen so you’ll never miss a minute of the action.
Circa keeps the water heated to a balmy 86 degrees all winter long, meaning you can take advantage of this haven while most resorts have their pools shuttered.
Although guests of Circa, The D, and Golden Gate have complimentary access to the pool deck, non-guests can access Stadium Swim for a small cover (typically $20, but it can be more during peak times/special events).
The Tank at Golden Nugget
Although recently dethroned as the top option on Fremont Street by Circa, Golden Nugget’s Tank still packs a punch.
The pool itself is built around a 200,000-gallon aquarium that houses an array of tropical aquatic life including sharks.
Jutting through the middle of the aquarium is a clear tube waterslide that allows riders to get up close and personal with the sharks.
One of my favorite aspects of The Tank, however, is the poolside gaming that’s offered. My wife and I have spent numerous late nights at their craps tub that’s commonly offered at a $5 minimum.
If booking a hotel with an upper-echelon pool is a priority, you’ll have a difficult time going wrong with any of the above resort options. Have a great time in Vegas, and enjoy your poolside relaxation!
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.