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Vegas is known for its lavish pools and eventful pool season, but with so many luxurious and popular pools to choose from, where do you start? Perhaps you should take the advice of your peers. We recently asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to give us their favorite Vegas pool, and soon, we were drowning in suggestions.
A look at some of your favorite Vegas water wonderlands ...
Dora in Vancover, B.C.: Mandalay Bay
Barbara in Cumming, Georgia: One word - Bellagio
Katie in New London, Iowa: Golden Nugget
Johnny in Boca Raton, Florida: Hard Rock
Doris in New Castle, Pennsylvania: Flamingo is awesome!
Maryanne in Winnipeg, Manitoba: Loved the pool at the Wynn.
Joe in West Seattle, Washington: It's not even close, The Mirage.
Juanita in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.: Palms
Tammy in Milford, Illinois: Orleans
Kayleigh in Essex, United Kingdom: wave pool at Monte Carlo is one of my faves :-)
Pool season is under way and no place compares to Las Vegas when it comes to poolside concerts and outrageously fun pool parties.
The Concert Series at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool features top musical acts all season. Upcoming performances include Band of Horses, Aloe Blacc, Yellowcard and Weezer. If you're hungry for some poolside barbecue, on Sunday nights you can enjoy music and good food with BBQ at the Boulevard.
For more unparalleled pool excitement, check out the Wet Republic ultrapool at MGM Grand, an alluring 53,000-square-foot complex combining a nightlife vibe with poolside pampering and relaxation. Or you can swim with the sharks, literally, at Golden Nugget's Shark Tank.
Grab your suntan lotion, your sexiest swimwear and head to Vegas this summer and experience the biggest and best pool season on the planet!
Summer is around the corner and some of music's top acts are ready to take the stage in Vegas for poolside concerts, downtown festivals and more.
Relax by the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan and take in great music during the Spring Concert Series. Catch Marina and the Diamonds on May 9, Yellowcard on May 16, JJamz on May 23, Iration on June 6, Ryan Bingham on June 16, Theophilus London on July 25, Weezer on July 27 and more! You'll see amazing music all spring and summer long.
You can also sink your toes in 2,700 tons of real California sand while listening to top acts performing as part of the Mandalay Bay Beach Concert Series. Gary Allan takes the stage on May 11, followed by Lifehouse on May 17, Bell Biv Devoe on May 26 and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals on June 8.
Kick back and enjoy the music all summer long in Vegas!
In addition to the amazing megaresorts that line the Las Vegas Strip, there are plenty of hidden treasures for those who prefer smaller, intimate lodging. When booking your next vacation or business trip, consider staying at one of Vegas' boutique hotels, which are exactly that.
Located directly across from the Hard Rock Hotel
and Casino, the two-story, 149-room Rumor Boutique Hotel is one of the newest all-suite boutique hotels in town and is decked out with modern design details and amenities like private balconies and elevated, in-room soaking tubs. Each of the Fantastic Four mega-suites face a 30,000-square-foot courtyard, decorated with hammock-strung swaying palm trees, grassy knolls and pools, hand-painted murals and oversized patios.
For a gothic-artsy feel, check out the Artisan Hotel. This 21+ hotel features an ambiance of mystery and no two rooms or suites are alike. As a guest, you can enjoy access to their European-style pool and free admission to Artisan nightlife with one of the most popular after-hours clubs in town. Ceilings inside the Artisan are covered with paintings, with each room containing recreations of famous works of art, making each room unique and special.
For an upscale night away, check out MGM Grand's Skylofts, which feature modern lofts and a 24-hour butler. Mandalay Bay's THEhotel - with its 725-square-foot suites -- offer unparalleled comfort with easy access to everything the Strip has to offer, and the Four Seasons, conveniently located next to Mandalay Bay, offers residential-style suites and unrivaled amenities such as house car service, twice-daily housekeeping and multilingual concierge.
Just off the Strip, the vintage Aruba Hotel and Spa features the Thunderbird Lounge, which has been offering live entertainment for the past 50 years. The 255-room Platinum Hotel offers guests gourmet kitchens and whirlpool tubs. The historic, recently renovated Royal Resort Hotel, known for being funky and fun, is home to the trendy Barrymore - an American classic restaurant known for being both approachable and unpretentious.
Downtown is home to several unique hotels including the Cabana Suites at the El Cortez featuring inviting colors and chic design, and the updated Gold Spike boutique hotel featuring poolside rooms with a throwback to classic Vegas motor-lodges! One of the town's oldest hotels, The Golden Gate Hotel, has remodeled their original rooms with views of Fremont Street and also designed new, modern suites in a mid-rise tower.
Enjoy your next vacation or business trip in style and luxury!
From traditional off-Broadway plays to unrivaled edgy comedy like "Cannibal: The Musical", the Insurgo Theatre at the Plaza Hotel is an intimate venue for independent productions. It's music to your ears as the English heartthrob Matt Goss performs in the elegant Gossy Room at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace. Enjoy music with a view from the private Foundation Room high atop Mandalay Bay. Cirque du Soleil presents an intimate and ultra-sexy variety show with Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel. Enjoy this sensual show with your partner in a unique two-person love seat.
Forget the big chain restaurants while vacationing in Vegas! Bring out the culinary god or goddess for the ultimate in fine dining at MGM Grand's Joël Robuchon restaurant. Take in the breathtaking view at Mandalay Bay's MiX, where hostesses will direct you to your own private cocoon booth, surrounding you and your guest on three sides for a more intimate dining experience. Downtown Vegas is home to two legendary and cozy restaurants - Hugo's Cellar at Four Queens, and Binion's Ranch Steakhouse at Binion's Casino.
Leave the crazy pool parties beyond and allow yourself to be kissed by the sun at Vdara's private retreats or Wynn Las Vegas' exclusive cabanas; or lounge the afternoon away in the private cabana and pool area at The Palazzo's pool.
Bathe in luxury at some of Vegas' more intimate spas for an afternoon of complete relaxation such as the Westin Hibiscus Spa; reserve a Swedish massage at the Bathhouse at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, or whisk your troubles away in one of 17 treatment rooms at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental.
Vegas has it all, big and small.
It's always the fastest email response you ever get from a co-worker - so fast, that you instantly know what three words will accompany it.
Out of office.
Sure, it stops short of saying, "Ha ha, you're stuck at work," but the out-of-office message is always more fun when you're the one sending it.
Here's your chance to create a clever out-of-office message via Twitter that could actually get you out of the office - and help you Take Back Your Summer with a trip for two to Las Vegas!
Then, tweet a clever, original out-of-office message stating that you've gone to Vegas, using the hashtag #GoneToVegas and @Vegas somewhere in your post.
Some examples (but remember, you have to come up with your own!):
You can enter once a day and three winners will be chosen - one each on June 30, July 31 and Sept. 4 - so get social and Take Back Your Summer with our #GoneToVegas contest! For more, check out the full rules and regulations.
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer, but in Las Vegas, summer celebrations are already in full swing!
Las Vegas is home to the most lavish pool parties on the planet, so take advantage of the holiday and the ideal weather to show off your summer swimwear while swaying to the sounds of top spin masters.
There's plenty of outdoor recreation to enjoy, too. Grab a foursome and tee off at one of more than 65 championship golf courses, set sail and go boating on Lake Mead, or discover a nature trail or hidden waterfall at Icebox Canyon and go hiking through Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Of course, the Entertainment Capital of the World always lives up to its billing with amazing concerts to appease every musical taste. Catch an intimate evening of hits with Santana at Mandalay Bay, rock out to Incubus at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel or catch a rising hip-hop star when Childish Gambino takes the stage poolside at The Cosmopolitan.
Legendary comics will leave you rolling in the isles this Memorial Day Weekend, including Mr. Heathcliff Huxstable himself Bill Cosby at Treasure Island, ‘Rules of Engagement' star David Spade at The Venetian and venerable TV host Jay Leno at The Mirage.
Follow that up with the best beats in the world at one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs! Check our official blog the week of Memorial Day to see what celebrities, recording artists and music producers will be appearing in Vegas clubs during the holiday.
Make it a memorable Memorial Day Weekend and get your summer started in Vegas!
In this week's Vegas Minute, which you can see below or on our official YouTube channel, it's time to see the chic and unique Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood, inspired by villas and chateaus in Italy and France. The Pussycat Dolls perform nightly at this new addition to the Vegas nightclub scene.
Las Vegas is closing out July with celebrating celebrities, cast parties, concerts and star spinmasters, so spend your weekend in the most exciting destination on the planet and get your party on!
Start on Friday with Randy Boyer out by the pool at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan. When the sun sets, you've got plenty of options -- Lifehouse goes 'All-In' at Red Rock Resort, Wynter Gordon performs at Bellagio's The Bank, the Bingo Players do a DJ set at Surrender at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, Xzibit spins at Vanity at the Hard Rock; catch Jazzy Jeff at CLASH Fridays at Rain inside the Palms; and you can flash back to the '80s with Eddie MacDonald and Justin Hoffman at ARIA's Gold Lounge.
Birthday celebrations are in order on Saturday night as former "Baywatch" beauty Pamela Anderson (Chateau Nightclub and Gardens at Paris Las Vegas) and "Chuck" and "Killer Elite" star Yvonne Strahovski (Gallery Nightclub at Planet Hollywood) blow out the candles, Vegas style.
You can also hang out with the cast of Absinthe at Blush, witness the Playmate Takeover at the Palms' Playboy Club, dance the night away at Perfecto with Ronski Speed at Rain, or Morten Breum at Surrender and ATB at Marquee.
Las Vegas is the place for great pool parties and nightlife all summer long, so seize the summer in Vegas!
Everyone knows Las Vegas is famous for its poolside parties and summertime entertainment, but there are plenty of other ways to seize the summer in Vegas before it's gone.
Las Vegas is home to some of the most acclaimed and talked about restaurants in the world. From diners and buffets to one-of-a-kind Michelin-rated eateries, Vegas caters to every dining desire. The Country Club at Wynn Las Vegas offers an innovative update to the classic steakhouse menu. For a rockin' good time, check out Roxy's Diner inside the Stratosphere Hotel, Casino and Tower. The 1950s-themed diner boasts a singing staff and a menu offering hearty items like juicy burgers, crispy onion rings and delicious milkshakes. For those looking for an unforgettable experience, Tao Asian Bistro at The Venetian features Hong Kong Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines.
Here are a couple of great ways to stay cool this summer - try the Qua Baths and Spa's Arctic Ice Room at Caesars Palace, where you can relax in the "snow" - in the form of mint-infused air falling from a domed ceiling at 55 degrees. It's the coolest spa treatment you'll ever enjoy, and it's only in Vegas. Or hang out at the Minus 5 at Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo Resort, where the drinks - and everything else - are chilled. Same goes for the frozen ice bar at Red Square.
Life is short. Summer is shorter. Seize the summer in Vegas!