Resorts Lure Summer Traffic with Pool Parties

Poolside parties in Las Vegas are nothing new but some have added a new twist.

By: Kathy Espin

Poolside parties in Las Vegas are nothing new but some have added a new twist.

In an effort to boost slow summer business, some resorts have long provided local bands or DJs, plus food and drink, to attract late-afternoon and evening partyers to the pool.

This summer, three resorts have taken the concept a step further by creating outdoor poolside nightclubs. In addition, for the second year, Mandalay Bay has turned its 11-acre simulated beach into a concert venue where the audience can lounge in the water while enjoying the likes of Foreigner, George Thorogood and Hall and Oates.

At night, the Hard Rock Hotel’s pool area becomes Pink Beach. On Wednesdays at 7 p.m., carved wooden couches are placed to create a relaxed atmosphere.

Blackjack tables are available for those who need even more action. A DJ spins music, and bands appear periodically throughout the summer. There is no cover charge for women, and they receive free drinks from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for men, which includes two complimentary drink tickets. Other attractions include inexpensive chair massages and nail polish changes from the Rockspa and haircuts from William Whatley Hair Mechanics.

Wednesday night is also a special night at Whiskey Beach at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson. Whiskey Beach is the elegant lounge area around the resort’s 8-acre pool and on the patio adjoining the popular Whiskey Sky indoor nightclub. Generally, the pool is open for swimming during the festivities; there is no cover charge.

At Whiskey Beach, guests can lounge on day beds or in full-service cabanas or just cruise the pool area enjoying the party. Blackjack tables are also available.

Perhaps the most over-the-top poolside nightclub is Skin, located at the new Palms Casino Resort just off the Strip on Flamingo Road. The club centers around two pools with portholes where mermaids swim after dark. It features a concert stage, special lighting effects and a fog machine. There are two dance floors and aqua go-go girls emerging from the pools. A plastic stage in the pool allows guests to “dance on water.”

Skin also offers relaxation pools with chaise lounges, four bars, billiard tables, poolside blackjack, trampolines, massages and other spa services. Private cabanas are outfitted with televisions, refrigerators, custom furniture and telephones. Music is provided by DJs and occasionally by live bands. Cover charges vary.

Skin is open only two nights per week. On Tuesday, the club opens at 9 p.m., and Friday the action starts at 8 p.m.

The Orleans on West Tropicana Avenue holds poolside parties with live bands from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through the end of August. The Suncoast, located in Summerlin on the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley, holds parties on Wednesdays through the end of the month.