Diving into Las Vegas' Winter Pool Scene
Photo via Twitter/Bellagio
Although Las Vegas' winter season is typically mild and short-lived, temperatures this time of year are a far cry from what visitors customarily experience when passing through Sin City.
Nonetheless, several Las Vegas hotels and resorts are determined to keep arguably the most popular hotel amenity — the pool — open year-round.
ARIA Resort & Casino's Sky Pool is a prime example.
Designed for Sky Suites guests, rather than closing down until spring, the pool is transformed for the fall and winter.
"For the winter season we provide different comforts such as hot chocolate, warm cider, hot tea and blankets to keep our guests warm while at the pool," said ARIA Resort & Casino's Director of Pool Operations Pooneh Melton.
Melton added that Sky Pool is "always looking into possibilities to enhance the winter pool season."
While hotel guests in Vegas won't have to worry about combating freezing temperatures or snowstorms, these touches undoubtedly enhance the pool experience, while at the same time celebrating the holiday season.
Guests staying at the ARIA Resort & Casino will also have access to two other pools during the winter, with cocktail service and cabanas available year-round.
Similar refreshments are available at Mandalay Bay's Moorea Beach Club, which opens to guests of all ages beginning this month, ditching its "toptional" dress code for the time being. The resort offers S'mores Packages to warm guests up and make use of the outdoor pool's fire pits during the winter.
If it's a boutique experience you're after this winter, Vdara Hotel & Spa is casino-free and features a pool that operates year-round. Like some of the other hotels in the area, Vdara allows guests to conveniently reserve a lounge chair ahead of their arrival at the pool.
Vdara also offers a virtual tour of its pool and lounge.
What's more, the iconic Bellagio even boasts year-round pool offerings. Here, guests can swim and lounge all winter long. While the cafe closes at the start of fall, the pool bar remains open. Plus, guests can also rent eight-person private cabanas during the colder months.
Winter rates start at $200 for Monday through Thursday and $300 for Friday through Sunday.
The perfect escape pic.twitter.com/mlckJFZyD0— Bellagio Las Vegas (@Bellagio) October 13, 2015
In addition to receiving their own personal cabana host, guests will gain access to a private patio, an HD television, Wi-Fi, an amenities basket and a fully stocked refrigerator, among other features.
While heated pools are commonplace at hotels these days, Las Vegas is one destination embracing the winter season with creativity. As if it wasn't already a year-round tourist hotspot.
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