by Leo Jakobson | January 04, 2018
The Bellagio's Cypress Pool

Swimming pools have been symbols of power and excess going all the way back to the days of the Roman emperors and even the Greek conquerors who preceded them. If there is one destination in the world that is keeping that tradition of over-the-top aquatic luxury alive, it is Las Vegas. Here's a look at six pool experiences that are not to be missed.

Black Jack bar at the Hard Rock
The Hard Rock Resort holds the distinction of bringing Spring Break to Sin City. The party started when the property debuted Rehab in 2003, and it hasn't stopped for 15 years. The daytime bash is now held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Hard Rock's tropical pool grounds, which are surrounded by palm trees, sand, snaking lagoons, and waterfalls. But the hotel isn't all geared to party animals. The Nirvana pool is a quieter alternative for groups looking for a less manic experience. The Rehab grounds also host Friday Night Live outdoor shows with top rock acts.

Still Water Runs Deep
Everyone crowds around on the Strip to gaze in wonder at the magnificent fountains shooting water 20 stories into the air at the Bellagio, but groups lucky enough to be meeting there have something just as unique to enjoy -- water sitting still in an elegant setting. The property offers five pools surrounded by an elegant garden landscape that seems as if it was transported from somewhere in Mediterranean. Groups requiring extra privacy should check out the Cypress Pool, which is set apart from the rest of the facility and is ideal for an upscale reception.

The Perfect Opener and Closer
The 54,000-square-foot Wet Republic at the MGM Grand is all about partying hard with a few thousand of your closest friends. And isn't that what your attendees are when they're at your meeting? It's perfect for a large opening-night party to kick off an event or a closing night bash to send everyone home knowing that they had a good time. 

Serenity Eight Stories High
The eighth-floor pool deck at the Mandarin Oriental is smaller than many of its Strip neighbor's but more sophisticated. The service is stellar here; that means attendants who pass by every hour with complimentary snacks like frozen fruit or mini smoothies, and cabanas stocked with nonalcoholic beverages, fresh fruit, sunscreen, and magazines. It's a perfect spot for attendees to decompress after the day's sessions -- as well as being a relaxing venue for an intimate reception.

Seven Pools of Wisdom
How can you not mention Caesars when it comes to over-the-top pool experiences? The resort wasn't the first on the Strip to have a pool, but it was the first to turn it into something more than just a rectangular hole in the ground with a diving board. Caesars Palace has seven pools and they're all part of the resort's Garden of the Gods, an epic sprawl of a layout that transports groups back to ancient Rome with stately columns and statues, an area that's divided into smaller pockets, each offering a slightly different experience.

What, No Kitchen Sink?
If attendees can't find something to do at Mandalay Bay Beach, then they're just trying to not have a good time. It's got just about everything: wave pool, sandy beach, lazy river, and poolside casino. There's even an adults-only, top-optional section for those who want a "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" experience. After dark, the Beach plays host to outdoor concerts and is, of course, available for corporate events.