Summer is finally starting to heat up and what better way to cool off then with the official start of pool season? But, wait… other than the one off pool party hosted by Ghostbar at Cirque and the alright weekly splash over at The Joule where can we go?
The obvious answer is Las Vegas, where a pool culture has been cultivating for years. Certainly, the war for supremacy here is ever raging but, Encore Beach Club (EBC) by all accounts is the reigning king. With 60,000 square feet of palm tree lined and shower pole decadence; this venue has literally been built for one giant party. It is visually one of the most stunning daylife environments anywhere and that allows it to attract an equally gorgeous crowd. Rather than just offering de rigor cabanas and daybeds, EBC has lily pads – which are basically beds in the water! Their cabanas certainly feature prime views of the party but, also boast balconies overlooking the strip. Once more, they offer eight 350 square foot bungalows (as big as a standard hotel room) which include private bathrooms and infinity pools. What should not surprise fans of the Wynn is that the service here is on par with what can be found at the Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental. Though cabana attendants mist guests every 30 minutes with Evian and the venue is stunning, this would be lost if the entertainment quotient was not in place. You can rest assured it most certainly is. Last year Kaskade held court most Sundays giving EBC instant cred. This year the residency list is simply out of control with Steve Aoki, Afrojack, Deadmau5 and a whole lot more being thrown into the mix. To give you an idea, here is what’s going down this weekend:
May 28: Grammy-award winning DJ Afrojack
May 29: Kaskade
May 30: Deadmau5 and his protégé Feed Me
For VIP reservations this summer text Raul Machin: 702.591.9136
General admission from $40 for men and $30 for women
In the ever competitive Vegas daylife world there is always something new. The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee made headlines during their star-studded opening when Jay-Z, Kanye, Beyonce, and Rhianna held court over a practical army of A-list celebs. So it comes as no surprise that expectations are high for their 22,000 square foot Dayclub which opened a few weeks ago. Perched on a rooftop, this entertainment complex features two pools, several bars and a gaming area complete with bikini clad dealers. Though there are certainly the requisite lounge chairs and daybeds, all eight of Marquee’s elevated cabanas feature infinity dipping pools and there is yet an even more exclusive bungalow offering. These three story outposts are really two bedroom villas, which allow one to truly never leave the party. In fact they even include a rooftop hot tub. But, the real draw here is the talent roster. Here is a sampling for what’s in store for this weekend:
May 27: The Captains of Industry and EC Twins
May 28: Above and Beyond and Cedric Gervais
May 29: Fatboy Slim
May 30: Robbie Rivera and Chuckie (Complimentary Admission)
For VIP reservations at the Nightclub and Dayclub email Larson Legris: Larson.Legris@MarqueeLasVegas.com
General admission from $10 for women and $20 for men (but, $20 for women and $30 for men on Saturday)
One would also be amiss to not mention the most progressive thing seen yet in the world of Vegas pool parties. Encore’s XS has arguably become one of the world’s most recognizable names in nightlife thanks in part to its striking design but, also its amazing energy. This energy is being brought out to their pool deck in what they refer to as a Sunday Night Swim. “The Night Swim party allows us to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our guests, combining the best of both worlds from daylife and nightlife,” said Jesse Waits, who is the co-owner of XS. “Night Swim will be elevated to a new level this year with incredible performances and appearances by the most desired DJs in the world. After the overwhelming success of our second year anniversary party with Deadmau5, it only deemed fit for him to return for the coveted grand opening and set the pace for the remaining Night Swims throughout the summer.” Since launching the concept in 2009, the venue’s sensual opulence has created an unprecedented experience for clubgoers with its provocative design, inspired by the sexy curves of the human body. Mirrored mosaics, gold crocodile-embossed leather, Kinon laminates, black Galazy mosaics, brushed brass and gold-resin bar tops collaborate to form a rich, striking nightclub environment. Continuing the design to the exterior, the outside patio boasts a total of 26 poolside cabanas sprawling over two stories, offering guests a panoramic view of the party scene. Each cabana comes equipped with a plasma television, marble-topped console tables, fully stocked refrigerator, safe, overhead fan, misting system for hot summer nights and plush seating. In addition, there are 14 lily pads, 12 day beds and six large poster beds for guests to reserve.
For all VIP reservations at XS text Ryan Perrings:505.507.6111
General admission from $20 for women and $30 for men
Outside Vegas there are certainly some options. Drai’s Hollywood inside the new W (Hollywood and Argyle) plays host to an amazing Cannon Ball Sunday pool party as does San Diego’s Hard Rock Hotel with its weekly ‘Intervention.’ These venues have certainly taken a page out of the Vegas playbook in terms of ambience, design, talent, and service. Look to Drai’s to play host to Chuckie and Feed Me on Sunday and others throughout the weekend. The Hard Rock has Armin Van Buuren and Above and Beyond lined up for this Saturday and Sunday respectively. These will certainly be LA and San Diego’s hottest pool parties this summer with Drai’s also offering a white hot nightlife experience and the Hard Rock playing host to night time parties downstairs in their 207 lounge.
For VIP reservations at Drai’s text Jason Pollock: 702.325.2459
General admission from $20 to $50
For VIP reservations at the Hard Rock contact: 619.764.6924
General admission from $20 to $80
Finally, for those jetting off to Miami’s South Beach are votes to chill poolside at the Fontainebleu, on the rooftop of the Gaansevoort South, or at the brand new Soho Beach House.
By David Morris