Cool off at these new desert resorts in Las Vegas.
Credit: The HRH Beach Club, in Las Vegas

Encore Beach Club, Encore Las Vegas

The sprawling, 60,000-square-foot pool deck has eight two-story bungalows, blackjack tables, a restaurant, and a network of tiered pools.

HRH Beach Club, Hard Rock Hotel

While its neighboring pool hosts the infamously boozy Rehab Sunday party, this serene addition to the Hard Rock is an oasis with palm trees, thatched cabanas, and sandy-bottomed pools.

Liquid Pool Lounge, Aria Las Vegas

Aria’s new 16,000-square-foot terrace has a high-tech sound system and the best poolside dining in town, thanks to chef Brian Massie. Don’t miss his crab-and-jalapeño tacos.

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Known for a (hard) rocking atmosphere, musical residencies that can’t be topped, and long-running summer Sunday pool party Rehab, HRH has been fine-tuning its people-watching opportunities ever since it opened. After a $750-million overhaul in 2010, it became an even better place to see guests, gawk at its $3 million in music memorabilia, and watch the acts that fill the 3,200 seats of The Joint.

Liquid Pool Lounge

This terrace pool and lounge in the Strip’s Aria Hotel and Casino Center is part of the Light Group network of Las Vegas destinations and has a 1,200 square-foot pool surrounded by chaise lounges and daybeds. Private cabanas are available for rent; they can be split into smaller sizes to accommodate different groups. The cabanas come with plasma-screen TVs and mini fridges, and the Liquid restaurant seats 50; dishes from Light Group executive chef Brian Massie include crab-and-jalapeño tacos.

Encore Beach Club

Casino magnate Steve Wynn and nightclub entrepreneur Sean Christie partnered to create this indoor/outdoor club on the Strip. Inside, the 5,000 square-foot Surrender nightclub has a Roger Thomas design and a glass DJ booth. Outside, the pool deck features eight two-story bungalows, 26 cabanas, blackjack tables, and a network of tiered pools. The bungalows contain private bathrooms, infinity tubs, and temperature controls, and the rentable cabanas have flat-screen TVs and refrigerators. DJ Kaskade mixes the house music on Sundays in the summer, and René Langer, executive chef of Switch Steak restaurant, designed the daytime menu for cabana and bungalow guests.

HRH Beach Club

Part of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown, this pool and lounge area is next door to the hotel’s infamous club Rehab. In 2010, Hard Rock opened HRH Beach Club with a $750-million-expansion that created nearly five acres of pool space. While its neighboring pool hosts the seasonal, infamously boozy Rehab Sundays, this serene addition to the Hard Rock is comparably quiet to its sister space’s party vibe, and resembles an oasis with palm trees, thatched cabanas, and sandy-bottomed pools. A full menu of massages, including Swedish and deep tissue, are available, as well as swim-up blackjack tables.