A Day at Tao Beach

The daytime pool party has become an integral part of the Vegas experience and Tao Beach a major player.

Since opening in 2007, Tao Beach has grown and changed, says Jason Strauss, co-owner of Tao Beach at The Venetian. This season, which kicked off April 5, is no different. Forty-foot-tall bamboo trees were added to the space to give it more of a Balinese oasis feel, Strauss says.

The DJ booth was moved to the center of the venue to better showcase the music. Throughout the season, celebrity DJs will be featured. An ordained reverend will be on hand, just in case someone needs to confess his sins or get married, Strauss says.

An average of 1,500 to 2,500 people pass through the door each day; about half of them are locals. On Saturdays, the majority of the crowd is tourists, and Strauss expects similar crowds this year.

Twelve cabanas and several daybeds are available for rent throughout the 18,000-square-foot venue. Cabanas feature the standard dayclub equipment, including a plasma screen TV, DVD player, Xbox 360, stocked minifridge, chilled towels and more.

Good Fridays, the weekly special event featuring DJs spinning house music, starts April 23 while Sunset Sessions launch April 25. DJs, famous athletes or other celebrity guests will be on hand to entertain crowds throughout the summer, Strauss says.

Tao Beach is open from 10 a.m. to sunset daily. Locals get in for free except on holidays and during special events when the cover charge varies.

For reservations, call 388-8588.

Contact reporter Sonya Padgett at spadgett@ reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4564.