Updated March 8, 2021 - 10:37 am
The sunny skies and warm weather couldn’t have come at a better time, as pool season heats up at many Las Vegas resorts.
For several pools across the valley, this week marks the first time they’ve been open this year. For others, the weather means an increase in traffic.
Circa’s Stadium Swim pool deck has been open to guests since October. But manager Mike Pena says things are really starting to ramp up as the 2021 season gets underway.
“There’s definitely a level of excitement that’s building for pool season right now, especially as a number of the other pools around town begin to open their doors,” Pena said Friday afternoon. “It’s beginning to signify to a lot of folks that summer’s around the corner.”
Las Vegas resident Damir Mouzdybaev, who reserved a cabana at Stadium Swim on Friday to entertain visiting family and friends, agreed.
“Las Vegas is the only place to have fun right now,” he said. “The scene, number one, is very, very safe. They’re keeping everything under the restrictions. But it’s alive. The music’s playing. Drinks are coming. And it’s sunny. That’s the most important part. So it’s amazing.”
In town from Twin Falls, Idaho, Kenna Belloli hit The Mirage pool Saturday morning with her friend Mindy Starr.
“It’s probably the thing that I was looking forward to the most for this weekend of getting away,” Belloli said, as the pair dangled their toes in the water.
Other visitors were surprised to find the pools open.
“We actually didn’t know it was pool season,” said Abigail Alemanin, in town from Chicago to celebrate her birthday at Park MGM. “So we’re loving it so far, just enjoying our time relaxing for the weekend.”
While MGM Resorts International keeps some of its pools open year-round, this weekend marks the first time this season that pools are open at all of its resorts. Most are accessible only to hotel guests. A few of the dayclubs, however, have been converted to 21-and-over “extension” pools, offering bottle service, music and other VIP amenities for anyone who makes a reservation.
Each has adopted a regimen of COVID-19 protocols, including “pods” of two, four or six lounge chairs, attendants sanitizing chairs and daybeds as soon as guests exit, and “pool ambassadors” cheerfully reminding guests to wear their masks when they’re out of the water and aren’t actively eating or drinking.
Melissa Razo, in town from California, was impressed with the safety protocols at Park MGM’s pool on Saturday morning.
“There’s actually a lot more people than I was expecting, but it’s OK,” Razo said. “I mean, everybody is wearing their mask, so I’m assuming everybody is being safe. And the pool is really good. I didn’t think it was going to be sunny enough for us to come out here, but it feels good.”
At New York-New York’s pool, Sarah Nett echoed those sentiments a bit later in the day, as temperatures rose into the high 70s.
“Coming from Wisconsin, this is like summer to us,” she said, laughing.