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We all know the question of why you’d visit Las Vegas doesn’t warrant an answer; the real question is when. Though you’ll never catch the city standing still at any time of year, the summer season does offer a prime opportunity to take full advantage of its palatial pools, gardens, outdoor activities and other ridiculous outdoor venues. Since the first part of planning any excursion always involves nailing down the right accommodations, we’ve culled through the city’s extensive list of hotels to call out a few of the more noteworthy places to stay in Vegas this summer.

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The Venetian

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The real Venice is overcrowded and sinking. Skip it and get ye to Vegas. The Venetian is inspired by Italy’s ancient city (OK, we were joking, that place is actually pretty great), and has replicas of important sites like Palazzo Ducale, the Lion of Venice Column and the Rialto Bridge, not to mention actual gondola rides. Unlike Venice, there’s also a five-acre pool deck with cocktail service and food from that old guard of celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck, and an additional 37 restaurants should you decide to trade in swim trunks for slacks. Don’t do it before hitting Tao Beach, though, which is one the city’s most
impressive pool parties — and the only one we’ve been to where you can get a massage and have your sunglasses cleaned while you lounge. The Old World is a thing of the past, friend; go west this summer and reap the spoils of the desert.

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Wynn Las Vegas & Encore

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The Wynn and Encore together have 4,750 rooms and enough five-star and five-diamond awards to impress the most discerning high roller, particularly one who takes his summer vacationing as seriously as his Brioni suiting. The pool at Encore is home to Encore Beach Club, a daytime party complete with tier-1 DJs, infinity pools and cabanas so well equipped they could be vacation homes. If you’re just looking to relax, there’s also a topless-optional European pool, garden-flanked heated pools and two more resort pools. When you
start to prune, consider 18 holes at the golf course — the only one attached to a resort on the strip — though you may end up in the water there, too.

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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One of Vegas’s newest hotels has stormed into the city’s zeitgeist on the back of surreal ad campaigns and an impressive array of accommodations. The twin-towered site includes 2,995 modern rooms, more than 100,000 square feet of casino, and a laundry list of top-notch restaurants manned by celebrated chefs including the Bromberg brothers, David Myers and Scott Conant in addition to signature touches like a “secret” pizza parlor that looks like it was stripped right out of Brooklyn.
Dinners highlighted by Sicilian-spiced duck breast with caramelized endive or Har Gow Cantonese dim sum are enough of a reason to visit year round. But it’s the days spent waist-deep in the wild aquatic scenes at the Marquee Dayclub or more casual lounging experiences like “Dive in Movies” at the Boulevard pool, with its excellent views of the strip, that make The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas a truly prime destination during the summer months.

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

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Leave the struggles of your life in the lobby — which just happens to be located on the 23rd floor with spectacular views of the city in the case of the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas — and allow the exceptional staff to show you a level of service that’s second to none. While the hotel’s eighth floor pool deck offers one of the city’s most relaxing outdoor environments complete with complimentary mini-smoothies and fresh frozen fruit, renting a poolside cabana is the ultimate option for anyone looking to escape the daily grind. Each private space comes
equipped with complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments, fresh fruit, sunscreen, loungewear and a 42-inch TV complete with a PlayStation 3 should the couch potato spirit move you. After the sun sets, a reservation at 3-Star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist is the best way to close out the day.

Caesars Palace

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Spending the night at Caesars Palace comes with a big serving of history, gratis. The hotel was home to handfuls of iconic events over the past few decades, from Sinatra performances to boxing matches with the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali. Today it’s still got swagger, particularly the pool scene: the Garden of
the Gods five-acre pool complex has five different pools adorned with Roman architecture, plus cabanas, day beds and sushi. It’s as decadent as the Roman empire, without the imminent demise.