HIT THE DECKS

DOES ANY­THING SAY VE­GAS LIKE LY­ING BY THE POOL AND GET­TING HOSED OFF BY SEXY FIRE­FIGHT­ERS? WE DIDN’T THINK SO. HERE’S WHAT’S NOT TO MISS.

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Does any­thing say Ve­gas like ly­ing by the pool and get­ting hosed off by sexy fire­fight­ers? We didn’t think so. Here’s what not to miss.

GAR­DEN OF THE GODS POOL OA­SIS, CAE­SARS PALACE

The eight-pool com­plex sur­rounded by Ro­man stat­ues has 44 plush ca­banas, a wa­ter­fall, pool­side spa ser­vices by Qua Baths & Spa, and swim-up black­jack. Party like it’s 160 BC: Rome meets Tahiti in new co­conut cock­tails like the Vo­conuts, a fresh co­conut filled with Belvedere Mango Pas­sion vodka, VOCO vodka co­conut wa­ter, lime juice, agave nec­tar, and club soda. Ca­bana life: New Cham­pagne Sun­days mean that if you rent a ca­bana, you’ll get a com­pli­men­tary bot­tle of Veuve Clic­quot. Start early: Mi­mosas and Bloody Marys are bot­tom­less on Satur­days and Sun­days—but only be­tween 9 and 11 am. 702-7317280; cae­sars.com

THE AQUATIC CLUB, THE PALAZZO

The for­mer Azure is re­vamp­ing, and the vibe is now less Côte d’azur, more time­less Amer­i­can swim, rac­quet, and lawn club. Hy­drate: Look for new (old) cock­tails like the Bees Knees and Red (or Green) Snap­pers, plus a ro­tat­ing selec­tion of boozy ice pops, all served by pool staff dressed in Tory Sport. Week­end is like: Fri­day: Ping-pong on a float­ing ta­ble to hip-hop;

Satur­day: Retro Amer­i­cana with 1950s-in­spired syn­chro­nized swim­mers; Sun­day: Live acous­tic mu­sic, plus pool­side man­i­cures, Bloody Mary bar, and Frosé all day. Or­der in: Canyon Ranch Spa­club pool­side mas­sages; new cus­tom sushi, fish ta­cos, and sam­plers from Wolf­gang Puck’s So­laro. Where to be: Hide away in ca­bana 131, peo­ple-watch from more cen­tral ca­bana 125. 702-767-3724; vene­tian.com

POOL BACK­YARD, RED ROCK CASINO, RE­SORT & SPA

Three acres of ded­i­cated pool grounds in­clude 19 ca­banas, an is­land foun­tain, and the 21-an­dover Ca­bana Club (open­ing Me­mo­rial Day week­end), where DJS spin every Satur­day for a crowd of nearly 300. Ca­bana life: Ca­bana 5 sits be­tween two dip­ping pools and has a huge daybed. Sum­mer selfie: Lit­tle­known perk: Or­der any cock­tail served from a fresh-cut pineap­ple or co­conut. Eat this (and that): New menu items at the Sand­bar pool­side café in­clude lemon blue­berry beignets, wa­ter­melon salad, an av­o­cado bowl, and chilled king crab. 702-797-7973; re­drock.sclv.com

ENCORE BEACH CLUB, ENCORE

The three-tiered pool com­plex is known for its op­u­lent day club scene: 40-foot palm trees, 26 ca­banas, and eight bun­ga­lows— and a killer DJ ro­ta­tion that this year in­cludes David Guetta, The Chainsmok­ers, Di­plo, and Alesso. Where’s the fire? Over the booze-pour­ing Fer­ris wheel? Or­der the new Cham­pagne shower with a Ne­buchad­nez­zar of Veuve Clic­quot, 20 bot­tles of house bubbly, and a fire truck hose-off by the ladies of EBC ($25,000). Bet it all on: Black­jack, in the pool’s gam­ing pavil­ion. Come back for: Nightswim, on Fri­day and Satur­day nights at Sur­ren­der and Sun­days at XS, this year fea­tur­ing Nor­we­gian dance su­per­star Kygo, start­ing his res­i­dency on April 30. 702-7707300; wynnso­cial.com

MGM GRAND POOL COM­PLEX, MGM GRAND

Four swimming pools, three whirlpools, a lazy river, foun­tains, water­falls—the 6.6-acre com­plex is be­yond big. Di­rec­tor for a day: Of the movie-themed pools, the Di­rec­tor’s and Pro­ducer’s Pools have the most ca­banas. The com­plex now has 30, in­clud­ing four new fully out­fit­ted ca­banas. Bring the fam­ily: The 8,000foot-long lazy river is the long­est on the Strip, and this year look for ping-pong and wa­ter vol­ley­ball. Or not: Hakkasan Group’s Wet Repub­lic fea­tures ma­jor per­form­ers like Steve Aoki, Kaskade, and Calvin Har­ris on the decks. (Re­serve a bun­ga­low, with king-sized daybeds, teak fur­ni­ture, and pri­vate se­cu­rity.) Hy­drate: Try the new Berry Skinny: Skyy Wild Straw­berry vodka, Ty Ku liqueur, club soda, cran­berry, and blue­ber­ries. Day drink­ing was never so vir­tu­ous. 702-891-1111; mg­m­grand.com .

clock­wise from top: Party in the back­yard at Red Rock; there are an­tiox­i­dants in there! The Berry Skinny at MGM; what’s miss­ing from this scene at Cae­sars’ Gar­den of the Gods? Only bot­tles of Veuve Clic­quot and bot­tom­less mi­mosas.

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