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Mandalay Bay Beach - best aquatic playground in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay ... from the wave pool
Mandalay Bay ... from the wave pool
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Likely the most famous and among the most popular pool complexes in Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Beach is the ideal place for folks who like to hang out around or in pools while relaxing in Southern Nevada. It's a complex that offers more options for pool enthusiasts of all ages ( parts of it are very family-friendly) than any other locale in Vegas. It is, literally, the gold standard among the local pool options according to many sources.

Situated on a Caribbean - like 11 acres, the complex features a 1.6 million gallon wave pool, a quarter-mile long Lazy River drift attraction, the DAYLIGHT Beach Club, 5 swimming pools, a jogging track, a huge sandy beach, the Beachside Casino, summer beach concerts, gift shops, bars and lounges, and dining options. What more do Vegas poolphiles need? There is indeed more, as the Beach also offers more than 100 cabanas, day beds, bungalows, gazebos, and villas. Add to that list three Jacuzzi spas, tube / raft rental options, and impeccable service and it all adds up to the ideal Vegas pool playground. Ultimately, it may be the best place in town to get wet.

Mandalay Bay Beach highlights: (see Beach layout map)

  • Wave Pool - The centerpiece attraction that made Mandalay Bay Beach famous, this pool contains 1.6 million gallons of water and generates waves up to 6 feet high. Enjoy summer ( March through October) beach concerts at the Beach Stage that rises above the wave pool. Concert events are open to non-hotel guests with event tickets available at the Mandalay Bay Box Office.
  • DAYLIGHT Beach Club - This open-air daylife venue debuted last year and features popular DJ's spinning tunes, two VIP pools, a 1,500 sq. ft. elevated stage, six huge LED screens, and an assortment of daybeds, bungalows, and cabanas. Hours are Friday through Sunday from 11 A.M. until 6 P.M. Beginning May 4th, Daylight offers Eclipse hours from 10 P.M. until 3 A.M. on Sundays. Basic entry costs are $30 for men and $20 for ladies, with additional cover charges for special events.
  • Moorea Beach Club - This European style daylife experience is geared for adults. Tops are optional for the ladies here, with other features including dipping pools, a 70 square foot daybed area for privacy, a private VIP pavilion area with an exclusive pool / lounge area with waterfalls, and private 250 to 500 sq.ft. villas with big TV's and private bathrooms. Can you say 'ooh-la-la'? Hours are Friday through Sunday , 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. Ladies get in free , but the guys pay a $75 entry fee. Villa, daybed, pavilion, and other charges are extra. Phone 702-632-7777 for cost details.
  • Lazy River - Float the Lazy River while sipping a cold one, or enjoy the cabanas located on the small island which feature occupancy space for 6, a refrigerator, and big LCD televisions. This is a fab family-friendly option. Phone 702-632-4760 for Lazy River cabana details.
  • Cabanas, bungalows, gazebos, and villas - There are 48 cabanas at the Beach featuring lounge chairs, televisions, phones, ceiling fans, two float tubes, misters, and all kinds of special staff services. Pricing starts at $325 Mondays through Thursdays and $475 on weekends. The complete price range for all available cabanas at the Beach range from $200 - $1800 depending on location and type. Beach gazebo pricing starts at $375 and is a good value option for many Beach visitors. Ten regular Beach Bungalows are available with prices starting at $625. The Private Garden Bungalows (8 total) area features a private pool, two jacuzzis, and private restrooms, with prices starting at $525. The Villas atop the Beachside Casino (Villa Soleil) feature a private deck overlooking the Beach and other top amenities , with prices starting at $900.
  • Beachside Casino - Get into some Beach-side blackjack, roulette, or craps at the Beachside Casino, a three-story, climate-controlled gaming venue. Swimsuits and flip-flops are encouraged (just ask the bikini/beachwear - attired dealers). Grab a drink or snack at the open-air Beachside Bar & Grill on the first floor. Hours are 11 A.M. until 7 P.M., Fridays through Sundays.
  • Bars / dining - Belly up to the Beach Bar & Grill ( open 9 A.M. - 6 P.M.), the Bikini Bar (open 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.), or the Beachside Casino Bar ( open 11 A.M. - 7 P.M.) for margaritas, pina coladas, a cold beer, or whatever libation that floats your personal cruise ship. Light food fare / snacks are available for famished pool participants at all of those locations as well. Hit the Border Grill ( view menu ) overlooking the Lazy River attraction for some of the best Mexican cuisine in Las Vegas and a variety of tasty cocktails. Border Grill hours are 11 A.M. until 10 P.M. Mondays through Thursdays, 11A.M. until 11 P.M. on Fridays, 10 A.M. until 11 P.M. on Saturdays, and 10 A.M. until 10 P.M. on Sundays.
  • Shopping - Check out Pearl Moon or Jungle Juice for beachwear, sundries, snacks, and souvenirs; they're both located beachside.

Mandalay Bay Beach pools are all open for the 2014 season, with the main complex open 8 A.M. until 6 P.M. daily (excluding inclement weather conditions). Entry to the Beach is restricted to Mandalay Bay hotel guests ( includes Four Seasons, THEHotel / Delano, and MLife players club members) except during Beachside Concerts and other special events.

Mandalay Bay is located at 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South...just look for the massive gold towers on the south end of the Strip. Phone 702-632-7777 for general info and 702-632-7997 for cabana / bungalow pricing and reservations.

Cheers... pass the sunscreen

Thanks to Taylor Fisher of Kirvin Doak Communications for her assistance with the preparation of this article. Thanks, Taylor!

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