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Day Life

Poolside: The Best Way to Beat the Heat

Las Vegas has always had a knack for staying at the forefront of delivering mega fun in spades (and diamonds, hearts and clubs), creating new ways to enjoy vacations and providing sensational summer season entertainment.

To help guests stay cool during the sweltering summer months, mega resorts both on and off the Strip now offer sun-kissed trendsetters from both the local and jetsetter crowds a chance to experience a new standard of entertainment - the Las Vegas pool party.


Classified under the emerging term "daylife" as opposed to traditional nightlife where the modern party animal theory is already thoroughly tested these wet, wild events are essentially a daytime manifestation of the best elements of Las Vegas' life after dark combined with luxurious poolside amenities, resulting in some seriously raging shindigs under the midday sun.


Here are just two of the wildest, most out-of-control parties on the Las Vegas daytime pleasure scene.
One of the best places to see, as well as to be seen at, is the Wet Republic pool party at the MGM Grand, open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Wet Republic satisfies eager partygoers with multiple pools and spas, exotic custom drinks and resident DJs that pump music through the crowd all carefully designed to recharge the body's batteries after a hard weekend.


Another hip summer hotspot is the pool at the Palms Resort. Every Friday, massive droves of Las Vegas' business elite lose their suits, ties and heels to forget about tedious responsibilities and kick off the weekend party time.


The Palms' premier weekly event, Ditch Fridays, saves its flock from "all work and no play" routines by offering both locals and tourists a place to play hooky from the office and let inhibitions run wild. The party rocks from noon to 7 p.m. every Friday.


These ultra-hip events have sprung up at nearly every major resort property in town, making it a virtual guarantee that afternoons there will consist of pumping music, premium drink menus with lots of skin and SPF.


Other popular hot pool spots to cool off Rehab at the Hard Rock, Mandalay Bay's Moorea Beach Club, Venus at Caesars Palace, Venetian's Tao Beach, Bare at the Mirage, Go at the Flamingo, along with the swanky sophistication at the Wynn, Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch and M Resort ensure that anyone seeking summertime fun is fully satisfied.

The Zen of Tao

Tao Beach is a private, luxurious, Las Vegas pool party scene, hidden in the deep corner of the swimming pool area, atop the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino.

Since its grand opening in September 2005, Tao Beach, like its sisters - Tao Nightclub and Tao Bistro Restaurant - has become one of the hottest gatherings for the daytime in this already eventful town.

Filled with an alluring sophistication, from the design to great music with the best beats, this pool party supersedes all others, providing the most outstanding, state-of-the-art cabana service imaginable, and it has the highest square footage in town. In addition to seating at the bar, chaise lounges, cabanas and day beds are available for rent.

The dcor is highlighted with orange tapestries hanging in all the cabanas. Each one is equipped with its own high-definition, plasma screen TV and DVD player; Xbox 360 and full DVD/game library; Internet access; secure, private storage for belongings; a custom-stocked mini fridge; chilled, luxury terrycloth towels and complimentary sandals. Tao Beach even offers pre-programmed iPod rentals.

Guests can be pampered by a staff of private massage therapists who use specially formulated Canyon Ranch Spa brand treatments. For guests' total comfort, personal misters cool each cabana.

All the cabanas are appropriately positioned to surround and face the DJ booth for maximum enjoyment.

Tao Beach houses beats from some of the best DJs in town, including resident DJs Reach and Galeano. The booth is located front-and-center stage at the pool, next to the big Buddha statue, which is similar to the one set in Tao Nightclub.

That Buddha overlooks the best of both worlds - a vivacious, fun pool party by day and an elegant, extravagant club atmosphere at night. On Friday, events held during the daytime are known as "Good Friday." Sunday is marked by the ever-popular event known as "Sunset Sundays," leading into the evening. On Saturday, Tao Beach really comes to life with a light show in the water, floating lanterns and fire columns to highlight the already illuminated Las Vegas cityscape.

Catering at Tao Beach is provided by Riva, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, making delicious food available between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. from the Tao Grill Menu. And every day, the bartender makes a special refreshing drink concoction - served as the shot of the day - utilizing various fresh fruits and a featured liqueur.

Since its grand opening, Tao Beach has been an ever-popular and super-sophisticated party stop in Las Vegas. The following lists just a few examples of the hosted events and guest appearances there, with more to come in the near future: Mel B. and US Weekly, along with DJ Gram Funke were in the recent months' lineup; DJs Aoki, Lezlee, Chris Garcia and Eric Dlux kept guests moving over the summer.

Call Tao Beach at (702) 388-8588 for a current schedule of activities and more information, or visit the website at www.venetian.com.

--Hours: Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
--Cover: Varies, but locals are free.
--Attire: Beach/pool attire is acceptable. European-style (topless) bathing is not allowed.
--Parking: Self-parking and valet both available at The Venetian.
--Handicap Accessible: Yes
--Reservations: Suggested for cabana use.