04/30/2013 01:15 pm ET Updated Jun 30, 2013

Best Pools in Las Vegas (PHOTOS)

You might thank a small Spanish island for the current daytime pool-party scene in the Nevada desert.

Las Vegas has been called the new Ibiza, though in typical Vegas fashion, hotel casinos have taken the daytime electronic dance music scene and amplified it--with 32,000-watt subwoofers and custom lasers, international resident DJs, and cabanas with private infinity pools and beds for sleeping off the revelry. Add in beaches, swim-up gambling, and models as waiters, and it's safe to say that Las Vegas pools have never been cooler.

With nearly 40 million visitors hitting the Strip in 2012, many with a seemingly insatiable appetite for daytime drinking and dancing, it's no wonder hotels are devoting pool real estate to pay-to-play mega venues. New openings like Daylight in Mandalay Bay, Bagatelle in Tropicana, and the expanded Wet Republic at MGM Grand can host up to 5,000 partiers.

For details, dive in to our roundup of the best Vegas pool options, from family-friendly to adults-only, with some pools that bridge the gap nicely.

--Andrea Bennett

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Best Pools in Las Vegas (PHOTOS)
Best Pools in Las Vegas (PHOTOS)