For a city in the desert there’s an awful lot of water in Las Vegas. And with summer temperatures often reaching 100 degrees (37˚C), taking a dip is a great way to cool off. Swimming pools have become a major hotel attraction, with pool parties a firm fixture on the social calendar. Here’s what we think are the best pools in Las Vegas.

1) Mandalay Bay

Far more than just a pool. This is an entire beach set up – sand included. Float along the lazy river, splash about in the wave pool, or simply explore the colossal 11-acre (44,000-square meter) site. Fancy a flutter? Then why not place your bets at the poolside casino. Expanded back in 2007, this is a modern classic and one of the best pools in Las Vegas.

2) Hard Rock

A true tropical oasis in the heart of the casino capital. Swim up to blackjack tables or enjoy poolside gaming. Chill out in a cabana, go wild on the slides or simply sit and sip cocktails in the heat of the desert sun. This 5-acre (20,000-square meter) resort has plenty of sandy beaches to kick back on and even underwater speakers – so the party never stops.

3) Garden of the Gods

Located at the legendary Caesars Palace hotel, this swimming complex features no fewer than eight pools – each named after an ancient Roman god or goddess. Dotted around them are Venetian-style fountains and waterfalls, with cushioned day beds for lying out in luxury. Swim right up to gaming tables or savour glamorous bottle service from the ‘goddesses’. Plus, it’s all enchantingly lit up at night.

4) The Tank

This $30 million complex at the Golden Nugget is home to a curved swimming pool and two waterfalls. Hang out in the hot tub or check out the slide that passes right through the middle of a two-story aquarium – complete with sharks and other sea creatures. There’s also an adults-only area that you must be over 16 to enter – with a two-tiered infinity pool.

5) The Wynn

The cabanas here are permanent fixtures and come complete with air con and refrigerators. You can also get them with plasma TVs, personal servers and even a pre-programed iPod – for an extra fee, of course. They’re part of an elegant and sleekly landscaped swimming complex that’s known for its exceptional level of service.

6) MGM Grand

This huge resort comes with a vast swimming area. It covers more than seven acres (28,000 square meters) with five big pools to choose from. There’s a shallow lounging area and three whirlpools too. If you’re ready for something truly tranquil, slip into the lazy river and let the current carry you around the 1,000-foot (300-meter) course on an inflatable tube.

7) The Mirage

One of the original big pools on the Strip, The Mirage opened way back in 1989. Today there’s a large waterfall and the Dolphin Pool – site of their legendary pool party. The Mirage really set the standard for Las Vegas pools and it’s still the place to beat in terms of service. Grab a lounger or reserve one of the 16 cabanas poolside. Then check out the fruit tasting for some real luxury.

8) The Flamingo

Spread across a 15-acre (60,000-square meter) site, the five pools here are connected by waterslides and lagoons. Check out the 18-foot (6-meter) waterfall, reserve day beds and cabanas, and experience the VIP service on offer. In between, fruit platters and complimentary drinks courtesy of a cabana host will keep you refreshed.

Once you’ve had some fun on the slots, filled up at the buffet and won some chips on the table what better way to top off another exciting day (and night) than by the best pools in Las Vegas?