Pool Season Set to Make a Splash
The Olympics might be over, but this year's hottest competition is just getting started.


Today, the Las Vegas pool wars officially kicked off with the opening of George Maloof's Palms Pool & Bungalows. His infamous Ditch Friday parties will start up again May 7.

The other Strip splash spots aren't prepared to let Maloof take all the glory. MGM Grand has some heavy artillery in their canon to fire back with. After the their pool, Wet Republic, opens on March 12, reality star and new mother Kendra Wilkinson will host the complex's first big event on March 27, before the official grand opening on April 17. Then a week later, another E! starlet and mother Kourtney Kardashian will hold her birthday party at the pool, hosted by sisters Kim and Khloe.

There are also tons of new contenders vying for pool prominence as well, including multiple within the new HRH Tower at the Hard Rock Hotel (one of which features topless bathing). There's also Steve Wynn's 45,000-square-foot Encore Beach Club, which advertises eight bungalows, each featuring their own hot tub. The complex also includes a terraced balcony with 34 oversized cabanas lining the private area of the new pool.

And how could we right about anything without a mention of Las Vegas' newest celebrity, CityCenter? It should come as no surprise that the mega-complex is set to crash the pool party scene. Aria boasts three pools at its Liquid Pool Lounge, one of which shoots multiple fountains into the air. How badass is that?

Plus, there are multiple hot tubs, 35 daybeds, 16 private cabanas, 85 hand-woven mega chaise lounges, and 40-inch TVs. There's even a 50-seat restaurant on-site with a full menu in addition to the usual pool food.

And don't worry, cooling misters line every wall so you can show off your hot bod without actually getting too hot yourself.

Liquid is also surrounded by the glass buildings of CityCenter whose reflective rays are sure to help put the "T" in your "GTL." (That's gym, tanning, laundry for those of you with lives who didn't watch Jersey Shore.)

Liquid is slated to soft-open March 18 before the grand opening April 8 with guest DJ Tiesto.

And don't forget about old favorites such as Bare at the Mirage, Tao Beach at the Venetian, Azure at the Palazzo, Voodoo Beach at Rio, and the expanded Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace. They aren't prepared to let some noobs come and take away all their summer-time social splendor.

With all these deluxe spots perfect for a dip and a daiquiri, the pool wars this summer should be heating up pretty rapidly. Let's just hope the weather follows suit.