THERE WAS ONCE A DAY... where poolside activities, or to-dos related to a hotel-adjacent body of water, could be listed on one hand. Perhaps you took some sun or read a book or played shuffleboard or gabbed with a friend and... that was about it. But water-close pursuits have flowered in recent decades in many ways. You can book a posh cabana in some spots (complete with a TV and mini fridge). You can raise a tiny flag on your lounger, which will summon a server to your side, and, moments later, a tropical cocktail of some sort. You can request a waterbottle spritzing, if the sunshine has proven too warm. And you can, if you're in the right location, wade into the H20 for a rousing game of water chess. Fear not -- you don't have to drag your favorite board into the pool to make this happen. You just need to find your way to Delano Beach Club in Las Vegas, which just revealed its new in-pool chess game, and just in time for the 2015 summer season.
DELANO LAS VEGAS... is the property, and the oversized chess set can be found on the wet deck. Will wearing your swimsuit assist you in plotting your next move? A bikini or swim trunks aren't the typical sartorial choices when one is sitting down to face off with a friend at home. If chess isn't your deal, there are, take heart, cabanas with both bottle service and big televisions ("big"=46 inches). Or perhaps a cabana is just what you need, a place to retreat to between matches, the better to suss out your next move.
ARIA RESORT & CASINO: If you book at this center-Strip property's Sky Suites, you now have exclusive dibs -- along with other Sky Suites guests, natch -- on the brand-new Sky Pool. "Complimentary refreshments" arrive every hour and a half, and if you're needing a chilled towel, a chilled towel you shall have. Daybeds and chaise lounges dot the pool deck and the cocktail menu? Craig Schoettler, the Property Mixologist, has created a menu just for Sky Pool. Yes, there is a Frozen Mudslide, made with top-shelf spirits, in case you're wondering. (You were wondering.)