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Fontainebleau Pools vs Mid Strip Pool Decks

Last Updated on 01/15/2024 by Mike Waldron

Fontainebleau Oasis Pool Deck vs. Hard Rock, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Aria and Caesars Palace. See how Fontainebleau stacks up against these competitors.

Pool Access

Fontainebleau Access will be complimentary for registered Fontainebleau guests and for non-guest with a paid reserved seating reservation. Other non-guests will be able to gain access by purchasing a pool Day Pass, if space permits.
Hard Rock Access is complimentary and restricted to hotel guests only.
Bellagio,
Aria
Access is complimentary for registered hotel guests and non-guests who have purchased reserved seating.
Cosmopolitan Complimentary for hotel guests. Non-guests can gain access to the Boulevard pool deck with a reserved seating purchase. The Chelsea pool is restricted to hotel guests only.
Caesars Palace Access is complimentary for registered hotel guests and non-guests who have purchased reserved seating. Non-guests can enjoy the Venus Pool Lounge for a fee.

Pool Season

FontainebleauThe Fontainebleau opens in the Spring 2024. No details have been released regarding future winter operations.
Hard Rock, Caesars Palace The pools are expected to operate March through mid-October.
Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Operate year round, with a reduction in service and amenities during the cooler months.

Aria Pool Map

Aria Pool Map showing the three elliptical shaped pools and surrounding seating.
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Pool Hours

Fontainebleau Oasis Pool Deck hours have not been released to date.
Bellagio, AriaHours vary by season. Winter hours are currently 10:00am – 4:00pm and extend to 8:00am – 7:00 pm during the peak summer season.
CosmopolitanHours vary by season. Winter hours are currently 10:00am – 4:00pm and extend to 8:00am – 6:00 pm during the peak summer season.
Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Hours are typically 9:00am – 6:00pm daily during pool season.
hours subject to change without notice

Evening Pool Events

FontainebleauSome non-specific evening events on the Gigi’s Pool Deck have been announced.
CosmopolitanDive In Movies on Monday evenings during the summer months. Sunset Cocktail Hour Friday evenings during the summer months. Both of these events take place on the Boulevard Pool Deck.
Caesars PalaceVenus Night Swim, Friday through Sunday evenings.
Bellagio, Hard Rock, AriaNo evening events scheduled.
Guests toasting special occasions on Boulevard Pool Deck.
Sunset Cocktail Hour- Photo by Mike Waldron

Bellagio Pool Deck Map

Pool map showing relative size, shape and location of the Bellagio pools.
Courtesy of MGM Resorts

Pool Deck Size

Each highlighted link below will take you to a dedicated post I have recently written with detailed information on each specific pool deck.

Fontainebleau pool deck6 acres.
Bellagio pool deck2+ acres.
Aria pool deckJust under 5 acres.
Cosmopolitan pool deckCombined pool decks are over 1.5 acres.
Hard Rock pool deck2+ acres.
Caesars Palace pool deck5 acres.

Number of Pools

Fontainebleau6 pools plus LIV Beach
Bellagio5 pools
Aria3 pools plus Liquid Day Club
Cosmopolitan 2 pools plus Marquee Day Club.
Hard Rock2 pools plus Bare Pool Lounge
Caesars Palace 7 pools including Venus Pool Lounge

Caesars Palace Pool Deck Map

Aerial map of the 7 pools which make up the Garden of the Gods pool area.
Courtesy of Caesars Resorts

Family Friendly Features

FontainebleauBleautopia- Yard games area with activities including croquet. Not necessarily family specific.
Hard RockThere is a large faux rock waterfall feature which children seem to really enjoy, but there is no specific family friendly feature at this pool.
Aria, Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Caesars PalaceAlthough children have access to pools at all of these resorts, none have what I would refer to as specifically family friendly features. I have seen families at all of these resorts and they all seem to enjoy these pool decks.

Adult Only Pool Areas

FontainebleauLIV Beach Day Club
Hard RockOasis Pool ages 18+ and Bare Pool Lounge 21+
Bellagio Cypress Pool 18+
Caesars PalaceFortuna Pool 21+, Venus Pool Lounge 21+
Aria, CosmopolitanNo adult only pools on the regular pool decks. Aria’s Liquid Day Club and Cosmopolitan’s Marque Day Club are 21+
Premium loungers with some sun umbrellas set up around the pool.
Cypress Pool- Photo by Mike Waldron
Waterfall coming down into Fortuna Pool.
Fortuna Pool- Photo by Mike Waldron

On Property DayClub

FontainebleauLIV Beach Day Club – Theme: French Riviera.
Hard RockBare Pool Lounge – Theme: Tropical
CosmopolitanMarque Day Club – Theme: Non specific
AriaLiquid Day Club – Theme: Non specific
Caesars PalaceVenus Pool Lounge – Theme: Roman
BellagioNo on-property DayClub
Pool in front of couch seating area with sun umbrellas.
Liquid DayClub- Photo by Mike Waldron
DayClub at opening. Purple fabric covers reserved seating.
Marquee DayClub at opening time- Photo by Mike Waldron

Lounger, Cabana and Daybed Rentals

FontainebleauDaybeds and cabanas will be available to rent. There are no additional details at this time. This post will be updated once details have been released.
Hard Rock, Aria, Bellagio, Caesars PalaceLoungers, daybeds and cabanas are available. Prices are a 100% rental fee with no minimum spend required.
CosmopolitanLoungers, daybeds and cabanas are available. Prices are a 100% food and beverage minimum spend with no rental fee.
A row of 3 cabanas are located up just a few stairs.
Hard Rock- Photo by Mike Waldron
Me in front of a very well appointed cabana
Bellagio- Photo by Mike Waldron

Poolside Food and Beverage Options

FontainebleauBleau Isle Bar, La Côte, FB Slim’s- Miami’s La Côte Menu
Hard RockParadise Cafe menu, Dolphin Bar, Pool Bar
BellagioPool Cafe (currently under major (reconstruction) Pool Bar
Caesars PalacePoolside bars. Food can be delivered poolside using the Caesars Eats App. Link to participating Caesars Eats restaurants and menus
AriaAria Pool Bar
CosmopolitanPool bars which offer identical food menus at both pools. Link to menus

Outside Food and Beverages

Outside food and drinks are prohibited at all pool decks.

Heated Pools

All resorts have heated pools.

Hot Tubs

FontainebleauUnknown at this time. Please check back soon.
Aria, Cosmopolitan3 hot tubs each
Bellagio4 hot tubs
Hard Rock, Caesars Palace 2 hot tubs each

Pool Deck Age/ Date of last Major Renovations

FontainebleauOpening Spring 2024.
Hard Rock Plans are underway to completely reconfigure the pool area while including an infinity pool within the new design. source
AriaConstructed in 2010.
BellagioConstructed 1998
Caesars PalaceCaesars Palace pool area opened as the new Garden of the Gods pool deck in 2010.
CosmopolitanPool District constructed in 2010.

Poolside Gaming

FontainebleauUnknown at this time.
Caesars Palace Swim-up blackjack at the Fortuna Pool
Hard Rock, Aria, Bellagio,CosmopolitanNo poolside gaming

Poolside Entertainment

FontainebleauBleau Isle, located in the center of the Main Pool, will be pulsing with alluring all-day beats. Promoted as a major party spot while local DJ’s supply all the pop and house hits.
CosmopolitanUpbeat music played at the Boulevard Pool
Aria, Caesars, Bellagio, Hard RockBackground music played on the pool decks

Reward credits for Pool Deck Spend

FontainebleauFontainebleau Rewards Tier Credits and Bleau Points are earned for eligible pool deck spend.
Aria, BellagioMGM Rewards Credits/Points earned on eligible pool deck spend.
CosmopolitanIdentity Rewards Credits/Points earned on eligible pool deck spend.
Hard RockUnity Tier Credits?points earned on eligible pool spend.
Caesars PalaceCaesars Rewards Credits/Points earned on eligible pool spend.

Poolside Massages

FontainebleauCabana massages available in the Legacy Pool Massage Cabana.
Caesars PalacePoolside massages are available in a dedicated poolside cabana at the Jupiter Pool Deck.
BellagioPoolside massages are available.
AriaPoolside massages are available from May Through September.
Hard RockPoolside chair massages are available.
CosmopolitanPoolside massages are not available
Massage cabana on the far right side of a row of cabanas.
Jupiter Pool Massage Cabana- Photo by Mike Waldron

Conclusion

It will take some time to see how successful the new Fontainebleau Oasis Pool Deck is at capturing the interests of the existing Mid-Strip pool enthusiasts. Much is still unknown about this new player in town but their PR team is doing their best to win over guests even before the pool deck is open.

This post will be updated as new details become available and after my first visit in the Spring.

Fontainebleau Pros

  • A brand new venue
  • Day Passes available ( a plus if you just want to check it out the pool deck)
  • High energy pool deck entertainment (a plus for some people)

Fontainebleau Cons

  • May not be the most tranquil of pool decks (a con for some)
  • Day Passes will make the pool deck busier
  • Still many unknown factors

Unknown Comparisons

There are a number of areas in which we will need additional information before we can see how Fontainebleau fares against its competitors. These comparisons will be made as soon as possible. Some of these clarification will include:

  • Pool season
  • Pool hours
  • Reserved seating pricing and conditions
  • Food and beverage pricing
  • LIV Beach

Mike Waldron

Mike has been visiting Las Vegas since 1969, and was married in Vegas in 2013. His decades of first hand experiences in the city help him to create original articles. The goal of his articles is to provide accurate information with actionable tips.

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