With a name like Mandalay Bay, you expect that water would be one of the key attractions. With amenities like an aquarium and a sand beach wave pool, the hotel lives up to its name. But almost hidden in all the excitement is Moorea Beach Club.
Moorea gets its name from the French Polynesian island of the same name. Located near Tahiti, the island has been a haven for the well-off tourists -- and Vegas' version of the tropical destination definitely doesn't shy away from perks that cater to a higher-end clientele.
Guests can enjoy private cabanas with all of the flair that has become commonplace in other pool clubs: flat-screen TVs, refrigerators, plush seating, exemplary service and even a private pool. Or if you'd like to get that beach feel, you can rest in a cozy lounge chair, daybed or opium bed.
For those wanting to be more secluded, there are additional cabana-like villas located three floors up where guests will get a bird's-eye view of the pool club, the adjacent Mandalay Beach and any concerts held there. The three villas have their own private bathrooms in addition to the same amenities offered at the lower-level cabanas. But nothing says high-end like the Grand Villa, located next to the three upper-level cabanas. It boasts five flat-screen TVs, a private bar, sofas and the ultimate show of opulence: a stripper pole.
Back on the lower level, is a long, curving bar with two flat-screen TVs, a DJ booth and of course three frozen drink dispensers to help cool you down. A long, narrow hot tub parallels the bar and overlooks three rows of daybeds and lounges.
Beyond the pool is an elevated area with separate seating areas called "living rooms." While they may be bigger than most of our living rooms at home, the area has plenty of seating for about six people with a mix of sofas and chairs.
With all Moorea has to offer, you'll find yourself lounging in the sun and wondering if you've been transported to a tropical island.
-- Review by Staff Member