Closing Sirens of TI show at Treasure Island a mistake

Treasure Island (TI) Las Vegas is undergoing a change which on the surface appears to be a safe, follow the leader move, but will it be met with the financial and word-of-mouth success they are hoping for? Is closing Sirens of TI show at Treasure Island a mistake?

Last fall Treasure Island Las Vegas announced the popular outdoor show “Sirens of TI” is closing after 10 years. The free attraction actually ran for 20 years as it was originally known as Buccaneer Bay when Treasure Island opened Oct. 27, 1993. The 10-minute shows ran four times nightly and attracted large crowds out front of the hotel regularly. Its last show ended up being on October 20, 2013 to the surprise of the cast who were originally informed the closure was temporary. Some good news is that the two ships will reportedly remain in the significantly reduced lagoon.

Sirens of TI Las Vegas
Sirens of TI Las Vegas

The “Sirens of TI” show wasn’t highly rated receiving on average a 2-3 star rating on popular rating websites. But it was free, and it achieved something that is difficult to do on the Las Vegas Strip, it attracted crowds out front of the hotel and garnered discussion. How many people returned home from their vacation and discussed the free Strip shows including the Bellagio Fountains, the Mirage Volcano and the “pirate show” at TI?

In its place will be a three-story, 48,000-square-foot retail space scheduled to open in the fall of 2014 at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road. Sounds like a reasonable, logical business decision – replace a free attraction with retail space generating rental income and hopefully added foot traffic within the resort. The concern becomes how many shopping options are enough? The Fashion Show Mall, Grand Canal Shoppes and upscale shopping at Wynn are all across the street from Treasure Island. And of course one can’t forget the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay, the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and the Crystals shopping center. As if these aren’t enough, coming soon is the new shopping expansion coming to the Tropicana, as well as the new Park shopping district at Monte Carlo and New York-New York, the new shopping and dining district called The Linq, and the Grand Bazaar Shops planned for Bally’s. Wow!

Treasure Island Las Vegas Retail Drawing
Treasure Island Las Vegas Retail Drawing

It is difficult if not impossible to know how many tourists who watched the Sirens show ended up heading into the hotel itself to check out what it had to offer. In the summer I would watch the show and commonly head into the hotel afterwards to sit down and grab a drink. Even if I head into the retail area I will be more likely to purchase a drink at the CVS Pharmacy (one of the confirmed tenants) and head back out to the Strip.

The question becomes does Treasure Island generate more revenue from retail tenants than from tourists who watched the Sirens show and ended up in the hotel afterwards to check out what it had to offer? This in part will be determined by their ability to rent out the entire space regularly. The difficulty in determining the financial impact from the word of mouth and walk in traffic generated from the pirate show means we will likely never know the answer.

I for one will miss the “Sirens of TI” show. Not because it was a great show, but because it offered an opportunity to enjoy some free entertainment and provided a discussion point regarding the uniqueness of Vegas. I suspect without the pirate show the number of people talking about TI as a place to check out while in Vegas will drop significantly.

Flamingo Las Vegas Pools

Want to go swimming next to a memorial for Bugsy Siegel? The Flamingo Las Vegas’ pool is the place to be! This hotel did things right when it came to its pool complex. It has two inviting pools and both close at 7 p.m. in the summer months. There is a lower level pool for families and children and an upper level pool, which is heated, strictly for adults. The hotel is older when compared to other Las Vegas resorts, but this doesn’t mean the fifteen acre pool at The Flamingo lacks great amenities.

The Flamingo pool deck has a Grotto, numerous water slides, relaxing poolside massages, and even a fantastic tennis court located close by. The Las Vegas pool standards, such as complimentary towels and chairs, are available for all guests. The pool deck has a café with cheap food and perfectly priced drinks, but these amenities are not the main attraction for guests from around the world! It is the wildlife that puts The Flamingo’s pools on the map! The Flamingo pools are located next to a wild-life habitat. Flamingos and Silver Pheasants are just a glance away from poolside visitors. And, guests will often see a newlywed couple taking photos against the resort’s lush, tropical landscape.

The Flamingo Las Vegas Pools has an adult side too. The Go Pool is 21+ and always has a DJ on hand to set the right mood. Cabana rentals include a VIP host, security safe, and chilled towels. A complimentary bottle of liquor, with three mixers, is provided to any group renting a cabana at the hotel’s Go Pool.

The Flamingo’s tropical paradise, live animals and all, really offers a secret escape for adults and children alike. Both pools at The Flamingo provide the perfect setting for a day outdoors in the scorching Las Vegas heat. The hotel did a great job setting up inimitable surroundings amongst affordable amenities.

Flamingo Pools – Fast Facts

• Number and size of pools: In its pool area, the Flamingo features a lower Lagoon Pool, which is family-friendly and the upper Go Pool, an adult-only pool.
• Indoors or outdoors: Outdoors.
• Heated: Upper pool heated to 80 degrees (seasonal).
• Hours: Summer hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Friday – Saturday); Slide hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Cabana and daybed hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.. (Sunday – Thursday); 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Friday – Saturday).
• Towel service: One towel per guest.
• Jacuzzi: Two.
• Food/Drink service: Food and beverage service is available at the Flamingo Beach Club Cafe, open seasonally.
• Chairs and chaises: Provided, but cannot be reserved.
• Cabanas: Yes. Cabanas include accommodations for up to six people and come with overhead fans, telephones, internet access, cable TV, towels, padded lounge chairs, six ice-rolled towels, six complimentary waters, plasma TV, safe and a personal cabana attendant. Cabanas and daybeds are available daily. To book a cabana or daybed, call (702) 697-2888.
• Inner tubes, rafts or other pool toys for rent: Rafts are available for $10/day on weekdays and $15/day on weekends. Complimentary life jackets are provided. Outside rafts and/or water wings are not permitted in pool area.
• Amenities: A maze-like series of water slides is open during the summer season, and a shaded grotto offers visitors respite from the heat. Massages are available daily. Tennis courts are also available for matches and lessons. A pro shop is adjacent to the courts. Table games are open to the public. Visitors must be at least 18 years old to visit GO Pool and 21 to gamble. Table games are open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Beach

The exquisite pool at Mandalay Bay is unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Beach combines elements of sand, surf and gambling within its eleven acres designated specifically for pool goers.

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Beach has three pools, a Lazy River, a Wave Pool, a jogging track, and over two thousand tons of real beach sand! Visitors will feel as if they stepped into a five star Southern California resort from the moment they arrive at the pool deck. Hotel guests will discover the pool is easily accessible from any hotel floor at Mandalay Bay. An elevator delivers guests directly to the pool’s main entrance and an attendant provides each person with a complimentary towel.

Mandalay Bay Beach is a great attraction for families. Guests of the hotel are allowed into the pool area fifteen minutes prior to opening. This is a plus as seating near the beach can become competitive fast. There are no lockers available to rent at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas Beach. Pool wear with a zipper is encouraged to prevent losing room keys or identification. There is a pool shop offering sunscreen, tanning oils and inflatable tubes for the Lazy River. The inflatable tubes run less than fifteen dollars – depending on size. Inflatable tubes are not required to enjoy any of the three pools or the Lazy River. Across from the pool shop is an outdoor restaurant. The menu features affordable burgers, chicken fingers, and other appropriate poolside entrees. Cocktail service for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available too.

Mandalay Bay Beach has a separate pool for toddlers. The kiddie pool sits next to the wave pool, allowing children to safely enjoy the tail end of its exhilarating body surfing waves. By the way, the wave pool has a strict height requirement enforced by the resort’s lifeguards. The family orientated beach zone has an adult side too. Mandalay Bay Beach is encompassed by The Beachside Casino and Moorea Beach Club. Both the casino and beach club require visitors to be 21+.

Mandalay Bay Beach does offer private cabanas fully equipped with safes, televisions, and catering options. Pricing for each cabana depends on its location. However, large groups and families will find the expense is worth the designated seating and extra services.

The downsides to Mandalay Bay Beach are few. Visitors will find the pool’s fun-in-the sun theme truly mirrors a day at the beach – but with more perks!

Mandalay Bay Beach – Fast Facts
• 11-acre tropical water environment featuring more than 2,700 tons of sand
• Signature 1.6-million-gallon wave pool capable of waves up to six feet high
• Also features lazy river, four swimming pools, jogging track, private gazeboes, cabanas and beach bungalows
• Three-tiered Beachside Casino offers the open-air Beach Bar & Grill on the first level, the only climate-controlled poolside gaming in Las Vegas on the second level, and the contemporarily designed exclusive Villas Soleil – or sun villas – on the third
• Annual summer concert series held on outdoor stage overlooking wave pool
• Moorea Beach Club, a “top-tional” pool experience, offers lounges, daybeds, opium beds, private pavilions, dipping pools and its own poolside bar; entrance fee applies; guests 21 and older; open to non-hotel guests as availability allows
• Pools are outdoors including three jacuzzi tubs, two of the pools are heated
• Mandalay Bay Beach is open to hotel guests from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. East and South Lagoon open based on overall occupancy. Moorea Beach Club is open Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
• Towels provided by the hotel available at the pool
• Chairs provided by the hotel available at the pool
• Approximately 40 cabanas ranging from $200 – $1,800 depending on the location and type of cabana
• Mandalay Beach features two restaurants and two cocktail bars. A shop located near the wave pool sells jewelry, T-shirts, sunglasses and beach bags, as well as sunscreen and refreshments. The boutique Pearl Moon, located outside Spa Mandalay, sells sandals, swimwear and jewelry. There is also a European sunbathing pool area available, the adults-only Moorea Beach Club, which features dipping pools chaise lounges, daybeds and private pavilions. Guests can enjoy poolside spa treatments and must be 21 years old. Mandalay Beach’s newest addition includes a three-level casino featuring its own restaurant, gaming and cabanas complete with a private pool.

Best Las Vegas Pools

Best Las Vegas Pools

Las Vegas offers many amenities and different experiences when it comes to its famous resorts and their pools. Families, couples, corporate groups, and social gatherings will all find the perfect poolside setting in Las Vegas because of the varied options for outdoor entertainment and accommodations. Many Las Vegas resorts offer cabana rentals, separate topless pools, and a theme that mirrors the ambiance of each hotel.

From live Flamingos and a Dolphin Habitat to poolside nightclubs and even a beach with real sand, Las Vegas pools have it all! Pools are a must for people visiting Las Vegas because the city has a dry and hot climate. Most people describe the Las Vegas spring and summer weather as walking into a dense oven, which is why selecting a hotel based on its pool amenities is crucial!

Las Vegas has the most over-the-top pool accommodations and the best customer service in the world! The city’s pools are featured in movies, commercials, and are also a popular destination for A-list celebrities. One never knows who is going to be sitting one inner tube over! Plus, some Las Vegas hotels even offer poolside gambling and weddings!

Selecting a pool in Las Vegas can be challenging because there are many great, and affordable, options. We suggest trying a different resort each time you visit the city to really experience all glitzy and glamorous Las Vegas has to offer!

Mandalay Bay Beach – The exquisite pool at Mandalay Bay is unlike any other on the Las Vegas Strip. Mandalay Bay Beach combines elements of sand, surf and gambling within its eleven acres designated specifically for pool goers. Read more about Mandalay Bay Beach…

MGM Grand Pool Complex – The MGM Grand’s pool area lives up to its name. The resort’s five pools sit amongst a lush green landscape that truly is “Grand”. The MGM pool deck is over six acres and, like most Las Vegas resorts, hosts a family area alongside an outdoor 21+ day club resort. Read more about MGM Grand Pool Complex…

Mirage Pool – The pool at The Mirage is smaller than most Las Vegas resorts. But, this doesn’t mean The Mirage is lacking when it comes to poolside amenities. Guests who visit the Mirage’s pool area will feel like they are staying at a Hawaiian resort. The complex has two designated pool areas that transport guests to what feels like a tropical oasis. Read more about The Mirage pool…

Wynn Pool – The pool at the Wynn Las Vegas really exemplifies opulence and wealth. Although there are no signs stating the complex isn’t child friendly, Wynn’s pool area really caters to a refined adult guest. The chic resort offers guests a choice of four crystal clear and heated pools. Read more about the pool at Wynn…

Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis – Caesars Palace’s pool area, appropriately named the Garden of the Gods, offers any guest, of any age, the ultimate Las Vegas experience! The resort has eight pools, a designated topless area, air-conditioned poolside bars, pool side Blackjack, and a stunning eighteen foot waterfall. Read more about Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis…

Bellagio Pool – The Bellagio pool area offers something found at no other Las Vegas resort. Free, reserved seating! This perk is just one of the many luxuries offered by the Bellagio resort. The Bellagio pool complex is fitted with five beautiful, and heated, pools. Read more about The Bellagio pool…

ARIA Pools – Aria’s pool is massive. The complex is over two hundred thousand square feet and is designed to feel like a lagoon. There are three crescent shaped and heated pools embedded in an atmosphere meant to mimic paradise. The Las Vegas pool complex at Aria has a fun, youthful feel amongst well-appointed amenities. Read more about The ARIA pool…

Flamingo Pools – Want to go swimming next to a memorial for Bugsy Siegel? The Flamingo Las Vegas’ pool is the place to be! This hotel did things right when it came to its pool complex. It has two inviting pools and both close at 7 p.m. in the summer months. Read more about The Flamingo pools…

Venetian Pools – The Venetian Resort’s pool complex is located on the fourth floor of the hotel. There isn’t a lazy river, there isn’t a waterfall, and there aren’t tourists in fanny packs to “ooo” and “awe” at what they can’t afford. The Venetian’s pool is understated elegance combined with cozy amenities. Read more about The Venetian pools…

Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay – There is a new way to soak up the sun in Las Vegas with the introduction of Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Opening Memorial Day weekend 2013, the Beach Club will span 50,000 square feet, offer three wet decks, a vine-shaded stage for DJs and live shows, plus six LED screens to enhance the experience. Read more about Daylight Beach Club…