By Jack Houston
Before European-style sunbathing became popular on the Strip, there was Moorea Beach Club. One of the longest-running pool clubs in the city, Moorea is responsible for introducing the word “toptional” into the city’s lexicon, a reference to the mode of dress preferred by some female sunbathers.
Set high above Mandalay Bay Beach, the plush Moorea Villas are perhaps the best way to experience the club. The grand cabanas hold up to 16 guests and offer top amenities, including a cushioned daybed, service host, fridge and wet bar, ceiling fan, 50-inch LCD TV and MP3 docking station. Other seating options, including daybeds, opium beds and pavilions, can also be purchased.
The privacy afforded by a villa or pavilion makes for a personalized experience that goes well beyond what one has come to expect from the average swimming pool. Additional services, such as in-cabana dining and poolside massages, ensure that guests stay refreshed and relaxed as those summertime temperatures creep into triple digits. With easy access to the rest of Mandalay Bay Beach, Moorea is an oasis within an oasis and a perennial contender among the city’s top retreats.