Monday, September 22, 2008

European Style Sunbathing in Las Vegas

I have always contended that two of the biggest threats to legitimate nudist resorts are swinger/sex resorts pretending to be nudist resorts and regular hotels trying to get into the topless or nude sunbathing business.

A number of years ago, Carnival Cruises had topless sunbathing decks. We heard from guests that they were terrible as guys constantly were going to the decks and walked by the women gawking as they topless sunbathed. I guess a guy would tell his wife or girlfriend he was going to the bar or whatever, run up to the topless deck, stare for a minute or so and then walk down.

Las Vegas started topless pools for guests a few years ago. To make them sound more exotic, they call them European style sunbathing pools.

We have been to two. Caesar's topless pool which was terrible because it allowed so many single men into the pool area when we were there. The ratio was probably 8 or 10men to every woman. You could tell the female guests were the only reason for this pools existence. And Mandalay Bay's topless pool, which was much better as they restricted the amount of men that could go to the pool.

The Venetian had a topless pool that they closed saying no one used it. My guess is they were like Caesar's and packed in the guys.

Now the Rio has come up with an even worse idea for their topless pools. Having strippers at their European style sunbathing pools. This will give the idea to guys that women who like to topless sunbathe are no different than strippers.

Here is the story:

Strippers by the pool: Vegas casinos get sexier

LAS VEGAS – Brittany McClain spends her nights stripping at Sapphire gentlemen's club in Las Vegas under the stage name Electronica. By day she sunbathes topless at an adults-only pool at the Rio Hotel and Casino.

“My life now is, if I'm not stripping or at the pool, I'm sleeping,” McClain said of the new partnership between the Rio and Sapphire that keeps her busy day and night.

...casinos like the Rio, owned by Harrah's Entertainment Inc, are always looking for new ways to make money, especially in the current downturn.

“It brings the sexy angle to the casino business and that is what Vegas is all about right now,” said Sapphire Senior Vice President John Lee. “All of the casinos are trying to get gentlemen's club-type entertainment without actually crossing that line.”

Caesar's Palace, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, the Venetian and the Wynn have also opened topless pools, but the Rio's Sapphire Pool is the first formal partnership between a casino and a strip club to keep its lounge chairs stocked with bare breasted women.

The idea is for the women to attract men who will stick around and gamble at the Rio's tables. The Sapphire Pool charges men $30 to $50 admission and is fenced off from the Rio pool, where the women keep their swimsuit tops on.

...The Stippers who frolic topless under the attentive gaze of the male guests also get incentives from the club and free poolside food and drinks. No cameras are allowed.

...The Rio and Sapphire say they would like to explore further opportunities from their partnership, including possible night-life venues, within the law.

For the full story click here

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