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Discover the different pool party vibes of KAOS and JEMAA

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JEMAA debuted last Sunday with Mark Ronson on the decks.
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It’s no surprise that the two renovated and rebranded properties that continue to generate all the big buzz in Las Vegas—Park MGM and the Palms—both made it a priority to develop a new dayclub experience. The Monte Carlo never really did a big pool party on the Strip, while the Palms, originally opened in 2001, hosted some memorable events, including the Ditch Fridays day party at its resort pool.

Now the new Palms has KAOS, a megaclub designed for the biggest pool parties Vegas has ever seen with 73,000 square feet of sun-drenched space. If you haven’t seen Marshmello or Kaskade set this place on fire, you’ve definitely seen Instagram shots of the 60-foot “Demon With Bowl” statue and the cantilevered private pools hanging cool partiers over the edge of the second-level cabanas.

But when you’re there, it doesn’t feel overwhelming—unless you want it to. The DJ booth and stage splits the two open pool areas, essentially creating different dayclub experiences that both have great access and sight lines. The statue pool is a tighter, more social space, while the larger pool to the east—framed by those fabulous cabanas—is more of a relaxing oasis. KAOS boasts four huge bars around its perimeter for convenient dance breaks, and the food and drink options and bottle packages are as grand as the venue itself; the Sushi Yacht ($1,000) is going to become a thing.

Bespoke cocktails and fancy food are absolutely in the spotlight during JEMAA, the NoMad Pool Party, which debuted at the NoMad Hotel’s fourth-floor rooftop deck at Park MGM on Sunday with superstar producer Mark Ronson on the decks. Taking over this stylish, intimate resort pool space Friday through Sunday starting at 11 a.m., JEMAA is already one of the most delicious pool parties ever, thanks to the fried chicken, shrimp tacos, seafood towers and cocktail fountains showered upon its visitors from chef Daniel Humm and bar director Leo Robitschek.

The LA or New York City rooftop party has officially landed in Las Vegas, as this pool provides unique views and vibes that feel exclusive yet open. Watching Ronson spin soul, house and R&B faves for this smaller crowd while we snacked on king crab was a surreal experience, very different but just as Vegas as the epic opening parties at KAOS.

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