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Winter in the sun: Defy the season under the Marquee Dayclub Dome

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Wearing a bikini in January isn’t just possible; it’s necessary.

Winter in Las Vegas. If there’s one spot driving innovation during the pool-party offseason, it’s Marquee Dayclub, with its climate-controlled, 22,000-square-foot dome simulating summer during the chilliest time of year. There on the Cosmopolitan club’s pool deck, wearing bikinis and board shorts in the middle of January isn’t just possible; it’s necessary.

Hing Yip Yim, Tao Group’s director of nightclub and pool operations, credits that to some 70 permanent and portable heaters constantly working to make it feel like Vegas on a warm summer day. The most challenging part, Yim says, is making sure every inch of the 50-foot-tall dayclub dome is sealed off from the outside elements. The party-orb structure—which peaks 200 feet above the Strip—gets inspected daily by a maintenance crew, making sure the 95,000-pound covering stays in perfect condition. And the water is heated to a soothing 90 degrees, allowing for optimum pool play.

This year, the futuristic bubble has even more daytime parties scheduled, including its first playoff viewing party with DJ Vice on January 17, the annual Q Bowl party on Super Bowl Sunday and the Halfway to EDC celebration on Valentine’s Day weekend. Consider it an excuse to add to your swimsuit collection.

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