Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 9:55 a.m.
Ryan Lochte at Azure Luxury Pool red carpet
Ryan Lochte interview at Azure Luxury Pool
This past weekend in Las Vegas saw the highs surpass 100 degrees, so it’s befuddling that Olympic swimming champion, heartthrob and reality TV star Ryan Lochte would keep his clothes on while hosting at Azure Luxury Pool on Saturday afternoon at Palazzo for the third consecutive season.
Lochte, who looked the part of a world-class athlete in a gray striped tank top and camouflage cargo shorts, however didn’t even take off his sunglasses for photographers on the red carpet or while frolicking with bikini-clad ladies and Perrier-Jouet Champagne at the luxe pool playground.
Maybe he’s grown tired of the teasing from past appearances here in a barely there white Speedo and an inexplicably flashy — and once again barely there — pink Speedo. If you’ve got it, flaunt it, no?
The 11-time Olympic medalist, who is training for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, as he discussed on the arrivals carpet, took the weekend off to party at Azure with friends and fans. Lochte et al were treated to a cake adorned with a gold medal from the “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro’s Carlo’s Bakery at the Venetian-Palazzo.
The group partied through the late Saturday afternoon and mixed and mingled poolside to the beats of DJ Roman Rosati. The group enjoyed libations as well as cuisine from chef Wolfgang Puck’s Solaro.
“Azure Luxury Pool at Palazzo Las Vegas is my favorite place to hang out, especially in these gorgeous cabanas,” Lochte said. “It’s the perfect place to celebrate my friend’s bachelor party, which is what we are doing this weekend.”
On Friday night, the bachelor party group celebrated at Hyde Bellagio, where Angie Everhart and Shar Jackson also were spotted loving the nightlife. In past visits to Las Vegas, Lochte has partied at D Las Vegas, the Venetian, Tropicana and CityCenter.
Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue of Donoghue Photography for his photo gallery of Lochte at Azure and to Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter for his two videos of Lochte posted on YouTube.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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With top accommodations, first-rate entertainment, high-end shopping and a slew of acclaimed chefs, the Palazzo has positioned itself as one of the most luxurious resorts on the Strip.
More than 3,000 all-suite rooms start at 740 square feet and are decorated in a modern, yet classic, Italian style. Each room features a sleeping area, with a king or two queens, and a sunken living room area with floor to ceiling windows.
A cathedral ceiling tops the Palazzo casino, while a second 80-foot dome brings natural light to the property's lobby. The 105,000 square foot casino features more than 2,000 slots and 80 table games but lacks the stale smell of cigarettes, as the property is LEED certified with smoking off limits in most of the Palazzo — including 50 percent of the casino floor.
Dining at the Palazzo is among the best of the Strip, starting with Wolfgang Puck's CUT. Chef Simon To serves up authentic Chinese cuisine at Zine, while Sushisamba combines Brazilian and Peruvian flavors with Japanese techniques. At LAVO, club-goers can dine on Mediterranean dishes before heading upstairs to the bath house-inspired nightclub.