When the 2015 dayclub season arrived, Daylight at Mandalay Bay had at least one special challenge to deal with. The south Strip resort’s massive convention center expansion was under construction, and the parking lot and main access point to Daylight was problematic at best. And yet the club had a successful season last year anyway, bolstered by the acclaimed Sundown parties held on Sundays, featuring different genres of dance music not often heard on the Strip.
This year, Daylight—which opens its doors March 12—is one of the most intriguing pool-party destinations in the city. That’s not only because Sundown will return; like it’s big-brother nightclub, Light, Daylight is now under the operational control of Play Management. And playtime is here.
“For our small, nimble company, this place has literally doubled the size of our group,” says managing partner John Pettei. “Service is our product, and we feel it’s exceptional. There’s going to be a lot of friendly people and a lot of smiles here this season.”
There’s also going to be a lot of music. Daylight is adding Thursdays this season, welcoming hotel guests and locals for a very approachable party, and the club is expanding its programming to include Light residents like DJ Mustard, J. Cole, Baauer and the Stafford Brothers. The Sundown party will continue as a monthly event, with the first set for May 22 with Disclosure and Claude VonStroke. “It’s still going to be something different, taking a risk, closer to that sexy beach vibe,” Pettei says. “It’s a party we truly believe in, and it takes it back to what clubs are all about, the love of music.”