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M Resort’s new pool director Jeff Kenkel is a DayDream believer

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Tiffany Brown

M Resort’s new pool director Jeff Kenkel

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It looks like a daiquiri, but, no, it's a mojito — a very red, very strawberry one at that. The usual culprits — Bacardi rum, fresh lime, mint and strawberries with a splash of soda — are at it again, and really, what cocktail is better suited for poolside imbibing in the 21st century? For best results, serve alongside gorgeous bodies, endless sunshine and sparkling, blue pool water, aka your average day at DayDream.

Summer is less than a month away, but the beach bodies are already out at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard. The second season of DayDream Pool Club at M Resort is under way, and leading the charge as its new director of operations is Jeff Kenkel, who was impressed right off the bat at the resort's commitment to its guests.

"Everybody was extremely helpful, very nice, very knowledgeable about their product," Kenkel said. "Nobody had a bad thing to say, nobody had a bad attitude, and for me going in, that was really the thing that stuck out in my head the most."

Born in Huntington Beach, Calif., and raised in Ohio, Kenkel is a veteran of more nightlife and daylife establishments than could fill this page, but the opportunity to move off the Strip was, in his words, "100 percent refreshing."

"We're not dealing with the Jersey Shores and the fist pumping," he said. Instead, the pool club focuses on delivering "the same premium product that (people) can get on the Strip, at an affordable price."

That means cheaper cabana minimums, aggressively priced bottle service and Saturday night parties that give guests a chance to enjoy the venue under the stars.

"It's about putting a place out there, and I don't know if this is selfish or not, but it's about putting a place out there that I'd want to go. A place I know that I can get away and not be hassled and still have a great view and good service."

— Originally published in Las Vegas Magazine

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