Here’s where you can really make a splash.
With temperatures in the UAE at a beautiful, sunbathable winter peak, what better way to celebrate than by donning your favourite floppy sunhat, lathering up with sunscreen, and heading to a sublime sunbathing spot?
We’ve done the hard work for you and hunted down 10 of the best beach clubs and hotel pools in Dubai – and there’s something for everyone, whether you’re all about the #floatlife, or prefer a poolside perch.
In fact, your hardest choice may well be deciding between a sun lounger or a cabana…
1. Summersalt Beach Club, Jumeirah Al Naseem
How does bathing beneath the Burj Al Arab sound? Sounds like Instagram gold to us. This new spot at the Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel overlooks the clear waters of the Arabian Gulf, with a stretch of pristine private beach. There’s also an infinity pool to spend the day lounging beside.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 9am to 11.30pm, Dhs395 with Dhs150 food and beverage credit. Tel: (04) 366 7680. More info on website.
2. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium Dubai
This fun new beach club has landed on the shores of JBR, and offers a spectacular view of Ain Dubai, soon-to-be the world’s largest ferris wheel. There’s a huge infinity pool with private island beds, as well as plenty of beach space to soak up the sun. When it all gets a bit steamy, you can retreat into the poolside lounge.
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, daily 10am to late, weekdays Dhs300 with Dhs200 food and beverage credit, weekends Dhs400 with Dhs200 food and beverage credit. Tel: (055) 777 9472. More info on website.
3. El Chiringuito, The Palm
With its white cabanas, dream catchers and floral arrangements, this is quite possibly one of the most dreamy places in Dubai to while away an afternoon. It’s well worth a visit for the ‘Mediterrasian’ menu alone – and on Saturdays, you can indulge in brunch.
Rixos The Palm, weekdays 10am to midnight, weekends 10am to 3am, weekdays ladies free, guys Dhs100, weekends Dhs250 for all. Tel: (054) 449 6464. More info on website.
4. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm
If you love to party, this hotspot on The Palm the perfect place for you. Entry is free for ladies, or you can splash out and purchase a ladies day package, which includes a bottle of wine or a cocktail jug, and a selection of appetizers, for Dhs150.
Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, weekdays 11am to midnight, weekends 9am to midnight. Free entry for ladies or Dhs150 for ladies day package, guys Dhs150 minimum spend weekdays, Dhs250 minimum spend weekends. Tel: (04) 426 2626. More info on website.
5. Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeira
Nikki Beach is another favourite among the party people, with its dancers, live musicians and resident DJs – there’s plenty to keep you entertained. It’s very much a place to see and be seen, so be sure to wear your most blingin’ bikini.
Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeira, daily 11am to 9pm, Dhs150 with Dhs100 food and beverage credit. Tel: (04) 376 6162. More info on website.
6. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
This gorgeous hotel in City Walk is one of the few boutique offerings in the city, and boasts a stunning rooftop infinity pool, overlooking the Burj Khalifa – it actually feels like you could swim right off the edge. It’s a small, exclusive pool, which makes it ideal for a peaceful paddle.
La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, daily 7am to sunset, weekdays Dhs100, weekends Dhs150. Tel: (04) 403 3111. More info on website.
7. The Burj Club at Burj Khalifa
A dip at the city’s most exclusive address? Yes please. The Burj Club recently launched a ‘Rooftop Soiree’ which takes place three times a week, on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Enjoy sundowners during happy hour while chilling out by the rooftop pool.
The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Weds-Fri, 6pm-11pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 888 3900. More info on website.
8. Anantara The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
We’re suckers for an infinity pool, and this 50-metre-long one ticks all the boxes. With a jacuzzi and private beach, this hotel hotspot promises a relaxed and intimate ambiance, while the swim-up bar (with a daily happy hour) makes it a pretty ideal place to catch up with friends on a weekend.
Anantara, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm, Dhs200, Dhs50 under-15s. Tel: (04) 5678888. More info on website.
9. Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina
With sweeping views of the Marina from its fourth-floor position, the Address’ pool makes a pretty picturesque pick. There’s also a dedicated kids’ pool, plus a lounge and restaurant, so you can make a real family day of it.
Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 7am to 8pm, Sun to Thur Dhs200, Fri and Sat Dhs300. Tel: (04) 4367777. More info on website.
10. The Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai
Lined with palm trees and sitting in the shadows of the Burj Khalifa, the Palace Downtown’s Dhs300 pool day pass also nets you access to the hotel’s steam room and jacuzzi. Even better? Lunch at Ewaan or afternoon tea in Al Bayt is also included in that price, so you can while away the whole day there.
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