Here’s where you can really make a splash.
Temperatures in the UAE might be soaring, but a day by the pool has never been more affordable.
We’ve done the hard work for you and hunted down 10 of the best beach club and hotel pool deals 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, Jumeirah Al Naseem
How does bathing beneath the Burj Al Arab sound? Sounds like Instagram gold to us. This lovely 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. You’ll pay Dhs250 for a day pass during the summer months, which includes a non-alcoholic welcome drink on arrival, fruit plate, and complimentary water.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 9am to 6pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 366 7680. jumeirah.com
2. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium Dubai
This fun beach club is located 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. Entrance is just Dhs100 on weekdays during the summer months, and on the weekends, you’ll pay Dhs400 – but you’ll get Dhs200 back in food and beverage vouchers.
Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, daily 10am to midnight, Sun to Thurs Dhs100, Fri & Sat Dhs400 with Dhs200 food and beverage credit. Tel: (055) 777 9472. @azurebeachdubai
3. El Chiringuito, Rixos 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. Over summer, they’re offering a reduced rate for their La Familia brunch every Friday and Saturday – you’ll pay Dhs295, and pool and beach access is included.
Rixos The Palm, Fri & Sat noon to 4pm, from Dhs295. Tel: (054) 449 6464. thepalmdubai.rixos.com
4. Rove Hotels, various locations
Rove Hotels has just launched a special pool pass offer for the summer. Pay Dhs99, and not only will you enjoy a day by the pool at any of the Rove Hotels across the city, but you’ll also get an overnight stay in a Rover Room. There are limited passes available at each hotel, so you’ll need to book early.
Rove Hotels, various locations. Pool pass offer available until August 31, Dhs99. Book via rovehotels.com/pool-pass-promotion, promo code POOLPASS.
5. 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. They have a new ‘Dip in the Dark’ offering for the summer months – between 5pm and 10pm, you can head up to the pool for Dhs100 on weeknights, which includes a Dhs50 voucher to use at the LookUp poolside bar, and Dhs150 on weekends, inclusive of a Dhs100 voucher.
La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, daily 5pm to 10pm, weeknights Dhs100, weekends Dhs150. Tel: (04) 403 3111. livelaville.com
6. 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, Anantara promises a relaxed and intimate ambiance, while the swim-up bar makes it a pretty ideal place to catch up with friends. Pool and beach access costs Dhs299 per person, which includes a three-course set menu at The Beach House restaurant every day except Friday.
Anantara, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm, Dhs299. Tel: (04) 5678888. dubai-palm.anantara.com
7. Shades, Address Dubai Marina
With sweeping views of the Marina from its fourth-floor position, the Address’ pool makes for a picturesque pick. Every Thursday from 6pm to midnight, they host a pool party for Dhs250 per person, which includes five drinks and a sunbed.
Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina, Thursdays, 6pm to midnight, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 888 3444. theaddress.com
8. Zero Entry Pool, Atlantis The Palm
Atlantis The Palm has launched a new day pass for the summer months at Zero Entry Pool, right beneath the iconic resort. Ladies can enjoy a free sun lounger and pool access, as well as special offers such as Dhs150 for lunch and a bottle of grape. Sun loungers are on a first come, first served basis though – so you’ll want to get there right on the dot at 11am.
Atlantis The Palm, daily from 11am, free entry for ladies. Tel: (04) 426 2627. atlantisthepalm.com
9. Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai
This chic inner city hotel has an amazing deal – you’ll pay Dhs250 for full day pool access, and receive Dhs150 back as credit to spend on food and beverages at the contemporary dining restaurant, 3in1. Get there early enough and you’ll even be able to nab one of the gorgeous poolside cabanas.
Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily 7am to 7pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 888 3444. vidahotels.com
10. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
Lined with palm trees and sitting in the shadows of the Burj Khalifa, this posh hotel has a fabulous deal on Saturdays. For Dhs295 for two, you’ll enjoy access to the split-level pool, as well as a selection of hot and cold bites and a Sangria pitcher. The perfect way to end a weekend, if you ask us.
Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Saturdays, 2pm to 6pm, Dhs295 for two. Tel: (04) 428 7805. addresshotels.com
Main image: La Ville Hotel & Suites