29 delightful daycation deals to see you through summer
Loads of beach and pool days, spa treatments and more, with massive discounts
We all love holidays. Looking forward those much-needed days off makes the weeks at work go quicker, and there’s nothing better than soaking up the sun, chilling on the beach and indulging in spa treatments and great food.
Of course, living in Dubai means you don’t even need to board a flight to enjoy the aforementioned beaches and sun. A weekend in the emirate feels like a holiday, only without the tedium of packing, hauling your bags to the airport and plane delays. Happy days.
So if you’re yearning for a break but want to ditch the airfare, we have 29 incredible daycation deals for you to snap up now.
Fairmont Dubai Saturday afternoons at the Fairmont Dubai are all about Liquid Nation – a fiesta of swimming, beats and eats at the hotel’s rooftop pool. With a range of bars to choose from, a massive menu of bites to dig into and a cracking view of the Dubai skyline to enjoy, this is an ideal spot to see you through the summer. What’s more, ladies get in for free, and get unlimited complimentary slushy mixed drinks all afternoon and evening. Entry for gents, meanwhile, costs Dhs100, which comes with a complimentary slushy mixed drink. Perfect to kick back and chill out. Free for ladies, Dhs100 for gents. Sat 5pm-10pm. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Fancy something different? Stay cool and drift away with your own personal floating cabana at Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Refreshments and cold towels delivered by a butler makes the experience extra special. Dhs100 per hour. Daily 10am-6pm. Until Sep 30. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8800).
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina The new Ladies’ Beach Day on a Sunday at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi will help you and your pals kick off the week thanks to a special rate of Dhs100 for women and Dhs50 for kids. As well as access to the beach and pool area, there’s 25 percent off food and selected drinks at the Pool Bar, Horizon and Gourmet by Kcal, plus 40 percent off Heavenly Spa treatments and 50 percent discount on stand-up paddleboard rentals. Dhs100 (ladies), Dhs50 (kids). Until Sep 30. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 3333). Nasimi Beach The beach club at Atlantis The Palm has relocated poolside for the summer months and ladies can go for free. That’s a complimentary sun lounger and pool access, seven days a week. On top of that are a range of food and beverage deals, including a bottle of bubbly and lunch platters of sushi, calamari and mini shish wraps for just Dhs150, on weekdays from noon-6pm. There’s also a daily sundowner happy hour between 5pm and 7pm (Sunday to Wednesday) and between 6pm and 8pm on weekends, offering up buy one, get one free deals. For guys, it is Dhs150 entry on weekdays and Dhs250 on weekends, but that total is redeemable against food and drink. Free for ladies, Dhs150 for gents (weekdays, redeemable against food and drinks), Dhs250 (weekends, redeemable against food and drinks). Daily 12.30pm-11.30pm. Until Sep 30. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
What’s better than chilling out by the pool and enjoying some of Dubai’s skyline views? Take a dip or soak up the sun at Raffles, where there’s even a swim-up bar. All-day access is just Dhs150, including two drinks, which sounds like a pretty good reason to take a day off to us… Dhs150 (including two house beverages). Daily 9am-7pm. Until Sep 30. Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
DIP & DINE DEALS
Brunch and swim at Raffles Dubai Roasts don’t shout summer, but if you can have a dip in the pool after it makes for a great Friday. Round the troops and spend a leisurely afternoon at Raffles’ brunch – starring a roast with all the trimmings, seafood, salads and desserts – and get free access to the hotel’s pool. Kids can get creative with making pizzas and decorating cookies, too. From Dhs235 (soft drinks). Dhs385 (house beverages). Until Sep 30. Oud Metha (04 324 8888). Cabana and British brunch at Urban Picnic The popular Urban Picnic brunch at Vida Downtown hosts the Best of the Brits brunch. Dig into classic British dishes such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie, while an extra Dhs100 will get you a private poolside cabana to lounge in and laze away the rest of the afternoon. From Dhs295. Fri 1pm-5pm. Ongoing from Aug 18. Vida Downtown (04 428 6888). Cantonese brunch and free pool access at Hikina Love Cantonese cuisine? It’s time to try out Hikina’s Friday brunch at Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks And Resorts. There’s dim sum, mains and desserts to choose from, and you’ll get free pool access, too, to kick back and enjoy the rest of the day. Dhs150 (soft drinks). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Ongoing. Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9999).
Take advantage of Marina views at this classy infinity pool, for a cracking summer offer. You’ll get a full day’s access to Shades’ pool for Dhs150, with Dhs75 credit to spend on food and drinks. Delightful. Dhs150. Sat-Sun 7am-8pm. Until Aug 31. Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Feast on Thai food and take a dip at Pai Thai The pretty Thai eatery has an idyllic weekend offer this summer. For Dhs395, enjoy the all-you-can-eat Feast of Xahar, featuring classic Thai curries and more. There’s also a sunbed for you pre- or post-lunch at Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach, plus access to the pools. Oh, and you get Dhs230 off a Dhs550 Thai Massage at Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah, too, to be used during the week. Dhs395. Fri-Sat 8am-sunset (lunch 12.30pm-3.30pm). Until Sep 2. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04432 3232).
“Free” pool day at The DEK on 8 In need of a refresh? Media One Hotel is here to help. Every day (yes, even weekends), The DEK on 8 is offering a daycation pass for just Dhs75. It includes pool access and a towel, and that Dhs75 entry fee can be redeemed for food and drinks. Dhs75. Daily 7am-7pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Have a lazy Monday at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai Ladies, this brilliant daycation bundle will see you spend a luxurious Monday at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa for just Dhs150. Included in the price are six free selected beverages and bites from the Soul Lounge terrace menu and a whopping 50 percent off massages at Nikki Spa. There’s live music from 4pm to 9pm, and if you want to stay the night, you’ll also get 50 percent off room rates and at least Dhs200 worth of food and beverage vouchers. Dhs150. Ongoing. Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Jump in the pool then bag a room at La Ville Hotel & Suites If you’re after a daycation in style then this one from La Ville is ideal. Start off with discounts on a healthy breakfast buffet, then take a dip in the pool and get access to a Deluxe hotel room for the day. Want to continue the relaxation? You can extend the room for the night, too. The deal applies for two adults and up to two kids. From Dhs400. Daily 10am-6pm. Until Aug 31. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 403 3111).
Laze poolside with brunch at 3in1 Spend a lazy Saturday afternoon hanging out in a cabana and picking at an unlimited buffet. Vida Downtown’s 3in1 Saturdaze Brunch features a super-affordable brunch deal and detoxing juice bar, while an extra Dhs100 will get you a private cabana by the pool. Well worth the extra few dirhams, we say. From Dhs139. Sat 11am-3pm. Ongoing. Vida Downtown (04 428 6888).
Lunch and beach access at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah There’s a super lunch deal at this JBR spot. Tuck into a meal at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant Oceana and get free access to the beach for the day, too. Plus kids under six dine free. Dhs145, half price (kids six-12), free (kids under six). Until December 1. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, The Walk, JBR (04 318 2582).
Play mini golf and eat brunch at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club At Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, get your hands on a round of mini golf, a pool day and brunch at Legends restaurant, all for just Dhs175 with soft drinks or Dhs255 with house beverages. The offer runs on Fridays and Saturdays between noon and 3.30pm, with an evening session also available on Friday from 7pm to 10.30pm. Pool access and mini golf can be enjoyed before or after your three-and-a-half brunch. From Dhs175. Fri noon-3.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-3.30pm. Until Aug 31. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
This private pool is surrounded by lush greenery and cocoon beds, with a bar serving up drinks and tasty nibbles all afternoon, making you feel miles away from the city. Entry is just Dhs99, but why not upgrade your experience and get soft drinks and lunch, too for an extra Dhs100? Dhs99 (pool only), from Dhs199 (pool, soft drinks and lunch). Fri 10am-7pm. Until Sep 4. Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 444 7111).
Spend a day of indulgence at Palace Downtown Take a jaunt over to the Palace Downtown where you can enjoy an entire day at the pool with lunch at Ewaan or afternoon tea at Al Bayt for Dhs300. Dhs300. Pool times: Sat-Thu 6am-8am; lunch: Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm; afternoon tea: sun- Thu 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. Palace Downtown (04 428 7805).
Treat yourself at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray The summer daycation bundle at this palatial Palm Jumeirah resort gives you access to the beach and pool, a 45-minute Turkish hammam or 45-minute sultan’s massage, an international set lunch at Sultan’s Lounge Private Dining Room. Now that’s a brilliant deal. Dhs590 per person. Daily sunrise-sunset. Until Aug 31. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Have a half-price massages at Saray Spa Tucked away behind ornately carved doors at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is the Saray Spa. Unwind with 50 percent off all 60-minute massages on weekdays. After your treatment, relax in the Swedish dry sauna and Jacuzzi. Prices vary. Until Aug 31. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 0000).
Rejuvenate at Jumeirah Beach Hotel After a morning of fun at the pool at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, relax at Talise Spa and spend a few hours treating yourself to a massage, sauna, hot tub, steam room and plunge pool. From Dhs325. 6am-9.30pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (04 406 8800). Salute the sun at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray For something a little more active, enjoy a 60-minute, early morning yoga class. Then enjoy a healthy breakfast and experience a 60-minute green tea hammam, with access to the extensive Talise Ottoman Spa facilities for the day (which includes an ice cave, perfect when it’s more than 40ºC outside). Dhs595. Thu 8.30am-9.30pm. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0455).
Sip afternoon tea after the spa at Palace Downtown If you want to push the boat out a little treat yourself to a two-hour pampering session including a 50-minute massage, a 30-minute body scrub and a 30-minute facial. Continue the indulgence at Al Bayt with afternoon tea, where the in-house tea sommelier will recommend blends to match the scones, pralines and sandwiches. Dhs1,100. Daily 9am-10pm. Ongoing. Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
Spa and afternoon tea at Armani Hotel Dubai Spend your afternoon in an award-winning spa with a 50-minute treatment of your choice, then take afternoon tea at Armani/Lounge, where a selection of light sandwiches, cakes and scones with home-made jams and preserves, all served with tea or coffee, await. Dhs690 per person. Ongoing. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3888).
Treat the family at Address Boulevard Saturdays are made for families and The Restaurant at Address Boulevard knows this well. This quirky new spot (which is laid out like an apartment with rooms including the lounge and the kitchen) has a deal every Saturday, whereby parents who dine with two kids under the age of ten can enjoy a set menu of the restaurant’s classic dishes, as well as three hours of pool access. Bargain. Dhs350 per family. Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8888).
Treat your skin at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah Feeling the heat? Combine a chilled-out day at the beach with a 30-minute cooling spa session at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah. On offer is a pre- or post-sun skin treatment designed to cool, protect and hydrate your skin – the perfect accompaniment to your day on the beach, complete with views over the Arabian Gulf. Dhs425. Until Aug 30. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Escape the city at Qasr Al Sultan It is possible to escape city life while staying in Dubai for the day. And you’ll really feel this when you head out to Qasr Al Sultan, near Dubai Parks and Resorts over in Jebel Ali. Once there, you won’t be able to resist exploring the traditional souk or the region’s history at Dukan Zaman, and enjoy an unlimited dinner in the temperature-controlled outdoor courtyard for Dhs250 per person. Dhs250 (soft drinks, tea and coffee). Until Sat Sep 30. Qasr Al Sultan (800 785 826).
Take a culinary abra tour Hop on one of Dubai’s iconic water vessels and take a culinary journey through the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah. Stop along the way and dine at three top restaurants. Start your meal at The Hide, enjoy a main course at Zheng He’s and finish with dessert at Tortuga. Dhs888 per couple. From 6pm. Until Sep 30. Jumeirah Al Qasr and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 8888). Take high tea on Palm Jumeirah Harking back to the Waldorf Astoria New York’s renowned afternoon tea spot Peacock Alley, the Palm Jumeirah hotel has a traditional teatime deal for summer. Indulgent Saturdays comprise a series of savoury and sweet canapés and a bespoke tea trolley. You can upgrade your deal to enjoy a range of mixed drinks, too, plus there’s live music from Soul Groove Trio to while away a few hours taking in the Palm views. Dhs185 per person (tea and coffee), Dhs295 per person (bubbly and mixed drinks). Sat 1pm-4pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
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