Afraid to go back in the sea? Here are Dubai's top pools
Le Mina Seyahi: This pool is perfect for a day with the kids. Both pools are shaded so they’re great for a dip even over the summer. There’s plenty of space to wander around if lying down for a day isn’t your bag, plus the beach is nearby as an alternative. 04 399 3333 Dhs150 midweek and Dhs250 on weekends. On a weekend call beforehand to check as the pool is often oversubscribed.
Raffles: Two exercise pools and one outdoor pool to relax by make raffles a great place to swing by for the day. The rooftop location and surrounding botanical gardens make the roadside location irrelevant as you drift off into another world. Ideal for couples and singles, not so much for families. 04 324 8888 Special summer rate of Dhs250
The Ritz Carlton: One of the few hotels at Dubai Marina that manages to shield its guests from the vast amounts of surrounding construction, it is possible to almost ignore the work going on around you when lounging by the pool at The Ritz. Sadly, it’s a tad tricky to relax when you know you’ve just shelled out Dhs1,000 for the privilege. One for the fat cats among us. 04 399 4000 Dhs1,000 for adults Dhs500
Shangri-La: One of SZR’s prettiest pools perched atop one of the city’s tallest hotels. Stylish loungers, cool music and attentive staff make this the perfect place to chill-out if a beachside location is not your top priority. 04 343 8888 Dhs180 midweek and Dhs220 weekends
Jumeirah Beach Hotel: This is the daddy of all hotels, where pools are concerned. There are five of them. Although one is just for executive guests. The other four include a family pool, a children’s pool and a lap pool as well as a plain old pool to relax by. 04 3480000 Dhs400 including a Dhs100 food voucher midweek. Guests only on a weekend.
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa: With a choice of two fresh-water pools and one saltwater alternative there’s something for everyone at this out of town retreat. The resort’s big enough to prevent that crowded weekend feel even on a Friday afternoon. Families tend to stick to the fresh-water options so couples in search of respite are well-advised to head for the saltwater alternative. 04 883 6000 Dhs250 including buffet on Friday. Dhs180 Thurs & Sat, Dhs150 every other day.
The Westin: The Westin is the proud owner of Dubai’s longest pool, so a good bet for avid swimmers in search of somewhere to recreate an Olympic attempt. There is also a smaller pool to relax by and access to one of the town’s best stretches of beach. 04 399 4141 Dhs150 midweek and Dhs250 on weekends.
Desert Palm: Desert Palm’s infinity pool makes it impossible not to relax while the green surroundings lull you into a false sense of location. How could somewhere so peaceful be slap bang in the middle of Dubai? Well, it is, so just enjoy it. 04 323 8888 DhsNPA
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa: This Beach Road mainstay has two pools for hotel guests and day guests to lounge by. Because it’s one of Dubai’s more established hotels the pool tends to be a bit quieter than its flashier siblings up the road. This is a great place to chill-out away from the crowds after a hectic week at work. 04 3461111 Dhs175 midweek Dhs250 on a weekend.
Grand Hyatt: Perched atop the hotel, nestled next door to Wafi, the pool at the Grand Hyatt is another one of the city’s hidden gems. Big enough that it never feels crowded and there’s a dedicated children’s area as well as an indoor option if you fancy a dip in the shade. 04 317 1234 Dhs200 midweek and Dhs250 on weekends