Fancy a drink in your trunks or bikini this week? Go right ahead
Now that it’s finally cool enough to spend time outdoors without melting in the theatrical manner of the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz, don’t plump for the same old bars just yet. Instead, we recommend you grab your Vilebrequins and try one of these super-cool swim-up spots around town, where flip flops are welcome and sunglasses are an essential. Warning: you may end up with fingers that resemble raisins.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah:Though the Wavebreaker is perhaps the Hilton’s best-known bar (and normally our favourite in the hotel), the H2O swim-up bar (pictured right) has caught our attention recently. Like us, you’ve probably passed it on your way down to the beach bar, and it’s a great (temperature-controlled) place to cool down with a healthy smoothie or a not-so-healthy cold pint. If you’re peckish but don’t want to risk your lunch getting damp, you can set yourself up in the patio seating area. Day pass including pool access Dhs180, Sun-Thu; Dhs250 Fri-Sat. Open daily 9am-6pm. The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 318 2583).
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa: It may be a little further afield than some of the other spots here, but with not one, but two swim-up bars, this hotel is worth the slightly longer trip. Choose from either the Jebel Ali Hotel Pool bar (pictured above) or the La Fontana Pool, both of which serve a wide range of refreshments every day. Day pass including pool access Dhs180, Sun-Thu; Dhs200 Fri-Sat and public holidays, entry for children half price. Open daily 8.30am-6pm. Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Le Méridien Dubai: Arrive early to this secluded Garhoud lounging spot in the hotel’s courtyard and take advantage of an express breakfast meal deal for Dhs55, though you may want to wait until the sun’s a little higher before availing of the all-day bucket promotion for Dhs144. Every day from 6pm to 8pm there’s a happy hour where all regular beverages are 20 per cent off. Dhs150 for access to the pool, Dhs200 inclusive of one main course and one drink. Open daily 10am-8pm. Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina: Horizon pool bar is another spot most people will have walked past a hundred times on their way to drinks or shisha at Barasti. Open until 8pm every day, this is a perfect spot for sundowners overlooking the Gulf from the infinity-edged pool, and serves up a variety of delicious mixed drinks and typical bar snacks – though you’ll want to watch you don’t accidentally get the latter soggy. Make the most of it now before the hotel closes for refurbishment early next year. Day pass including pool access Dhs175, Sun-Thu; Dhs250 Fri-Sat. Open daily 9am-8pm. Al Sufouh Road (04 399 3333).
Shangri-La Dubai: This Sheikh Zayed Road hotel’s pool bar (iKandy bar by night) is a great place to chill out alongside some of the city’s fashionable crowd. Though this place is best known as a nightspot, there’s also a DJ spinning mellow beats throughout the day, and the option of a poolside massage if you think you deserve some pampering. There are also regular rotating promotions on mixed drinks at the bar. Dhs180 Sun-Thu including access to the steam room, sauna and gym, Dhs150 for pool only, Dhs220 Fri-Sat, including access to facilities. Open daily 6am-10pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2441).
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort: A shaded bar serving up much-needed cold drinks and decent (if slightly overpriced) snacks and meals, the swim-up side of the Azure Pool Bar & Restaurant is rarely crowded, despite being one of the most relaxing around. The pool is a little on the small side, but it seems to keep the bar stool-hogging crowd and screaming kids at bay – and for that, we’re grateful. Day pass including pool access Dhs100, Sun-Thu; Dhs180 Fri-Sat. Open daily 8am-6pm. The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 399 5533).