Our favourite spots for a drink in the sun before summer strikes
101 Dining Lounge and Bar: One of the most secluded new drinking spots to throw open its doors over the past few months, the new One&Only Palm Jumeirah’s 101 is seated at the end of the hotel’s jetty. By car, it takes a surprising amount of time to arrive at the end of the crescent, and then there’s the walk all the way down to the venue – it’s also worth booking a taxi in advance to pick you up, as otherwise you’ll be in for a long wait on the way out. But 101 is definitely worth the journey, and if you can get yourself organised, there’s also the option for guests to arrive by boat from the One&Only Royal Mirage – a great way to make an entrance if you’re entertaining visitors. The lounge itself is a cosy yet stylish outdoor affair, with a liberal scattering of sofas, cushions and pouffes, and plenty of heaters in place for cooler nights. Well-chosen aqua and brown hues fit with the beachside surroundings, and as the night wears on, the chill-out background music is cranked up a few decibels, but not so much that it overpowers the laid-back vibe. One&Only The Palm (04 440 1010).