Of the 356 hotels we list on www.timeoutdubai.com, nearly every last one is equipped with a pool – many with fantastic views and water that seems to disappear into infinity. The concept of an infinity pool is nothing new: in the early 1600s, at the French Palace of Versailles, the famous Stag Fountain used a nifty design to create ‘vanishing edges’.
Said vanishing edges make it look as though the water continues for ever, an illusion that’s enhanced when a pool boasts sea views – although the term has come to mean any pool that appears to have no edges. So, with prime lounging weather upon us (at last!), we donned our swimwear to take a dip in some of Dubai’s best. We chose our pools according to the views, the setting, size, depth and other facilities, such as swim-up bars.
Al Maha This luxury desert resort doesn’t just have one infinity pool, it has 43. The main one is located by the spa (pictured), while each suite has its own, private miniature version, about 0.9m in depth and with temperatures controlled by the guest. Dhs550 (day pass; includes access to the pool and spa facilities plus lunch). Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (04 832 9900).
Perfect for… Swimming with desert views
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray The huge beach resort is set among palatial gardens with sweeping views of the Palm Jumeirah. But the facilities are also staggering – the main pool has a 59-metre infinity edge, stretching back 31 metres. Dhs250 (day pass). Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Perfect for… Exclusive chic
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Of the three pools at Bab Al Shams, the pick of the bunch is the infinity pool, featuring bubble seats that allow you to perch waist-deep in water, taking in views of the desert. The pool is up to 1.4m deep, and heated to a pleasant 28-30˚C. Dhs350 (weekday pass, includes lunch); Dhs500 (weekend pass, includes lunch). Bab Al Shams, follow Al Barsha Road past Arabian Ranches and Endurance Village (04 381 3231).
Perfect for… A secluded, serene swim
Jebel Ali Golf Resort This brand new infinity pool looks out over the Arabian Gulf, and sits at a very pleasant 30˚C. Its depth ranges from 0.9m to 1.3m and, if ever you’re in need of some extra buoyancy, there’s a swim-up bar at one end. Dhs180 (day pass, weekdays), Dhs220 (weekends). Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Perfect for… Poolside resort fun
The Address Downtown Dubai All the class you’d expect from The Address brand is epitomised in this huge, five-tier pool. Despite the inventive blocked tiers, it’s still possible to have a good swim – the largest tier is 35 metres in length. Temperatures are maintained at a steady 31°C in winter and 28°C in summer. Dhs300 (day pass). The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
Perfect for… Understated elegance
Burj Al Arab This opulent hotel features two infinity pools – unisex and ladies-only. Both boast spectacular views, but are open to hotel guests only. ‘Romantic Moonlight Swim’ experience Dhs7,000, including massage, drinks and personalised bath robe. Umm Suqeim (04 301 7777).
Desert Palm This serene out-of-town pool offers views of the Desert Palm polo field, as well as the Dubai skyline in the distance. Dhs195 (includes poolside amenities and sun loungers). Al Awir Road, past International City (04 323 8888).
Meydan Beach This brand-new beach club boasts two infinity pools. Swim lengths in the larger one, then relax in the smaller Jacuzzi pool. Dhs495 (includes Dhs250 food and beverage allowance). Reservations essential. Meydan Beach, The Walk at JBR (04 433 3777).
Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates The Pullman’s luxury Sanctuary health club and gym offers pristine views of Dubai’s panoramic skyline, although it’s reserved for hotel residents only. From Dh748 for three-day ‘wellness break’ packages, including spa access, breakfast and a Dhs250 spa voucher. Mall of the Emirates (04 377 2000).
Radisson Royal An oasis of seventh-floor calm above the bedlam of Sheikh Zayed Road and Downtown Dubai – just sit back and enjoy the view. Dhs225 (includes use of the Health Club). Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0000).
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Dorothee Nov 09, 2012 07:44 am
Good morning, I cannot get hold on you through telephone. Please can you kindly let me know if there are discounts available for Emirates Group employees for the weekday pass? Thank you, Best regards, Dorothe