Order drinks without getting out of the pool at these swim-up bars
Why walk into a bar, when you can swim up to it? With temperatures soaring, there’s no better place to stay cool than in one of Dubai’s many pools with a cold refreshing drink in your hand. Just paddle your way to the bar and take a seat.
Anchor Pool Bar This plush hotel is the definition of summer relaxation. The large infinity pool overlooks the beach while the swim-up bar is set up with high stools. Get experimental with a mixed drink or two from the extensive beverage menu. Sun-Thu: Dhs180 (adults), Dhs90 (kids); Fri-Sat Dhs250 (adults), Dhs110 (kids). 9am-6.30pm. JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Azure Pool Bar Ladies get 50 percent off pool and beach access every day before 11am. Pay Dhs110 which can be redeemed on food and beverages at the pool bar and Bliss Lounge. Don’t miss the daily happy hours from 11am to noon and 5pm to 6pm. Sun-Thu: Dhs140 (adults), Dhs90 (kids). Fri-Sat: Dhs220 (adults), Dhs120 (kids). 8am-6pm. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, The Walk, JBR (04 399 5533).
Day Kandy With picturesque views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline, this rooftop pool bar at the Shangri-La is one of Dubai’s best-kept secrets. Sip on signature mixed drinks and soak up rays right in the heart of the city. Happy hour is from 6pm until 8pm and the DJ provides the beats from 9pm. Sun-Thu: Dhs150; Fri-Sat: Dhs220. 6am-10pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Horizon Pool Enjoy happy hour from 4pm until 7pm as well as the chilled ambience of the Mina Seyahi resort and its infinity pools overlooking the Palm Jumeirah. Sun-Thu: Dhs225 (adults), Dhs125 (kids under 12); Fri-Sat: Dhs350 (adults), Dhs175 (kids). 8am-sunset. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 3333).
La Baie Lounge Dip and sip at this swim-up bar just off JBR and enjoy three beverages for Dhs100 every Friday while listening to the sounds of the ’80s. For young guests, the Ritz Kidz club is situated close to the shaded children’s pool and play areas, which gives parents the opportunity to relax and unwind. Dhs500 (adults); Dhs300 (kids). 8am-7pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
Mai Bar The best thing about Anantara’s swim-up bar has to be its happy hour from 3pm until 7pm when you’ll get two for one on selected beverages. Relax to stunning views while the kids delight at the playful seahorse fountains around the pool. The hotel’s ‘Cool Summer Days’ promotion offers pool and beach access from Sunday to Thursday for Dhs325 for adults and Dhs100 for kids with a lunch buffet with soft drinks, as well as an ice-cream, bottle of water and wet towels on arrival. Cool Summer Days package: Dhs325 (adults), Dhs100 (kids aged six and up), free for under sixes. Until July 17. Regular beach and pool access: Dhs250 (adults), Dhs100 (kids). 9am-sunset. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
North Bar The Westin offers the perfect spot to unwind in for an adult day retreat without the kids, as the pool directly in front of the bar is for grown-ups only and plays lively music throughout the day. Sun-Thu: Dhs225 (adults), Dhs125 (kids under 12). Fri-Sat: Dhs350 (adults), Dhs175 (kids). 8am-sunset. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 4141).
Oasis Pool & Bar Late night swimmers should head to the Millennium in Garhoud, where the pool bar’s in business until 1am. Lounge in the water long after the sun goes down or order shisha, poolside, after 6pm. Guests brunching on Friday at Gozo Garden and Biggles Pub can also enjoy free pool access. Sun-Thu: Dhs85 (adults), Dhs45 (kids under 16); Fri-Sat: Dhs115 (adults), Dhs65 (kids). 11am-1am. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8888).
Spa Pool Bar Entry to this spot at Le Méridien Dubai in Garhoud is a bargain at just Dhs150. Guests can sit on one of the underwater stools at the swim-up bar counter and enjoy a refreshing drink or cool off in the cascading waterfall. Package food and drink deals include pool access, a choice of one dish and drink or take advantage an order the ‘All Day Special’ dish with a drink for Dhs60. Dhs150. 10am-8pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Swim-Up Pool Bar Kick back at the in-water seating area at Palm Jumeirah’s Kempinski and enjoy drinks against the stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline. Sun-Thu: Dhs300 for two people; Fri-Sat: Dhs500 per person (including a Dhs150 food voucher). 10am-7pm. Until June 30. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).
Further afield Swim over to one of these bars outside of Dubai
Emirates Palace Relax in one of the African-themed hammocks next to the pool. Sun-Thu: Dhs300 (adults), Dhs150 (kids); Fri-Sat: Dhs500 (adults), Dhs300 (kids). 7am-9pm. West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 9000).
Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa Take a dip while enjoying the ocean views. Sun-Thu: Dhs125 (adults), Dhs55 (kids); Fri-Sat Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids). 10am-sunset. Al Aqah Beach, Fujairah (09 244 9888).
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Enjoy the shade and good drinks. Sun-Thu: Dhs250 (adults), Dhs100 (kids); Fri-Sat: Dhs400 (adults), Dhs150 (kids). Plus ten percent charges. 10am-6pm. Vienna Street, Ras Al Khaimah (07 2035 555).