Forget your towel and stay cool in the pool at these brilliant swim-up bars
In the middle of summer, nothing seems to keep you cool as well as spending a day in the pool. Swim-up bars are a brilliant way to keep cool, and refreshed, over the summer months – especially since it’s only a breaststroke away. Chill with friends, or meet some new ones, while bartenders work their magic these ten swim-up bars.
Anchor Pool Bar Overlooking the beach, the bar sitting on this large infinity pool features a variety of burgers, sandwiches, chicken wings and beverages to take in on top of views of the Arabian Gulf. What better way is there to spend an hour or six? From Dhs180. Daily 9am-6pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Areia Situated on the pool-side, this barbecue spot extends its bar for pool users to take advantage of. This bar offers food as well including grilled meats, seafood and desserts to finish off. Hops on tap along with other a variety of other beverages are available for you too. From Dhs125. Daily 11am-midnight. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Walk, JBR (04 375 0999).
Azure Beach Club With the recent opening of the Azure Beach Club, it’s hard not to be tempted by this hotspot’s features. For Dhs100, get access to the private beach as well as the swim-up bar, which offers Asian dishes for lunch and dinner with mixed drinks on offer too. If you start to prune, get your head under a cabana with up to seven of your mates to fend off the sun. From Dhs100. 10am-11.30pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, The Walk, JBR (04 520 0000).
Bab Al Shams Head out to Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, and enjoy pool access in tranquil isolation. At Dhs175 on a weekday and Dhs250 on Fridays you can spend a day in the water, soaking up some stunning views of the desert with a swim-up bar on hand. From Dhs175. Daily 9am-8pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection swim-up bar Take full advantage of the summer special offer at this Jumeirah Beach resort, where you pay Dhs150 and get Dhs50 of that straight back in food and beverages. Keep the little ones busy on the kids’ water slide and grab a summer drink to cool down. From Dhs150. Daily 8.30am-8.30pm. Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, Jumeirah Beach (04 399 5000).
Horizon The Horizon offers mixed drinks with nibbles and a stunning view of the sunset – if you stay long enough, which is recommended. Gaze across the horizon towards the Arabian Gulf, while you enjoy a daily offer of Dhs30 for hops, grape and other house beverages from 4pm until 8pm. Tuesdays and Wednesday is ladies’ night and ladies get pool access free along with three complimentary drinks, while men can pay Dhs100 for pool access and two free drinks from 7pm to 11pm From Dhs225. Daily 8am-11pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 399 3333).
Kempinski Hotel & Residences swim-up bar A pool surrounded by palm trees and equipped with Jacuzzi loungers. The swim-up bar at this spot offers a variety of beverages with views looking out from the Palm Jumeirah. Pool and beach access comes with 20 percent off food and beverages, and complimentary access for two kids per couple. From Dhs300. Daily 7am-7pm. Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).
La Baie This chic venue offers a swim-up bar, plus shisha served from 4pm as well as dishes from around the world. When it’s time to dry out, hop across the stepping stones and set up camp at one of the cabanas, get comfy and let the world drift by. From Dhs400. 11am-11pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
Mai Bar Also on the Palm, within the Anantara Dubai Resort & Spa, is a cosy swim-up bar where you can enjoy light snacks and drinks. Make the most of happy hour every day from 3pm until 5pm, where you can get your hands on a two-for-one deal on selected beverages. Don’t forget the 25 percent discount on all Anantara restaurants applies here as well. From Dhs250. Daily 10.30am-8pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8888).
Oasis Pool & Bar Hop into the pool and enjoy this swim-up bar at the Millennium Airport Hotel, one of the more affordable swim-up bar options around. At the hotel’s very own pub outlet, Biggles, Friday brunch is available and any participants get free access to the pool, perfect slumping into after a lazy brunch. Happy hour runs every Sunday to Wednesday from 4pm-8pm, offering a free mixed drink for every one purchased. From Dhs85. Daily 9am-1am. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8888).