Make a splash or simply relax poolside, with these superb discounted sessions
Summer is nearly over. So wind down the windows, let the A/C take a back seat and get ready to flock en masse into the great outdoors.
One of the best things about Dubai is that you can turn the weekend into a mini vacation every single week. The city isn’t exactly short of fantastic hotels and you’re bound to find a brilliant swimming pool, beach club or swim-up bar at many of them.
To help make your weekend extra relaxing, we’ve rounded up 25 brilliant pool day deals worth snapping up before the end of the month.
Go ahead, treat yourself to a day of poolside bliss. You know you’ve earned it.
UNDER DHS100Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Instead of a pool day, why not make it a pool night? Ladies’ nights at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 7pm and 11pm, when ladies get full pool access, as well as three hours of free-flowing beverages for just Dhs50. Gents can also get in on the action, with the same package available for Dhs150 instead. With a cooling dip available long into the night, what better way is there to beat the heat? Dhs50 (ladies), Dhs150 (gents). Tue and Wed, 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 3333).
The DEK on 8 Need a break from work but don’t have any annual leave left? Media One Hotel is here to help. Every day (and yes, that even includes weekends), The DEK on 8 is offering you a full daycation for just Dhs75. It includes pool access and a towel, and best of all, that Dhs75 entry fee can be reclaimed on food and drinks – so it’s basically free. Sort of. What a way to spend a day. Dhs75. Daily 7am-7pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
DHS100-199LAST CHANCE Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Fans of brunch, swimming pools and hitting golf balls through windmills are in luck. Get your hands on a round of mini golf, a pool day and brunch at Legends restaurant all for Dhs175 with soft drinks, or Dhs255 with house beverages. Enjoy an open buffet brunch, live cooking stations and an à la carte menu, while also getting the chance for a bit of a daycation while you’re at it. Pool access and mini golf can be enjoyed before or after the three-and-a-half hour brunch session. From Dhs175. Fri noon-3.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm; Sat noon-3.30pm. Until Sep 30. Deira (04 295 6000).
El Chiringuito Out on the Western crescent of the Palm Jumeirah you’ll find one of Dubai’s swankiest beach clubs – El Chiringuito at Rixos The Palm Dubai. Huge double or even triple bed loungers, plunge pools, a temperature-controlled pool, beach access and more, give you the chance to feel like you’re properly on holiday. Free for ladies on weekdays, Dhs100 for gents on weekdays, Dhs250 for everyone on weekends. Sun-Thu 10am-midnight; Fri-Sat 10am-3am. Ongoing. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (054 449 6464).
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham One of the more family-friendly options out there is up for grabs at Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in JBR. Book in for brunch at Flavours Restaurant on a Friday and get all-day pool access chucked in so you can really make a day of it. At just Dhs125 for adults, half price for kids aged six to 12 and free for kids under six, there’s fun to be had for the whole tribe, especially as the little ones can play in the spacious garden. Brunch runs from 1pm until 4pm, with pool access available from 11am to 6pm. Dhs125 (adults), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri 11am-6pm. Until Oct 31. JBR (04 399 9979).
LAST CHANCE Hikina Savour the tastes of Cantonese cuisine at Hikina’s Friday brunch at Lapita Hotel Dubai and get complimentary pool access for the afternoon. Indulge in a spread featuring a dedicated appetiser station, assorted dim sum, bao pockets and desserts. So if you’re craving some cracking pan-Asian food, with a whole bunch of chilling out on the side, you won’t want to miss this. The offer is on at Hikina until Saturday September 30, after which it will move to Kaleya restaurant and will cost Dhs20 more. Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages). Fri 12.30pm-4pm. Until Sep 30. Lapita Hotel Dubai, Dubai Parks And Resorts, Jebel Ali (04 810 9999).
Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort This one, we love. Head over to the UAE’s outdoor and adventure capital, Ras Al Khaimah, with this bargainous day-long deal. For just Dhs160, get access to the resort’s three temperature-controlled swimming pools. Hang out there, or move down to the 500-metre, pristine private beach and enjoy the views of both the Arabian Gulf and the Hajar Mountains. Drinks come included until 6pm, too, and the offer is available every day until the end of the year. Perfect. Dhs160 per person. Daily 9am-8pm. Ongoing. Ras Al Khaimah (07 244 6666).
DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai – Jumeirah Beach See in the new season in style at the DoubleTree by Hilton in JBR. The Areia Beach Bar is opening its doors for the post-summer season, where for Dhs175 at the weekend or Dhs125 on weekdays you can relax in the pool or on the beach between the hours of 9am and 9pm. You’ll also get vouchers back worth Dhs75 on the weekend and Dhs50 during the week, to spend on food and beverages. Dhs125 (Sun-Thu), Dhs175 (Fri-Sat). Daily 9am-9pm. Ongoing. The Walk, JBR (04 374 9133).
LAST CHANCE JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai Make the most of the final days of summer and get your hands on this fantastic pool deal at Aqua Pool Bar & Grill. Pay Dhs150, settle into one of the chic poolside cabanas and enjoy panoramic views of the city around you. Sip on cool drinks and enjoy some tasty snacks, too, thanks to the Dhs100 you’ll get back in credit to spend while you’re there. Dhs150. Daily 11am-8.30pm. Until Sat Sep 30. Business Bay (04 414 3000).
La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Dubai – Autograph Collection This City Walk hotel always seems to have a pool deal available for guests, and as the outdoors season rolls in, you can head over to the trendy property to chill out all day long for just Dhs100 during the week and Dhs150 at the weekend. Kids can go for half the price, and all visitors are treated to infused water – nice and relaxing. Dhs100 (Sun-Thu), Dhs150 (Fri-Sat). 7am-7pm. Ongoing. Al Safa Street (04 403 3111).
LAST CHANCE Nasimi Beach Ladies can get access to the relocated Nasimi Beach pool for free until the end of summer – after which time the beach club returns to its usual spot. So that’s a free sun lounger and pool access, all the way until Thursday September 28. There are also a range of offers and happy hour promotions chucked in for good measure. For guys, it is Dhs150 entry on weekdays and Dhs250 on weekends, but you’ll get that back as food and beverage coupons. Free for ladies, Dhs150 for gents Sun-Thu, Dhs250 for gents Fri-Sat. Daily 12.30pm-11.30pm. Until Sep 28. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
LAST CHANCE Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Ladies, this brilliant daycation bundle will see you spend a luxurious Monday at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa for just Dhs150. Included in the price are six free selected beverages and bites from the Soul Lounge terrace menu, plus a whopping 50 percent off massages at Nikki Spa. There’s live music from 4pm to 9pm, and if you want to stay the night, you’ll also get 50 percent off room rates and at least Dhs200 worth of food and beverage vouchers. Dhs150. Mon 8am-9pm. Until Sep 30. Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Ramada Downtown Dubai Head to this Downtown Dubai hotel any weekend until the end of October for a wallet-friendly day out with the family, thanks to Kenza restaurant. Fridays serve up brunch for Dhs149, with pool access included for adults. For kids aged six to 12 it’s half price, and kids under six will get the deal for free. Pool access is available from noon until 8pm, with brunch taking place between 1pm and 4pm. Dhs149 (adults), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Fri noon-8pm. Until Oct 31. Downtown Dubai (04 330 7330).
Riva Beach Club This Palm Jumeirah beach club is back, having been operating just its pool and restaurant since the end of 2016. Now its restaurant, pool and private beach are all in full operation, and it’s well worth a visit. Riva says its approach is all about bringing a good time to its guests and residents of the Palm Jumeirah, so head over and check out the brand-new Mediterranean-inspired menu while you’re there, too. Dhs100 (Sun-Thu), Dhs190 (Fri-Sat). Daily 7am-midnight. Ongoing. Building 8, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Vida Downtown Spend a lazy Saturday afternoon hanging out in a cabana and picking at an unlimited buffet. Vida Downtown’s 3in1 Saturdaze Brunch features a super-affordable feast, complete with detoxing juice bar. For an extra Dhs100, you’ll get a private cabana by the pool, too. Well worth the extra few dirhams, we say. From Dhs139. Sat 11am-3pm. Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 6888).
DHS200-299LAST CHANCE Raffles Dubai What’s better than chilling out by the pool and enjoying Dubai’s impressive skyline views? Take a dip or soak up the sun at Raffles, where there’s even a swim-up bar. All-day access is just Dhs150, including two drinks. Sounds like a pretty good reason to take a day off to us. But if you head over on a Friday, you can also indulge in a roast brunch, along with enjoying your free access to the hotel’s pool. Make the most of these offers before they expire at the end of September. Brunch: Dhs235 (soft drinks), Dhs385 (house beverages). Pool access: Dhs150 (including two house beverages). Daily 9am-7pm. Until Sep 30. Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
DHS300-399Azure Lounge This brand-new spot recently opened in JBR at the Rixos Premium Dubai, which is also home to the recently opened Lock, Stock & Barrel – the second branch of our Bar of the Year. Head over for a lazy pool day at this brand-new hangout. Entry is Dhs300 per person from Sunday to Thursday, and Dhs400 on Friday and Saturday, however a Dhs200 food and beverage voucher is included with the entry fee. Soak up some incredible views of the Arabian Gulf and Ain Dubai, then cool down in the infinity pool and chill out on private island beds. Dhs300 (Sun-Thu), Dhs400 (Fri-Sat), including Dhs200 food and beverage voucher. Daily 7am-9pm. Ongoing. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 520 0000).
InterContinental Dubai Festival City Head over to Dubai Festival City for a complete pool day. Relax by the outdoor pool or have a workout in the fitness suite to build up a sweat before a well-earned rest. Then head to Zaytoun restaurant at the Crowne Plaza next door at your leisure for a Mediterranean buffet lunch, before spending the afternoon at the pool bar where you’ll get 20 percent off. Finish off your day with a relaxing spa session courtesy of a Dhs100 discount voucher to use in the hotel’s spa. Dhs350. Daily 7am-10pm. Ongoing. Dubai Festival City (04 701 1111).
Jumeirah Al Naseem This is a truly versatile pool day that offers up the most chilled or funky vibes, depending on what you’re after and what time of day you visit. Mornings are for lazing, afternoons have some brilliant ambient tunes to keep the vibe feeling a little bit more upbeat. Head to Summersalt for a day where you can get some downtime on the pristine white sand beach, or stare out at the Burj Al Arab from the huge infinity pool. You’ll also get Dhs150 off the Dhs350 entry fee back in food and beverage credit. Done. Dhs350. Daily 9am-11.30pm. Ongoing. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 7680).
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah Head over to the Palm Jumeirah and make a day of it at Kempinski Hotel & Residences on the island. For Dhs300, you’ll be able to cool down in the huge temperature-controlled swimming pool and take it easy on submerged Jacuzzi loungers (which we like the sound of). Chill at the swim-up bar with brilliant views of the Dubai Marina skyline, while making the most of a 20 percent food and beverage discount all day. Two kids under the age of 12 can get in free per couple, too, as can one nanny. Dhs300. Daily 7am-7pm. Until Dec 31. Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2940).
Palace Downtown Take a jaunt over to the Palace Downtown where you can enjoy an entire day at the pool with lunch at Ewaan or afternoon tea at Al Bayt, all for just Dhs300. Dhs300. Pool times: Sat-Thu 6am-8am; lunch: Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm; afternoon tea: Sun-Thu 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 428 7805).
The Restaurant Get in some memorable family time at The Restaurant at Address Boulevard, which is serving up a brilliant deal for families of four. Parents and two kids under ten can enjoy a set menu of classic dishes, before making a splash with three hours of pool access included. The best bit? It’s just Dhs350 for the whole gang. Once more, with feeling: Dhs350 for the entire family. Dhs350 per family of four. Sat 1pm-4pm. Ongoing. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8888).
Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Here’s one for those who fancy a little pampering. Head over to the Steigenberger Hotel in the increasingly trendy Business Bay, and you can get free access to the pool all day when you book a spa treatment of any kind. The offer is valid at Swim & Tonic until Sunday October 15, and there are also a bunch of offers on at Bayside Restaurant and Terrace for you to take advantage of while you’re there, including the Monday night Italy by the Bay deal, with pasta stations, antipasti and the metre-long “Pizzametro” for Dhs145 including beverages from 6.30pm to 11pm. Prices vary. Sun-Thu, 8am-9pm. Fri-Sat, 8am-10pm. Ongoing. Business Bay (04 369 0000).
Zero Gravity How could our Beach Club of the Year not be on this list? This is one of Dubai’s most popular venues and for good reason – it’s pretty much the perfect party pool day hotspot, offering up sun loungers, a temperature-controlled infinity pool with a see-through glass side, beachfront, cabanas, big-name local and international DJs spinning some funky ambient house beats and even a Saturday brunch. We honestly don’t know what more you could want. It’s a must. Get down early at the weekend though, as there are no reservations and this place is popular. Prices vary. Sun-Thu 10am-2am; Fri-Sat 8am-2am. Ongoing. Next to Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
DHS400+Fairmont Dubai Make the most of the weekend at Fairmont Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, where you can get five hours of poolside fun at the Liquid Nation pool party on the hotel’s rooftop. Included in the package is entry to the shindig for two people, with a free slushy beverage included for gents and unlimited beverages all night for ladies. There deal also includes an overnight stay, with a complimentary buffet breakfast for two guests and use of the spa and health club facilities. Dhs690. Sat 5pm-10pm (Liquid Nation). Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 322 5555).