Is there anything more relaxing than wallowing in a cool pool with an even cooler drink in hand? In Dubai in summer, we can’t think of many. So we’ve rounded up a list of the best swim-up bars in the city for you to cool off in.
Anchor Pool Bar
This chilled-out pool bar overlooks the beach for lovely views of the Arabian Gulf. It’s picture-perfect, and even more so when you add a burger to the frame (of which the menu offers a nice selection). Insta-tastic.
Dhs150 (Sun-Thu), Dhs200 (Fri-Sat).Daily 9am-6.30pm. Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Jebel Ali (04 814 5555).
Take a seat at this swim-up bar and you’ll enjoy top views out to sea and across to Ain Dubai. Sip on a mixed drink, relax and even chomp on a foot-long hotdog if you get peckish. Sounds like a good day to us.
Dhs130 (Sun-Thu), Dhs210 (Fri-Sat with Dhs75 redeemable on food and drink), free (for ladies Tue-Wed). Open daily 11am-midnight. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Jumeirah, The Walk, opposite JBR (04 453 3333).
Azure Beach Club
Part of trendy hotel Rixos Premium Dubai, this, as the name suggests has beach access, but when the sand is scorchio that’s not what we’re after. What we’re looking for is a swim-up bar to sit and chill-out at. And happily there’s exactly that installed in the giant infinity pool at Azure.
Dhs300 (Sun-Thu, Dhs200 redeemable on food), Dhs400 (Fri-Sat, Dhs200 redeemable on food). Open daily 10am-11.30pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (052 777 9472).
Bab Al Shams
Head out to the desert this summer. No, we’re not insane, there’s an excellent swim-up bar at Bab Al Shams to cool you down. The swimming pools are an impressive piece of design, a maze of separate swimming areas that include an infinity pool, a more intimate and adult space and a central pool where water cascades down a square, overhead framework in the middle. The icing on the cake is the swim-up bar offering stunning, panoramic desert views.
Dhs400 (Sun-Thu, with lunch, Dhs325 (Fri-Sat, with lunch). Daily 9am-8pm. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Al Qudra Road (04 809 6194).
As part of your day pass to Rixos The Palm, you can make the most of Highlights, the laid-back swim-up bar. The friendly bar staff will happily rustle you up one of their signature beverages while you swing your legs from the stool and pretend you’re a permanent part
of the furniture.
Dhs179 (Sun-Thu), Dhs249 (Fri-Sat). Open daily 9am-6pm. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
Horizon Pool Lounge
Make sure you stretch out your visit to Horizon until sunset to full appreciate the gorgeous views across the Arabian Gulf. The happy hour here runs Sunday to Thursday and is buy one, get one free on grape by the glass, bottled hops and selected house beverages. There’s also a menu inspired by the Levant region should you get a bit peckish during your dip.
Dhs220 (Sun-Thu), Dhs310 (Fri-Sat). Open Sun-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11.50pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).
Kempinski Hotel & Residences swim-up Pool bar
It doesn’t get more idyllic than a crystal-clear pool surrounded by palm trees and submerged Jacuzzi loungers. Throw in some signature mixed drinks, a tasty range of bar snacks and views out across the ocean and you won’t ever need to leave the pool.
Dhs320 (adults) Dhs160 (kids under 12). Daily 10am-7pm. Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2501).
This chic venue at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai attracts a stylish crowd. It’s the most expensive on this list, but it’s a classy offering and offers pumping beats and access to the hotel’s private beach, too. Signature mixed drinks here are expertly crafted and chilled-out beats add to the ambiance. When it’s time to dry out, hop across the stepping stones and set up camp at one of the cabanas. Happy hour falls daily between 6pm and 8pm, too, which makes it worth making a day of.
Dhs350 (Sun-Thu), Dhs500 (Fri-Sat). Open daily 8am-6pm. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR (04 318 6150).
Le Deck is perfect for nibbling on some Mediterranean cuisine by the poolside during the day, before enjoying sundowners as night time falls. The pool bar is located in the lush gardens near the main pool taking you far away from the stresses of city life. You can take advantage of the daily happy hour between 5pm and 8pm (except Fridays) where selected drinks cost just Dhs30.
Dhs200 (adults). Open daily 8am-8pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).
Also on the Palm, within the Anantara Dubai Resort & Spa, is a cosy swim-up bar where you can enjoy light snacks including salads and sandwiches and a range of refreshing drinks to cool you off. Make the most of happy hour every day from 3pm until 5pm, where you can get your hands on a two-for-one deal. This cute spot really feels like a holiday, but you don’t have to travel to get to it. Plus, the resort is also doing a pool day promotion. You’ll get beach access as well as a set lunch at The Beach House for just Dhs299. And once you’ve eaten, head back into the pool and make yourself familiar with the central bar.
Dhs265 (adults). Daily 11am-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, too. Happy hour runs every Sunday to Wednesday from 4pm-8pm, offering buy one, get one free, so if you’re in Garhoud, pop along.
Free (Friday brunch guests), Dhs85 (Sun-Thu), Dhs45 (kids under 16), Dhs115 (Fri-Sat), Dhs65 (Fri-Sat, kids). Open daily 9am-1am. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Garhoud (04 702 8826).
Pool Bar, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
Cool off in luxurious surrounding at this JBR resort, where you can get deals including a combo meal and a soft beverage for Dhs99. The pools are surrounded by landscaped gardens befitting of a royal party and we’re positive the Queen would love it. Plus, there are marvellous views across to Ain Dubai from this chilled-out spot at JBR. And relax...
Dhs150 (Sun-Thu), Dhs250 (Fri-Sat, Dhs100). Open daily 8.30am-7.30pm. Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 399 5000).
Raffles Pool Bar
Raffles may be an oldie, but it’s still a goodie. The pyramid-shaped hotel boasts a pool bar that has any number of fresh juices and light snacks to sustain you through a day of lounging by the pool. The most extertion you’ll require, is wading over to the bar, after that you can take up your (submerged) position and let the refreshments come to you. There’s a daily happy hour between 3pm and 6pm with half price on selected drinks. And in event better news the summer pool access offer includes a Dhs100 voucher for food and drink per person.
Dhs165. Open daily 9am-8pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
We love our rooftops here in Dubai, so much so that they’ve stuck pools up there so we can swim through the clouds. The rooftop pool at the InterContinental Dubai Festival City spreads out over-looking the wonderful city below, so you can marvel at everything the light touches. A day pass will set you back Dhs150, or you can fork out Dhs350 for pool access, with Dhs100 redeemable at the spa and a complimentary lunch at The Pool Bar. Sit back
Dhs150 (pool access), Dhs350 (pool access, complimentary lunch & Dhs100 spa voucher). InterCon-tinental Dubai Festival City, (04 701 1111).
La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
The infinity pool at La Ville offers views over to the Burj Khalifa that might just make your jaw drop. It’s swanky and exclusive, and the sophisticated pool area is the perfect place for a bit of summer relaxation. You can also take a dip in the dark here after the sun sets, taking in the glittering skyline between 5pm and 10pm every evening until September 30.
Dhs100 (Sun-Thu), Dhs150 (Fri-Sat). Open daily until Sun Sep 30, 7am-10pm, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk (054 309 5948).
Sofitel Dubai Downtown
The infinity pool at Sofitel Dubai Downtown is nothing short of sprawling. The waters stretch across the entire length of the rooftop terrace and the views of Downtown Dubai are something to behold. During the summer you can take advantage of special offers, with prices starting from Dhs170 inclusive of Dhs100 voucher to spend on food and drink. Not only can you spend the day chilling-out in the pool, it’s a great one for visitors as you’ll get to show off the views of Downtown Dubai.
Dhs170 (day pass, including Dhs100 food voucher). Open daily sunrise-sunset. Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 503 6666).
The Terrace, Burj Al Arab
So it’ snot strictly a rooftop, but it does provide some pretty stunning views. If you’re pushing the boat out with your pool visit then it doesn’t get much better than this. The massive infinity pool at The Terrace pokes out over the ocean and if you cross the bridge over to the adjoining pool you’ll find a swim up bar where you can while away the hours getting happily wrinkled while staying blissfully cool. It’s Dubai luxury at its finest, and so it’s not surprising that it will set you back a fair whack compared to other options. Prices start from Dhs1,800, or Dhs4,000 if you go for a royal cabana with butler service. One to start saving for.
From Dhs1,800. Open daily 8am-6pm. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
POOL DAY DEALS
B/Attitude Spa Escape Package at Grosvenor House
Head to Dubai Marina and enjoy lunch at Siddhartha Lounge, plus access to the spa’s outdoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.
Dhs399. Open daily 8am-10pm. Until Sep 15. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 402 2200).
Beach and pool days at RIVA
The Palm Jumeirah beach club is offering a summer-long deal, where you can get pool day passes for Dhs105 instead of Dhs200 during weekends and 25 percent discount on all à la carte food and drink.
Dhs105 (daily pass), Dhs2,000 (three-month package). Open daily 7am-sunset. Until Aug 31. RIVA Beach Club, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Breakfast and chill at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Start the day right with a healthy breakfast at Gourmet by Kcal, followed by a 60-minute signature massage and beach and pool access for the day for just Dhs460.
Dhs460. Sun-Thu 9am-8.30pm. Until Sep 30. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 4141).
Dip and dine at Gevora Hotel
A fuelling breakfast at Gevora Kitchen for Dhs99 is a great way to kick-start your morning. It will also give you the energy to spend the rest of it splashing around, as the offer includes free pool access for the day. Families of four can dine and hit the pool for Dhs199, too.
Dhs99 (pool access), Dhs199 (two adults, two kids below 12). Until Sep 30. Gevora Kitchen: Open daily 8am-10pm. Gevora Hotel Pool: Open daily 7am-7pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 524 0000).
Dip and dine at Shades
This deal has arrived at Shades at Address Dubai Marina for the summer. From Sunday to Thursday, pay Dhs210 for pool access and you’ll get Dhs100 back to spend on food and drinks. At the weekend it’s Dhs315, with Dhs150 credit. Lounge by the delightful infinity pool and enjoy sweeping views across Dubai Marina.
Dhs210 (Sun-Thu), Dhs315 (Fri-Sat). Daily 7am-8pm. Ongoing. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Friday brunch at Summersalt Beach Club
If you’re looking for a lazy day over summer, then this is the place to go. Every Friday, Summersalt Beach Club is dishing up all-you-can-eat food and signature drinks for Dhs595. The offer runs from 10am to 4pm, so that’s six hours of solid indulgence. Luckily, the deal includes access to the pool and pristine beach, so there’s plenty of space for relaxation after scoffing all that food. Alternatively, if you prefer to just lounge around, then for Dhs250 you can get access to the pool and beach including a welcome drink, fruit plate, water and a towel.
Dhs250 (day pass), Dhs595 (Fri brunch). Open daily 9am-11.30pm. Summersalt Beach Club, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 7680).
Good vibes by the pool at The Restaurant
Saturdays... they were probably invented especially for relaxing in the pool. And with this offer they’re even more enjoyable, so spend an afternoon munching bites by the pool of this swanky Downtown Dubai hotel with views of the Burj Khalifa.
Dhs295 (two people with pool access). Saturday 2pm-6pm. Ongoing. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Luxury pool and deals at Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
Cool off in luxurious surrounding at this Jumeriah Beach resort, where you can get deals including a combo meal and a soft beverage for Dhs99. The pools are surrounded by landscaped gardens befitting of a royal party and we’re positive the Queen would love it. The views across to Ain Dubai are pretty awesome, too.
Dhs150 (Sun-Thu), Dhs250 (Fri-Sat). Open daily 8.30am-7.30pm. Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, Jumeirah Beach
(04 399 5000).
Spa and pool day at Fairmont The Palm
Lounge by the pristine pool against the backdrop of the city skyline at Fairmont The Palm for a day of pure relaxation. If you want to go all out and treat yourself you can indulge in an Aliveness Day Retreat at the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa where you’ll get a hot stone massage and a meditation session as well as pool access for Dhs645, otherwise pool access for the day costs Dhs270 on weekdays and Dhs320 on weekends.
Dhs270 (Sun-Thu), Dhs320 (Fri-Sat). Open daily 6.30am-6pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Spa, dine and pool at The Penthouse
Head to the stunning rooftop spot at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah for a day splashing around in the two pools and taking in the views. For Dhs400, you’ll get full day access (11am to 7pm) and a Dhs200 voucher to spend on food and drinks, plus a 45-minute massage (weekdays) based on availability.
Dhs400. Open daily 11am-7pm. Ongoing. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah (052 900 4868).
Spa discounts at Nikki Beach Dubai Resort & Spa
Visit this classy spa at Pearl Jumeira for a special summer deal, where you’ll get 50 percent off eight Nikki Beach signature spa treatments. These include the Dreamer, which is ideal for sun soaked skin, as well as the Revive, which aims to help those with jetlag (or just overworked). Once you’ve had your massage, you can proceed to a 180° angle by the pool. Dreamy.
Prices from Dhs725 (plus 50 percent off). Daily 9am-10pm. Until Aug 31. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah (04 376 6150).
Summer pool and beach access at Azure Beach
Visit this trendy spot on JBR and you’ll get reduced rates on pool access until the end of August. During the week it will be just Dhs100 to enjoy lounging around in the sun at this cool beach club.
Dhs100. Sun-Thu 10am-11pm. Until Aug 31. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 342 1924).
Three-in-one summer tea sensation at Address Dubai Marina
Three rejuvenating treatments for the price of one? Count us in. The Spa at Address Dubai Marina wants you to unwind with the healing powers of tea. No, not your typical morning one. Customers can expect three soothing experiences, including the regenerating back massage, tea exfoliation and green tea facial. Plus, you can take advantage of that massive infinity pool with Marina views that we were talking about earlier, as access is included.
Dhs575 (75 min with pool access). Open daily 10am-10pm. Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7424).
Weekends at the Pool at Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
Fancy a quick dip and don’t want to break the bank? Head to Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club every Thursday and Friday evening to cool down with a special deal of just Dhs50 for pool access. There might not be polo involved but you’ll be as happy as seahorses in that cool pool (sorry, not sorry).
Dhs50 (adults), Dhs40 (kids under 12). Thu-Fri 6.30pm-9.00pm. Ongoing. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches (04 361 8111).