The weather is scorchio and you need a place to cool off without burning a hole in your pocket. Where better to go than a pool day. Splash around to your heart’s content at one of these top beach clubs and hotels – and get them for better value than you would during the rest of the year.
From chilled out beach clubs to swanky resorts, whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it here.
Just remember to slap on the factor 50.
Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
We'll let you in on a little secret. You don't need to check in at five-star Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort to soak up the sun and enjoy the sandy private beach – or to take a dip in the 50-metre long infinity pool, just steps from the sea. For just Dhs599 per person, indulge in a day of luxury with the Dine & Unwind package, with access to the beach and pool as well as a meal and a relaxing 60-minute spa treatment. Guests who book this offer on Friday can enjoy a set menu at Revo Café, where they can enjoy the outdoor terrace that offers a great view of Dubai skyline.
Dhs599 (Sat-Thu), Dhs630 (Fri). Ongoing. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8999).
Head to the spa in the world’s most iconic building for some discounted pampering. If you bring a friend with you and book in any treatment from the Classic Collection menu you’ll get a whopping 40 percent off the bill and full access to the Armani/Terme spa facilities which include a sauna, steam room and relaxation areas. If you’re looking to relax by the pool and take in the views, take a friend along and get pool day passes at half the price.
Prices vary. Sun-Thu 9am-10pm. Until May 31. Armani/Spa, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3282).
Calling all early birds. The first 100 ladies who head down to Azure Beach on a Monday and Tuesday from 10am onwards get complimentary access (which is usually Dhs300). It’s on a first come, first serve basis so make sure you set your alarm.
Mon & Tue 10am-7pm (ladies’ day). Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (052 777 9472).
Bab Al Shams
While a visit to Bab Al Shams might make guests feel like they’re a million miles from anywhere, the location is surprisingly convenient to get to from central Dubai. The stunning desert resort features three temperature controlled swimming pools as well as a shaded pool for children, a lap pool and an elevated relaxation pool where you can chill out and soak up the sun in complete privacy. If you want to enjoy the pool and leisure facilities for a day without booking a hotel room, take advantage of the summer offers for desert tranquillity at its best.
Dhs325 for the pool package and lunch per adult (Sun-Thu), Dhs190 for the pool package and lunch per kid aged five-12 years old (Sun-Thu). Dhs450 for the pool package and lunch per adult (Fri-Sat), Dhs265 for the pool package and lunch per kid aged five-12 years old (Fri-Sat). Dhs250 for the pool package only per adult (Sun-Thu), Dhs150 for the pool package only per kid aged five-12 years old (Sun-Thu). Dhs345 for the pool package only per adult (Fri-Sat), Dhs200 for the pool package only per kid aged five-12 years old (Fri-Sat). Daily. Ongoing. Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra (04 809 6167).
A totally free pool day? You heard right. This casual beach club at Al Sufouh offers ladies complimentary pool and beach access on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday each week. And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also get 50 percent off water sports and food too. Sign us up.
Sun-Tue 10am-10pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).
DRIFT Beach Club
While staycations often offer us the opportunity to spend a bit of time kicking back and chilling out over the weekend, it’s the daycation where we can get a quick getaway from it all and spend a few hours catching a bit of vitamin D and enjoying the fine weather.
Throughout May you can do just that at one of the best beach clubs in Dubai. DRIFT Beach at the One&Only Royal Mirage in Al Sufouh, has cut prices meaning you can head along for a whole day by the pool for just Dhs200. That’s a reduction of Dhs50 during the week and down Dhs100 from the weekend rate of Dhs300. Standard entry will get you a sun lounger, a fruit platter and a bottle of water.
From Dhs200. Until May 31. One&Only Royal Mirage Dubai, Al Sufouh (04 315 2200).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Pamper yourself in palatial surroundings at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and spend the day lounging by the private beach or the 59m infinity pool. Refuel at Plaj, Amala, Lalezar, Al Nafoorah, Sultan’s Lounge or Imperium. The package also includes a mixed fruit platter upon arrival and complimentary water and if you fancy truly pampering yourself, book yourself in for a 60-minute treatment and enjoy an additional 30 minutes for free at Talise Ottoman Spa which also includes use of all the spa facilitates like the Jacuzzis, adventure showers, saunas, day beds and even a snow room.
Dhs295 with a Dhs195 voucher to spend on F&B (Sun-Thu). Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0456).
Emerald Palace Kempinski
This is a ladies’ day and a half, so whether you’re pushing the boat out get down to Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Available from 10am to 8pm every Sunday to Thursday, this day-long pass gives access to the swanky Palm Jumeirah hotel’s swimming pool and beach. Plus you’ll get access to Villamoré’s Antipasti Room, a 60-minute treatment at Kempinski spa.
Dhs599. Sun-Thu 10am-8pm. Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah (04 248 8890).
Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
For Dhs150 you can head down to the five-star property for a day of relaxation. And with three lengthy swimming pools to take a plunge in, a splash pool, a kids pool, direct beach access, 19 acres of landscaped gardens and views across the Arabian Gulf, what more could you want? Actually, we know what could make it even better. The fact that the full amount is redeemable back on refreshment until 6pm.Families on the hunt for a pocket-friendly day out will be happy to hear that for kids aged four to 12 it’s Dhs75 (with the Dhs75 also being redeemable on food), and little ones under four go for free.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids aged four-12), free (kids under four). Daily 8am-8pm (F&B redeemable until 6pm). Ongoing until September 30. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 316 5550).
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Spend the day relaxing on the private beach at this five-star Palm Jumeirah beach resort. There’s also six temperature-controlled swimming pools to take your pick from. What’s more, you’ll get a voucher back to treat yourself to a meal at any of the hotels ten restaurants and lounges.
Dhs275 with a Dhs150 voucher to spend on F&B (Sun-Thu), Dhs325 with a Dhs200 voucher to spend on F&B (Fri-Sat). Daily 9am-6pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 6677).
Soak up stunning panoramic views of the city skyline at this swanky swimming pool. The hotel's summer pool access offer includes a food and beverages voucher for each person meaning you can order some nibbles and drinks while you laze by the pool.
Dhs175 with a Dhs100 voucher to spend on F&B. Dhs500 with a Dhs100 voucher to spend on F&B and 60-minute massage at Raffles Spa. Daily 8am-8pm. Until September 30th 2019. Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi City (04 324 8888).
Head to the stunning rooftop spot at the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai for a day splashing around in the two pools and taking in the views. For Dhs200, you’ll get access to the rooftop pool and a Dhs100 voucher to spend there.
Dhs200. Daily 11am-7pm. Ongoing. The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (052 900 4868).
Take a dip in the Towers Rotana’s Bodylines Fitness & Wellness Club for just Dhs50 per day or Dhs250 per month, with access to the swimming pool and fitness club.
Dhs50 (pool day), Dhs250 (pool access per month. Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000).