It may not be summer, but that’s no excuse to skip a pool or beach day…
Planning a ‘daycation’ to soak away your worries? With this list you’ll pay less than half of what you’d have to cough up for a five-star night.
Here are 22 pool and beach club deals to cool off at (oh, and we’ll keep adding to this list too, so definitely bookmark it)…
Perfect for: Celeb-spotting.
Price: Dhs349 prosecco and food platter, Dhs249 wine and food platter
This relative newcomer sits on the 16th floor of the FIVE Palm Jumeirah. As well as some pretty impressive views across JBR and out to the Arabian gulf, there’s two glass-walled swimming pools, perfect for snapping a selfie against with the Marina skyline in the background. For a more affordable (and lively) option, head down to the Candypants ladies’ day on a Saturday, where prices for five hours of unlimited drinks start from Dhs149 for girls.
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, daily 11am to 7pm, Dhs349 including prosecco and food platter, Dhs249 including wine and food platter. Tel: (04) 455 9989. More info on website
Perfect for: Swimming and getting some top views.
Price: Dhs150 weekdays, Dhs200 weekends
The recently crowned world’s tallest hotel offers a reasonable value pool access to the public on a daily basis. The open-air pool deck is located on the 12th floor of the 75-storey hotel, offering spectacular views over Downtown Dubai. The pool is 25 metres long, and has a four-metre children’s pool for the little ones.
Gevora Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area. Dhs150 weekdays, Dhs200 weekends. Tel: (04) 524 0000. More info on website.
3. Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem
Perfect for: Bathing under the Burj Al Arab.
Price: Dhs577 per person (Includes a Dhs250 food and drink voucher)
For Dhs577, you can lounge by the pool or hang out at one of Dubai’s most pristine and exclusive beaches, and the beach club’s offers one of the best views of the Burj Al Arab which can be beat only if you get on a boat. It is quite literally under the shadow of the Burj (don’t worry though, it won’t stop your tan game).
Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 9am to 9pm, Dhs577 inlcuding a Dhs250 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 366 7680. More info on website.
4. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR
Perfect for: A relaxed Marina day-cay.
Price: Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs400 weekends, (Includes a Dhs200 food and drink voucher).
If a swan float is an essential prop to your swimming pool session then Azure Beach at the new Rixos Premium is the one for you. Climb aboard an inflatable toy in the well-sized infinity pool, or soak up the views from the comfort of your sunbed, with Dubai’s ferris wheel providing a most Insta-worthy backdrop. When the heat gets too much, you can retreat into the poolside lounge. There is a festive offer running until the end of January 2019 so you can enjoy a day here at 50% off regular rates.
Rixos Premium, JBR, daily 10am to late, Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs400 weekends includes a Dhs200 food and drink voucher redeemable on weekends. Tel: (052) 777 9472. More info on website.
Perfect for: Heading out of Dubai for a day-cay
Price: Dhs99 for one adult and two children, under 4s free.
Lapita is a Polynesian-themed family resort set within Dubai Parks and Resorts on the outside of town. Perfect for a family day in the sun, it’s Dhs99 for one adult and two children under the age of 17. Add an extra Dhs49 for any additional child under 17 and Dhs99 for an additional adult. Under 4s are free.
Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, daily 9am to sunset, Dhs99 for one adult and two children, under 4s free. Tel: (04) 810 9421. More info on website.
6. Sofitel Downtown
Perfect for: Rooftop relaxation at a quiet Downtown spot
Price: Dhs170 for one(Includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher), Dhs320 for two (Includes a Dhs200 food and drink voucher).
This urban landscaped pool area sits on the rooftop of Sofitel Dubai Downtown. The infinity pool has some great views out across downtown Dubai, and stretches across the length of the rooftop terrace. Summer prices start from Dhs170, includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, daily 8am to 8pm, day pass from Dhs170 includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher, Dhs320 for two includes a Dhs200 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 503 6666. More info on website
7. Riva Beach, The Palm
Perfect for: Family friendly fun.
This recently revamped beach club on The Palm isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s worth it when you get there. There’s a large pool that opens out with views onto The Palm, and a large patch of white sandy beach for those who prefer the ocean to the pool. It’s family friendly, with a poolside beach bar and lounge, and children’s pool for the little ones.
Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, daily 7am to 12am, Dhs105. Tel: (04) 430 9466. More info on website.
8. Zero Gravity
Perfect for: People spotting.
Price: Dhs160 weekdays, brunch prices on weekends
Zero Gravity is one of the best for a party crowd: it’s the go-to spot for residents and tourists looking for a lively atmosphere, and the pool itself is huge. There aren’t many single loungers by the pool, but cabanas are available on a first come first serve basis. Throughout summer, a weekday pass costs Dhs160 per person with a Dhs50 voucher back to spend on food and drink. On the weekends, there’s a four hour Friday brunch package priced at Dhs295 for ladies and Dhs345 for guys, and a five hour Saturday package priced at Dhs249 for ladies and Dhs299 for guys.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, daily timings vary, Dhs160 weekdays includes a Dhs50 food and drink voucher, brunch prices on weekends. Tel:04 399 0009. More info on website.
9. Intercontinental Festival City
Perfect for: Upping your ‘gram game.
At the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, there’s two passes on offer to their expansive infinity pool which overlooks the city. A day pass priced at Dhs350 offers you pool access, a Dhs100 voucher redeemable at the spa and a complimentary lunch at The Pool Bar. Or, a standard day pass entry will set you back Dhs150.
Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, daily, Dhs350 includes a spa voucher and lunch, Dhs150 standard entry. Tel: (04) 701 1111. ihg.com
10. Barasti Beach
Perfect for: Beachfront lounging.
Big, brash and boisterous, Barasti is a Brit expat favourite, and quickly packs out with people. The giant top deck screens football and rugby, live bands perform at sunset, and there’s a daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm. Plus, their pool is the perfect place to cool off, and stays open until late each night
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, pool times Sat to Tues 10am to 10pm, Weds 10am to 12am, Thurs 10am to 8pm, Fri 9am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website.
11. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Perfect for: A luxury day by the beach
Price: Dhs370 weekdays (Includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher), Dhs580 weekends (Includes a Dhs150 food and drink voucher)
The beachfront at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel has undergone a refurb, and the gleaming white sands facing out towards the Burj Khalifa are now laid with rows of bright white loungers, cushy cabanas and even a beach bar. The service is second to none, and you can order a host of mocktails and cocktails to your bed while you soak up the sun. The beach pass also comes with access to the pool, discounts on the outdoor spa treatments and food and drink and access to Wild Wadi.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, weekdays Dhs370 includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher, weekends Dhs580 includes a Dhs150 a food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 406 8800. More info on website.
12. The Burj Club at The Burj Khalifa
Perfect for: Catching a tan at a posh address.
Price: Dhs150 weekdays (Dhs75 redeemable on food and drinks at Rooftop), Dhs200 weekends (pool access only)
The Burj Club at Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa is a great spot in the centre of downtown for catching a tan. Looking out across the fountains, access to the indoor and outdoor pools is priced at Dhs150 through the week, inclusive of a Dhs75 voucher, that can be used against food and beverages at Rooftop, The Burj Club and Dhs200 on weekends for pool access only.
The Rooftop Pool, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm, ladies night only Monday, Dhs150 weekdays, Dhs200 weekends. Tel: (04) 888 3900. More info on website.
13. Anantara The Palm
Perfect for: Feeling like you’re on a resort vacay.
Price: Dhs270 for adults, Dhs105 for children age 3 to 15
Anantara on The Palm has three huge lagoon pools that wrap around the rooms, as well as an oceanfront, 50-metre infinity pool. Get the use of these as well as beach access for Dhs299 per person, which also includes a three course set menu at The Beach House restaurant daily except for Friday.
Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, Saturday to Thursday, 9am to 8pm, Dhs270 adults, Dhs105 children. Tel: (04) 567 8888. More info on website.
14. Media One, Media City
Perfect for: Sun-worshipping on your lunch break.
Price: Dhs80 (but redeemable on food).
Spend Dhs80 on a pool pass at this inner-city hotel and you can then use that Dhs80 towards food and drink. So yes, the pool pass can be effectively a free add on to your lunch. Oh, and this is on offer seven days a week.
Media One, Dubai Media City, Dhs80, daily 7am to 7pm, Dhs80 but redeemable on food, Tel: (04) 427 1000. Taxi: Media One. More info on website.
15. Sofitel The Palm
Perfect for: Sun worshippers who like a little luxury
Price: Dhs275 weekdays (Dhs150 redeemable on food and drinks), Dhs325 weekends (Dhs200 redeemable on food and drinks)
For Dhs275 through the week and Dhs325 on weekends, you can spend the day by Sofitel The Palm. The hotel offers an outdoor jacuzzi, a slide pool and seven outdoor pools to choose from for some serious tanning. Its Polynesian-inspired decor will have you feeling like you’ve headed to an island resort for the day while you soak up the sun.
Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, weekdays Dhs275 includes a Dhs150 food and drink voucher, weekends Dhs325 includes a Dhs150 food and drink voucher, main pool timings 8am to 8pm, beach access, 9am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 455 6677. More info on website.
16. The Palace Downtown
Perfect for: When your mum’s visiting and you take a day off work.
Price: Dhs263 for pool access with a 50% discount on your second experience
The pool at this hotel looks out over the Burj Lake, and its loungers are nicely spread out under the shade of palm trees. For Dhs263 you can spend the day at this pool, enjoy an oriental bathhouse, jacuzzi, and the steam room.
The Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Dhs263, daily 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 428 7805. More info on website.
17. Address Boulevard
Perfect for: An urban escape
Price: Dhs295 for two, Fridays and Saturdays only
Enjoy your weekend escape at this swanky hotel in Downtown Dubai for Dhs295 for two. The price is inclusive of pool access at the sprawling split-level pool deck, and a package that includes a selection of exquisite bites and beverage.
Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 3rd level at The Lounge, 2pm to 6pm, Fridays and Saturdays, Dhs295 for two. Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website
18. Nikki Beach Resort, Pearl Jumeirah
Perfect for: A more relaxed Nikki Beach experience.
Price: Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs300 weekends.
Want to soak up the sun? Nikki Beach Resort has a sprawling pool and loungers for guests and non-guests to do just that. It comes with a Dhs200 entry fee through the week, and Dhs300 on weekends.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, daily 12pm-9pm,weekdays Dhs200,weekends Dhs300. Tel:(04) 376 6000. More info on website.
19. The Terrace, Burj Al Arab
Perfect for: Ultimate Dubai luxury.
Price: Dhs1,800 for a luxury cabana package for two.
When it comes to experiencing life poolside in the most luxurious fashion, the Burj Al Arab Terrace has to be one of the best in the world. A huge infinity pool juts out into the ocean surrounded on one side by plush day beds and over the bridge you’ll find another pool with a swim up bar. They have two cabana options available for external guests, a regular cabana for two or a royal cabana for four which comes complete with butler-inspired service, complimentary tea and coffee and a non alcoholic mini-bar.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, daily 8am to 6pm, Dhs1,800 or Dhs3,700 for a royal cabana. Tel:(04) 301 7600. More info on website.
20. La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk
Perfect for: Boutique rooftop relaxation.
Price: Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs150 weekends.
With boutique luxury hitting you the moment you walk through the door, you can expect to be truly wowed when you head to the rooftop pool at La Ville. The infinity pool overlooks the Burj Khalifa and while it may be small, it makes for a peaceful paddle or some quiet relaxation on the handful of loungers that are smattered around. Be sure to stick around for sundowners at poolside bar Look Up.
La Ville Hotel & Suites City Walk Dubai, Dubai, daily 7am to sunset, weekdays Dhs100 weekdays, weekends Dhs150. Tel: 04 403 3111. More info on website.
21. Shades at Address Dubai Marina
Perfect for: Swimming with great views:
Price: Dhs200 weekdays (Includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher), Dhs250 weekends (Includes a Dhs125 food and drink voucher)
Located on the 4th floor of The Address Dubai Marina, Shades expands over a large terrace overlooking the Marina and comes with a huge infinity pool that’s perfect for a leisurely swim. Loungers are not reserved and are issued on a first come, first served basis.
Shades, 4th floor, Address Dubai Marina, 7am to 8pm, weekdays Dhs200 includes a Dhs100 food and drink voucher, weekends Dhs250 includes a Dhs125 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website
Perfect for: Poolside posing at a super instagrammable spot
Price: Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs250 weekends, Dhs125 for ladies on Thursday and Saturday
The pool at Andreea’s isn’t as big as some of its Marina neighbours, but it’s certainly one of the best looking. Head down early to bag one of the best loungers, or make a group booking and get comfy in one of the bigger cabanas towards the back. You get your entrance fee back to spend on food and drink, so it’s effectively free entry providing you purchase something. On Thursday and Saturday, ladies can enter for Dhs125, with selected drinks and a lunch selection included in the price from 12pm to 6pm.
Andreea’s, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, daily 10am to sunset, weekdays Dhs200,weekends Dhs250. Tel: (04) 408 4400. More info on website
Perfect for: Getting your best pool day pics
Price: Dhs200, Dhs100 on Monday and Tuesday for ladies through January
Located in the swanky One&Only Royal Mirage, DRIFT is described as a destination where “luxury beach chic meets casual simplicity”. There’s an infinity pool, 1km of prime beachfront real estate, and a restaurant and bar serving up Provencal cuisine and interesting cocktails. On Monday and Tuesday, ladies can enjoy a sun lounger at the discounted rate of Dhs100 throughout January.
DRIFT, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Pool and beach open daily 10.30am to 7pm, restaurant open daily 12.30pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com.