Why leave the pool to go to the bar, when these pools bring you the bar?
Of the many reasons, people enjoy a day at the pool at luxurious beach clubs and five-star resorts, getting out of the water to wait for a drink at the bar is not one of them; that’s why choosing a place with a swim-up bar is high on our priority list for a great day at the pool.
And to help you choose the best one, we’ve put together this handy guide to 15 of the hottest pools in town with easy access to a refreshing drink. You’re welcome…
Andreaa’s swim-up bar has a tiki-style vibe with a thatched roof, private cabanas, an oversized pool, and a sports bar. They have a ladies day so on Fridays and Sundays entry is Dhs 135 for girls with selected drinks and lunch from 1-7pm. Sold.
Andreea’s, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, open daily 10am-10pm, Tel: (0)58 693 5778. andreeas.ae
This chic beach club elevates simplicity. To access the swimming pool and the pool bar, several options are available to you. They have cabanas and villas for rent, as well as sofas and deckchairs. There are two options for transat packages. Pool view on weekdays is Dhs 250 and Dhs 300 on weekends, while other pool loungers are Dhs 200 on weekdays and Dhs 250 on weekends.
SAN Beach, The Club, West Palm, Palm. Jumeriah, open Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Tel: (0)4 458 0499, sanbeachdubai.com
Azure Beach Club
With stunning views of Ain Dubai, escape the heat at Rixos’ Azure Beach Club with its infinity pool, private island beds and pool bar. With pool and beach access, on weekdays pay Dhs 300 with Dhs 100 redeemable on food and drinks while on weekends you will pay Dhs 400 with Dhs 200 redeemable.
Azure Beach Club, Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai, daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from 300 Dhs. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.com
Gulf Pavilion, Ritz Carlton JBR
The Gulf Pavilion Bar is part of the Ritz Carlton JBR’s main pool, with a more rustic feel to its surroundings and lush greenery. The pool bar offers happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m., so be sure to stick around. Access to the normal swimming pool is 250 Dhs per adult during the week and on weekends with 150 Dhs exchangeable.
Gulf Pavilion, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR, from noon to midnight, 350 Dhs on weekdays, 500 Dhs on weekends. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
Highlights, Rixos the palm tree
This one is totally for the ‘Gram with a beautiful two-tone pool that wraps silkily around the swim-up bar. Head here for an idyllic holiday vibe, with weekday access at Dhs399, breakfast and lunch included, plus a selection of drinks. The weekend 499 Dhs for adults, 249 Dhs for children under 12 years old.
Highlights, Rixos The Palm, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, from Dhs179. Tel: (04) 457 5555. thepalmdubai.rixos.com
Horizon, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
This cool pool bar certainly does not disappoint. Sit under Horizon’s thatched roof and stay cool all day. You will have access to the swimming pool and the beach on weekdays for 200 Dhs and on weekends for 300 Dhs. For children aged 4 to 12, weekdays are 100 Dhs, while weekends are 200 Dhs.
Horizon, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, every day from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., from 200 Dhs. Tel: (04) 399 3333. marriott.com
Kempinski Hotel & Residences
Enjoy breathtaking views of the vast Arabian Gulf from the swimming pool at Kempinski Hotel & Residences on The Palm. Access to the swimming pool – and its magnificent swim-up bar – costs 225 Dhs. Children under 12 are free.
Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah, Crescent West, Dubai, pool bar open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 265 Dhs. Tel: (04) 444 2000. kempinski.com
If you’re looking for a truly chic pool day, they don’t come much more luxurious than The Bay, residing at the Ritz Carlton. There are great blue cabanas that lead you into the water where you can curl up against the pool bar and relax all day. They still have a special race until the end of September, access to the swimming pool is 250 Dhs with 150 Dhs redeemable on food and drinks.
La Baie, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR, from noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
We love the lush gardens and tropical ambience of the Royal Méridien. The resort is full of palm trees giving it a total vacation vibe, so you can feel like you’re on a vaycay right here in Dubai. Access is priced at Dhs 350 during the week and Dhs 300 at weekends and, best of all, you get all your money back on food and drink. Happiness. children are priced at 100 Dhs.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Al Mamsha Street, Dubai, daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Dhs 350 weekdays and Dhs 300 weekends, fully redeemable for food and drink, from October 1. Tel: (04) 399 5555. mariotti.com
Nikki Beach Dubai
Famous for its brilliant pool and beach parties, relax in the crystal clear pool with a drink in hand, listening to the tunes of Nikki Beach’s resident DJ. Weekday and weekend access is 200 Dhs non-refundable. Go on weekdays for a cooler day and on weekends (and Tuesdays) for the most lively atmosphere.
Nikki Beach Restaurant & Beach Club, Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai, daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., from 200 Dhs. Tel: (04) 376 6162. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
Oasis pool and bar
While it may be a bit far from central Dubai, the Oasis Pool & Bar at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai is a wallet-friendly option on this side of town. Pool access is as little as Dhs60 on weekdays and Dhs120 on weekends. Children are also welcome for 30 Dhs on weekdays and 60 Dhs on weekends.
Westin Pool Bar
The Westin Mina Seyahi is one of Dubai’s top resorts, with beautiful views of The Palm and an expansive private beach. On Sunday ladies can access the pool and beach for Dhs 100 with 25% off food and drink and a free paddle board for the beach.
The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, pool and beach access costs Dhs 200 on weekdays and Dhs 250 on weekends, both with Dhs 100 redeemable for food and drink, valid until to September 12. Tel: (04) 399 4141. marriott.com
Raffles Pool Bar
You will certainly have noticed Raffles at some point in Dubai – look for the impressive pyramid-shaped hotel and you did. Weekday access to their pool and pool bar is Dhs 175, and you get Dhs 100 to spend on food and drink, accompanied by an adult with free weekday access. On weekends, 200 Dhs per person with 150 Dhs refundable in credit, children aged 6 to 12, 75 Dhs.
Raffles Pool Bar, Hotel Raffles Dubai, Wafi, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Dubai, daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., from 175 Dhs. Tel: (04) 324 8888. raffles.com
If you’ve ever visited W The Palm’s Saturday Sugar Lunch or Sunday Ladies Day at Wet Deck, you’ll know all about their swim-up bar, where mixed drinks are served to you in shiny hot pink disco balls. Palm Sugar Pool Lunch takes place every Saturday from noon and costs Dhs 299 – the perfect excuse to get the crew together.
Wet Deck, W The Palm, Palm Jumierah, Dubai, Palm Sugar Brunch, Saturday 12pm-5pm, house package Dhs395. Tel: (04) 245 5800. wetdeckdubai.com