Top picks: Summer pool and beach club deals in Dubai

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Dive into summer and cool off with one of these pool and beach days…

The summer is here, and you’re going to need to cool off. So why not book a ‘daycation’, which means you can chill at a pool or on a lush hotel beach for the day, have a spot of lunch, or even head to a fancy gym, but 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)…

1. Penthouse

Perfect for: Celeb-spotting.
Price: Dhs250

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, Dhs250 including Dhs150 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 455 9989. More info on website

2. Gevora

Perfect for: Swimming and getting some top views.
Price: Dhs99 including breakfast

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. The Dhs99 price tag also includes a breakfast, served until 11am. Alternatively, a Dhs199 pool pass grants access to two adults and two children, with the full amount redeemable on food and drink.

Gevora Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre Area. Dhs99. Tel: (04) 524 0000. More info on website.

3. Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem

Perfect for: Bathing under the Burj Al Arab.
Price: Dhs250 per person

The only way you can beat this beach club’s view of the Burj Al Arab is if you get on a boat. This spot at Jumeirah Al Naseem is quite literally under the shadow of the Burj (don’t worry though, it won’t stop your tan game). The luxury club has a white sand beach, an infinity pool and music that’s just loud enough to add atmosphere. Go in the morning if you want to read a book, or head there in the afternoon if you’re after a livelier vibe. It’s Dhs250, and includes access to all facilities, a welcome drink on arrival (non-alcoholic), fruit plate and complimentary water.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 9am to 6pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 366 7680. More info on website.

4. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR

Perfect for: A relaxed Marina day-cay.
Price: Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs400 weekends, (Dhs200 back in 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.

Rixos Premium, JBR, daily 10am to late, Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs400 weekends, Dhs200 food and drink voucher redeemable on weekends. Tel: (052) 777 9472. More info on website

5. Lapita

Perfect for: Heading out of Dubai for a day-cay
Price: Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs150 weekends.

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 Dhs150 for adults and Dhs100 for children on weekends, and Dhs100 for adults and Dhs75 for children through the week.

Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, daily 7am to sunset, Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs150 weekends. Tel: (04) 810 9421. More info on website.

6. Sofitel Downtown

Perfect for: Rooftop relaxation at a quiet Downtown spot
Price: Dhs170

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, including a Dhs100 food and drink voucher.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, daily sunrise to sunset, day pass from Dhs170 including Dhs100 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 503 6666. More info on website

7. Riva Beach, The Palm

Perfect for: Family friendly fun.
Price: Dhs105

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 Pool

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 Dhs100 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, brunch prices on weekends. Tel:04 399 0009. More info on website.

9. Intercontinental Festival City

Perfect for: Upping your ‘gram game.
Price: Dhs150

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 including spa voucher and lunch, Dhs150 standard entry. Tel: (04) 701 1111. ihg.com

10. Barasti Beach

Perfect for: Beachfront lounging.
Price: Free.

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: Weekdays Dhs370 with Dhs100 food and drink voucher, weekends Dhs580 with 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 including Dhs100 food and drink voucher, weekends Dhs580 with Dhs150 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, Dhs200 weekends

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 and Dhs200 on weekends.

The Rooftop Pool, The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm, 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: Dhs299 per person.

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, Dhs299 adults, Dhs105 children. Tel: (04) 567 8888. More info on website.

14. Media One Hotel, 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 Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dhs80, daily 7am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 427 1000. Taxi: Media One Hotel. More info on website. 

15. Sofitel The Palm

Perfect for: Sun worshippers who like a little luxury
Price: Dhs250 per person weekdays, Dhs300 weekends

For Dhs250 through the week and Dhs300 on weekends, you can spend the day by Sofitel The Palm’s enormous swimming pool 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, Dhs250 weekdays, Dhs300 weekends, 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: Dhs300 per person (with lunch or afternoon tea).

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 Dhs300 you can spend the day at this pool (just not on Fridays and Saturdays) and you can also use the steam room and the jacuzzi in the spa. Plus, part of the package includes a set menu at Buayra lounge

The Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Dhs300, pool open from 6am to 8pm Sunday to Thursday. Tel: (04) 428 7805. More info on website.

17. Address Boulevard

Perfect for: An urban escape
Price: Dhs295 for two, Saturdays only

Address Boulevard is one of the swanky hotel openings that came to Dubai last year, and if you’re looking for an inner-city urban escape, there’s a Saturday deal to cool of at this summer you’ll like. For Dhs295 for two, enjoy pool access at the sprawling split-level pool deck, a selection of hot and cold bites, Sangria pitcher and music that’s just loud enough to add atmosphere.

Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 2pm to 6pm, 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.

While the beach club is closed for the hot summer months, the adjacent Nikki Beach Resort has a sprawling pool and loungers for guests and non-guests to soak up the sun. It comes with a Dhs200 entry fee through the week, and Dhs300 on weekends.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah, daily 12pm-9pm, Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs300 weekends. 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 & Suits, 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, adults Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs150 weekends. Tel: (054 309 5948. More info on website.

21. Shades at Address Dubai Marina

Perfect for: Swimming with great views:
Price: Dhs210 weekdays, Dhs315 weekends

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, Sun to Thurs Dhs210 including Dhs100 food and drink voucher, Fri and Sat Dhs315 including Dhs150 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website 

22. Andreea’s

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 Thurstday 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 9am to sunset, restaurant open until 1.30am, Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs250 weekends. Tel: (04) 408 4400. More info on website

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