Don’t forget to pack your swimwear if you brunch at any of these venues…
These hotels and restaurants have just given you another reason to brunch (like we needed it), by throwing in the use of the pool free of cost.
So while brunch may be the standard answer for the question ‘what plans you have this weekend?’, you can now add ‘…and get some lengths in too’.
Here are 8 places to enjoy brunch with pool access in Dubai.
The Daycation Brunch at this Polynesian themed hotel offers an international buffet that includes dishes such as a BBQ grill station and tuna poke, a live roasting station, sushi counter and more. The best part, you can bring along your entire family, as the brunch includes access to the Mahi Mahi lagoon-style pool, lazy river and the kids pool.
Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts, 1pm to 4pm, every Friday, prices start at Dhs295 per person. Tel: (04) 810 9421. marriott.com
Swissotel Al Ghurair
Friday is fun-day at this kid-centred brunch at Liwan, Swissotel Al Ghurair. Children can enjoy pizzas, mini burgers and steamed or grilled chicken breasts and frozen yoghurt with fresh fruits for a more healthier option. Meanwhile parents can sit back and relax and take your pick from a choice of international dishes and regional favourites, free flowing drinks and a selection of desserts. The brunch includes pool passes at no extra cost for both adults and kids, and other activities such as face painting, balloon bending and arts and crafts.
Swissotel Al Ghurair, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, every Friday, Dhs160 per person, Dhs80 children 6 to 15, under 5s free. Tel: (04) 293 3000. swissotel.com
Fairmont the Palm
Offering selections of Mediterranean and European-inspired signature dishes, Seagrill Bistro located at Fairmont the Palm will have you digging into sharing seafood platters, market fresh fish, grilled meats while you take in the gorgeous views of the Dubai Marina skyline at their Friday brunch. The restaurant is located right next to the beach – and guests can take advantage of it for free pre and post brunching.
Seagrill Bistro, Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, pool and beach access from 10am to 7pm, every Friday, Dhs345 per person soft, Dhs495 per person alcoholic beverages. Tel: (04) 456 3457. palmdining.com
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Every Saturday you can dine, drink and dance along to Balearic beats at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, as you tuck into dishes from an expansive menu of sharing plates. There’s two sittings in the restaurant of Mediterranean sharing dishes, as well as a slightly longer option if you choose to brunch beachside. Each week there’s a different theme too, from volleyball to fashion shows.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi 1pm to 11pm, every Saturday, Dhs310 at the restaurant, Dhs340 at the terrace and beach, Dhs580 bubbles. Tel: (056) 113 3400. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Melia Desert Palm
Epicure, the poolside restaurant located at Melia Desert Palm is where you can enjoy a lazy Saturday afternoon feast. Adults can dig into BBQ bites and Spanish paellas, but the restaurant also serves nachos and cheese balls which the kids will love. The resort’s infinity pool is covered by the shades of palm trees – a perfect way to end your brunching experience.
Melia Desert Palm, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, every Saturday, Dhs75 children 5 to 11 years, Dhs120 with soft drinks, Dhs245 with house drinks. Tel:(04) 602 9303. melia.com
Rosé Saturday is the lively pink-themed brunch party hosted at Nikki Beach every Saturday. It runs from 1pm until 4pm, with the three-hour package coupled with live entertainment, poolside beats and Mediterrasian dishes. Brunch prices start from Dhs265 for the soft package, Dhs395 for house and Dhs465 for cocktails.
Nikki Beach Club, Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Saturdays, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs265 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs465 cocktails. Tel: (04) 376 6290. Nikkibeach.com
Palazzo Versace Dubai
A traditional rustic cooking technique is used to prepare the barbecue for guests at this tranquil poolside bar, Amalfi, in Palazzo Versace. Warm up your appetite with a watermelon and baby squid salad or a Greek salad, and then take your pick from some tasty mains that include flame-grilled meat, Wagyu beef burger, wood-fired pizzas, or seafood delicacies including lobster and prawns. It will set your back Dhs295, and the pool is free to use.
Palazzo Versace, Al Jaddaf, Dubai, 12pm to 5pm, every Saturday, Dhs295 per person, Dhs115 extra for a bottle of wine, Dhs165 extra for six beers. Tel: (04) 556 8888. palazzoversace.ae
Zero Gravity hosts a Tropical Brunch every Friday poolside that includes unlimited food and beverages from 1pm to 5pm. Enjoy the tropical & tribal sounds from Dubai’s finest DJs as you unwind from the long stressful work week. It’s Dhs295 for the ladies and Dhs345 for the gents. Access to the pool is included and starts at 8am. Better be there early to grab a sun lounger before they’re all taken though.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina,1pm to 5pm, every Friday, Dhs295 ladies and Dhs345 gents inclusive of unlimited food and beverages. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae