18 of the best swim-up pool bars to try in Dubai
Why leave the pool to go to the bar, when these pools bring the bar to you?
Of the many reasons people enjoy a pool day 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; this is why picking a spot with a swim-up bar is high on our priority list for a top pool day. And to help you pick the best one, we’ve put together this handy guide to 18 of the city’s hottest pools with easy-access to a refreshing tipple.
Andreea’s beach club in the Marina has recently had a makeover and it’s now three times the size it was before. The swim up bar has a tiki-style vibe with a thatched roof and there’s also private cabanas, a supersized swimming pool and a sports bar. Their ladies’ day offer remains unchanged, so on Thursdays and Saturdays, entry is Dhs125 with selected drinks and lunch from 12pm to 6pm. Sold.
Andreea’s, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, daily 9am until late, Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs250 weekends. Tel: (04) 408 4400. andreeas.ae
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Areia Beach Bar
Get awesome views of JBR and beyond from the comfort of Areia’s huge pool and equally large pool bar. They have weekly pool parties every Friday with top tunes dictating the tempo. On weekdays it’s Dhs100 for beach and pool access, while on weekends it’s Dhs175, which is redeemable against food and drink.
Areia Beach Bar, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dubai, The Walk, JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 11am to 11pm, from Dhs100. Tel: (04) 453 3333. facebook.com/DoubleTreeDubaiJumeirah
Azure Beach Club
With some cracking views of Ain Dubai, escape the heat in Rixos’ Azure beach club with its infinity pool, private island beds and swim-up pool bar. Summer rates will end on September 30, with pool and beach access on a weekday for Dhs100 or weekend access for Dhs200 with Dhs100 redeemable against food and drink. From October 1, weekdays will be Dhs300 with Dhs100 redeemable on food and drink and weekends will be Dhs400 with Dhs200 redeemable.
Azure Beach Club, Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai, daily 10am to 7pm, from Dhs100 in September and Dhs300 in October. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.com
Bab Al Shams
It’s a little further out than your typical Dubai pool spots, but Bab Al Shams is sure to serve as the perfect setting for a day of relaxtion. Boasting no less than five pools, a day pass priced at Dhs250 through the week and Dhs321 on weekend which includes lunch, or Dhs190 on weekdays and Dhs250 on weekends just for pool access.
Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra, Dubai, daily from 10am to sunset, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 809 6167. babalshams.com
FIVE Jumeirah Village
FIVE Jumeirah Village is the brand new sister hotel of FIVE Palm Jumeirah, JVC’s stunning new hotspot that comes complete with no less than 269 pools and jacuzzis. To celebrate their launch, they’re offering entry for Dhs100, and you’ll get it all back to spend at the pool bar. Result.
FIVE Jumeirah Village, JVC, Dubai, Dhs100 redeemable on F&B. Tel: (04) 248 9999. fivehotelsandresorts.com
Gulf Pavilion, Ritz Carlton JBR
The Gulf Pavilion bar is part of the main pool at Ritz Carlton JBR, with a more rustic feel in its surroundings and lush greenery. The swim-up bar has a happy hour from 4.30pm to 6.30pm so make sure you stick around for that. Access to the normal pool is Dhs350 per adult on weekdays and Dhs500 per adult on weekends.
Gulf Pavilion, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR, 12pm to 12am, Dhs350 weekdays, Dhs500 weekends. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
Highlights, Rixos the Palm
This one’s totally for the ‘Gram with a beautiful two-tone pool that silkily wraps around the swim-up bar. Head here for idyllic holiday vibes, with weekday access Dhs179 and Dhs249 on a weekend.
Highlights, Rixos The Palm, East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, from Dhs179. Tel: (04) 457 5555. thepalmdubai.rixos.com
Horizon, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
This cool swim-up pool bar definitely doesn’t disappoint. Sit under the thatched roof of Horizon and keep yourself chilled all day. You’ll get pool & beach access on weekdays for Dhs200 and weekends Dhs250, both with Dhs100 redeemable against food and beverages.
Horizon, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, daily 9am to 12pm, from Dhs200. Tel: (04) 399 3333. marriott.com
Kempinski Hotel & Residences
Enjoy stunning views out onto the expansive Arabian Gulf from the pool at Kempinski Hotel & Residences on The Palm. Access to the pool – and its glorious swim-up bar – is Dhs265.
Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah, Crescent West, Dubai, pool bar open daily 10am to 7pm, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 444 2000. kempinski.com
If you’re looking for a seriously chic pool day, they don’t come much more luxe than La Baie, residing at Ritz Carlton. There are stunning blue cabanas that lead you into the water where you can prop yourself agains the swim up bar and relax all day. Access to the normal pool is Dhs350 per adult on weekdays; Dhs500 per adult on weekends. Access to the swimming pool at La Baie Lounge is an additional Dhs100.
La Baie, The Ritz Carlton Dubai, The Walk, JBR, 12pm to 12am, Dhs350 weekdays, Dhs500 weekends. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
La Fontana Infinity Pool Bar at JA Resorts
Across the JA Resort Complex, guests can enjoy seven landscaped pools, four of which come with swim-up bars. One of which is La Fontana, which can be accessed for Dhs120 or Dhs150 inclusive of a buffet lunch.
La Fontana Infinity Pool Bar, JA Palm Tree Court, JA The Resort, Jebel Ali, Dubai, daily 9am till 6pm, from Dhs120. Tel: (04) 814 5555. jaresortshotels.com
We love the lush gardens and tropical feel of Le Royal Meridien. The resort is abundant with palm trees, giving it total holiday vibes, so you can feel like you’re on vaycay right here in Dubai. From October 1, access is priced at Dhs200 through the week and Dhs250 on weekends and, even better – you’ll get all of your money back on food and drink. Bliss. children are priced at Dhs100, Sunday to Thursday and Dhs125 at the weekends.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa, Al Mamsha Street, Dubai, daily 8am to 8pm, Dhs200 through the week and Dhs250 on weekends, fully redeemable on food and drink, from October 1. Tel: (04) 399 5555. mariott.com
Nikki Beach Dubai
Famed for its brilliant pool and beach parties, relax into the crystal-blue pool with a drink in hand, listening to tunes from the resident DJ at Nikki Beach. Access on weekdays is Dhs150 with Dhs100 redeemable on food and drink, weekends Dhs300 with a Dhs250 food voucher. Go in the week for a more chilled day, and on weekends (and Tuesdays) for the liveliest vibe.
Nikki Beach Restaurant & Beach Club, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, daily 11am to 8pm, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 376 6162. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
Oasis Pool & Bar
While it might be a little way out of central Dubai, Oasis Pool & Bar at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai is a wallet friendly option on that side of town. From Sunday to Thursday, if you book in for their lunch buffet at Dhs139 per person, you’ll get free pool access.
Oasis Pool & Bar, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Airport Road, Al Garhoud, Dubai, lunch buffer and pool access, 12pm to 4pm, Sunday to Thursday, Dhs139. Tel: (04) 702 8888. facebook.com/MillAirportDXB
Another option at the JA Resort complex, Palmito pool and bar has recently reopened after having a little revamp. Access to the pool includes a buffet lunch for Dhs150 or if you just want to lounge all day in the pool, access is Dhs120.
JA Palm Tree Court, JA The Resort, Jebel Ali, Dubai, 9am to 7pm, Dhs120. Tel: (04) 814 5555. jaresortshotels.com
Westin Pool Bar
The Westin Mina Seyahi is one of Dubai’s top beach resorts, with beautiful views of The Palm and an expansive private beach. On Sunday’s ladies can get pool and beach access for Dhs100 with 25 per cent off food and drink and a complimentary paddle board for the beach.
The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, pool & beach access is Dhs200 on weekdays and Dhs250 on weekends both with Dhs100 redeemable against food and beverages, valid until September 12. Tel: (04) 399 4141. marriott.com
Raffles Pool Bar
You’ll definitely have noticed Raffles at some point in Dubai – look for the striking pyramid shaped hotel and you’ve made it. Weekday access to their pool and pool bar is Dhs175, and you get Dhs100 to spend on food and beverages. Alternatively, pay Dhs500 and get Dhs100 to spend on food and drink, plus a soothing 60-minute massage for some extra pampering.
Raffles Pool Bar, Hotel Raffles Dubai, Wafi, Sheikh Rashid Rd, Dubai, daily 9am to 8pm, from Dhs175. Tel: (04) 324 8888. raffles.com
If you’ve ever visited W The Palm’s Friday Sugar Brunch or Sunday Ladies Day at Wet Deck then you’ll know all about their swim up pool bar, where mixed drinks get served to you in shiny hot pink disco balls. Palm Sugar brunch runs every Friday from 1pm to 5pm and is priced at Dhs395 – the perfect excuse to get the crew together.
Wet Deck, W The Palm, Palm Jumierah, Dubai, Palm Sugar Brunch, 1pm t0 5pm, Fridays, Dhs395 house package. Tel: (04) 245 5800. wetdeckdubai.com