Don’t forget to pack your swimwear if you brunch at any of these venues…
These beach clubs, 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 16 places to enjoy brunch with pool access in Dubai.
Palm Sugar Brunch takes place every Friday at the Wet Deck. The buffet, which stretches along the length of the poolside, brimming with stations of lamb chops, beef brisket, colourful burgers, tender ribs and super-stretched hot dogs – it’s a meat-lover’s dream. There’s also a nacho station with guac made fresh in front of you, towers of tortilla chips and gooey melted cheese. Drinks include large jars of refreshing fruity cocktails, sparkling is included as standard, and cheerful waiters distribute bottles of beer directly to the beds.
Palm Sugar Pool Brunch, The WET Deck, W the Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays, Dhs395. Tel: (04) 245 5555. facebook.com
Every Saturday, Playa Nomade hosts La Familia Brunch, a four-hour brunch which comes with pool and beach access included. If you’d like to make use of a sun bed this would cost an extra Dhs50. The brunch features a host of Mediterranean delights, including grilled salmon fillet, quinoa tabbouleh salad, tapas platter and truffle spaghetti.
Enjoy a slower pace of life at the Villamoré Barefoot Lunch every Friday and Saturday. The four-course brunch comes with pool and beach access for the whole day, as well as Mediterranean dishes such as roasted sea bream, lemon risotto and sirloin tagliata.
Barefoot Lunch, Villamore, Emerald Palace Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Fridays and Saturdays, Dhs375 soft, Dhs475 house, Dhs575 sparkling. Tel: (04) 248 8890. villamoredubai.com
Candypants throw a pool party brunch at The Penthouse every Saturday. For Dhs149, take advantage of access to Penthouse and unlimited wine and frozen cocktails at the bar, for Dhs249, ladies can enjoy unlimited wine, frozen cocktails and a food platter of light bites with seating included, and for a more premium offering it’s Dhs349, which includes prosecco and spirits on top of the standard package. Guys are invited to join for a minimum spend of Dhs249 for seating, or take advantage of free entry to the standing bar.
Candypants at Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, 12pm to 8pm, Saturdays, from Dhs149. facebook.com/CandypantsEvents
Soho Pool Vibes, the weekly party at Soho Beach offers a brunch package alongside its complimentary pool access. The brunch is Dhs275 and runs from 12pm to 4pm every Friday including barbecued delights, Asian inspired platter, house drinks including wine and use of the pool.
Soho Pool Vibes, Soho Beach, Meydan, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, Dhs275 per person. Tel: (052) 433 3375. sohobeachdxb.com
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
Cafe Nikki at Nikki Beach Resort
Away from the bolder, brasher parties that take place at Nikki Beach Club, Cafe Nikki’s Saint Tropez brunch is a more laid-back affair. A five-course menu, served to the table, is backed up by a multi-station buffet, where plates are layered with fresh salads, cold cuts of meat, freshly baked bread and pre-prepared seafood including oysters, mussels and giant prawns, showcased on a mountain of ice. Once you’ve had your fill, pop on over to the pool and soak up the last of the evenings sun.
Saint Tropez Brunch, Cafe Nikki, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs345 soft, Dhs435 house. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeachhotels.com/dubai
Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Take advantage of the Ocean Brunch at Moana in Sofitel Dubai The Palm to enjoy a full day at the resort’s pool. Enjoy a fully-fledged seafood lunch with shrimp cocktails, pan seared sea scallops, grilled king prawns and spinach riccotta ravioli as well as plenty of other seafood favourites.
Ocean Brunch, Moana, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs320 soft, Dhs470 premium. Tel: (04) 455 5656. sofitel-dubai-thepalm.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
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
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
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
Hilton Doubletree JBR
Brunch at Gastro Kitchen every Friday and receive complimentary pool and beach access at Hilton Doubletree Summer Splash Pool Party. The three and a half hour buffet brunch includes a variety of international dishes such as steak, salmon, chicken, sushi and seafood.
Gastro Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs310 soft, Dhs345 house. Tel: (055) 166 8092. dubaijumeirahbeach.doubletree.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
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
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