What better way to spend the summer than at some of the city’s coolest swim-up bars?
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 Mission Essential. And to help you pick the best one, we’ve put together this handy guide to 10 of the city’s hottest pools with easy-access to a refreshing tipple.
Areia Beach Bar
Get awesome views of JBR Beach and beyond from the comfort of Areia’s huge pool and equally large pool bar. They have weekly pool parties every Friday with some awesome tunes to while away your afternoon. On weekdays it’s Dhs100 for beach and pool access, whilst 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
Westin Pool Bar
The Westin is pretty amazing in itself, with beautiful views of The Palm and their pool bar is pretty cool too. 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
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. Enjoy pool & beach access on a weekday for Dhs100 or go on a weekend for Dhs200 with Dhs100 redeemable against food and drink.
Azure Beach Club, Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai, daily 10am to 7pm, from Dhs100. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.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, offer valid until September 12. Tel: (04) 399 3333. marriott.com
Kempinski Hotel & Residences
Enjoy stunning views out onto the expansive Arabian Gulf from the pool at Kempinski. Their pool bar is the perfect spot to relax all day and keep cool in the intense summer heat. At the moment you can get daily pool & beach access for Dhs265, with Dhs150 redeemable against food and drinks.
Kempinski Hotel & Residences, Palm Jumeirah, Crescent West, Dubai, pool bar open daily 10am to 7pm, Dhs265. Tel: (04) 444 2000. kempinski.com
Nikki Beach Club
Infamous for its ‘grammable pool and beach parties, relax into the crystal-blue pool with a drink in hand, listening to tunes from the resident DJ. Access on weekdays is Dhs150 with Dhs100 redeemable on food and drink, weekends Dhs300 with a Dhs250 food voucher.
Nikki Beach Restaurant & Beach Club, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, daily 11am to 8pm, from Dhs150. Tel: (04) 376 6162. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
La Fontana Infinity Pool Bar at JA Resorts
JA Resorts offers the perfect holiday escape from Dubai… without actually having to leave Dubai. Their luxurious infinity pool, La Fontana 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
Bab Al Shams
It’s a little further out than your typical Dubai pool spots, but Bab Al Shams is sure to give you a relaxing just-what-the-doctor-ordered day. Home to five pools, a day pass this summer is priced at Dhs325 through the week and Dhs450 on weekends including lunch, or Dhs250 on weekdays and Dhs325 on weekends just for pool access.
Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra, Dubai, daily from Dhs250. Tel: (04) 809 6167. babalshams.com
Raffles Pool Bar
You’ll definitely have noticed Raffles at some point in Dubai – look for the striking pyramid shaped hotel. The vibes are chilled at their aquamarine pool, with weekday access from Dhs175 where 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