The Finest Swim-Up Pool Bars in the UAE
Andreea's Beach Club in Dubai has undergone an impressive expansion, now featuring a generously sized swimming pool with a captivating swim-up bar and in-water loungers. Sunbeds are thoughtfully scattered around the pool area, accompanied by umbrellas, towels, and luxurious shaded cabanas, offering the ultimate day out by the pool. Prices start from Dhs200 (minimum spend on weekdays), Dhs250 (ladies on weekends, fully redeemable), and Dhs300 (men on weekends, fully redeemable). The club welcomes guests daily from 10am to 11pm. Andreea’s Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, Dubai (058 693 5778).
Aquarius, Al Ain
Aquarius at Al Ain Rotana presents an oasis of blue waters within the lush greenery of Al Ain. After exploring the picturesque sights, unwind at Aquarius, a serene pool adorned with aquamarine hues. Here, you can indulge in a variety of mixed drinks and delectable bar bites. The entrance fee for adults is Dhs150. The pool opens daily from 10am to 9.30pm. Al Ain Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Ain (03 754 5111).
Azure Pool & Beach Bar, Ras Al Khaimah
Azure Pool & Beach Bar, located at Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah, provides a delightful dining experience beside the pool, serving casual Mediterranean cuisine. This inviting pool area features a swim-up bar, allowing you to cool off while enjoying a refreshing mixed beverage. Azure offers a serene atmosphere with temperature-controlled swimming pools overlooking the azure waters of the Arabian Sea. The bar operates daily from 9am to 7pm. For a more exclusive experience, you can also visit the adults-only Sunset Beach Club & Lounge within the same hotel. Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, RKTWA.GM@waldorfastoria.com (07 203 5555).
Bayshore Beach Club, Abu Dhabi
The Bayshore Club at InterContinental Abu Dhabi is a sought-after destination for a memorable beach day. This remarkable beach club boasts a lengthy private beach, a thrilling waterslide, and an impressive menu. However, the real highlight is the swim-up bar that accompanies the infinity pool, offering mesmerizing views. The entrance fee is Dhs100 on weekdays and Dhs150 on weekends. The beach club welcomes visitors daily from 8am to 8pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, abudhabi.intercontinental.com/the-bayshore-offers (02 697 2317).
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
Immerse yourself in the grandeur of Kempinski Palm Jumeirah's sprawling free-form swimming pool, enveloped by lush greenery and palm trees. This 1,200 sq m oasis invites you to experience its delights, including the option to swim up to the pool bar and indulge in delicacies from Villamoré restaurant. Prices start from Dhs225 per person on weekdays (fully redeemable on food & beverage), and Dhs255 per person on weekends (fully redeemable on food & beverage). Children below 12 years enjoy complimentary access. The pool is accessible daily from 9am until sunset. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah Dubai, email@example.com, (04 444 2000).
La Baie, Dubai
La Baie at The Ritz-Carlton Dubai offers a cool Mediterranean atmosphere with a stylish swim-up bar, making it the epitome of an ideal pool day. This adults-only pool offers signature drinks on tap, where you can relax and unwind while soaking in the exclusive atmosphere. Prices are Dhs295 per person from Monday to Thursday (Dhs175 redeemable), and Dhs295 per person from Friday to Sunday (Dhs225 fully redeemable). The pool operates daily from 9am to sunset. La Baie, The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, www.labaiedubai.com, (04 399 4000).
La Brisas Leisure Pool, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi
Emirates Palace presents the lavish La Brisas Leisure Pool, adorned with palm trees, hammocks, and loungers. The popular swim-up bar is a delightful spot to savor mocktails, juices, and mixed drinks, accompanied by appetizing bar snacks. Alongside the swim-up bar, the sprawling pool area features a large gazebo Jacuzzi, in-pool bubble pools, and a deck-level leisure pool. Access to La Brisas starts from Dhs450 per person, with Dhs200 redeemable on food and beverages. The pool is open daily from 9am to 7pm. Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, emiratespalace.ae (02 690 7999).
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Dubai
Nestled among 38 acres of landscaped gardens, the 18-meter oval-shaped pool at Le Méridien Dubai offers a serene retreat. The Courtyard Pool's bar offers an all-day dining menu, providing ample shade from the sun. Savor exquisite dishes such as lobster salad or fresh sushi while basking in the tranquil ambiance. Admission is complimentary for hotel guests, and the pool is accessible from 9am to 7pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud, www.lemeridien-dubai.com (04 217 0000).
Mai Bar, Dubai
Mai Bar at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort invites you to enjoy breathtaking Arabian Gulf views from its swim-up bar located on the Palm's outer frond. Quench your thirst with tropical mixed beverages served in coconuts or relish a refreshing carved watermelon bucket. Entry fees start from Dhs250 per person (Dhs150 redeemable on food and beverages) and Dhs300 per person on weekends (non-redeemable). The bar is open daily from 10am to sunset. Mai Bar, Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, www.anantara.com, (04 567 8888).
Nation Riviera Beach Club, Abu Dhabi
The relaxed and informal Nation Riviera Beach Club offers a splendid setting to unwind, soak up the sun, and enjoy a delectable lunch. The swim-up bar allows guests to savor bespoke fruity drinks while lounging by the counter. Special rates for couples and families make it a welcoming destination for all. Entrance fees are Dhs160 per person from Monday to Friday, Dhs230 per person on Saturdays and Sundays, and Dhs85 for kids under 16 years. Children under four enjoy complimentary access. The beach club is open daily from 8am to 8pm. Nation Riviera Beach Club, The St Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, www.nationrivierabeachclub.com (02 694 4780).
Palmito Pool Bar, Dubai
JA Beach Hotel introduces the picturesque Palmito Pool Bar, a tropical haven surrounded by palm trees, offering an idyllic escape reminiscent of a desert island. This serene environment boasts a swim-up bar where guests can order a variety of beverages. Entry prices start from Dhs350 per person (Dhs100 redeemable) and Dhs250 per child (Dhs50 redeemable). The pool is open daily from 10am to 7pm. Palmito Pool Bar, JA Beach Hotel, www.jaresortshotels.com, (04 814 5555).
Pool Bar, Habtoor Grand Resort Dubai
The inviting Pool Bar at Habtoor Grand Resort in Dubai provides the perfect setting for a refreshing dip and delightful dining. Offering soft and house beverages, this swim-up bar is complemented by a shaded poolside restaurant serving salads, sandwiches, snacks, pizzas, and desserts. Daily happy hour between 3pm and 6pm adds to the appeal. Entry prices are Dhs250 on weekdays (Dhs150 redeemable on food and beverages) and Dhs350 on weekends (Dhs200 redeemable on food and beverages). Children aged five to 12 enjoy reduced rates. The pool operates daily from 9am to 6pm. Pool Bar, Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai, firstname.lastname@example.org, (04 408 4257).
Poolside, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi
Overlooking Abu Dhabi Creek and the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the Olympic-length (50 meters) Poolside at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr is a haven of relaxation. This poolside oasis presents a serene environment for guests to enjoy gourmet burgers, classic mixed drinks, and fresh juices at the swim-up bar. Access prices start from Dhs149 per person on weekdays (Dhs100 redeemable on food and beverages) and Dhs199 per person on weekends (Dhs100 redeemable). Children under 12 years enter for free. The pool operates daily from 9am to sunset. Poolside, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, www.fairmont.com/abu-dhabi, (02 654 3333).
Pool Bar, Abu Dhabi
Indulge in a refreshing poolside experience at Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort's picturesque swim-up bar. This beachside resort offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy drinks within the pool. The bar is known for hosting vibrant pool parties, adding to the lively ambiance. Entry fees are Dhs150 per person on weekdays (fully redeemable on food) and Dhs150 per person on weekends (Dhs100 redeemable). The pool is open daily from 8am to 8pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
Terra Solis, Dubai
Terra Solis Dubai beckons with its sprawling pool, a highlight of the Tomorrowland venue. The pool area features a swim-up bar on one side of the in-pool stage, where guests can order drinks to enjoy while cooling off in the water. Throughout the summer, Terra Solis Dubai offers daycation deals starting from Dhs500. The venue operates daily from 9am to sunset and is located at Dubai Heritage Vision, Exit 29, Jebel Ali, Lehbab Road, Dubailand. terrasolisdubai.com (04 456 1956).
Raffles Dubai, Dubai
Surrounded by private gardens and offering captivating views of the Dubai skyline, Raffles' pool restaurant and bar present a tranquil retreat. The pool's wave-shaped deck is temperature-controlled, ensuring a comfortable experience even in warmer temperatures. A variety of loungers and an outdoor heated Jacuzzi complement the pool area. Entry fees start from Dhs175 per person on weekdays (Dhs100 redeemable on food and beverage) and Dhs200 per person on weekends (Dhs150 redeemable on food and beverages). The pool operates from 8am to 8pm. Raffles Dubai, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.raffles.com/dubai, (04 324 8888).
Waves, Abu Dhabi
Waves at Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort invites you to experience the quintessential swim-up bar. With a charming beach shack-style roof and stunning Gulf views, Waves exudes a laid-back holiday ambiance. Enjoy fresh juices, salads, and a relaxing atmosphere that captures the essence of a vacation. Entry fee per person is Dhs75, and the pool is open daily from 8am to 8pm. Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort, Al Ruwais (02 801 2222)
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