Luxury decks, pools and beach clubs for those who do not want to follow the crowds.
Burj Al Arab Terrace:
Despite becoming popular since opening, the new terrace at the Burj Al Arab retains an exclusive and elite vibe. Forget the noisy crowds and congested pools, the space at the Burj is quiet and serene, with just the right amount of lively atmosphere. Opt for a luxury cabana for AED2,500 for two people and enjoy a complimentary bottle of bubbly or sparkling date juice as well as a three course lunch.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa:
If you don’t want the pumping DJs of Nikki Beach Club, go for its more sophisticated sister, the pool and beach at Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. With a discreet beach and elegant crowd, the resort is a much more refined option, with lower music playing in the background for a fun yet chic experience. It features a lap and bubble pool as well as individual sun loungers, beds and cabanas. Sun loungers cost AED200 during weekdays and AED300 during weekends.
Anantara The Palm Resort:
A more secluded option for those who fancy tranquil and calm surroundings is the pool and beach at the Anantara Palm Jumeirah. Swim past the water villas or enjoy the hotel’s infinity pool for a relaxing summer day out. At AED200 for a day pass, the hotel offers a cheaper deal than some of its neighbours on the man-made island.
Purobeach Urban Oasis:
This “beach club” located on the 6th floor of the Conrad Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road is, indeed, an urban oasis, as its nestled on a rooftop between skyscrapers and lush gardens. While it can get crowded, it maintains a somewhat reserved vibe and an easy-going crowd (though they do like to dress up). For a day’s access, it charges AED150 per person from Sunday to Thursday and AED200 per person on Friday and Saturday.
DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai:
Undiscovered by many, the pool and beach at the DoubleTree in JBR is still somewhat of a hidden gem. While it’s smaller than its siblings, it offers a more intimate vibe, especially given its location at the end of the beach strip. It also has well-spaced-out sun loungers and cabanas that are comfortable for those who prefer a more private experience. Did we mention it’s much cheaper, too? From Sunday to Thursday, it charges AED125 for a day pass and AED175 on Friday and Saturday.
One&Only The Palm:
Dubbed one of the most romantic places for sun lounging, the One&Only on the Palm boasts a large 850 square metre pool surrounded by palm trees. It is often recommended for those who seek a secluded day out. If a hectic office life is what you’re looking to get away from, this is probably the choice for you. It’s hard not to feel relaxed when surrounded by towering palm trees. It’s pricier than others on the list, however, at AED350 from Sunday to Thursday and AED500 on Friday and Saturday.