6 Dubai hotel swimming pools you have to see
Whether it’s a gourmet restaurant, a beach club or a concert venue, hotels in Dubai are often as much about the glittering add-ons than the quality of the rooms. For residents, it means there is an amazing array of attractions to keep the weekends full. Swimming pools are, of course, part of the mix and there are several stunning creations that really merit an extended exploration on a Friday. Or Saturday. Or whenever.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Where: The Palm Jumeirah
Price for a day pass: AED250
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is famous for having one of the better locations on The Palm, set on the end of the western crescent with views of the Marina skyline and out across the Arabian Gulf. The infinity pool is set in the middle of the idyllic tropical resort and well away from the children’s pool for ultimate relaxation. You can either play spot the celebrity or simply lie back and feel like one yourself, with a butler service ensuring you stay well hydrated throughout the day.
InterContinental Dubai Festival City
Where: Festival City
Price for a day pass: For in-house guests only
The pool at the Intercon in Festival City is an attraction for both those swimming in it and those watching from the terrace below. This 25-metre pool, located on the very top floor of the property, not only has a lip that extends out several metres over the Creek but is also enclosed in a curved glass end wall, enabling swimmers to gain unbroken views of the Dubai skyline and beyond. When illuminated at night, the silhouettes of swimmers are also clearly visible. Sure, it’s slightly disconcerting but it’s all the more special for that.
Contact: Hotel website
Where: Burj Khalifa, Downtown
Price for a day pass: AED375
It’s neither the largest nor the most spectacular pool on the list, but the way the design manages to both conform to and reflect the leaf-like curves of the Burj Khalifa in which it is housed is certainly impressive. There is another pool in Burj Khalifa that’s worth checking out, too. Perched on the 76th floor and part of the Residences, it is the second-highest swimming pool in the world and offers excellent views of almost the whole of Dubai.
Contact: Hotel website
Al Maha Desert Resort
Where: Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Ain Road
Price for a day pass? AED550
Set away from city life, Al Maha resort provides an alluring getaway for anyone in need of a break. Relax amongst the rolling dunes, with small private pools providing photo-worthy moments as you look out over the desert. If you can only pick one from this list, let’s just say we might have just saved the best until last.