What could be better on a hot summer’s day than a sparkling swimming pool to dip into? Whether you’re planning a staycation in the UAE or a daycation right here in Dubai we’ve found the very best pools for having a swimmingly good time mamas.
The Address Downtown Dubai
Fancy a swim with an iconic view? Then the infinity pool at The Address Downtown Dubai is just the thing. Designed with five different levels and birds eye views of the Burj Khalifa, fountains, Dubai Mall and Souk Al Bahar this urban oasis also includes a children’s area and a bar with fab rocking chairs. See you there mamas!
The Address Downtown Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
(+971) (0)4 436 8888, www.theaddress.com/en/hotels/the-address-downtown-dubai
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
The original luxury tented desert camp in the UAE, Al Maha remains a kind of well kept secret (ssshhh don’t tell too many others) and boasts not just one but forty three infinity pools – each attached to its own suite with individual temperature controls so that your swim can be as fresh or bath-like as you fancy. The main pool at the resort is surrounded by picturesque palms and a desert vista.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Al Ain Road, Dubai
(+971) (0)4 832 9900, www.al-maha.com
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Liwa Desert
A combination of beautiful Middle Eastern Architecture and stunning sandy setting nestled in the dunes of the Liwa Desert, the infinity-edge pool at the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab sparkles like a mirage within this luxurious wilderness retreat. With views of the surrounding desert valley plus plenty of comfy loungers and a swim-up bar mixing mocktails, you’d be hard pushed to get out.
Anantara Qasr Al Sarab, 1 Qasr Al Sarab Road, PO 131277 Abu Dhabi
(+971) (0)2 886 2088, qasralsarab.anantara.com
Anantara The Palm Dubai
This has to be one of our very fave family hotels – a trip out to the palm feels like a holiday in itself but the Anantara’s swimmable lagoon is the coolest swim spot in Dubai and even has its own shallow beach areas complete with sand and a beautiful Thai boat that floats around bringing snacks and fresh fruit to all the happy bathers. And if you fancy a change of scene then the main pool has a Jacuzzi, bubble beds and swim-up bar plus stunning ocean views. We love.
Anantara The Palm, The Palm, Dubai
(+971) (0)4 567 8888, dubai-palm.anantara.com
Banyan Tree Al Wadi, Ras Al Khaimah
How about your very own pool villa surrounded by the breathtaking desert, grazing gazelles and majestic Al Hajjar Mountains? With a large private pool and totally self-enclosed space you can get away from the world and just float about to the sound of chirping birds – the hotel staff can even bring a bbq to you pool-side if you have no intention of changing out of your cossie.
Banytan Tree Al Wadi, PO 35288 Al Mazraa, Ras Al Khaimah
(+971) (0)7 206 7777, www.banyantree.com/en/em-uae-al-wadi
Desert Palm, Dubai
Poolside polo anyone? Desert Palm’s infinity pool stretches out along the terrace of the Epicure restaurant (read our review of Epicure here mamas), with comfy sun loungers and views across lush green polo fields. Show off your best bikini and prepare for some pool/polo glamour combined with a family atmosphere.
Desert Palm, PO 119171 Dubai
(+971) (0)4 323 8888, desertpalm.peraquum.com
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
A shimmering blue oasis surrounded by palm trees and sun loungers, the tranquil 59 metre infinity edge pool at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is as perfect for practicing your stroke as it is for some serious lounging. If you have the minis in tow then a dedicated kiddie pool with slides and splash park is ideal and is attached to the fab Sinbads Kids Club where you can park the littles for an hour and go enjoy a few minutes of peace and quiet – read more about it in our review mamas.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Jumeirah, Crescent Road, PO 27722 Dubai
(+971) (0)4 453 0000, www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/jumeirah-zabeel-saray
The Meydan Hotel Dubai
Nowhere else in the world can you take the plunge whilst watching horses racing from underwater (the glass sided infinity pool is a window out across the race track). This awesome deck and pool on the roof of the grandstand at the Meydan race course is perfectly peaceful and totally magical.
The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, PO 9306 Dubai
(+971) (0)4 381 3333, www.meydanhotels.com/meydan
Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
Swap the city heat for a sun lounger at Madinat Jumeirah’s plethora of pools, both indoor and out. Little dippers will love the kids pool at the Sinbad’s Kids Club, complete with splashy water features and toys galore. Once you’re truly waterlogged then wander around the souk or take an abra along the waterways to find somewhere for a bite. Or prepare to get a little more wet at wild wadi just next door.
Madinat Jumeirah, 6 Al Sufouh Road, PO 75157 Dubai
(+971) (0)4 366 8888, www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah
Zaya Nurai Island Abu Dhabi
A slice of Miami right here on our doorstep, the Zaya Nurai Island is an uber gorgeous resort that we’re eyeing up for our next family staycation (the kids club here is amazing). Many of the villas have their own turquoise swimming pools but the infinity pool right on the beach with panoramic views of the ocean is the one we really want to splash about in. Heaven.
Zaya Nurai Island Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi
(+971) (0)2 506 6222, www.zayanuraiisland.com
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