Where to Lounge by the Pool This Weekend

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While summer might be winding down in the rest of the world, there are still plenty of warm days left for us here in Dubai — which means there are still lots of opportunities to work on your summer glow. Some of the best locations for snagging a poolside Arabesque tent or plush lounger happen to be located in Dubai’s many prestigious hotels and resorts. That means you’re not only getting a gorgeous tan, but you’re doing it in the lap of exclusive, extravagant luxury. While there are dozens of fabulous pools in the city to choose from, the ones that made it onto Savoir Flair’s list also offer fantastic aquatic amenities, like indoor spa pools, swimming classes, access to private beaches, and more.

Al Qasr
Snag some shade under a poolside umbrella or an Arabesque tent at Al Qasr and enjoy a relaxing resort experience. Al Qasr also offers many aquatic options, like an on-site spa with an indoor pool, a dedicated children’s pool and play area, and day passes that can be purchases for access to Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach. Swimming classes are also available at Al Qasr, or you can train your body in a different way by joining a beachfront yoga class.

Al Sufouh Road
(+971) 4 366 8888

Grosvenor House
The double towers of Grosvenor House offer dual terrace pools where you can catch a glimpse of the Dubai Marina and find a comfortable recliner in the sun to work on your tan. If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, head to the Tower One’s Retreat Spa area, where you’ll find an indoor pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, and a steam room, or head to Tower Two’s B/Atitude for a luxurious post-sun spa treatment.

Al Sufouh Road, Dubai Marina
(+971) 4 399 8888

Per Aquum Desert Palm
The Per Aquum Desert Palm is a luxury hotel that positively bursts with modern conveniences. Glamorous pool villas offer swimming and suntanning in a private, exclusive setting, but for those not staying in a villa there is a splendid outdoor infinity pool that is beautifully maintained. On particularly scorching days, head to the Desert Palm for an early poolside breakfast and a few hours of swimming and sunbathing before the day heats up to unbearable temperatures.

Al Awir Road
(+971) 4 602 9333

The Address Downtown
The appropriately named The Address Downtown Dubai is the place to get your tan on right now. Not only is it a prime “selfie” location with amazing views of the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain, but it’s also a luxurious spot to unwind on the weekend. For a more private situation, snag a spot under one of the many Arabesque tents, or if you’re looking to improve your summer glow there are plenty of recliners lining The Address’ elevated infinity pool.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
(+971) 4 436 8888

The Address Dubai Marina
When you’re in need of a little TLC, The Address Dubai Marina boasts an elegant elevated infinity pool on its fourth floor, which offers a breathtaking view of the marina. Not only is there a 45 metre-long pool at your disposal, but there is a neighboring children’s pool as well, making The Address Dubai Marina one of the more family-friendly spots on our list. If you’re feeling peckish after a day of poolside fun, walk a few steps over to the on-site lounge and restaurant, Shades.

Dubai Marina
(+971) 4 4367777

The Burj al Arab
The Burj al Arab is the only seven-star hotel in the world, meaning supreme luxury is its calling card. Here, there are multiple poolside destinations where you can relax in complete comfort, as well as dedicated relaxation areas for both men and women. Each retreat offers indoor infinity pools, hot tubs, and treatment rooms, but there are outdoor pools too. We recommend booking a table at Bab Al Yam, the Burj al Arab’s poolside restaurant, for an afternoon of people watching and fine dining.

Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3
(+971) 4 301 7777

One&Only The Palm
One&Only The Palm is a secluded luxury resort that offers plenty of pool-front property for relaxing, tanning, and socializing. Freestanding villas and cabanas have their own private pools, or you can visit the temperature-controlled pool that is only a few steps away from the beach. With a beautiful view of the Dubai skyline and pristine nearby beaches, there are zero chances you’ll be bored by a day or evening visit.

West Crescent, The Palm Jumeirah
(+971) 4 440 1010

VIDA Downtown Dubai
Located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the chic modern-meets-traditional Arabic setting of the Vida Hotel offers seclusion away from the bustling district outside. The ultra-loungey pool area is particularly impressive, with rows of tented sun loungers dotting the length of the pool. If an afternoon of swimming laps saps your energy, head inside and snag a table at one of Dubai’s best Japanese izakaya-style restaurants, Toko.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai
(+971) 4 428 6888

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