From free entry pools to private cabanas complete with private butlers, be sure to snap a selfie at one of these Insta-worthy pools…
With the weather heating up, we’re looking to cool off, and in Dubai we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to luxury beach clubs and swanky five star beaches. And if it’s a poolside spot with instant ‘gram gratification you’re looking for, look no further.
Here are 5 of Dubai’s most Instagrammable pools.
Drift Beach Club
Set in the grounds of the One & Only Royal Mirage, Drift’s whitewashed decor transports guests to a European beachside spot like Mykonos or Santorini. The menu is simple, with a limited menu served up beachside, and a more extensive array of Provençal cuisine available at the expansive restaurant. There’s so many spots to grab an Insta snap, from the poolside cabanas, to the swinging hammock to the mini frame, we’d struggle to pick just one.
DRIFT, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Pool and beach open daily 10.30am to 7pm, restaurant open daily 12.30pm to 7pm. Packages start from Dhs250 for sunlounger with beach and pool access Sun to Thurs, Dhs300 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com.
The place to see and be seen, Soho Beach is yet another exciting part of Meydan’s new nightlife concept, Soho Garden. Currently open on Fridays and Saturdays, there’s a super sized swimming pool in the centre with in-water jacuzzi’s and day beds for lounging that’s surrounded by private cabanas complete with their own individual jacuzzi’s. It’s free entry, with single sun loungers priced from Dhs100. Oh and did we mention the swim-up bar?
Soho Beach, Meydan, Dubai, Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 7pm pool access, free entry, loungers from Dhs100. Tel: (052) 433 3375. Facebook.com/SohoBeachDubai
No one brinsg Balearic vibes to Dubai better than El Chiringuito. This Palm Jumeirah beach club might have one of the smaller pools on this list, but it’s definitely one of the most ‘gram-worthy. Shaded by leafy landscaped gardens and decked out with dreamcatchers, pull up a lounger and relax poolside while soft house beats play in the background. In the week, it’s free entry for ladies’ on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday (the venue is closed on Monday), and Dhs100 for guys.
El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm, daily 10am to 5.30pm except Sunday, weekdays free for ladies, Dhs100 guys, Thursday and weekends Dhs250 for all. Tel: (054) 449 6464. Facebook.com/ElChiringuitoDubai
The Penthouse at FIVE
This relative newcomer sits on the 16th floor of the FIVE Palm Jumeirah. As well as some pretty impressive views across JBR and out to the Arabian gulf, there’s two glass-walled swimming pools, perfect for snapping a selfie against with the Marina skyline in the background. For a more affordable (and lively) option, head down to the Candypants ladies’ day on a Saturday, where prices for five hours of unlimited drinks start from Dhs149 for girls.
The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, daily 11am to 7pm, Dhs250 including Dhs150 food and drink voucher. Tel: (04) 455 9989. fivehotelsandresorts.com
The Terrace, Burj Al Arab
When it comes to experiencing life poolside in the most luxurious fashion, the Burj Al Arab Terrace has to be one of the best in the world. A huge infinity pool juts out into the ocean surrounded on one side by plush day beds, and over the bridge you’ll find another pool with a swim up bar. They have two cabana options available for external guests, a regular cabana for two or a royal cabana for four which comes complete with butler-inspired service, complimentary tea and coffee and a non alcoholic mini-bar.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, daily 8am to 6pm, Dhs1,800 or Dhs4,000 for a royal cabana. Tel:(04) 301 7600. Jumeirah.com