With Ramadan arriving a little earlier this year, shortened work and school hours coincide with perfect beach weather, which works well for anyone seeking a daycation in Dubai.
If you fancy catching some rays or cooling off with a dip at one of the city’s nicest swimming pools, read on for a guide to the best daycation packages available across the emirate.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa
For an extra special daycation, head into the desert to Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. Nestled in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, this place has panoramic views of the dunes and a backdrop of the Hajar Mountains, as well as several daycation options to choose from.
The pool day package starts from Dh450 per person, and includes full-day access to the infinity pool and a three-course lunch at Al Diwaan. Yoga fans can opt for the wellness package, which also includes a one-hour meditative yoga class, and the spa indulgence option comes with a 60-minute treatment at Timeless Spa.
Daily 7am-8pm, includes access to the Timeless Spa infinity pool, lockers and changing room, gym and a three-course lunch inclusive of soft drinks. Yoga sessions available Tuesday and Saturdays at 8am only; advance bookings on 04 832 99; Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve; marriott.com
Fairmont The Palm Dubai
Enjoy pool and beach time at Fairmont the Palm in Dubai and you’ll also get money back to spend on food and beverages. Head down to this luxury hotel any day of the week and take your pick from eight temperature-controlled pools. For beach lovers, there’s also 800 metres of sandy shores to enjoy.
And, when you start feeling peckish or fancy a refreshing drink, you’ll have Dh150 credit to spend on food and beverages across the resort.
Daily, 7am-8pm, Dh150 weekdays, Dh250 weekends, children aged 6-12 cost half price and children under 6 are free; Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; fairmont.com/palm-dubai
Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Leave the city behind for a day inspired by the French Riviera at Sofitel Dubai the Obelisk. Head to Soleil to dip into the ‘key of life’ shaped pool, lounge on sunbeds and enjoy the city views. You’ll also get cashback to spend on beverages and Mediterranean dishes at Soleil Pool and Lounge.
Packages start from Dh175 per adult on weekdays, with Dh75 of that redeemable on food and beverages. Children’s pool passes start from Dh85, with Dh50 to spend at Soleil, and children under 5 enter free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Daily, 8am-8pm, weekdays from Dh175, weekends from Dh200; advance booking required on 04 324 9999; Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai; sofitel-dubai-theobelisk.com
Park Inn by Radisson Dubai Motor City
Spend the day at Dubai’s only motor-themed hotel and you can cool down at the rooftop pool for only Dh59 per adult. Take in the views of Dubai Marina and the Dubai Autodrome, visit the gym or simply relax and unwind. Entry fees are also fully redeemable on food and drinks at outlets across the hotel. And, if you want to make it a proper daycation, upgrade for Dh120 and you’ll also get a day room, perfect for refreshing or giving the children a place to nap.
Pool timings daily from 7am-7pm, day rooms available from noon-8pm (maximum of two adults and three children under 12 in a room); Dh59 for adults, Dh29 for children aged 6-12, free for children under 6; advance booking via email@example.com; Park Inn by Radisson, Dubai Motor City; radissonhotels.com
Doubletree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay
Spend the day at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai in Business Bay and you’ll get pool access, gym access and a premium room to use throughout the day – perfect for freshening up or grabbing a post-swim nap. Rooms can be used by up to three adults, or two adults and two children, with rates starting from Dh200, plus taxes.
Daily from 9am-6pm, blackout dates apply; prices are 50 per cent of standard room rates, starting from Dh200 plus taxes; Doubletree by Hilton Dubai – Business Bay, Bay Square, Dubai; hilton.com
Address Beach Resort
Enjoy a day at the highest infinity pool in the world at Address Beach Resort with rates from Dh380. Spend the day poolside, 294 metres in the air, where you’ll have views of Ain Dubai, JBR and the Arabian Gulf. You’ll also get money back to spend at The Beach Grill. If heights aren’t your thing, you can opt to sunbathe at the private beach or head to the ground-floor family pool where there’s a splash pad for the little ones to enjoy.
Daily 10am-8pm; Dh380 per person, couples from Dh650, families from Dh850, all packages include variable credit redeemable on F&B; call 04 879 8867 for reservations; Address Beach Resort, JBR, Dubai; addresshotels.com
Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Make the most of your downtime this month with all-day pool and beach access at Sofitel Dubai The Palm. There’s a 500-metre private beach and multiple outdoor pools to choose from, with access throughout the week. Day guests also get 20 per cent off at restaurants and bars across the resort and, if you want to reserve your spot in the sun, dedicated loungers directly in front of the main pool can be booked for an additional Dh210 per couple. A word of note: towels are not provided due to Covid-19 regulations, so make sure you pack your own.
Sunday-Thursday, 9am-6pm, Dh150 per adult, children Dh65, under 6s free, Friday-Saturday, Dh200 for adults, Dh100 for children, under 6s free; bookings via 04 455 6677; Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah; sofiteldubaithepalm.com
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
If you fancy a weekend at the beach with change from Dh100, then Hilton Dubai Jumeirah’s Wavebreaker Beach and Restaurant is a good pick. Set right on Jumeirah Beach, this family-friendly haunt offers all-day beach and pool access on Fridays and Saturdays for Dh99 per adult, and half-price access for children aged 6 to 12, or free for those under 5. On weekdays, it’s Dh129 per person, but that’s fully redeemable on food and beverages at Wavebreaker restaurant.
Daily from 8am-7.30pm; Fridays-Saturdays Dh99 per adult, Sundays-Thursdays Dh129 per adult with Dh129 redeemable in F&B; Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Dubai; hilton.com
La Ville Hotel & Suites
Spend the day taking in views of the Dubai skyline from the rooftop infinity pool at La Ville Hotel & Suites in City Walk. Day guests will also get credit back to spend on food and beverages at LookUp Rooftop Bar and, if you download the Marriott Bonvoy app, you can earn and redeem points as you lounge by the hotel pool.
Daily from 7am-6pm; weekday entrance from Dh100, includes Dh50 F&B credit, weekend entrance from Dh150, includes Dh100 F&B credit; children aged 6-12 get a 50 per cent discount; La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, Dubai; livelaville.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Experience the ultimate daycation at DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach. The infinity pool and private beach here both come with views of Ain Dubai and Bluewaters Island.
Visit on a weekday and you’ll essentially get pool and beach access for free, as the hotel will give you Dh100 credit to spend on food and beverages. Weekends, unfortunately, don’t have the cashback offer, but entry on Fridays and Saturdays starts from Dh150 per adult, which isn’t bad for one of Dubai’s most popular areas.
Daily from 9am-9pm; Dh100 per person on weekdays (fully redeemable on F&B); Dh150 on Fridays and Saturdays (non-redeemable); children aged 6-12 cost Dh50, children under 5 free of charge; DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai; hilton.com
Radisson Red Dubai Silicon Oasis
The Lazy Loungers promotion at Radisson Red Dubai Silicon Oasis is a great choice if you’re looking for somewhere low-key to lunch and swim. Spend Dh100 on food and beverages anywhere in the hotel, and you’ll get access to the rooftop pool at Red Roof free of charge. Choose to dine at the pet-friendly OUIBar & Terrace, Cali-Poke for quick bites on the go, or tuck into light bites as you lounge poolside.
Daily from 9am until midnight; Radisson Red Dubai Silicon Oasis; radisson.com
If you’re seeking a girls’ only daycation, head to Conrad Dubai where you can enjoy some pampering at the spa, coupled with pool time. Every Wednesday, ladies can enjoy lounging at Bliss 6 – the hotel’s pool deck surrounded by lush greenery. Afterwards, retreat to the spa for a 60-minute facial followed by a 30-minute back and shoulder massage.
Wednesdays from 8am-midnight; Dh375 per person (women only); prior booking via firstname.lastname@example.org; Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai; hilton.com
Park Hyatt Dubai
For those looking for a relaxing daytime getaway, Park Hyatt Dubai has a package for two that includes entry to the lagoon pool, daytime access to a lagoon beach room, Dh200 credit for food and beverages, and complimentary beach bags. You’ll also get refreshing watermelon served to you as you soak up some rays.
And, if by the end of the day you really don’t want to leave, you can extend your stay overnight for an additional Dh300.
Daily from 10am-7pm; Dh850 for two adults, plus taxes; Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Club St, Port Saeed; hyatt.com
Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham, Dubai JBR
Just in time for Ramadan, Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR has introduced new daycation packages starting at Dh249 that include a daytime room, pool access and 30 per cent off spa treatments at Rayya Wellness.
Those looking to enjoy dining options can opt for the Dh299 package, to get Dh250 in hotel credit – Dh100 of which can be redeemed on F&B and Dh150 at Rayya Wellness. And, if you’re bringing the family, the Dh359 package comes with four tickets to your choice of Laguna Waterpark or The Green Planet.
Daily from 9am-6pm; prices inclusive of taxes; dayroom occupancy is maximum two adults and two children under 6; for bookings, email email@example.com or call 04 399 9979; Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham, JBR, Dubai; rhotels.com
Atlantis, The Palm
White Beach at Atlantis, The Palm is one of the most stylish beach clubs in the city, ideal for anyone seeking an Insta-friendly daycation destination. Dive into the infitiny pool or relax on the floating beds, and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Marina skyline. With good music and delicious bites on offer, guests will also get money back to spend on food and beverages throughout the day.
Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-7pm; Dh150, redeemable on F&B; Fridays and public holidays from 10am-7pm, Dh300, with Dh200 redeemable on F&B; reservations available online; White Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai; atlantis.com
Published: April 11, 2021 06:06 PM