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Food & Drink

Dine at Dubai's top poolside restaurants

Wed, November 3, 2021

Eat, swim, lounge and repeat at Dubai's iconic pools and beach clubs.

Eat, swim, lounge and repeat at Dubai's iconic pools and beach clubs.


Nikki Beach


One of Dubai's hottest places to see and be seen in, Nikki Beach is a sun-seeker's dream come true. The Dubai outpost of the world-famous beach club sits beside the slick Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, home to uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf from its Pearl Jumeira location. Experience a roster of fashion shows and themed parties that are the talk of the town. Or simply avail luxury facilities such as VIP cabanas, oversized leisure pools, and gourmet food menus to amp up the relaxation factor on every holiday.


FIVE Palm Jumeirah


One of the newer additions to The Palm’s luxury hotel scene, the FIVE Palm Jumeirah resort has been making waves, partially thanks to its incredibly long outdoor pool. Explore its eye-catching presence and impressive architectural arches right down to the Gulf shoreline as you enjoy good vibes, enhanced by a live DJ, hip crowd and swim-up lounge. When you start feeling hungry, choose from a sharing concept menu catered by roaming butlers at the pool cabanas. Meanwhile, little ones can stay entertained at the nearby children's pool with interactive toys and water jets.


Summersalt Beach Club

Summersalt Restaurant Dubai

Admire stunning views of the Burj Al Arab, relax at a private cabana and delve into pure luxury at the signature Summersalt beach club at Madinat Jumeirah. With direct access to the waters of the Arabian Gulf, spend your day getting sun-soaked or floating in the calm ocean, serenaded by a zen soundtrack played by the beachside DJ. As the sun sets, take a table directly on the sands to enjoy a curated international menu of bestsellers such as crispy flatbreads, truffled octopus and the Summersalt Wagyu burger on a soft brioche.


Luna Sky

If you thought Dubai's financial hub is all work and no play, think again. At Four Seasons, you can expect to find a sun lounger right in the middle of the Dubai International Financial District. Luxuriate in a plush glass-walled infinity pool on the seventh-floor rooftop, overlooking the towering Burj Khalifa. A well-kept secret, we have spotted business guests pop in for a swim in between meetings, along with the less strictly scheduled vacationers and locals enjoying a day off. Keen to refuel? Enjoy pool bites and delectable pizzas at the Luna Sky's popular restaurant. 


Burj Al Arab Terrace


Specially-designed and affixed to the side of one of Dubai's most recognisable landmarks, the Burj Al Arab Terrace is nothing short of spectacular. As exclusive as the hotel itself, the expanse of ocean-grazing infinity pools, swim-up counters and sun loungers are reserved exclusively for hotel guests and VIP members. Unwind at any of the 32 luxury beach cabanas, each stocked with fresh fruits and gourmet coffee. Feel tempted to order your meal directly to your lounger, as you pick delicious meals off the California-cool menu from the adjacent Scape restaurant.


The Royal Pool & Beach


Stretching across Palm Jumeirah's crescent, with the iconic Atlantis, The Palm looming in the background, the Royal Pool strikes a balance between a family-friendly destination and a relaxing spot for unaccompanied grown-ups. The oversized five-star pool is perfect for a dip under the sun and, if you have children, treat them to some sand and play at the private beach, the nearby jungle gym, or the lawn badminton court. For a sumptuous meal after an active day, order the signature grilled tiger prawns at The Shore restaurant.


Bliss 6

Bliss 6 in Dubai

Take in sky-high views of the busy Sheikh Zayed Road at Bliss 6 where you can enjoy a serene Mediterranean vibe, right in the middle of Dubai's business centre. The open-air wet area is nestled among lush greenery and timber decking, and the azure-tiled pools never fail to tempt on a sunny Dubai winter day. Consider reserving one of the bed-style cabanas so you can stretch out with a good book and one of the restaurant's grazing platters for a luxe lazy afternoon.


Twiggy by La Cantine

A sunshine-filled spot that will brighten your day, Twiggy by La Cantine is a refreshing beach club and restaurant at Park Hyatt Dubai. Dine by the 100m infinity pool, which has its own menu complete with small plates such as poke bowls, lobster rolls, sushi and caviar, or swap the sun beds for a table on the terrace because the a la carte menu is more than worth it, filled with celebratory Mediterranean dishes. Start with the wagyu beef carpaccio, burrata pizza with truffle and marinated salmon with zingy yuzu, before delving into the many sushi choices.

AURA Skypool

Fireworks from AURA Skypool in Dubai
Bask under open skies like never before at AURA Skypool. As the world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool, the elegant pool-and-lounge destination evokes an ‘oasis in the sky’ feel thanks to its nature-inspired décor. Open daily from 10am to sunset, with extended summer hours, prices start from AED150 per person. For the sprawling 700sqm pool, there are three ticketing time slots available – enjoy a laidback morning swim, a chilled afternoon sunset session, or combine both for a full day experience.
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