We think these idyllic pools are the best in the capital

We’re not left wanting when it comes to pools in Abu Dhabi, but which one is the right fit for you?


Who doesn’t like to spend the day chilling by the pool with only relaxation stretching out in front of you?

Whether you’re seeking a sunny spot with the perfect pool, want to soak up the sunshine in the lap of luxury or are scoping out somewhere fun to go with the kids, these options around the city have something for everyone.

Luxury leisure

Jumeirah at Etihad Towers


Take a trip along the Corniche to this stunning skyscraper and choose from three options including the main pool, one with a swim-up bar and a children’s pool. Whether you’re treating a loved one, have kids to entertain or just want to soak up the sun between dips, they’ve got you covered. Sun-Thu AED 150 per person, Fri-Sat AED 210 per person. Corniche West. Main pool 7am-9pm, children’s pool 8am-8pm, bar pool 8am-9pm. Contact: 02 811 5555, jadinfo@jumeirah.com

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas


This is an idyllic spot to spend a day lounging by the pool. Flanked by palm trees and loungers, the outdoor pool is one of the largest in all of Abu Dhabi and boasts incredible views of the Arabian Gulf. Visitors who purchase a pool pass also gain access to the beach until sunset, perfect for adding to your Instagram feed. Daily AED 313 per person, AED 155 for children aged between six and 12, free for children under five. Saadiyat Island. Daily 9am-10pm. Contact: 02 407 1234, bit.ly/2FVtJUv

Saadiyat Beach Club


Enjoying panoramic views over Saadiyat Beach and the glistening Arabian Gulf, the secluded pool at Saadiyat Beach Club is surrounded by individual cabanas that can fit up to eight people, perfect if you’re coming as a group or a family. Guests can take a dip in the 650 sqm pool and you also have access to the gym, spa and beach. Adults Sun-Thu AED 250, Fri-Sat AED 375, cabanas Sun-Thu AED 600, Fri-Sat AED 1,000, children Sun-Thu AED 100, Fri-Sat AED 150, children under nine years free. Saadiyat Island. Daily 8am-6pm. Contact: 02 656 3500, info@saadiyatbeachclub.ae

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort


At The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort visitors have three pools to pick from. The family pool features an upper and lower deck that’s great for entertaining little ones; then there’s an adult pool for those seeking some respite and there’s an outdoor lap pool for the serious swimmers who want a workout before soaking up the sun. Adults Sun-Thu AED 251 per person, Fri-Sat and public holidays AED 377, children aged four to 12. Sun-Thu AED 105, Fri-Sat AED 160. Saadiyat Island. Daily 8am-7pm. Contact: 02 498 8888, stregissaadiyatisland.com

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal


Refresh yourself and enjoy a day of leisure by the 1,600-square-metre main pool by taking up a sun lounger or splashing out on a private cabana. With access to the beach, fitness centre, stream room and sauna included, you can explore all the facilities and unwind in style whether you’re entertaining children or are seeking a more low-key day of pure relaxation. Adults Sun-Thu AED 210, Fri-Sat AED 320, children Sun-Thu AED 80, Fri-Sat AED 100, cabana packages from AED 350. Khor Al Maqtaa, near Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Daily 7am-7pm. Contact: 02 818 8888, bit.ly/1VxgFsU

Something different

Yas Viceroy

What can you say about the Yas Viceroy? The hotel is known around the world for its prime location at Yas Marina Circuit and is undoubtedly the place to be during the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. But did you know that you can spend the day chilling on the rooftop? With two options, head for the family pool if you’ve got kids in tow or make a beeline for the adult pool to really kick back and stare at the sky while soaking up the sun in one of the most unique locations in the city. Daily AED 150 for adults, AED 110 for children. Near Yas Marina Circuit. Daily 8am-8pm family pool, 6am-9pm adult pool. Contact: 02 656 0000, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/abudhabi

Yas Beach


If you’re looking for an inviting infinity pool and the option of chilling on the sand before a dip in the ocean then this could be the ideal choice. Offering great mangrove views and tasty dining options, Yas Beach is a great pick for those who want to escape the city centre. Plus, children are well catered for with a dedicated splash pool, too. That said, on Fridays, the infinity pool is adults-only, so best to leave the kids at home. Sun-Thu AED 60, Fri-Sat AED 120, free for children under 11. Yas Island. Daily 10am–7pm. Contact: 056 242 0435, yasbeach.ae

Family fun

Beach Rotana


Gather the family and enjoy a day out together while the weather is still inviting. Adults can enjoy a dip in the pool and access to a Jacuzzi and steam room, while children have their own swimming area. Or take the whole family down to the 120m private beach for some seaside R&R. Plus, if you’ve got energy to burn you can hit the tennis courts or pop into the gym. Adults Sun-Thu AED 165, Fri-Sat AED 230, children aged five to 17 AED 100, free for children under five. Next to Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah. Daily 7am-10pm. Contact: 02 697 9000, rotana.com

Bayshore Beach Club


If you’re entertaining tiny tots then this is a great option. Let them burn off some energy with a waterslide and two separate children’s pools while adults catch some rays in the huge outdoor Jacuzzi or enjoy the swim-up bar. There’s also an impressive infinity pool. Adults Sun-Thu AED 95, Fri-Sat AED 130, children Sun-Thu AED 75 for children, Fri-Sat AED 85, free for children under three years old. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Al Bateen. Daily 8am-8pm. Contact: 02 666 6888, dining-intercontinental-ad.ae

Murjan Splash Park


Okay, so it’s technically not a pool but if you need a way to cool the kids down then this mini water park is ideal for children aged 13 or younger. With a 257 metre-long lazy river and games like Water Balloon Wars, Lily Pad Hop, Surf Wrangler and Bumper Boat Lagoon, little ones are sure to be entertained. Plus, for just an additional AED 2 you can gain entry to Khalifa Park where kids can dry off and burn more energy in the play parks and by climbing on board the kids’ train. AED 50. Off Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 10am-6pm. Contact: 052 408 5232, facebook.com/murjansplashparkofficial

WORDS Colin Armstrong

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