Dubai’s desert resort Bab Al Shams boasts three spectacular pools that will leave you feeling a million miles away from city life. Set among the golden dunes, the low-lying resort is a long-time staycation favourite with UAE residents, but it also offers a number of pool day deals. The hotel’s pools offer sprawling desert views and a relaxed atmosphere, with separate children’s pools and shaded in-pool cabanas for those looking to escape the midday heat. Its main pool features Jacuzzi areas and a swim-up bar, and the spaces have traditional Arabic design touches.
Best for: escaping the city
Cost: A weekday pool day pass for Bab Al Shams costs Dh250 for adults and Dh125 for children between the ages of 6 and 12. Entry is free for children under 6. Weekend passes cost Dh350 for adults and Dh175 for children.
Daily; 8am-8pm; from Dh250 for adults, Dh125 for children; Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra Road, Dubai; 04 809 6100,