1. Sofitel Dubai The Palm
For some Arabian and Polynesian luxury, head here, where a day pass with F&B Credit valid during weekdays from 8am to 6pm costs Dh200 for an adult – with Dh100 credit redeemable on food and beverages (kids who are 3-12 are at Dh100, with Dh50 credit redeemable on food and beverages). If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit more over a weekend, there are packages that include day access to a Luxury Sea View Room, with beach access and 30 per cent discount on food and beverage, any day 10am to 7pm – Dh400 for two guests. Or make it a family affair for Dh495 for a family of two adults and two children below 12. The resort has implemented all Covid-19 hygiene measures, with social distancing measures in the hotel public areas. To book, call 04 455 6677.
2. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
Catch some rays at the hotel’s private 400-metre beach and temperature-controlled pools, or with various water sports and activities around the beach. It’s almost free – the Dh270 per person price can be redeemed as credit at any of the F&B outlets on the same day. You’ll be daycationing in full safety too – measures adopted by the hotel include thermal temperature checks on arrival, sun-beds and loungers placed two metres apart, with six metres between different groups, rooms fogged and disinfected before and after each use, and sanitisation of cabanas, chairs, loungers, life jackets and water sports equipment after each guest use. From Sunday to Wednesday, to book call 04 567 8304.
3. Intercontinental Dubai – Festival City
The words infinity glass pool are enough to get us booking into this hotel. Hanging around takes on an exciting new meaning when you’re watching the Dubai skyline from a 25m pool with a glass bottom – sounds just perfect to ease off all the WFH worries we’ve accumulated. Spend Dh99 for this daycation and you get a Dh99 food and beverage voucher to be used at the restaurants and pool bar at the hotel, including Choix par Pierre Gagnaire, Belgian Cafe Dubai Festival City, Anise and Vista. Want to escape the heat for an afternoon siesta? Starting from Dh249, you also get day use of a deluxe room. To book call 04 701 1111.
4. Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection
Want to soak up the sun and sea but also take quick breaks from the heat? This deal from Habtoor Grand Resort’s waterfront location gives you room access too along with pool and beach access – and you get to bring a friend! The price starts from Dh285 per day room use and is valid for two guests, along with a 25 per cent discount on all F&B outlets, so go ahead and get your BFFs on board – we know we will. From 10am – 7pm. Valid until August 30. For more info call 04 399 5000.
5. InterContinental Fujairah Resort
The resort’s ‘DayStay & Play’ offer lets you play on the shoreline of the Al Aqah Beach or the infinity pool with a backdrop of the Hajjar Mountains for Dh350 for two adults – plus a 20 per cent discount on all dining orders. Spread over 69 acres of land, you get to pick from 190 stylish guest rooms and suites, from where you can get your ‘gram game on – there’s expansive balconies that offer up an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean. Guests can also book ahead for yoga and tennis sessions – it’ll be an extra charge, but you’re worth it. From 10am to 7pm, Sunday to Thursday. Call 09 209 9601 to book.
6. Ajman Hotel
There’s nothing like views of tranquil water to forget all the chaos of the world right now, and Ajman Hotel’s daycation package includes just that – rooms with sea views. That plus catching rays by the private pool or the beach amidst swaying palm trees, with waiters at the ready to make sure there’s always refreshments to beat the heat, plus a complimentary lunch at Sabella’s with soft drinks, makes this one a winner. Dh250 for one, Dh300 for two. Valid until September 30. Kids’ policy applies. To book visit hotelajman.com.
7. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
There’s not one but three daycations to choose from here. Relax by the beach or on poolside loungers, and enjoy access to a Deluxe Room until sunset, for Dh500 per person, with Dh400 dining credit to be spent in Sun Vibe pool bar or/and The Bay. Want some privacy? Relax in the seclusion of pool cabanas – with a private butler, all-day refreshers including a bottle of bubbles on arrival, private mini bar and a selection of treats, for Dh2,000 per cabana for up to four guests. Want some quiet? There’s the adults-only rooftop infinity pool, complete with chic sun deck and luxe double daybeds. Dh1,000 fee per guest includes private butler service and three-course menu by Michelin-starred chef José Avillez. To book call 04 777 2222.