Checking-In: The UAE’s Top Hotels With Private Pools
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
What to book: All suites have private pools
An all-suite desert retreat, Al Maha reimagines the traditional Bedouin experience with luxury, opulence and five-star experiences. On the edge of Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, guests can check-in to suites that range from the one-bedroom Bedouin Suite to the jaw-dropping three bedroom Presidential Suite, the grandest of all the accommodation options at the desert resort. Those that can tear themselves away from their private pools, in-villa dining and a wooden deck surrounded by wildlife can look forward to leisure activities such as sunset camel rides, morning archery and indulgent spa treatments surrounded by the natural surroundings.
Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort, Abu Dhabi
What to book: One- and Two- Bed Villa with Private Pool
Note: This property is temporarily closed until August 15, 2020
On the private island of Sir Bani Yas, there are three styles of accommodation, although the only villas with private pools can be found at Al Sahel Villa Resort. A boutique collection of 30 safari-style villas are spread across the lush savannah, with a natural colour scheme and indoor/outdoor spaces blending seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Here, it’s all about retreating to nature, with private plunge pools to be enjoyed alongside wildlife watching, private dining experiences can be arranged to enjoy the natural landscape and for thrills, activities including wildlife drives, horse riding along the dunes and water sports are all available.
Anantara The Palm, Dubai
What to book: Beach Pool Villas
A trip to Thailand without the expense of a plane ticket is Anantara The Palm. The resort exudes vacation vibes, created by guestrooms with wooden decks that drop into the azure waters of lagoon pools and the only overwater villas in the region. Its one- and two- bedroom Beach Pool Villas are right on the golden beachfront: romantic and private in equal measure with villa host service, an oversized tub for two and a temperature-controlled swimming pool.
Bulgari Resort Dubai, Dubai
What to book: One- and Two Bedroom Beach Villas, Two- and Three-Bedroom Skyline View Villas, The Bvlgari Villa
A resort on a seahorse-shaped private island with the fashion brand's first yacht club and marina, Bulgari Resort Dubai is as serious in the style stakes as it is in its passion for five-star hospitality. All suites come with private pool, a nautically inspired aesthetic and kitchenette and dining facilities, leaving guests only to choose between views of the golden beachfront or urban skyline. The Bvlgari Villa is among the most luxurious in the city, complete with oval swimming pool, wooden deck set amongst landscaped gardens, home cinema, indoor jacuzzi and hammam.
The Cove Rotana, Ras Al Khaimah
What to book: Two- and Three-Bedroom Villa
Designed in the style of a sleepy Arabian village, 78 tan-hued villas line the water's edge of a peaceful inlet at The Cove Rotana, Ras Al Khaimah. The two- and three-bedroom villas are either set in the hills or the lagoon overlooking the Arabian Gulf and a 600-metre stretch of private beachfront, each offering spacious living areas and private outdoor plunge pools, (there are one-bedroom options too, but these don’t come with the pools, so you know what to do).
FIVE Jumeirah Village, Dubai
What to book: One-, Two- and Four- Bed Sky Villas with Private Pool
An architectural marvel that soars high above the low-rise suburban Jumeirah Village Circle community, no less than 269 swimming pools and jaccuzis populate the terraces at this lively, party-focused property. Sky villas range from one to four bedrooms, each home to a private swimming pool lined with plush loungers as well as kitchen and dining areas for guests looking for a self-catered stay. Guests looking to be catered to can enjoy access to dining options at both FIVE Jumeirah Village as well as sister property, FIVE Palm Jumeirah.
FIVE Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
What to book: Two Bedroom Suite with Private Pools and Four Bedroom Suites
Made famous by the Instagram feeds of reality TV stars and influencers from across the globe, FIVE Palm Jumeirah is a lively beachfront resort with a party-hard mentality that echoes from its ground floor pool parties to rooftop bar The Penthouse. For the ultimate luxury party getaway, guests can check-in to either a two-bedroom suite with private pool that sleeps up to five, or larger groups can enjoy duplex living coupled with a private pool and jacuzzi by staying in the four-bedroom suite, which sleeps up to 8 adults.
Jumeirah Dar Al Maysaf, Dubai
What to book: Jumeirah Malakiya Villas
Hotels with private pools in Dubai don’t come much more regal than the Jumeirah Malakiya Villas, the highest tier accommodation option within the seamlessly never-ending waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah. Literally translating to ‘royal’ in Arabic, the seven Malakiya Villas are opulent and luxurious addresses with either two or three bedrooms, private pools and 24-hour butler service. Private terraces overlook the winding waterways of the Madinat Jumeirah and while gourmet dining can be arranged in-villa, there are no less than 50 restaurants on your doorstep.
Melia Desert Palm, Dubai
What to book: One- and Two Bedroom Villas With Private Pool, Villa Layali
A twenty-minute drive from the centre of Dubai, Melia Desert Palm is a tranquil oasis set amidst a 160-acre polo estate. There’s both one- and two- bedroom villas with private pools, as well as the presidential Villa Layali, a three-bedroom sanctuary with an inner courtyard and terraces that overlook the championship polo field. Passionate equestrians can couple their stay with horse riding or polo experiences.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai
What to book: Nikki Beach Pool Villas, Ultimate Villa
A retox-meets-detox stay, Nikki Beach guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. After a day spent at the Dubai outpost of the globally renowned beach club (open September – June) guests can retreat to the comforts and thoroughly modern amenities at their pool villa. Nikki Beach Pool Villas include two double bedrooms, vast recreational areas and an al fresco swimming pool, while the Ultimate Villa sleeps up to six, with three bedrooms, a swimming pool that overlooks the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf and seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces with serious high-fashion cred.
The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah, Ajman
What to book: Premium One-, Two- and Three- Bedroom Villas with Private Pools
The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah is a tranquil, stylish retreat set on a 400m white sand beach. Part of Ajman’s Al Zorah project – also home to a Nicklaus Design 18-hole golf course, a marina and almost 60 species of birds, the spacious one, two and three-bedroom villas with individual infinity pools are just steps from the sand. Each comes with elegant dining and living spaces in a neutral palette that open to wooden deck terraces equipped with outdoor dining areas and BBQs. Where the hotel really comes into its own is through its culinary options and commitment to sustainability with fresh, seasonal, and local produce, including some grown in the on-site garden.
One&Only The Palm, Dubai
What to book: Palm Beach Mansions, Two Bedroom Beachfront Villa
On the coveted Palm Jumeirah, One&Only The Palm is a beachfront resort with glittering views of the Arabian Gulf, lush, landscaped gardens and a private beach. Designed with secluded relaxation in mind, there’s both a Palm Beach Junior Suite and Palm Beach Executive Suite with private, temperature-controlled swimming pools, designed in hues of blue and located mere steps from the ocean. Then there’s the two-bedroom beachfront villa, a serious contender for the finest in Dubai, with private pool. A sanctuary of indoor and outdoor living, the generous-sized pool is complimented by round-the-clock butler service, an open-plan living area with a bar and Majlis-style space covered by a gazebo designed with entertaining in mind.
Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas, Abu Dhabi
What to book: Executive Villa, Royal Villa
For family friendly stays in Abu Dhabi, the Executive Villas and Royal Villa at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas are designed to sleep four and eight respectively. On the beachfront, the villas offer private plunge pools, outdoor terraces, massage beds and a spacious dining terrace for entertaining under the stars. Those wishing to take advantage of the luxury facilities at the five-star resort have five on-site restaurants to choose from, plus golden beaches, boat tours and wildlife walks on their doorstep.
Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara, Abu Dhabi
What to book: Pool Villas or Royal Pavilion Pool Villas
Note: This property is temporarily closed until August 11, 2020
Visitors won’t accidentally stumble across Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara, a desert resort modelled on a Bedouin-inspired village on the edge of the flame-hued dunes of the Empty Quarter. But it’s worth the 90-minute drive from Abu Dhabi to experience life the way it was hundreds of years ago, albeit with some modern luxuries added. There are 52 pool villas, with one, two or three-bedrooms, each with a private pool and sun deck that overlooks the desert planes. For unparalleled seclusion and luxury, the majestic Royal Pavilion Pool Villas are secluded from the main resort, offering 130 square metres of indoor and outdoor space.
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Hamra Beach, Ras Al Khaimah
What to book: All villas feature private pools
An exclusive resort of just 32 luxurious villas dotted along the Arabian Gulf in Ras Al Khaimah, this is boutique beachfront luxury at its finest. Villas each boast their own private swimming pool, surrounded by a wooden deck that leads right to the beach, and island-inspired interiors offer an instant vacation-mode vibe. It’s a secluded oasis where guests can revel in the spoils of romantic in-villa dining, treatments at a seafront spa or outdoor adventures at the nature reserve at sister property, Al Wadi Desert.
The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert, Ras Al Khaimah
What to book: All villas feature private pools
Offering an altogether different experience to its beachfront sister property, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah Al Wadi Desert is a retreat to the UAE’s Bedouin roots, albeit with some luxurious upgrades. An all-villa resort set within the Al Wadi Nature Reserve, each comes with a private pool that look out over the endless desert dunes, with gazelles and Arabian Oryx among guests’ limited neighbours. Those that can tear themselves away from the luxuries of their Bedouin-inspired pool villa can look forward to archery, horse riding, stargazing, falconry and fishing.
Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Abu Dhabi
What to book: One-Bedroom Beach Villa, Two-Bedroom Beach Villa
Set on a private stretch of 9km beachfront on Saadiyat island, these one- and two- bedroom beach villas are set on the ivory sands of one of Abu Dhabi’s best beaches. Each of the exclusive villas offers its own private plunge pool perfect for keeping cool in the serene surroundings of Saadiyat Island, gazing out towards the Arabian Gulf. It’s contemporary and bright, and no less than seven restaurants offer guests global cuisines from British/American classics at Turtle Bay Bar & Grill to Italian classics at Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar.
Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Dubai
What to book: Beach Villa and Lodge Villas
Tailored to family-friendly stays, Sofitel Dubai The Palm brings a slice of the French Polynesia to the coveted Palm Jumeirah. But skip the communal swimming pools surrounded by landscaped gardens and check-in to either the Beach Villa or one of three Lodge Villas and enjoy a secluded escape with a private pool, shady sundeck, jacuzzi and rooftop terrace. Lodge Villas feature three guestrooms and two entertainment rooms, lounge with a bar and private gym, while the Beach Villa sleeps 8 across four spacious bedrooms, with the soft white sand of the beach mere steps away.
Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi
What to book: All villas and estates have private pools
As close to the Maldives as it gets without the flight, Zaya Nurai island is luxury island living at its finest. A 15-minute speedboat ride from Saadiyat Island, available for guests only that have reservations or pre-booked day passes it’s an exclusive address for those looking for secluded privacy without compromising in the style stakes. Villas range from one-bedroom beachfront villas, spacious and whitewashed in aesthetic with floor-to-ceiling windows that open directly onto a private pool and ivory beachfront, up to the super-sized Estate Villa – a five-bedroom mansion with an infinity edge pool, sauna, seven-bathrooms and a celebrity clientele that reads like the guestlist for Coachella.