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38 UAE hotel suites and villas with private pools

Dip, dive and plunge into these private pools across the seven emirates.

Beat the heat and retreat into a rooftop jacuzzi, private plunge pool or secluded swimming bath at one of these luxe hotels. There is really no better way to enjoy a hotel stay…

Al Habtoor Polo Resort

This Andalusian-inspired boutique urban resort in the heart of Dubailand offers an equestrian escape amidst expansive green polo lawns. Away from the championship polo and stable facilities, 25 luxurious four-bedroom Villas offer a relaxing stay with landscaped gardens, private temperature-controlled pools, al fresco dining spaces and in-built BBQ pits. 

GO: Visit www.habtoorpoloresort.com for reservations and more information.

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Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Al Maha is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves and sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This five-star tented hotel offers guests seclusion, tranquillity and vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif. Each of the 42 suites comes with a private pool to ensure a relaxing desert retreat. If you can pull yourself away from the pool, desert activities include camel trekking, horse riding and nature walks.

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for reservations and more information.

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Al Wathba, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa

Set within the Abu Dhabi desert lies Al Wathba, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa. This intimate retreat is inspired by traditional bedouin dwellings, offering 103 guest rooms and villas that feature timeless local details, traditional artwork, and Arabesque accessories. If you require a private pool, you’ll need to book one of the pool suites or The Royal Villa to relax in the waters while admiring the desert dunes. 

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for reservations and more information.

Al Wathba

Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi

Overlooking Abu Dhabi’s tranquil mangrove forests, a stay at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel is a must when visiting the capital. To guarantee a memorable stay, book the Anantara Mangroves Pool Suite, which offers 180 sqm of sheer luxury including a king-sized bed, a mini plunge pool on the terrace, and Kasara lounge privileges from the moment you check in.

GO: Email res.auh@anantara.com or call 02 895 8700 for reservations and more information.

Anantara Eastern Mangroves

Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villa Resort

With only 30 villas spread throughout the lush savannah on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi, Al Sahel invites guests to immerse themselves in the wild. Wake up to the sight of wild gazelle, embark on desert drives in the wildlife sanctuary, or simply indulge in outdoor terrace living with a dip in the villa’s very own private pool.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for reservations and more information.

Al Sahel Villa Resort

Anantara The Palm Resort Dubai

Blending Balinese inspiration with ocean vistas, the accommodation options at Anantara The Palm Resort Dubai include over-water villas or rooms with access to the resorts shimmering lagoons. However, for the ultimate Palm Jumeriah escape, book a one or two-bedroom beach pool villa where private plunge pools and direct beach access result in a waterfront win-win.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for reservations and more information.

Anantara The Palm

Anantara World Islands Dubai Resort

For a Maldives-style escape off the coast of Dubai, the first upscale resort on the World Islands archipelago offers plenty to shout about. From destination dining to barefoot luxury, the seventy guest rooms, suites and private villas unfold across 13 categories, many offering private pools surrounded by privacy panelling and comfortable day beds. If it’s an idyllic island escape you’re after – look no further.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for reservations and more information.

Anantara World Islands Dubai

Atlantis The Royal

Opening on 10 February, Atlantis The Royal includes 795 rooms, 102 suites and residences going up to five bedrooms. Each suite oozes opulence and includes expansive terraces and a dedicated butler service. Forty-four of them even feature private pools, but if that doesn’t float your boat, there are a total of 90 swimming pools across the resort.

GO: Visit www.atlantis.com for bookings and more information. 

Atlantis The Royal

Bab Al Nojoum – Bateen Liwa Resort

Abu Dhabi’s new all-villa resort is waiting to be discovered in the heart of the Empty Quarter, close to the famous Moreeb Dune. The resort offers villas in three sizes: a 50 sqm one-bedroom villa suitable for three people, an 86 sqm two-bedroom villa that can accommodate five people, and a 102 sqm three-bedroom villa that can house a group of seven. Every accommodation category features a private plunge pool, deck loungers, a patio, and a fire pit with uninterrupted views of the sand dunes.

GO: Visit https://babalnojoum.com for reservations and more information. 

Bateen Liwa Resort

Bulgari Resort Dubai 

Set on a seahorse-shaped island in Jumeira Bay, Bulgari Resort Dubai brings Mediterranean style to the Middle East. Here, a luxurious aesthetic, MICHELIN dining destinations and the Bulgari Yacht Club & Marina await. For an extra touch of class, the beach view, skyline and Bulgari Villas come with a host of plush amenities and facilities including an outdoor terrace replete with a private pool.

GO: Visit www.bulgarihotels.com for reservations and more information.

Bulgari Resort Dubai

FIVE Jumeriah Village

Experience penthouse living at this JVC hotel which boasts 269 swimming pools. Escape the everyday with a dare-to-be different stay revolving around good vibes and global dining, that is, if you’re willing to leave the comfort of your abode. Each of the hotel’s one, two and four-bed sky villas comes with a terrace and private pool, whilst those opting for the master suite will find a hot tub instead.

GO: Visit https://jumeirahvillage.fivehotelsandresorts.com for reservations and more information.

FIVE JVC

FIVE Palm Jumeirah

Experience the vibe at FIVE with a stay at this notorious Palm Jumeirah address. Embody the glitz and glamour of Dubai, and upgrade your stay to one of the Beach Villas, residences or selected suites where a private pool and direct access to the private beach await. 

GO: Visit https://palmjumeirah.fivehotelsandresorts.com for reservations and more information.

FIVE Palm

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Hilton’s new Palm Jumeirah resort is already causing quite a stir with its selection of restaurants and bars, which include Factory by McGettigan’s, CLAW BBQ, Barfly by Buddha Bar and Trader Vic’s. Revel in luxury at this new beachfront address by booking one of the two Presidential Suites, which clock in at a whopping 220 sqm and boast an outdoor bar and sun deck with a private whirlpool and luxury cabanas.

GO: Visit www.hilton.com for reservations and more information.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa

Although the name may be a bit of a mouthful, InterContinental Ras Al Khaimah Mina Al Arab Resort & Spa sits at a juncture of desert, mountains, and the Arabian Gulf’s azure waters in the upmarket enclave of Mina Al Arab. It boasts spacious accommodations dotted along an enviable swathe of private beachfront, where 150 sqm Beachfront Pool Villas artfully combine the essence of Arabian aesthetics with stylishly modern interiors and state-of-the-art technology. The private terraces overlooking the ocean come with day beds and a private pool.

GO: Visit www.icrasalkhaimah.com for reservations and more information.

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Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf

Experience exquisite Arabian-inspired summerhouses at this boutique villa resort overlooking the waterways of Madinat Jumeirah. Retreat into a luxurious sanctuary where the Malakiya two and three-bedroom villas feature a private plunge pool and gazebo, in addition to complimentary Wild Wadi Waterpark entry and access to Jumeirah’s two-kilometre stretch of private beach.

GO Visit www.jumeirah.com for reservations and more information.

Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf

Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah

Known for offering European luxury in lavish locales, Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah offers several accommodations with private pools on the west crescent of the Palm. The hotel’s royal five-bedroom palace offers an opulent escape amidst plush furnishings and features a private area within palm gardens, a private rooftop pool and a Jacuzzi.

GO: Visit www.kempinski.com for reservations and more information.

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Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection

Escape to Polynesia without having to leave Dubai at this family-friendly resort that forms part of the Dubai Parks & Resorts complex. Spend the day at Legoland, Motiongate or Bollywood Parks Dubai before retreating to a tropical paradise where palm trees surround swimming pools and a lazy river. The resort’s three-bedroom villa is ideal for eight guests and is the only accommodation within the resort with a private pool.

GO: Visit www.marriott.com for reservations and more information.

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Meliá Desert Palm Dubai

Discover the warmth of Spanish hospitality and let Meliá Desert Palm whisk you away on an equestrian escape amidst Dubai’s polo fields. The one and two-bedroom pool villas feature a garden, private temperature-controlled pool and al fresco dining area within a stone-walled courtyard for ultimate privacy. Spacious modern living rooms with a kitchenette, two superlatively designed bathrooms (with indoor and outdoor rain showers), a study and Emperor beds ensure a luxurious stay.

GO: Email info.dp@melia.com or call 04 323 8888 for bookings and more information.

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Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island

Situated on the sandy shoreline of the hook-shaped Marjan Island, Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island is a family-friendly resort with big ambitions. In addition to three swimming pools and six restaurants, the beachfront property offers several Beachfront Suites for those looking to splurge. Offering a taste of the Maldives, albeit a little closer to home, these privatised villas feature private swimming pools, Insta-worthy terraces and lush landscaping that leads directly to the beach.

GO: Visit www.movenpick.com for reservations and more information.

Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island

Mysk Al Badayer Retreat

Sharjah’s Mysk Al Badayer Retreat is a traditional Arabian castle decorated with a touch of modernity. Ten tented villas adorned with Arabian ornaments feature private swimming pools overlooking Sharjah’s desert sands. Anchored around Emirati hospitality, this picturesque desert stop will leave you with 1001 Arabian memories.

GO: Visit myskhotels.com for reservations and more information.

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Mysk Kingfisher Retreat

A nature retreat offering a gateway into the world of conservation, Mysk Kingfisher Retreat is the perfect place to embrace a slower pace of life. Set on the east coast of Sharjah, the beauty of the pristine beach is matched perfectly by refined interiors of soft beiges, blues and desert browns that dress the resort. Arrive on a private boat that will take you to your private island with a modern tent and its own private pool designed to provide comfort, privacy and amazing views of the Indian Ocean.

GO: Visit myskhotels.com for reservations and more information.

Mysk Kingfisher

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai

When it comes to barefoot luxury, look no further than Pearl Jumeriah’s Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai. This beachfront resort features spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline, with some accommodations benefitting from private pools and decks. Located on a private beach just a few steps away from the Arabian Gulf, the one, two and three-bedroom beach villas each feature separate living areas and a temperature-controlled private pool.

GO: Visit https://dubai.nikkibeach.com for reservations and more information.

Nikki Beach Dubai

Nurai Island

A short boat ride from Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island lies the island enclave known as Nurai. Offering arguably one of the most exclusive hotel stays in the emirates, this private island is home to beach villas, beach houses, estate villas and sea view houses, each with a private pool. The island paradise also features a world-class oceanside spa, five restaurants and a beach club.

GO: Visit www.nuraiisland.com for reservations and more information.

Nurai Island

One&Only The Palm

Regarded as Palm Jumeirah’s most exclusive resort, One&Only The Palm sits at the far end of the artificial islands West Crescent. Accessible via road or boat, this beachfront resort offers an intimate retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To ensure your stay is ultra-luxe, book the two-bedroom beachfront villa or Palm Beach executive suite and make a splash in your own private pool.

GO: Visit www.oneandonlyresorts.com/the-palm for reservations and more information.

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Palazzo Versace Dubai

Drawing inspiration from a 16th-century Italian palace, you’ll feel like fashion royalty when visiting Palazzo Versace Dubai. Admire the high ceilings, landscaped gardens and Italian furnishings, and then make the most of its first-class, fashionable facilities. Treat yourself to the ultimate luxury and embrace the Versace lifestyle with a private pool, available in the three-bedroom Royal Versace Villa or the Imperial Suite.

GO: Visit www.palazzoversace.ae for reservations and more information.

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Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas

Nestled on the enchanting Saadiyat Island, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas offers tranquillity and a deep connection with nature. Whether guests want to meditate at a quiet cove in the garden or enjoy a peaceful walk on the nine-kilometre stretch of natural beach, the resort provides the perfect getaway from city life. The stylishly appointed Executive and Royal Villas are equipped with the finest amenities, including personal butler service and a large terrace with a private plunge pool as well as sunbeds with magnificent views of the beach.

GO: Email reservations.abuph@hyatt.com or call 02 407 1234 for more information.

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Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara

Located on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi and deep within the world’s largest sand desert, the Empty Quarter, Qasr Al Sarab rises from flame-coloured dunes like a mirage, inviting adventure and a sense of true luxury. Traverse the desert on camelback, dine under desert skies or unwind with hammam and desert rose rituals at this relaxing Abu Dhabi resort. With 140 rooms, 14 suites and 52 pool villas, guests are invited to admire endless dunes from their private oasis, with lush garden terraces and private plunge pools.

GO: Visit www.anantara.com for reservations and more information.

Qasr Al Sarab

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Abu Dhabi’s only all-inclusive all-exclusive resort provides residents and visitors with the ultimate waterfront escape on Saadiyat Island. Decked out in deep blues and subtle sandy tones to match the desert island locale, many rooms and suites have access to shared private pools, allowing guests to jump straight out of bed and directly into the calm waters. A stay at Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island also offers a selection of five fine-dining restaurants and bars, plus the use of the pristine white beach, a small waterpark and a wave pool.

GO: Visit www.rixos.com for reservations and more information.

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites

Known for its ultra-all-inclusive packages on Palm Jumeirah’s East Crescent, bookings for Rixos The Palm Hotel & Suites’ four and five-bedroom suites come with the advantage of a private pool. Other features include a terrace BBQ area.

GO: Visit www.rixos.com for reservations and more information.

Rixos The Palm

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas offers a curated island escape for those searching for the ultimate getaway. The five-star hotel boasts an enviable location upon a nine-kilometre stretch of pristine beachfront. It is also one of the most family-friendly resorts in the capital, offering little explorers access to the Aladdin’s Cave kids club, an expansive swimming pool and a lazy river. For an extra touch of class, the one and two-bedroom villas are located directly on the beach. Expect a large private plunge pool and a fully furnished terrace facing the sea. 

GO: Visit www.rotanatimes.com for reservations and more information.

diyat Rotana Resort

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi

This five-star property overlooking Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque boasts enchanting architecture, sophisticated décor and palatial surroundings that provide every guest with a sense of luxury living. The Family and Samar Celebration Villas are designed in either Arabic, Asian or contemporary style and feature furnished terraces and sundecks that lead to a private infinity pool. Villa guests also make use of a separate entrance, private parking and discreet butler service. 

GO: Visit www.shangri-la.com for reservations and more information.

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Sofitel Dubai The Palm

With French Polynesian or French provençal décor, Sofitel Dubai The Palm’s Lodge Villas and Beach Villas boast a private pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by a shaded sundeck. With the soft white sands and shimmering waters of the resort’s beach at your doorstep, you can expect unforgettable panoramas whilst you sit back, relax and enjoy an island escape.

GO: Visit www.sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com for reservations and more information.

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Telal Resort Al Ain

This five-star desert resort is set amidst an Arabian oasis on the outskirts of Al Ain. Once home to the nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Emirates, Telal Resort Al Ain spans 80 square kilometres of natural conservation area and recreates the traditional Emirati experience with a desertology spa and traditional souk. The resort features seven heritage rooms and three heritage suites, but it’s the 14 tented-style private villas you will need to book if you’re after a private swimming pool.

GO: Visit www.telalresort.ae for reservations and more information.

Telal Resort Al Ain

The Cove Rotana Resort

This five-star retreat nestled in a tranquil inlet blends destination dining with leisure facilities and Arabian charm. With Nubian design influences, well-thought-out living spaces and modern amenities, you will feel at home at this beachfront resort in Ras Al Khaimah, where a selection of one, two and three-bedroom villas boast private pools and waterfront vistas. The resort is also home to an impressive communal infinity pool for those not wanting to splurge on a villa.

GO: Visit www.rotana.com for reservations and more information.

Cove Rotana

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah

Framed by one million square metres of protected mangroves, with pristine white sand beaches and lagoons, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah has been thoughtfully designed as a retreat where you can switch off and take time out. The resort offers sophisticated contemporary architecture, wide open spaces and a natural palette that harmonises with panoramic ocean vistas. Premium one, two and three bedroom villas with panelled glass walls come with private pools and private gardens.

GO: Visit www.oberoihotels.com for reservations and more information.

Oberoi Al Zorah

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Only the Ramdan Villa and Two Bedroom Villa come with private plunge pools at this Venetian-inspired resort in the capital. These villas are ideal for larger groups and offer complete privacy a short walk from the resort’s private beach. For those not staying in the villas, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal’s central pool, is actually the largest swimming pool in the capital.

GO: Visit www.ritzcarlton.com for reservations and more information.

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach

Enjoy the ultimate island-inspired staycation at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach. Edging the azure water and pristine white-sand beach of the Arabian Gulf, the resort offers seclusion and luxury in equal measure. Each of the 32 luxury beachfront villas features a private pool whilst blending privacy and contemporary comforts in spaces inspired by the natural beauty of Ras Al Khaimah. 

GO: Visit www.ritzcarlton.com for reservations and more information.

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The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert

Experience the UAE’s picturesque desert scenery and rich culture at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, with a unique staycation experience nestled amidst 1,235 acres of protected sands in Wadi Khadija. Inspired by traditional Bedouin tents, 100 private tented villas evoke the feeling of adventure, as found in the tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. Each villa’s private deck boasts a temperature-controlled private swimming pool and sun loungers. Just don’t be surprised if an Arabian oryx or camel joins you poolside. 

GO: Visit www.ritzcarlton.com or call 07 206 7777 for reservations and more information.

The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah

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