It’s been a tough few months in the blistering heat. Trying to avoid the sun and jumping from air conditioning to air conditioning should be considered an olympic sport. As it’s officially November, the weather is absolute perfection. We can also give ourselves a hearty pat on the back as we’ve surprisingly managed to survive the summer heat with no complaints - sort of. But, the blue skies are back and more glorious than ever.
So, ladies, we deserve a break don’t we? There’s no better way to enjoy the cool temperatures than with an ice cold drink, an even cooler pool and our best gal pals. Luckily, there are a number of hotels that really understand what a girl wants and have dedicated a day (or days) to fulfilling those needs. Whether you’re after a tan, some freebies or a chance to chow down on some delicious treats, here are a few ladies days that you and your girlfriends can gossip and have fun at.
As Will Smith famously sang, "Bienvenidos a Miami!” For a little taste of the sizzling city, this Miami-inspired hotspot provides guaranteed glam. Ladies get pool access, and three free drinks every Sunday at 12pm-5pm. or the evening session, We Run The World, with another three free drinks from 5pm-10pm. Call 04-4271000.
When: Sundays and Mondays
Barasti Beach Bar
There’s always something happening at Barasti Beach Bar, but the ladies' days are definitely our favourite, so it’s a good job there’s two of them! Every Sunday and Monday from 10am-6pm, Barasti Beach Bar offers ladies unlimited frosé, as well as complimentary towels and 50 per cent off additional drinks and food. Call 04-3181313.
Grab the girls and head to the ultimate day-time party. For just Dhs 150, you and your ladies will receive vouchers inclusive of 6 selected beverages from 11am to 6pm, which you can sip on your complimentary sunbed. Day beds work on a first-come first-serve basis, and, as the venue does not accept reservations, be sure to arrive early! Call 04-3766162.
When: Mondays and Tuesdays
Dubai’s latest iconic beachfront destination, Drift Beach Dubai at One&Only Royal Mirage welcomes ladies for not one but two ladies days. Bringing a touch of the laid-back Mediterranean lifestyle to the Arabian Gulf, Drift’s idyllic infinity pool is the ultimate spot to chill out. Ladies can enjoy a 50 per cent discount off their sunlounger as well as a welcome drink. Call 04-3152200.
When: Mondays and Tuesdays
Azure Beach know how important your down-time is, and with two ladies days to choose from, that down-time is doubled up. From 10am in the morning until sunset, take a load off and have some R&R. Azure Beach offers a first come first served policy, with free entry for the first 100 entrants. No reservations necessary! www.azure-beach
Drai’s DXB is one of the city’s newest nightlife additions, and it’s taken no time at all to become a resident favourite. Ladies can enjoy free flowing beverages, some of the chef’s favourite food items and complimentary sun beds, all for just Dhs 100! The spot opens at 12pm and even welcomes the lads at Dhs 200 entry. www.draisdxb.com
Every Tuesday, Zero Gravity offers complimentary pool and beach access for the girls. Lounge by the pool or hit the beach to enjoy a lazy morning before the party kicks off in the afternoon. Simply because we’re worth it, Zero Gravity also offers complimentary spa treatments or cosmetics goodie bags! www.0-gravity.ae
Aloft City Centre
There’s no weekly-woes that can’t be fixed by pink drinks. From 10am to 6pm, ladies can enjoy sipping on pretty beverages overlooking the fabulous infinity pool. With complimentary access to the pool on Wednesdays, preserve your energy through the day before the DJ gets the beat going for sundowners. Call 04-2103333.
Here’s one for the early risers among us. RIVA’s Wednesday ladies day offers a day pass of Dhs 55 per lady and complimentary beverage from 7am to 5pm. The pass grants access to use the pool. Don’t head off after sunset though, as the resident DJ will be dropping the beats after dusk. Call 04-4309466.
Praia at FIVE Palm JumeirahIf your party
Doesn’t have a time limit, why not start early? Enjoy unlimited selected beverages, a set menu and access to FIVE Palm Jumeirah’s infinity pool. Get those hips moving into the weekend with tunes from DJ A-ROK and DJ Chris Wright for Dhs 149. Gents are also welcome with a Dhs 300 minimum spend. www.praiadubai.com
When: Thursdays and Saturdays
Where luxury meets the shoreline, lounge like royalty along the luxurious beachfront of Habtoor Grand Autograph Collection. For just Dhs 125, ladies are offered a mixed platter of delicious bites along with icy frozen beverages that will make you say ‘ahhh!’ Sun loungers are available from 12pm until 6pm. www.andreeas.ae
The views from the Horizon infinity pool are absolutely unbeatable. Overlooking the marina and Arabian Gulf, every Friday from 1pm, ladies can enjoy cool drinks and hot lunches. For just Dhs 150, get complete pool access, beverages and one of the following main courses: a steak sandwich, fish and chips, chicken shawarma. Call 04-3995000.