A collection of daycation deals are available across the country for anyone looking to spend the day relaxing poolside, beachside or perhaps with access to a day-room at a hotel.
Whether you're in the capital and looking for an Abu Dhabi daycation, or you want to travel a little further afield for some sunshine in the Northern Emirates, this roundup details what's on offer for those seeking a day of sun and fun.
If you're searching for a daycation in Dubai, see our complete guide to what's on offer at hotels in the city here.
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel
For a day spent taking in Abu Dhabi's natural mangroves, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel's Laze-Gaze-Refresh deal is worth sampling. Take your pick from paying entry only, with rates from Dh50 per adult to lounge by the hotel's infinity pool, to adding food to the deal with the Dh150 entry pass, which is fully redeemable on food and beverages, and lets you bring a friend along for free.
Daily, 9am-6pm; Dh50 entry only valid Sundays-Wednesdays, Dh150 valid daily, advance booking via email@example.com; Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Street, Abu Dhabi; www.anantara.com
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, the newest hotel to open in the capital, is offering day passes and food discounts to celebrate its launch. Located at Yas Bay, the capital's newest development is just 45 minutes from Dubai. Hilton's deal includes access to the huge outdoor pool and the adjacent kids splash pad. Day visitors get 20 per cent off at restaurants and on any spa treatments booked.
Daily, 10am-6pm, Fridays-Saturdays Dh150 per adult, Dh75 for children; Sundays-Thursdays Dh100 per adults, Dh50 for children, advance booking via Spa.YasIsland@Hilton.com; Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Yas Bay, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; www.hilton.com
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
Head into the capital for a pool or beach day at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. Under the shade of five glistening skyscrapers, enjoy a dip or catch some rays at any of the three outdoor swimming pools. The private beach is also open for anyone who prefers swimming in the ocean. When you start to feel peckish, you’ll have Dh150 in credit to spend on food and beverages. Order from the comfort of your sunlounger, or visit the Lillet Pool Bar to enjoy a bite to eat.
Daily, noon-7pm; Fridays-Saturdays Dh210, Sundays-Thursdays Dh160; Advance booking via etihadtowers.FBreservations@conradhotels.com; Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, www.hilton.com
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island
Known for its rooftop pool with amazing views over the island, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island offers a daily Daydream at Wet Deck package, perfect for whiling away summer days. As well as being able to dip into the temperature-controlled swimming pool, you’ll also get sunlounger access at Wet Deck, a bottle of water on arrival and chilled ice lollies served to you poolside to ensure things stay perfectly chilled. You’ll also get your entry fee back to spend on food and beverages.
Sunday-Friday, noon-8pm; Dh150, prior reservations via 02 656 0000; W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi; www.wabudhabidining.com
The Abu Dhabi Edition
For the ultimate daycation experience, head to one of the capital’s most stylish hotels. The Abu Dhabi Edition offers a secluded temperature controlled pool with views of the marina and skyline. Sip on refreshing beverages and relax cabana-side. When you get hungry, Alba Terrace offers a great place to get lunch and enjoy chilled-out tunes.
If you don't fancy heading to a hotel, why not hit up another of Abu Dhabi's most popular locations? Yas Beach is set on a stretch of white sand with stunning waterfront views of the Arabian Gulf. The pristine beach has cushioned loungers, sunshades and a full food and beverage service, while the infinity pool offers a place to cool off when the temperatures go up. The family-friendly beach club also offers several activities including volleyball, jet-skis, kayaks and paddleboards.
Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah
With azure waters on one side and the Al Hajar Mountains as a picturesque backdrop on the other, Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort is the ideal place to head when you need a break from city life. If you're up for the drive, daytime visitors can enjoy pool and beach access from Dh160, or upgrade to include a set menu at the Beach Bar from Dh250 so that you don't need to worry about splurging on food and drinks.
Daily, 9am-6pm; from Dh160 per adult; Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Dibba Road, Fujairah; www.marriott.com
Hilton Ras al Khaimah Beach Resort
Formerly Hilton Ras al Khaimah Resort & Spa, this beachfront property has been renamed to signify its envied coastal position. Sunshine-filled daycations await, and three adults and two children can have their own private villa to use throughout the day from just Dh500. Guests will also get Dh300 resort credit to spend on food and beverages or at the spa. If you don't need a whole villa, two adults and up to two children can book a room for the day for Dh250, with Dh150 credit.
Daily, 10am-5pm; Dh500 for a villa daycations, Dh250 for a standard room; Hilton Ras al Khaimah Beach Resort, Al Maareedh Street, Al Mairid, Ras al Khaimah; bookings via 07 229 8844, www.hilton.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Ras al Khaimah
For a family daycation with something for everyone, check out DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island. Located on a 650-metre private beach, this resort has no less than seven swimming pools, including two for children, an infinity pool and a floating pool in the middle of the ocean.
Children can enjoy the Pirate Boat Aqua Zone water park, home to one of the largest Tarzan boats in the Middle East. Older children and the young at heart will love the thrilling waterside and rope swing into the sea. There's also an outdoor playground and bouncy castle. When it comes to food and beverages, there's 13 restaurants and bars to choose from.
Daily, 10am-6pm; Sunday-Thursday Dh100 (adults), Dh50 (children aged 12-16), Friday-Saturday and public holidays Dh160 (adults), Dh75 (children), free of charge for maximum of two children below 12. DoubleTree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island, Al Jazah Road, Ras al Khaimah; bookings via 07 203 0000, www.hilton.com
Radisson Blu Hotel Ajman
Spend the day relaxing at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Ajman. Cool off with all-day pool use at the hotel's 25-metre swimming pool and enjoy a healthy three-course set lunch at Larder. If you want to make a day of it and stay for dinner, there's an Italian menu at Filini Garden with prices starting from Dh75.
Daily, 9am-8pm; Sunday-Thursday Dh50 (pool entry only), Friday-Saturday Dh75 (pool entry only), set lunch at Larder from noon-3pm is Dh65 Radisson Blu Hotel, Off Al Ittihad Street, Ajman; bookings via firstname.lastname@example.org, www.radissonhotels.com
Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort
Head to Ajman to spend a day by the pool at the gorgeous Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort. Every weekday, visitors can enjoy the Dip, Sip, Eat & Repeat package. This includes all-day access to the hotel's pool and private beach, plus one dish from the poolside menu accompanied by two hours of unlimited house beverages.
Sundays-Wednesdays, 10am-5pm; Dh150; Ajman Saray, a Luxury Collection Resort, Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street Al Nakheel, Ajman; bookings via 06 714 2222, www.marriott.com