Our recommendations this summer.

Summer is here, and the Privilee Team has been busy exploring venues to help you beat the heat and make the most of it. Take a look at spots and experiences that have made our summer sizzle. Whether you’re looking to feel like you’re on holiday, stay cool in the city, uncover hidden gems, or stay active, we’ve got you covered!

Chilling in the city 

With the summer heat in full swing, finding ways to stay cool has been my mission. Fortunately, there are plenty of Privilee venues that make it easy. One of my favourites is the pool at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk. The views of the city are amazing, and the pool itself is a great spot to relax and unwind. Plus, the chilled vibes and refreshing cocktails make it a top choice for beating the heat without leaving the city.

Whenever I want to mix things up I take a trip to W Abu Dhabi, I love the modern aesthetics of the rooftop pool area. I like to get there early, grab a coffee at the Roastery and hit the gym overlooking the marina before chilling all day. 

Check out my other go-to pools:

Tom, Art Director

Feeling like we’re on holiday

I've been making the most of my weekends at venues which make me feel like I'm on holiday. It means I get to try new places and spend my free time in a cool pool! One standout for me has been the stunning Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort. The pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters are like something out of a postcard. It’s a bit hot for the beach now, unfortunately, but the pool is just as gorgeous. Think luxe cabanas, pops of pink, and a sunken pool bar. I spent a whole day lounging, tanning, and enjoying refreshing drinks – it was bliss! 

Try these Privilee destinations too if you need a break: 

Sophie, Membership Team Manager

Experiencing the Mediterranean in the UAE

As I’m spending the summer in Dubai until September, I’ve been visiting Privilee venues that offer a Mediterranean vibe. I want to feel like I’ve escaped the city and get excited for my upcoming holiday! So far, I have loved Palazzo Versace (imagine Italian chic blended with Dubai glamour!). I spent a day by the La Piscina pool which is adults-only, super quiet, and very Insta-friendly. 

Another spot I tried recently is Café Del Mar Abu Dhabi, inspired by Ibiza. If you’re looking for a lively spot over the weekend this is fab - there are DJs, a nice crowd, and a swim-up bar which is great for the summer months. 

Aysha, Senior Partnership Associate 

Uncovering hidden gems

I love discovering new spots, and Privilee has no shortage of hidden gems. Recently, I found a unique pool tucked away on Sheikh Zayed Road, Conrad Dubai! It’s got a serene atmosphere that makes you feel like you've found a secret oasis in the middle of the city. 

The pool area is beautifully designed with a waterfall and is surrounded by loads of trees. It felt like it had a jungle vibe and I loved all the shaded areas at this time of year. If you're looking for a quiet escape this summer, check it out!

Here's another hidden gem for you to explore:

Frankie, Senior Assistant Marketing Manager

Bringing the heat indoors

I've been really into playing padel since moving to Dubai this year, and it’s been a total game-changer for my fitness. Now that it’s summertime, I've found a great way to keep up my padel routine by discovering the indoor padel courts at Padelae and Mantra in Al Quoz. You can focus on your game without worrying about the scorching summer heat as they offer courts in a cool environment. 

You can join two complimentary 60-minute games per month with Privilee - see you on the court! 

Álvaro, Data Analyst  

Trying venues nearby

I work Sunday to Thursday in the office, which means I usually have a day to myself on Friday when I’m off. I’ve started taking the opportunity to try out venues that are nearby to where I live, and have been loving starting my weekend with workouts at Reset Fitness! This studio offers fun circuit training classes and has a great community feel, so it’s an amazing way to meet new people whilst keeping fit and healthy! 

I also like to go for breakfast over the weekend, and after a class last week, I popped over to Splendour Fields in JLT. This place is super cute and has lots of nice breakfast dishes, Privilee Members save 15% here (Monday - Friday) which is another bonus. Try the ‘Magical Lemonade’ when you go, it’s a refreshing mix of lemon and blue matcha, perfect for summer.

Ella, Membership Executive 


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Jun 25, 2024