Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ten Pools In Riyadh To Cool Off In This Summer!

There's no doubt that summer is here to stay. It's getting hotter by the day with recorded temperatures reaching almost 50C! Lots of women are looking for swimming pools in Riyadh that could be used by females only. There aren't many olympic sized public swimming pools out there, but a few great options are available for those looking for a refreshing and cooling day out at the pool. Whether you're searching for an indoor or outdoor pool look no further!

This is my article from June's Women's Skills Bureau Newsletter "10 Ways To Cool Off In Riyadh"
The newsletter as a whole can be downloaded here.

Top Ten Swimming Pools In Riyadh

Summer is here and temperatures are expected to raise well above +40c daily for the next three months or so. What a better way to cool off than by spending a day at the pool! Here are ten swimming pools that women can use in Riyadh.

1.       The outdoor wave pool at Diplomatic Quarters Sport Club. The DQ Sports club outdoor and indoor pools have alternating days for women and men. The outdoor wave pool area is set in a beautiful garden and has water slides, kids pools and a restaurant. Membership required.

2.      Yibreen Spa outdoor pool. Located inside this secluded luxury spa, the pool and sun tanning/lounging area is accessible for members free of charge and with a fee for non members. The cafĂ© offers healthy snacks and fresh fruit juices.

3.       Riyadh Golf Club Sports Gardens pools. A green oasis in the middle of the desert, the Golf club has plenty of outdoor activities for families including the outdoor pool, children’s pool, mini-golf, basketball and others. Membership required.

4.       Al Manahil ladies spa in the Diplomatic Quarter has a large indoor pool accessible for non members and by single payment. Modest swimwear required. Swimming classes for children and adults.

5.       Al Luthan women’s only Hotel and Spa has a beautiful indoor pool and also offers aqua fitness classes.

6.       Al Aghar Equestrian Club inside the Diplomatic Quarters has a private pool area that can be rented by the hour. Separate ladies/men’s days, Fridays are family day.

7.       Dirab Golf & Country Club located 44km outside Riyadh is a wonderful haven outside the hustle and bustle of the city. Two outdoor pools and also horseback riding available for ladies, abaya free zone.

8.       Al Multaka Ladies Center. In addition to an indoor pool,  AlMultaka offers a spa and beauty salon, library, shops and a restaurant.

9.       Many of the private hospitals in Riyadh have women only pools and offer classes with female instructors. Check out Obaid, Hammadi and Specialized Medical Center pools.

10.   For family pool time or pool parties, the area around exit 8 and 9 is lined with istiraha’s (small private resort) that can be rented per day for the whole family to enjoy or many families can rent one and share the costs. Fantasy Land, Yamama Resort and Splash Waterpark have aquaparks open to children only but they also offer private villas with small pools.
P.S For men I would recommend the Intercontinental hotel outdoor pools (men and children only) and Ritz Carlton indoor pool (men only)


bootleg539 said...

wow, it sounds lovely. Do you know the fee's and price range for the places mentioned?

Anonymous said...

Salam, Laylah!

Wow, ii is really hot in Ryadh. Here in Rio, Brazil, is also very hot but the temperatures in Summer are about 45 Degrees in the western part of the city.
But, anyway, I love the sun.
And you?


dobbinswaldrop said...

oh I wish there were pictures of all the pools!

dobbinswaldrop said...

Oh I wish there were pictures of all the pools!

Layla said...

I don't have pics because it's strictly forbidden to take pics of the female only pools and the ones I have of private istiraha I'm sure the people in the pics would not be very happy about :)

Layla said...

Hi Denise, thanks for the comment and yes I do also love the sun!
Btw, did you know that Riyadh's nickname is actually "rio" :)

Layla said...

Bootleg, the price ranges vary so much depending on the place, some places require a membeship which can vary from 2000-15,000sar a year. Hourly rates are usually form 50-150sar and the daily rates for istiraha etc are 500-4000 really depends on location and size!

Unknown said...

Hi, please suggest any economical place for kids swimming lessons

Unknown said...

Also can you please suggest some economical gym for ladies?

Unknown said...

jazak Allahu khayran Laylah. Wish i could go:)


Taher Kagalwala said...

Dear Layla,

As usual, your posts are so entertaining and informative. I am based 600 km from Riyadh as a Pediatrician from India and have visited Riyadh only once since I came here to the Kingdom to work. Keep up the work.

If you have the time, do take a look at my blog and especially my newest entry posted on 13th June, viz.

Layla said...

Thank you dr Taher! Always a pleasure to read comments from you! Sorry for not getting back to you in a more timely manner!

Sireh said...

Hi layla, great post as always. I have not visited your images of saudi blog for a long time, I only regularly check for new posts in your blue abaya blog. I seem to just found out that images of saudi blog is no longer open for the public. (: Auwww. Why is that Layla? How long has it been anyway since the blog been made private? I hope you will continue to share your beautiful photographs with your avid readers.