Yanbu ARAC Resort
With daily high temperatures ranging from 35°C to 37°C (95° to 99°F), the month of October still racks up an average of 11 hours of sunshine, while the average sea water temperature is a warm 31°C. In other words, it’s absolutely perfect.
Now that the intense heat of the summer has passed, this late summer/early fall weather is made for a dip in the pool. Open the umbrella above your lounge chair and open the little cocktail umbrella in your juice because summer isn’t over yet.
There are quite a number of great options available in Jeddah, Riyadh and Yanbu specifically for those who are looking for a refreshing day out at the pool. Whether you’re searching for an indoor or outdoor pool look no further! Here are the top 10 swimming pools for females in Riyadh:
1- Gold’s Gym
The Al-Zahra branch of Gold’s Gym boasts a pool with aqua aerobics and swimming. As it goes with this gym’s policy, you’ll need a membership to access its facilities (including the pool) but a membership will give you access to all other branches as well. There is free daycare available for children up to five years old.
2- Z Club
Just ooff Thalia Street in the northern part of the city, Z Club has a branch for females that is adjacent to its male branch. This “VIP luxury Clubhouse” has been singled out for its “amazing cleanness, service, classes and its pool.”
3- Diplomatic Quarters Sport Club
The outdoor wave pool at the Diplomatic Quarters Sports Club offers alternate days for men and women. The outdoor area even includes fun areas for kids and you‘ll also find a restaurant. (Membership is required.)
4- The Yibreen Spa
The outdoor pool is located in a secluded luxury spa that has a tanning and lounge area. The facilities are free for members but non-members can also buy a day-pass. It’s great because the location is extremely secluded and there’s also a café that serves fresh juices and snacks.
5- The Riyadh Golf Club Sports Gardens
This place is a green oasis surrounded by the desert and it has plenty of outdoor activities for families including the outdoor pool, children’s pool, mini-golf, basketball and others. (Membership is required.)
6- Al Manahil Ladies Spa
Located in the Diplomatic Quarters, Al Manahil Spa offers a large indoor pool that is also accessible for non-members and by single payment. Kindly note that modest swimwear is required. The spa also offers swimming classes for children and adults.
7- Al Luthan Hotel and Spa
This women’s-only hotel and spa has a beautiful indoor pool and you won’t have to take it easy if you don’t’ want to, as it also offers aqua fitness classes.
8- Al Aghar Equestrian Club
This club is located inside the Diplomatic Quarters and has a private pool area that can be rented for private occasions and by the hour.
Otherwise there are also separate days for each men and women and Fridays are family days in the Club.
9- The Yanbu ARAC Resort
This families-only waterfront resort is located in Yanbu in the Madinah province on the Red Sea. It is set in lush gardens and aside from its female-only pool, the resort also offers a tennis courts, a restaurant with marina views and air-conditioned accommodations.
10- Manazel Al Sofara
This place boasts a large, private pool that can be rented by the hour (SAR 70). Previous guests have praised the value for your money and have described the pool as secluded and very clean, yet also close to a number of high-quality restaurants.
How about that for a great list of places to cool off in this late-summer heat? Whether you want to make a girls’ day out and combine it with shopping and a spa treatment or if you want to pack up the whole family for day of water sports and high-octane activities, there’s something here for everyone.