Posted by: englishdubai | January 12, 2009

Pool Deck Envy


I made a trip over to the Palm Jumeriah the other weekend to go and check out one of the bars that has recently opened. Bidi Bondi is an Australian themed sports bar situated in the Shoreline appartments. While I as there for a relaxed lunch I would imagine it would be a good venue to watch sports judging by the good number of flat screens scattered around.

There are no shortage of sports bars to hang out in Dubai but the thing that makes this place a little special is that it is basically a pool/beach club and sports bar rolled into one. If one was to bring your swimwear with you it is quite feasible to enjoy a dip and a bit of a sun bathe in between enjoying a couple of cold beverages.  I took a few snaps to try and capture the resort feel:

Good of them to include some shade cloth in the kiddies pool:

I left with a sense of distinct sense of “pool deck evny” as my lunch partner commented. Sure I live in a place I could have only dreamed about a year ago. But just minutes down the road there is something even better in some respects. The thought of living on top a world class beach resort with a sports bar is something I did not think possible in Dubai. It would seem that the Palm has made that fantasy a reality. In fact writing this has made me want to go back again – I have visions of me enjoying a lazy brunch on the sun terrace this weekend with fifteen of my closest Dubai mates. Sounds ideal.

Overall – As a bar Bidi Bondi is pretty good. But when you add in the pool and beach that adjoin it, I have to say move over Barasti your time is up. 9/10


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