It’s heating up, so here’s where to cool off before summer strikes…
This April, we’re kicking off our season bucket list with the ultimate guide of everything you need to do before summer strikes.
So if you want to catch those last few weeks of sunning yourself at a top Dubai destination, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are seven of Dubai’s best beach clubs
The only way that you could beat this beach club’s view of the Burj Al Arab is if you hopped on a boat. The Jumeirah Al Naseem spot is quite literally under the shadow of the Burj, but don’t worry, it’ won’t stop your tan game. The luxury club has a white sand beach, infinity pool and music that’s just loud enough to add atmosphere. Go in the morning if you want to read a book, or head there in the afternoon if you’re after a livelier vibe. The food is a Mediterranean mix with a heavy Italian influence, and it’s only steps away from your lounger if you’re wanting to tuck in midway through your tanning session.
Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, daily 9am to 6pm, Dhs595 with Dhs250 food credit back. Tel: (04) 366 7680. More info on website
Bringing a slice of the White Isle to Dubai, El Chiringuito is one of the prettiest places to party and tan in the city. For a laid back vibe, head to the beach club through the week, where ladies enter free. On the weekends, expect a livelier vibe as the weekly house night, Nomad takes over on Friday, and a family-friendly brunch is served in the restaurant, and an unlimited drinks package on the beach every Saturday.
El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm, Mon closed, Sun and Tues 10am to 5.30pm, Weds and Thurs 10am to 7.30pm, Fri 10am to 4am, Sat 10am to 8pm, weekdays Dhs100 guys, ladies free, weekends Dhs250 for all. Tel: (054) 449 6464. More info on website
The luxury beachside destination features in-water loungers, Jacuzzis, inflatables and spans across an impressive site on the Pearl Jumeirah that leads out onto the beach. If you’re hungry, you can order one of their signature sushi and ceviche boats, which arrives, as you’d expect, on a wooden boat. It’s a bold swimwear affair, with dancer, musicians and resident DJs.
Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, daily 11am to 9pm, Dhs150 per person (with a Dhs100 food voucher) weekdays, Dhs300 per person (with a Dhs250 food voucher) weekends. Tel: (04) 376 6162. More info on website
Drift Beach Club, One & Only Royal Mirage
We love a good sunbathing spot in Dubai, and this new luxury beach club is a total treat. Located in the swanky One&Only Royal Mirage, DRIFT is described as a destination where “luxury beach chic meets casual simplicity”. There’s an infinity pool, 1km of prime beachfront real estate, and a restaurant and bar serving up Provencal cuisine and interesting cocktails. Don’t mind if we do…
DRIFT, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Pool and beach open daily 10.30am to 7pm, restaurant open daily 12.30pm to 7pm. Packages start from Dhs250 for sunlounger with beach and pool access Sun to Thurs, Dhs300 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 315 2200. More info on website.
Zero Gravity is one of the best for a party crowd: a host of DJs spin decks every weekend, and the pool itself is huge. The glass side that looks out to the beach is perfect for the snap-happy. There aren’t many single loungers by the pool, but cabanas are available with minimum spends for a VIP experience. On Saturdays, the day pass includes access to the five-hour brunch from noon, which is served poolside.
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Sun to Thurs 10am to sunset, Fri 10am to 3am and Sat 8am to 3am, Dhs150 weekdays (Dhs50 voucher for food and drink) Dhs250 Friday (Dhs100 voucher for food and drink), Dhs225 for ladies Dhs275 for guys on Saturday including brunch. Tel:04 399 0009. More info on website.
Big, brash and boisterous, Barasti is a Brit expat favourite, and quickly packs out with people. The giant top deck screens football and rugby, live bands perform at sunset, and there’s a daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm. Plus, they’ve just opened a brand new pool. Did we mention that entry is free for everyone?
Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach resort and Marina, Sat to Weds 11am to 1.30am, Thurs and Fri 11am to 3am, pool and sea access until sunset. Tel: (04) 318 1313. More info on website.
This recently revamped beach club on The Palm isn’t the easiest to find, but it’s worth it when you get there. There’s a large pool that opens out with views onto The Palm, and a large patch of white sandy beach for those who prefer the ocean to the pool. It’s family friendly, with a poolside beach bar and lounge, and children’s pool for the little ones.
Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah, daily 7am to 12am, Dhs100 weekdays, Dhs190 weekends. Tel: (04) 430 9466. More info on website.