The best beach clubs in Dubai
From chic creekside venues to a strip of hotspots on Palm West Beach..
Beach clubs are a bonafide Dubai pastime and, naturally, they’re super popular. So if you’re planning on topping up that tan this weekend, it’s best to book ahead.
Here are the coolest Dubai beach clubs to book a spot at.
Playa is a vibrant beach club with a boho edge. Self-described as a ‘celebration of the renewal of life’, it feature an indoor restaurant as well as several alfresco areas that spill down to the white sandy beach. Open daily from 10am until 2am, guests can recline on a lounger and soak up the sun by day, snag a seat on the terrace and enjoy a sundowner against the backdrop of the gorgeous skyline in the evening, or stay into the night for lively DJ sets. Those that like to spend sun-soaked days with their toes in the sand can perch up on the plush fabric sun loungers that stretch across the sand to the sea, while those that prefer to laze poolside can bag a cream lounger that line the pool edge.
Weekdays: Dhs200 fully redeemable on food and drink
Weekends: Dhs250 fully redeemable on food and drink
Playa Beach Club, Palm West Beach, 10am to 2am daily, Dhs200 weekdays, Dhs250 weekends. @playadubai
New: Eva Beach House
Eva Beach House brings a blissful slice of Tulum’s sandy shores to a sun-drenched seaside spot within Palm West Beach’s The Club. If you want to embark on a full culinary experience, book a table at the boho-chic restaurant, where you’ll find tables and chairs in creams and neutrals, a fresh fish and meat display and cactai climbing the walls. Those looking to spend the day topping up their tans can perch up on one of Eva Beach House’s plush sun loungers, shaded by parasols, or enjoy a VIP day in one of their luxe cabanas. sunbeds are priced from Dhs200 on the weekdays for single loungers, or the double beds are Dhs400 on weekdays and Dhs600 on weekends, all fully redeemable.
Weekdays: Dhs200 fully redeemable on food and drink
Weekends: Dhs300 fully redeemable on food and drink
Eva Beach House, Palm West Beach 10am to 1am weekdays, 10am to 2am weekends. Tel: (0)4 510 4800, @evabeachhousedxb
New: SAN Beach
The first beach club to open at new Palm West Beach destination, The Club, San Beach is a retreat-style space inspired by and named after Africa’s first indigenous tribe, the San. Split into pristine beach (made with premium white sand), a large infinity pool lined with chic sun loungers, an outdoor seating area with submerged pool bar and an indoor restaurant with huge open kitchen, SĀN offers something for everyone. Art and sculpture is used throughout to communicate the SĀN story, and elements of earth, wind, fire and water are carried through the design causing intrigue from every angle. Semi-circular window doors offer a view to the beach in front, as well as Ain Dubai and Dubai Marina views.
Weekdays: Dhs200 entrance fee
Weekends: Dhs250 entrance fee
Want to work on your tan? Head to Venus, the new beach club now open in Caesars Palace Dubai. It’s an ideal location to also chill in the pool, or tuck into some tasty Mediterranean dishes. By the pool, guests can enjoy a refined menu of Italian bites, while inside dishes include burrata with sweet and sour baby tomatoes, wood-fired pizzas, grilled meats and fresh fish including a pan-seared sea bream plated with fennel, orange, pine seeds and herbs.
Mon to Thurs: Dhs350, fully redeemable on food and drink
Fri to Sun: Dhs450, fully redeemable on food and drink
Set around a huge pool at Rixos Premium Dubai, Azure Beach benefits from a photo-worthy Ain Dubai backdrop. There’s a chilled-out soundtrack to accompany laid-back pool days here through the week, which cranks up once the weekend rolls around. For a VIP experience, book one of their private cabanas complete with a separate plunge pool.
Weekdays: Dhs300 with Dhs100 redeemable
Weekends: Dhs 400 with Dhs200 redeemable
Azure Beach Dubai, Rixos Premium, JBR, daily 10am to 8pm. Tel: 052 777 9472, @azurebeachdubai
Bla Bla is the hottest day to night destination on JBR. With twenty bars, three restaurants and one huge beach club all in one place, you won’t need to go anywhere else. Spend the day by the sparkling azure pool and Bali-style beach bar, then head on over to The Tent which has plenty of ultra-cool themed bars all under one roof.
Weekdays: From Dhs200 for a single bed, fully redeemable
Weekends: From Dhs300 for a single bed, fully redeemable
Bla Bla, The Beach opposite JBR, Dubai, open 8am to 3am. Tel: 058 606 3535. @blabladubai
Since it opened on the coveted stretch of sand-meets-restaurants at Palm West Beach, February 30 has had no shortage of visitors. It’s the ultimate spot to enjoy a beach day. February 30 Dubai greets guests with a soundtrack of tropical house beats, from both the restaurant tables and beach loungers. The day-to-night destination also serves shisha from the deck, and make sure to grab a seat at the huge circular bar for sundowners.
Weekdays: Dhs150 fully redeemable on F&B
Weekends: Dhs250 fully redeemable on F&B
Fluid Beach Club
With a stretching swimming pool and bright red parasols, Fluid Beach Club is a chic and vibrant new spot on the Palm Jumeirah. Housed inside boutique lifestyle resort, Th8 Palm is the idyllic setting for guests to delicious bites, fruity sips and the sounds of a live DJ spinning from 1pm to 5pm every Tuesday to Sunday. Lounge around the infinity pool, or relax under a private cabana and soak up the sun.
Weekdays: AED 200, fully redeemable
Weekends: AED 250, fully redeemable
Th8 Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 9am to 12am daily. Tel: (0)4 525 8888, @fluid_beachclub
Bali-inspired restaurant and beach club Koko Bay is a boho-luxe spot on Palm West Beach, with a restaurant and lounge as well as loungers lining the beach front, where guests can enjoy a day soaking up the sun with amazing views of the Dubai Marina. Sun beds are priced at Dhs200 on weekends which is fully-redeemable on food and beverages. Some great nibbles include chicken wings, duck lettuce cups and pulled beef sliders.
Weekdays: Dhs150 for a single bed, fully redeemable on food and beverages
Weekends: Dhs200 for a single bed, fully redeemable on food and beverages
Koko Bay, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, weekdays 12pm to 12am, weekends, 8am to 11am, 12pm to 12am. Tel: (0)4 572 3444. @kokobayuae
Lucky Fish certainly brings those Mediterranean vibes to the shores of Dubai. As well as offering a stunning spot for dining and sun downers, there’s plenty of space for sunbathing too, from cushy sun beds to a ‘private shell’ or huge white-washed cabanas with space for up to eight.
Weekdays: Beds for two Dhs250 weekdays with Dhs150 redeemable
Weekends: Beds for two Dhs350 weekends with Dhs250 redeemable
Lucky Fish, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 12pm to 1am daily. Tel: 04 569 3447. @luckyfishdubai
Pack your finest swimwear for a day at Nammos, a Mykonos export that draws a glamorous crowd to its shores at Four Seasons Jumeirah Beach every day of the week. As well as boasting indoor and outdoor seating, Nammos also offers a selection of sun loungers to soak up the sun while grazing through their Mediterranean cuisine with your toes in the sand.
Weekdays: From Dhs200
Weekends: From Dhs200
Nammos Dubai, Four Seasons Jumeirah, Jumeirah, open 12.30pm to 1am daily. Tel: (04) 340 1002. nammosworld.com
Formerly Apron’s and Hammers, Surf Club is an elevated beach experience with roomy cabanas, experience, sun-dappled wooden trellises, and a chic, Hamptons-meets-California-cool feel. A DJ booth, has been built out into the sand, with the venue already becoming a lively beach party spot despite having opened in December. Out on the sand, there’s ample sun beds and cushy bean bags, and those signature blue and white striped towels. There is a big focus on seafood, with a raw and sushi counter serving up the freshest catches. Or, you can choose your favourite fish from the counter and have it cooked to your liking on a charcoal grill.
Weekdays: Dhs100 for a single bed, fully redeemable on food and beverages
Weekends: Dhs150 for a single bed, fully redeemable on food and beverages
Surf Club, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 12pm to late. Tel: (050) 455 5235, @surfclubdubai
Twiggy by La Cantine
Twiggy by La Cantine is the ultra-chic beach club and restaurant by the creek. Found in Park Hyatt Dubai, the chic alfresco restaurant offers stunning Dubai skyline views. Twiggy has also taken over the hotel’s man-made beach, Lagoon, combining the two luxurious destinations into one delightful destination.
Twiggy by La Cantine, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, Lagoon 9am to sunset, Twiggy 12pm to 2am. Tel: (0)4 602 1105. @twiggydubai
Zero Gravity is one of Dubai’s most longstanding and ever-popular beach clubs, famed for its poolside brunches and fabulous views. There’s a roster of events happening every single day, from ladies’ day deals to sunset happy hours and weekend brunches. Among their most popular, If you’re brunching, Saturday’s Tropical Brunch runs from 1pm to 5pm, priced at Dhs349 for ladies and Dhs399 guys, inclusive of unlimited food and house beverages. On Sundays, the Supernatural brunch runs from 12pm to 5pm, priced at Dhs249 for ladies and Dhs299 for gents.
Prices vary depending on day and event
Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Dubai, open 10 am to 9pm daily. Tel: (0)4 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
Drift Beach Dubai
Drift Beach has long been popular with Dubai’s IT-crowd and for good reason. With amazing sea views, a luxe infinity pool and beautiful restaurant, it’s certainly a wow-worthy place to spend a weekend at. Cameras at the ready, you’re going to want a shot of this.
Drift Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, Pool and Beach: 10am to 7pm, Restaurant: Sun to Thur 9am to 8pm, Fri & Sat 9am to 9pm. Tel: (0)4 315 2200. @driftbeachdubai
Nikki Beach Dubai (closes for summer August 15 to September 15)
Nikki Beach Dubai is one of Dubai’s best beach clubs, and brings its globally renowned roster of events to the Pearl Jumeira every Tuesday to Sunday. With a huge swimming pool split with a white catwalk, and day beds lined with turquoise towels that spill onto the beach, it’s a lively spot for a pool day with pumping tunes and a fun-filled atmosphere.
Weekdays: Dhs200, with Dhs100 redeemable on food and beverages
Weekend: Dhs300 with Dhs200 redeemable on food and beverages
Nikki Beach Dubai, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 8pm, closed Mondays. dubai-bc.nikkibeach.com
Soulbeach (closed for summer until September 2022)
Soulbeach is a new beach club set over a 3,000 square metre beachfront oasis at JA The Resort. At the centre, there’s a shimmering infinity pool, lined by a 26-metre long sun bed perfect for a group tanning session. There’s also a dedicated golden beachfront, and rooftop event space, as well as a duo of beach bars. Alongside the beach club, there’s an indoor and outdoor restaurant, serving a menu of dishes inspired by the South of France. Expect to break up a day of soaking up the sun with plentiful plates of seafood, fresh salads and signature dishes such as the Pissaladiere, a flatbread topped with caramelised onion, anchovies and black olives; or the heartier Wagyu striploin delicately flavoured with harissa chimichurri.
Weekdays: Dhs150 with Dhs100 redeemable
Weekends: Dhs200 with Dhs150 redeemable
JA The Resort, Jebel Ali, daily 10am to 10pm, Dhs150 Mon to Fri with Dhs100 redeemable, Dhs200 weekdays with Dhs150 redeemable. Tel: (0)4 814 5126, @soulbeachdxb
Summersalt (closed for summer until September 2022)
For a seriously luxe beach and pool day with Burj Al Arab views, check out Summersalt, found at Jumeirah Al Naseem. The beautiful hotel is no stranger to a celebrity or two and down on the beach you can get that iconic Insta-worthy beach shot with the Burj Al Arab stretching up behind you.
Weekdays: Dhs390 per persom
Weekend: Dhs490 per person
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Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, 9am to 6.30pm daily. Tel: (0)4 366 7680. @summersaltbeachclub
White Beach (closed for summer until September 2022)
Spend a day in front of the iconic Atlantis, The Palm hotel at White Beach. There’s a boho-luxe feel, with wicker shades, rope parasols and plenty of tropical palm trees, while the central infinity pool has to be one of the best in the city for Palm Jumeirah views. There’s always plenty going on here, from ladies’ days to great brunch deals, with unlimited drinks on the weekend.
Weekdays: From Dhs200 with Dhs100 redeemable on food & beverage
Weekends: From Dhs300 with Dhs150 redeemable on food & beverage
White Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 10am to 7pm. Tel: (0)4 426 2626. @whitebeach