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Published May 21st 2014
There are plenty of top things to do in Dubai. Trying out one of the many beachside hangouts seems to be a must for locals and visitors before temperatures soar and outdoor venues close for July and August. There are many choices, from the small clubs with secluded cabanas to the stunning stretches of sand at luxury resorts, all of whom accommodate day guests for a fee. To help you get a head start, here are 9 fantastic beach clubs to enjoy with your partner, friends or family.
Royal Island Beach Resort is surely one of the best beach hangouts in Dubai. The only island in the World development that is open to the public, this venue includes beachfront chalets, a swimming pool, a restaurant and host of the more luxurious private corporate events and exclusive public parties. It's also the only place where you can see all of Dubai's landmarks in one place, from the Burj Khalifa to the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis. Accessible only by boat, a day at this resort is like being on your own island.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Club Mina at Le Meridien & The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort offer 500 meters of private beach banked by 5 pools and landscaped relaxation areas. The blue flag status of the beach ensures a high standard of water quality, environment management and facilities for guests. Activities for adults and kids include motorized and non-motorized water sports, tennis and beach volleyball. Club Mina offer also little touches of pampering with cold towels and bottle sprays.
Dressed in the romance of Old Arabia, with 65 acres of lush green lawns and immaculate flower beds is a kilometer of private beachfront of the One&Only Royal Mirage. The beach is fringed by palm trees and the wide expanse of shore offers views of the Burj Al Arab. The temperature-controlled swimming pools throughout the resort resemble an interconnected maze. Shaded by date palm trees, the sparkling waters evoke the image of a desert oasis.
This new club on the trunk of Palm Island with views of both the Burj Al Arab and the Burj Khalifa is fast becoming popular. The former Al Shalal club now offers a chilled out, stylish and relaxing atmosphere with the feel of a French Riviera luxury resort. Hire a sun lounger or day bed for the day and you can enjoy early morning to sunset views of the Arabian Sea from this stretch of private white beach. You will also have access to the infinity pool, steam rooms and complimentary underground parking. Kayaking, paddle board, beach volleyball and all day F&B are available and the Italian restaurant takes evening reservations.
Located in the JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, this sprawling beach club with the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf is popular with families due to its wide range of kids-friendly activities. Families can enjoy beach volleyball, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, waterpolo, movie nights and even camel rides. There is also a CoolZone Kid's Club and ChillZone's Teen's Club. Hungry tummies can enjoy the buffet barbecue lunch at the La Fontana restaurant. Just make sure you get there early in the morning in order to get in and enjoy this exclusive 800 meter stretch of private beach.
Nasimi Beach located in the iconic Atlantis hotel on Palm Island is where Dubai's cosmopolitan crowd hang out. Adults can be seen lounging on the day beds, enjoying a meal by the sea and relaxing to the beats from early afternoon till late. As sun sets, international DJs and hip cocktails transform Nasimi into a glam party location.
Meydan Beach offers a cosmopolitan beachside experience in Dubai Marina. The only stand-alone beach facility of its kind in Dubai, the club caters to discerning and sophisticated guests who are looking for stylish surrounds as much as a private beach. Get ready for cold towels, ice lollies and sorbets to accompany two deep blue infinity pools, a chillout lounge, boutique spa and gym and terrace dining.
Sunny all day till sunset due its south-facing location, Fairmont's beach with some 520 loungers offer an excellent location to laze and enjoy the sea views. Comfortable two-person cabanas with foldaway sunshades near an adult-only pool with a poolside bar provide some shaded relaxation. The chill-out Arabian fusion tracks playing in the pool area give way to the beats of the resident DJ as the sun sets. Little luxuries include chilled water, cold towels, fruit kebabs, ice lollies and even a sunglass cleaning service.
If you're after a beach club with more privacy and less kids, check out the small beach at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa. With the Arabian Sea on one side and abundant tropical gardens on the other, this private sandy beach is ideal for unwinding. Facilities include swimming pools, tennis courts and an adjacent jogging track. A buffet lunch at Taverna restaurant is included with your day pass www.dxbmarine.com