In Dubai, beach clubs are not just about sunbathing. It represents an entire ecosystem on which small businesses depend, from fitness professionals to fashion brands.
In Dubai, beach clubs are not just for sunbathing. The scene of Emirati beach clubs is flourishing with venues where music events, fitness classes, trendy restaurants and elegant fashion boutiques are organized. Here are six beach clubs, lounges and a swimming pool to head to the next time you are in Dubai.
** The best fitness lessons
** Location: One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Marina
At One & Only Royal Mirage, Drift Beach Club is a beach club that welcomes local entrepreneurs. Fitness teacher Sophie Malpass has set up her own business around beach clubs, offering desk courses. The skillfully placed arabesque arches create Instagram-worthy images, often interspersed with yoga poses. This adult-only beach club has been open since 2017, from 10 a.m. to sunset, and has become a hub for fitness and fashion enthusiasts.
The best authentic Italian food and atmosphere
Location: Julius Tower, Caesars Palace Dubai Bluewaters, Bluewaters Island
Inspired by the Amalfi Coast, the new surf beach club in Dubai is the place where you need Italian flavor but just can’t get there. The stylish and well-coordinated Beach Club is open from 10:00 until midnight, featuring everything from Italian architecture to pizza.
Come sunbathe, stay for dinner. There are platforms behind the trees, a balcony overlooking the pool, plus indoor seating when the air conditioning is a godsend. On the menu you will find delicious original dishes prepared by Napoli-born chef Fabio Tramantano. Sprinkle the man with sweet and sour tomatoes for babies dipped in basil oil; Tortellini with lemon and seafood with dill, oranges, pine nuts and fresh herbs. Pizzas are prepared in a dedicated lounge with a traditional wood-fired oven, and desserts include classic tiramisu.
Twiggy of La Cantine
The best views of the creek and the Mediterranean food
Location: Park Hyatt Dubai, Port Saeed
In Park Hyatt Dubai, Twiigi overlooks the man-made lake of the hotel, a place where the beach meets the creek. Landscape design firm Cracknell created the quartz sandy beach and 100-meter infinity pool, designed to look like a lagoon flowing over views of the creek. The name of this beach club is inspired by Twiigi, who was a supermodel and models in the 1960s, and this club also has a restaurant and design shop inspired by the Riviera.
The beach club is open from 9am until sunset. Book early for a table at the Riviera-inspired restaurant. The lake is also open from 9am to sunset, and restaurant service starts at 12pm and continues until 2am. Forgot your swimsuit? It’s not a problem. Go to the boutique to browse the collections of international stylists.
San Beach Restaurant
Best for enjoying live music and fresh tartar
** Location: The Club, West Palm Beach, Palm Jumeirah
SĀN Beach bohemian style is a contemporary African style haven. Named after Africa’s first indigenous people, the San, their harmony with nature is the inspiration for this beach club. Its tranquil restaurant serves international cuisine with an impressive long menu, from red shrimp to otoro tuna – giving way to lush sandy landscaping, elegant reception chairs and coolly floating curtain booths. SĀN beach is open from 9 am to midnight on weekdays and until 01:00 on weekends. When it’s time to celebrate, SUN-based band The Nomades kicks off their entertainment programs along with a list of guest musicians and DJs.
The best to go to the highest infinity pool in the world
Location: Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah
The 200-meter Aura Hanging Pool is the first and tallest swimming pool in the world with 360-degree infinity with a circular surface of 750 m covered with elegant rows of well-wrapped deck chairs. The circular pool is like the underwater platform of the latest bathing suits. Dress and enjoy the sights of Dubai from all four sides of this record landmark as you join the waterfront processions. Sun beds can be booked from 10:00 am until sunset, and early birds can enjoy water fitness lessons from 8:00 am on certain days.