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Best beach clubs in the UAE

As the weather turns warmer, are you looking to spend a chilled, relaxed day by the pool or seaside? tabloid! brings you its favourite spots

  • A view of the Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai.Image Credit: File
  • The Cove at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, DubaiImage Credit: Supplied photo
  • Nikki Beach Club, DubaiImage Credit: Supplied photo
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  • Royal Island Beach Club, DubaiImage Credit: Supplied photo
  • The Beach Club at Sofitel The Palm, DubaiImage Credit: Supplied photo
  • Beach club at Waldorf Astoria The Palm, DubaiImage Credit: Supplied photo
  • Yas Beach Club, Abu DhabiImage Credit: Supplied photo
  • Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu DhabiImage Credit: Gulf News archives
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Zero Gravity, Dubai

Zero Gravity, which opened its doors in 2013, is a beach club, bar, restaurant, pool and large-scale event concept located next to Skydive Dubai Drop Zone in Al Sufouh. It has recently unveiled a 2,000 square metres expansion, w a 39 metres glass-fronted infinity swimming pool highlighted by a 22 metre UV resistant curved acrylic panel.

On a day 5,500 guests get a day to night experience here with laid-back lounging on the beach and pool, lunch or dinner in the ultra-modern restaurant and a full-on party vibe by night. A day pass can cost Dh150 for single (Dh50 redeemable on food and beverages), Dh250 for couple (Dh75 redeemable) and Dh100 for children over four (Dh25 redeemable). On the weekend it can cost you Dh250 for single (Dh100 redeemable), Dh450 for couple (Dh150 redeemable) and Dh175 for children over four (Dh50 redeemable). Pool and beach access, towels, changing facilities and amenities including fresh fruit, ice lollies, sunglasses cleaning and cold towels is included in the price. Weekly and monthly packages are also available. Reservations for sun loungers, day beds and tables can be made with a minimum spend. Reservations for the free Ladies’ Day on Tuesday are essential.

Water sports include flyboarding, parasailing, banana boats and tubing, all at an additional charge. The club is open from 8am to sunset on weekends and 10am to sunset on weekdays. The Zero Gravity garden, bars and restaurant are open after sunset until 3am.

Call 04-3990009 or 055-5009111 or visit 0-gravity.ae

The Cove Beach, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

From a relaxing day at the venues private beach, to a stylish drink at the Rosé Bar, chic night out at the sea lounge, The Cove is a full day venue offering stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab. Open from 8am to sunset, day passes cost Dh100 per person. On weekdays, a single bed lounger is forDh150, while a double bed lounger (for 2-3 people) is for Dh350 (including towel and a bottle of water). Prices double on weekend, food and drinks are not included in price. Reservations are advised for weekends. Call 050-4546920 or go to covebeach.com

Nikki Beach Dubai

Nikki Beach Dubai is the latest offering for a lazy day by the sea and is already creating a buzz in the city since its opening in February. The 14,000 square metres property on Pearl Jumeirah can seat 750 guests (1,500 for special events). The property is modelled after the same modern, all white look and feel of our other Nikki Beach locations across the globe, and features cutting-edge architecture and design. Prices are subject to change and reservations are a must. On weekdays they start at Dh150 for a single sun lounger (including a towel and a soft drink) and the use of a luxury day bed (maximum three people) for a spend of Dh1,500 on food and beverages. VIP cabanas with day bed and sofas and mini houses with their own pool, terrace, cabana bed and more (ultimate VIP cabana) are also available (prices available on request). For reservations write to reservations.dubai@nikkibeach.com

Riva Beach Club, Dubai

Though it’s been around five years since the club opened it still remains a favourite with the party going crowd in Dubai. The entry fees of Dh115 for adults and Dh60 for children on weekdays (Dh190 and Dh100 on weekend), it allows beach and pool access, sun lounger hire, towel service and use of shower facilities, from 7am to midnight. The beach and restaurant area (outdoor bar and lounge, beach with sun loungers, temperature controlled pool, gym and Sophie’s Café) can hold a maximum of 600 pax. Facilities also include wakeboarding, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and scuba diving at an additional price. Beach and pool is on first-come-first-served, but reservations for restaurant is advised. Call 04-4309466 or write to reservations@riva-beach.com

The Royal Island Beach Club, Dubai

This manmade Island in the iconic World Island project is about 30 minutes out into the Arabian Gulf, and offers a 180 degree view of the Dubai’s skyline. The club, which opened in 2012, has a capacity of 500 pax for an event/day access as per logistics, but the Island’s 38,941 square metres area can accommodate more than 2,000. It includes a kids’ play area, swimming pool and restaurant. Fees is Dh200 for adults and Dh100 per child between five and 11 years. This includes boat transportation, and access to pool, beach volleyball, kid’s play area, giant chess, table soccer, billiards, towels, sunbed usage and umbrellas. Entry is complimentary for children below five. Cabanas are available for Dh1,000 each. Food and drink is separate. Kayaks are available for Dh100 per hour. The island is open from 11am to 6pm each day and until 3am for parties. Advance booking is essential. Day visitors can write to bookings@theisland.ae or call 050-6176507. For parties/events call 050-4458620 or write to eventscoord@theisland.ae

Beach Club at Sofitel The Palm, Dubai

The resort’s Teora membership was launched in 2013 and provides unlimited access to a 500 metres private beach, adult swimming pool, and Amura Kid’s Club swimming pool, as well as five pool and beach day passes for visitors. The Maui Beach Restaurant & Bar and Manava and Bottega offers a 30 per cent discount for members. Membership also offers a complimentary 50-minute massage per member and an additional 30 per cent discount on any spa treatment, and 15 So Spa facility usage passes.

Day passes are Dh250 per adult, Dh100 for kids four and 12 years and Dh75 for children below four on weekdays. (Dh300, Dh150 and Dh75 respectively on the weekend). It includes beach and pool access, but water sports and refreshment are additional charge. Water sports include snorkeling and paddleboarding. Weekly and yearly packages are also available.

The main pool is open daily from 8am to 6pm. Beach opens 9am to 6pm. Call 04-4555437 or write to H6541-th6@sofitel.com

Beach club at Waldorf Astoria Dubai

Cradled by the crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, the Waldorf Astoria’s private beach with its calm waters make for an ideal setting to try your hand at a number of water activities. A dedicated waters sports centre offers beach activities for ages 10 and above, including, paddle boarding (Dh400), pedal boating and parasailing (Dh300). Water skiing, and deep sea fishing excursions can also be arranged (prices upon request). Day guests can enjoy a leisure-filled day lounging by the pool or beach for Dh300 (Dh100 for kids), including access to the two temperature-controlled swimming pools, beach and Coco’s Kids Club from 7am to 7pm. No reservations required. For more information call 04-8182248.

Yas Beach Club, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The club which opened last November, offers stunning views of the ocean and mangroves. The beach lounge area features an open air DJ booth, an infinity pool and five private chalets (Dh1,000 on weekdays, including four entrance & mini bar; Dh2,000 on weekends). On Fridays, the infinity pool, can be accessed only by adults (+21) while families with children use the splash pool. Along with the tropical-themed Tiki Bar, the club also serves Neapolitan pizzas, grills and Italian gelato. Water sport such as sailing, kayaking, wind surfing, paddle boarding is available, with trained instructors to teach the sport. The club’s also houses volleyball facilities.

For the children, an activity centre offers games and competitions.

Yas Beach offers free entry to all Yas Island hotels guests. Day passes are for Dh50 on weekdays and Dh100 on weekends. Children under eight go free. Beach cabanas cost Dh200 (includes two entrance + 1 complimentary Voss water) on weekdays and Dh400 on weekends. Pool cabanas are Dh400 (includes two entrance + 1 complimentary Voss water) on weekdays and Dh600 on weekends. The club is open from 10am to 7pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends. Call 056-2420435 or email reservations@yasbeach.ae

Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi

Relax surrounded by natural beauty at the Saadiyat Beach Club. Take a cooling dip in the pool and sample the delights that the club’s restaurants and lounges have to offer for the whole day. Prices during the week is Dh220 for singles, Dh370 for couples, Dh110 for 13- to 17-year-olds and Dh75 for 3- to 12-year-olds. Weekend and public holidays prices are Dh420, Dh720, Dh210 and Dh75, respectively. The price includes access to the beach, swimming pool and loungers until sunset, to the workout room and spa facilities such as sauna, steam, Jacuzzi and plunge pool until 8pm. Weekly, monthly and annual packages also available. For more information call 02-6563500 or write to info@saadiyatbeachclub.ae

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