Dubai’s beach clubs have got it all, whether sun-seekers are after high-octane glamour reminiscent of the French Riviera, laid-back, boho-chic spots that transport guests to Bali or Ibiza or the whitewashed elegance of beach clubs across Miami.
New: Kyma Beach
In 2021, Rikas Hospitality Group opened their debut beach club, Twiggy By La Cantine, the supermodel of beach clubs based on the glamour of the French and Italian rivieras. Now, the effervescent group has opened its second beach club, Kyma, transporting guests to the pine-covered peninsulas of the Athenian Riviera with its menu of summery Greek dishes, limpid swimming pool and stretch of beach. Loll on striped sun loungers under and sip on Greek grape as you enjoy beats from Rikas’ signature world-class DJs and the inimitable Twiggy vibe, now on the shores of Palm West Beach.
New: Eva Beach House
Inspired by the laid-back, bohemian lifestyle of Mexico’s Tulum, Eva Beach House is one of a slew of shiny new additions to the Palm West Beach development. The design features lots of pastel and neutral touches with organic, earthy accents (think tassels and rope finishings), with beach loungers spilling out onto a pale blue infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Sea. In true Tulum style, Eva welcomes international DJs most days of the week and the menu is filled with Dubai classics like burrata salad, maki rolls, truffle and mushroom pizza, and wagyu striploin. evabeachhousedubai.com; @evabeachhousedxb
New: Playa Dubai
One of the latest addition’s to Dubai’s Palm West Beach, Playa Dubai is a Peruvian restaurant and beach club with some of the best views in the city. Located on the northern end of the bustling beachfront strip, Playa features an elegant sweeping infinity pool with endless views over JBR, Marina and the Arabian Gulf, and a bountiful amount of plush cream loungers with cream fringed umbrellas. Come for a pool day to enjoy zingy Latin American-inspired cocktails and fresh dishes like ceviche, and stay for dinner to enjoy fantastic Peruvian cooking and packages including free-flowing Pisco Sours alongside an enticing set menu. @playadubai
Twiggy by La Cantine
On the serene shores of the Park Hyatt Dubai, Twiggy by La Cantine is a sun-dappled spot split between an alfresco restaurant terrace serving up a delectable menu of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and beach club, where plush loungers and luxury cabanas line the ivory sands that lead to a 100-metre infinity pool of crystal clear water. The newest addition to Dubai’s beach club scene, it’s a casual yet elegant outpost that effortlessly captures the essence of riviera reverie. The glass-lined wooden terrace, complete with perfectly landscaped greenery, offers an instant on-holiday feel, and each table promises uninterrupted views across Dubai Creek. It leads to The Lagoon, where chic cabanas and loungers welcome guests to enjoy lively afternoons by the poolside.
On a private stretch of sand at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Nammos brings a slice of Mykonos to Dubai’s stylish shores. As well as indoor and alfresco tables on the terrace serving fresh seafood with fine Mediterranean fare, guests can book one of the wooden loungers under the shade of Nammos’ signature turquoise striped parasols and bask in the chic surroundings while soaking up the sun.
DRIFT Beach Dubai
Adjacent to classic favourite One & Only Royal Mirage (it’s steps from Eauzone), is Dubai’s most photogenic beach club, DRIFT Beach Dubai. Designed to transport guests to the elegant shores of the South of France, this is the beach club to book for those seeking an adults-only environment – all the better to enjoy bubbles from your luxury cabana. Set on a kilometre of private beach, there are shaded day beds, loungers at the poolside and sunbathing spots on the golden beachfront to be interlaced with lunch at the innovative Provençal restaurant, to round out an indulgent day.
Nikki Beach Dubai
Nikki Beach has become a global icon in the daytime clubbing scene, with beach clubs around the world in hedonistic locations including Ibiza, Marbella, Miami, Barbados and St Tropez. Its Dubai location is as spectacular as you’d expect, with a super-sized swimming pool taking centre stage complete with a catwalk running through, and a bar surrounding a raised DJ booth. In-water loungers, day beds and cabanas all in pristine white are lined with Nikki Beach’s signature turquoise towels around the pool and then spill out onto the beach. For those looking for an ultra-VIP experience, there’s even day-use of signature villas that come with their own private jacuzzis and overlook the festivities at the beach club. Ladies’ days, weekend brunches and regular themed events make this one of Dubai’s most popular hotspots for day-to-night celebrations.
On the prime JBR beachfront, Azure Beach is split between a landscaped swimming pool set amongst perfectly manicured grounds, a golden private beach and a relaxed lounge, all facing towards the Arabian Gulf and striking Ain Dubai. An eclectic soundtrack and extensive menu serve to transport guests to a glittering beach club in the Mediterranean, while a regular programme of events from weekdays to weekends ensures there’s always a lively, but not too party-hard, vibe. Just added for the new season, Azure Beach has added six exclusive cabanas with private plunge pools, with larger cabanas welcoming up to 10 guests and smaller cabanas suitable for up to 6. Packages start from AED 4,000, fully redeemable on food and beverages.
Despite a change of location, Cove Beach has consistently been recognised as one of Dubai’s best beach clubs; multiple swimming pools to dip between, elegant cabanas that come complete with private jacuzzis, a beautiful golden beachfront with hammocks and cabanas and not one, but two dining options; a restaurant and a rosé lounge. It’s breezy and contemporary with a Mediterranean feel that wouldn’t look out of place on the European party islands, with a soundtrack to match on weekends and their ever-popular ladies’ day on Wednesdays. Sip crips glasses of grape under the shade of a four-poster cabana, cool off in your private jacuzzi, then head to the restaurant to graze through a menu of Mediterranean sharing dishes at Two.0 restaurant.
Beach by FIVE
Beach by FIVE is a beachfront escape with ice white, double-width loungers, cabanas, an expansive dining deck and lively soundtrack to match the glamorous crowd. The jewel in the crown of this beach club is a glass-lined pool topped with a twinkling chandelier, this is Dubai after all. Spend the day dipping between the calm waters of the Arabian Gulf and the pool, then head to the alfresco restaurant for European tapas such as burratinas, seabass carpaccio and crispy calamari served alongside beachy mixed drinks.
Riva Beach is one of the longest-serving spots in the city and the best beach club in Dubai for families. Popular with Palm Jumeirah residents, it welcomes guests every day from 7am to 7pm to soak up the sun on its private stretch of beach, expansive azure swimming pool and children’s pool, making it popular with those that like to be the first ones in the water. There’s food and beverage service across the pool and beach areas, although those looking to have a more formal dining experience can head to Riva Restaurant for Mediterranean dishes that focus heavily on seafood. Regular happy hours and evening dining deals make this a popular spot for casual sundowners.
Adding to the impressive plethora of existing beach clubs and hotel pools on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah is WHITE Beach at Atlantis The Palm. It’s got an altogether rustic, boho-chic feel, with a decked alfresco terrace filled with whitewashed furniture, nautical soft furnishings and island fauna littering a wooden deck. Wooden cabanas with plush sofas line the infinity pool, the focal point of this Dubai beach club with in-water loungers and far-reaching views of the Palm Jumeirah skyline. DJs spin on rotation, with live musicians and entertainment interlaced on their busier days – including a Saturday and Tuesday ladies’ day. For light bites, order poolside to your lounger, for a more gourmet dining experience, there’s WHITE Restaurant, offering an impressive array of Mediterranean fare.