Sand and de­liver

Infusion Magazine - - HEDKANDI -

Beach clubs are big busi­ness in the UAE now, so fol­low­ing the new ar­rival of Eden, we put them all to the test, with an anony­mous set of re­views over the past month. Let the battle for the beach begin!

BLUE MAR­LIN IBIZA UAE Golden Tulip Ho­tel, Ghan­toot - 056 1133400 blue­mar­lin­ibiza-uae.com

JOUR­NEY TIME (FROM TECOM): 25 min­utes door to door on a good day to The Golden Tulip Ho­tel in Ghan­toot.

GET­TING IN IF NOT ON GUESTLIST/ VIP/ TA­BLE: Not that diffi cult in a mixed group or cou­ples but you may get turned away if just hairy and lairy blokes rock up.

DRINK PRICES: Glass of house wine Dhs50, beer Dhs45, pre­mium vodka and tonic Dhs70.

NUM­BER OF BARS: 2 main bars on the fl oor area and more up in the VIP ta­bles.

BAR QUEUES: We’ve never had a ma­jor wait, the beach bar seems to be a lit­tle eas­ier than the main one at the back.

CLIEN­TELLE: Mixed, clued up club­bers want­ing to chill out be­fore their favourite DJs kick off right up to Dubai wannabes giv­ing it the large with their cars and ta­ble on fi nance. They wont make the dis­tance so just ig­nore them, be nice, re­lax and en­joy your­self.

COST OF SUN­LOUNGER/DAY BED: Dhs350 for a sin­gle bed + ta­bles avail­able with min­i­mum spends rang­ing from 4k - 8k depend­ing on how many peo­ple ( 8- 10 usu­ally).

FOOD: Mix­ture of Sushi, grills and snacks start­ing around the Dhs50 mark.

MU­SIC/ DJS: Th­ese peo­ple know their mu­sic, their Vi­sion­quest from their Ca­denza, their Cocoon from their Mi­nus, week af­ter week with solid bookings all on the tech- house or techno side. Spe­cial shout out to their res­i­dents who are al­ways on point.

EN­TRY COST: Free en­try all day, but for the big events, you’ll need to get down be­fore 3pm to se­cure your spot.

OPEN­ING HOURS: 1pm till around mid­night ( Fri­days & Satur­days)

EASE OF GET­TING A TAXI AF­TER: Not too bad, there are pri­vate hire cars out­side but a lit­tle walk up to the round­about and you will usu­ally fi nd a li­censed cab although they also of­fer a safer driver ser­vice if you pre­book it.

COM­ING UP: Sven Vath re­turns to the UAE af­ter a long break to play on March 27, with Art Depart­ment confi rmed on May 15.

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