THE CITY’S BEST BEACH CLUBS

WHERE TO GO TO UN­WIND FOR A DAY

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01 The Beach Club At Emi­rates Palace GOOD FOR: FAM­I­LIES

While it is pos­si­ble to chill and un­wind at this beach club, the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer mean it won’t just be all the sea air that sends you and your kids home yawn­ing. It has two wings, east and west – the west wing is more suited to fam­i­lies (it has a lazy river and water­falls), while there’s a swim-up pool bar in the east wing. Beach club ac­cess in­cludes use of the beach, gym, the pools, tennis courts, and more. You can also, for an ad­di­tional fee, bor­row a bike, go for a camel ride and try wa­ter­sports such as kayak­ing. There’s also a chil­dren’s club.

Emi­rates Palace, West Cor­niche Road, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to sun­set, Sun to Thur Dhs300, Dhs150 chil­dren, Fri and Sat Dhs400, Dhs200 chil­dren. Tel: (02) 6907311. Taxi: Emi­rates Palace. kempin­ski.com

02 Na­tion Riviera Beach Club GOOD FOR: COU­PLES

Sit­u­ated on the Cor­niche, Na­tion Riviera has a 200-me­tre beach, a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled beach lap pool and swimup bar, sauna and steam room, out­door Jacuzzi, and ca­banas. Kids are also catered for (the Trea­sure Is­land Chil­dren’s Club sits in­side a pi­rate ship, for kids aged four to 12). This beach club is a classy look­ing af­fair, and it’s one of our picks for cou­ples or groups of friends look­ing to un­wind af­ter a tough week’s work in the city. St Regis Abu Dhabi, Al Kha­lidiyah, Abu Dhabi, 6am to 9pm, Sun to Thur Dhs100 to 150, Dhs200 to Dhs250 cou­ples, Dhs300 to Dhs350 fam­ily of four, Fri and Sat, Dhs100 to Dhs200, Dhs200 to Dhs300 cou­ples, Dhs300 to Dhs400 fam­i­lies. Tel: (02) 6944780. Taxi: St Regis Na­tion Tow­ers. streg­is­abud­habi.com

03 Bayshore Beach Club at In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal GOOD FOR: FAM­I­LIES

Ab­so­lutely per­fect for kids, Bayshore has a 300-me­tre long beach, a shaded chil­dren’s pool, a splash pool with a wa­ter slide, a huge main pool, an out­door Jacuzzi, an in­fin­ity pool with swim-up bar, plus non­mo­torised wa­ter­sports such as snorkelling. It has its own restau­rant, plus the ho­tel’s health club is at­tached to it – in­side you’ll find a gym, plunge pool, sauna and steam room.

In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Abu Dhabi, Al Ba­teen, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thur 8am to sun­set, Dhs100, Dhs80 ladies, Dhs60 chil­dren, Fri and Sat Dhs200, Dhs150 women, Dhs70 chil­dren. Tel: (02) 6666888. Taxi: In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal. ihg.com

04 Saadiyat Beach Club GOOD FOR: COU­PLES

There’s noth­ing com­pli­cated about a day at Saadiyat Beach Club. The fa­cil­i­ties are sim­ple – a stun­ning pool and ac­cess to the beach (dol­phins have been spot­ted here on more than one oc­ca­sion), plus an in­fin­ity pool, but this place is just as much about the vibe as the fa­cil­i­ties. There is also a work­out room you can use while there (sauna steam, Jacuzzi). You can also hire a ca­bana for Dhs600 on a week­day, or Dhs1,000 on the week­end.

Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Is­land, Abu Dhabi, 8am to sun­set for pool fa­cil­i­ties, Sun to Thur Dhs250, Dhs350 cou­ple, Fri and Sat Dhs375, Dhs525 cou­ple. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Club. Saadiy­at­beach­club.ae

05 Sher­a­ton Abu Dhabi GOOD FOR: FAM­I­LIES

One of Abu Dhabi’s old­est ho­tels also has one of its most pop­u­lar beach clubs, in part thanks to its af­ford­able day rates. You’ll get to splash about in three swim­ming pools, in­clud­ing one with an at­tached pool bar, a fam­ily pool with wa­ter­slide and tod­dler’s pool and you can use all the fa­cil­i­ties in the price in­clud­ing the beach, sauna, steam, gym and Jacuzzi.

Sher­a­ton Abu Dhabi Ho­tel and Re­sort, Cor­niche Road, Abu Dhabi, 8am to sun­set, Sun to Thur Dhs100, Dhs155 cou­ples, Dhs260 fam­ily of four, Fri and Sat Dhs130, Dhs210 cou­ples, Dhs315 fam­ily of four. Tel: (02) 6773333. Taxi: Sher­a­ton Cor­niche. sher­a­tonabud­habi-ho­tel.com

06 The Club GOOD FOR: FAM­I­LIES AND GROUPS OF FRIENDS

Abu Dhabi’s Bri­tish Club in Al Meena has two beaches cov­er­ing 300 me­tres of the cap­i­tal’s coast­line, a swim­ming pool, plus two chil­dren’s pools. It’s also just added a Wibit – a bouncy cas­tle as­sault course on wa­ter. There’s sev­eral restau­rants here as well and for an ad­di­tional fee, you can use the gym. There’s just one thing to re­mem­ber – mem­bers must ac­com­pany non-mem­bers. You can now join The Club and pay for the mem­ber­ship fee monthly by di­rect debit.

The Club, Al Meena, Abu Dhabi, Dhs70 to Dhs100 for non-mem­bers ac­com­pa­nied by mem­bers, Dhs575 a month mem­ber­ship fee (24 monthly in­stal­ments). Tel: (02) 6731111. Taxi: Bri­tish Club, Meena Port. the-club.com

Saadiyat Beach Club

Bayshore Beach Club at In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal

Na­tion Riviera Beach Club

Wibit at The Club

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