BEACH CLUB BLISS

WHERE TO SOAK UP THE SUN IN STYLE

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Grand Hy­att Abu Dhabi

The Grand Hy­att Abu Dhabi only opened on June 1, so it’s been a lit­tle hot to en­joy its beach club’s best fea­ture: a 30-me­tre in­fin­ity pool. Not now, though, so dive in. In ad­di­tion to a small pri­vate beach there also a plunge pool and a chil­dren’s pool, sur­rounded by 70 sunbeds and ten pri­vate ca­banas and pods as well as some­thing else you don’t find at lo­cal ho­tels very of­ten: out­door func­tional train­ing equip­ment, part of an off­shoot of the 330 square me­tre gym. The pool is ad­ja­cent to the Ital­ian trat­to­ria Verso, where if you come for the Satur­day fam­ily brunch, you get pool ac­cess too.

Grand Hy­att Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 8pm, Dh100 Sun to Thur, Dh150 Fri and Sat. Tel: (02) 5101234. Taxi: New Grand Hy­att Abu Dhabi, Cor­niche op­po­site Emi­rates Palace

Na­tion Riv­iera Beach Club

You couldn’t help but feel a twinge for the Cor­niche stal­wart beach club, The Hil­to­nia, when the Na­tion Riv­iera be­he­moth rolled into the cap­i­tal a few years ago. Con­nected to the St Regis Abu Dhabi via a cool mar­bled un­der­ground tun­nel, the club of­fers 200 me­ters of prime pri­vate beach­front, with views of the Ma­rina Mall break­wa­ter and Lulu Is­land across the water. There you can lounge, swim or join in cir­cuit-train­ing classes led by the club’s per­sonal train­ers. There’s also a mas­sive pool and swim up bar with a lively Fri­day scene, as well as an out­door jacuzzi and pri­vate ca­banas for rent. The Ca­bana Bar & Grill of­fers a range of items from tasty burg­ers to su­per­food bowls. It’s also fully equipped for kids: Trea­sure Is­land Chil­dren’s Club is housed in a mock pi­rate ship, with fully su­per­vised ac­tiv­i­ties in­side and out.

Na­tion Riv­iera Beach Club, St Regis Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to sun­set, Dh160 for Sun to Thur, Dh210 Fri and Sat.. Tel: (02) 6944780. Taxi: St Regis beach club Cor­niche. Na­tion­riv­iear­abeach­club.com

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