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JA Bateaux Dubai is one of Dubai’s top 10 experiences, giving you an opportunity to take in the breathtaking heritage sights and modern landmarks around the historic Dubai creek. Enjoy an enticing four-course menu freshly prepared onboard a glass enclosed, fully airconditioned vessel. Let our extensive selection of fine beverages and live entertainment set the tone for a spectacular evening.
Saadiyat Beach Club
It’s the rarest of offerings: a standalone club (no hotel attached) on an island that offers the only natural beaches in the capital. There’s two places to eat – the seafood restaurant Safina and De La Costa, a casual joint that turns into a shisha lounge at night – an indoor/outdoor kids club, a beautiful infinity pool and one of the most gorgeous settings in the emirate. Besides the view, you might even spot a dolphin or two out in the Arabian Gulf.
Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 10pm, Dh210 Sun to Thur, Dh320 Fri and Sat, ladies Dh90 Mon and Tue. Tel: (02) 6563500. Taxi: Saadiyat Beach Club. Saadiyatbeachclub.ae
The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal
Guests here can either amble out to the natural private beach on the Grand Canal or relax in a lounger or private cabana around a massive 1,600-metre swimming pool. There are two pool bars selling fresh juices, smoothies and cocktails with the nearby pool restaurant Al Fresco offering five bento-style boxes featuring delicious salads, soups, mains and desserts. This is a very kidfriendly beach club, but there is an adult pool hidden nearby in the lush garden if the happy shrieking gets to be too much.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, 7am to sunset, Dh200 Sun to Thur, Dh300 Fri and Sat, Dh100 children. Cabana packages from Dh350. Tel: (02) 8188144. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal by Sheikh Zayed Mosque. RitzCarlton.com
St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Head out to St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, on Saadiyat Island, for fantastic, unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf from its private beach. There’s all the other stuff you need in a great beach club too, including three outdoor pools, cool tunes, delicious snacks and cold drinks on order. But it’s the view that will keep you coming back.
St Regis Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 8pm, Sun to Thur Dh245, Dh450 Fri and Sat. Tel: (02) 4988888. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. Marriott.com
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
There’s an infinity pool, a poolside bar and a swim-up bar at this gorgeous hotel located on the capital’s Corniche. While the beach is on the small side the pool is huge and staff bring around frozen treats from time to time. The food is great too: order a Nicoise salad or nifty deconstructed nachos from Pool Bar when you feel peckish.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, daily 10am to sunset, Dh160 Sun to Thur, Dh210 Fri and Sat. Tel: (02) 8115555. Taxi: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche. Jumeirah.com
This is not a mere beach club, and why would it be considering this is Abu Dhabi’s original luxury location? What we have here is a full-on resort featuring an assortment of fun tucked away on lush grounds. There are 1.3 kilometres of private beach and two resort pools, with adjacent smaller pools for children, a jacuzzi and a swim-up bar. There is a full watersport centre – nonmotorised and motorised – tennis and paddle courts and more than six kilometres of jogging paths, if you are so inclined. For kids and your own inner child? There’s a Lazy River run, cascading waterfalls, giant water slides and an outdoor play zone. Hungry? Order in a snack or a picnic from La Brisas or Cascades, the hotel’s east and west beach club eateries.
Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, daily 7am to sunset at Cascades Pool for families, 7am to 9pm at Las Brisas leisure pool, Sun to Thur Dh310, Dh155 children, Fri and Sat Dh410, Dh205 children. Tel: (02) 6907311. Taxi: Emirates Palace. Corniche. Kempinski.com
There is a reason The Club (formerly the British Club) has been a favourite since it was founded way back in 1962 by a small group of expatriates looking to launch a social scene in Abu Dhabi. These days there’s the nice stretch of private beach – divided into family and adults-only areas – a 25-metre, temperature controlled pool as well as two smaller versions for children, a shaded play area and a beach hut-style cafe within stretching distance. Fridays are sorted for families from breakfast to sunset. The catch? It’s a private facility, so the best way to check it out is by tagging along with a member or trying it out for a day (or even a month) with an eye to getting a membership. Mina Sadiyat, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 6731111. The-club.com
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
This hotel doesn’t even open until the 11th of this month, but we are already excited about the beach club. Aerial views show a long private beach running the length of the property; one massive pool and another, smaller one. There is the plan to cohabitate with the local flora and fauna of mangroves, turtles and dolphins, and keep the property free of plastic. A sneak peek picture of the kids club shows a funky, colourful grassy area while the poolside Mare Mare restaurant looks to have a chill vibe, with rattan, natural wood and white accents.
Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Tel: (02) 8115555. jumeirah. com