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Explore the best beach clubs in the UAE

The perfect time to plan a day at the beach, season hits the sweet spot between that sizzling summer heat and winter’s cool ocean breeze. 

Making the most of its location along Jumeirah Beach Residence, Azure Beach feels like a slice of the Mediterranean in the heart of the emirate. Although constantly abuzz with fellow beachgoers, this five-star retreat at Rixos Premium Dubai is a world away from the city’s hustle and bustle. With sweeping views over the Arabian Gulf and world-class facilities including a temperature-controlled infinity pool, Azure Beach is a haven for sun seekers. Take in the stunning vistas from the comfort of your luxury cabana or sun bed and when you’re feeling peckish, make your way to the lounge for its tantalising selection of Asian fusion cuisine. With a refreshing cocktail in hand and fresh sushi platters to tuck into between leisurely dips in the pool, it’s the ultimate setting for a sun-soaked day out. 04 3421924

If you’re looking for great music and that stunning French Riviera vibe, the experience here is spot on and nothing short of luxurious. Set amidst Jumeirah Al Naseem’s picturesque surrounds, Summersalt boasts a laid-back vibe by day (with the sound of the waves lapping against the shore) and buzzes with palpable energy once the sun goes down. A resident DJ fills the air with chilled tunes while you savour Asian flavours and inventive cocktails, lounging by the private beach or pool. And with the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah as your backdrop, the photo opportunities at this spot will surely make you the envy of your social circle. 04 4323232

Dubai has become something of a stomping ground for international hospitality concepts, yet only a few players manage to really shake things up. One such property is Nikki Beach Dubai. Beloved by luxury seekers, the world-famous Miami import on Pearl Jumeira boasts several worldwide locations, including Spain, Greece and the Caribbean. In keeping with the brand’s signature design philosophy, the Dubai outpost features an all-white palette, tribal influences in the décor and palm trees along the coast, adding to the paradise isle feel. This urban retreat’s tropical ambience (especially its renowned after-dark vibe), delectable global flavours as well as luxury amenities including a sizeable pool, swim-up bar and VIP cabanas will, no doubt, keep you coming back for more. 04 3766162

If there’s one spot on Yas Island that perfectly captures the destination’s all-encompassing offering, it’s Yas Beach. Although the island’s stunning shores are constantly buzzing with fellow beachgoers, this seaside locale is also the perfect place to settle down and admire the serene ocean. With something for everyone, from adrenaline pumping water sports to private air-conditioned chalets, there’s never a dull moment on the island. The lounge area also features an infinity pool, a DJ booth, tropical-themed bar and dining options offering a variety of popular international dishes. Think fried calamari, chicken wings, Caesar’s salad, quesadillas and pasta as well as hot and cold mezze. 056 2420435

Famed for its natural beauty, pristine white sand and unspoiled stretch of beach, Saadiyat Island is home to some of the world’s most renowned hotel and resort brands. And among some of the big players, Saadiyat Beach Club stands out for its oasis-like charm. One of the many highlights of this luxurious property is the 650-square-metre pool peppered with cabanas that seem to magically float on the water’s surface. Here, you can sip on a cocktail while admiring the ocean view and if you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins playing in the bay. The club also boasts four exquisite dining venues, serving up a variety of flavours from fresh seafood to signature Italian dishes. 02 6563500

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The Corniche is already a firm favourite among outdoor types in the capital, and if you’re looking for a touch of exclusivity on this sunny stretch, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi’s stunning beach club has it all. Insta-worthy views of the Arabian Gulf make up the setting at Nation Riviera Beach Club and we can’t think of a better way to spend the day than alternating between dips in the warm gulf waters and the gorgeous pool, strolling in the sand and tucking into Mediterranean treats at the adjoining Cabana Bar & Grill. For families visiting with little ones, there are plenty of entertaining activities lined up at the kids’ pool and indoor play area. 02 6944780


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