Best For: Groups
Warm Aegean hospitality flows through Nammos Dubai at the upscale Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. At this relaxed beach club, you can lie back, kick off your shoes and catch up with friends while indulging in a menu bursting with Greek dishes. As you’d expect from a brand that started life in Mykonos, Nammos Dubai upholds the party spirit and glamour of the trendy island – no wonder Dior has launched pop-up boutiques here in recent years. As the sun descends, Nammos comes alive with DJs and live music.
Best For: Couples
Jump on a golf buggy and be transported down a winding path to Drift, an elegant adults-only beach club. Set on a secluded stretch of beach at One&Only Royal Mirage, Drift’s luxurious cabanas are backed by lush gardens and palm trees. After enjoying a Mediterranean lunch at the restaurant, you may want to record your experience by capturing the Dubai Marina skyline through a giant frame at the end of the pool. For the upcoming season, Drift has launched a French-themed Friday night – L’Apéritif Français: La Vie en Rosé – complete with a Provençal menu and pétanque courts.
Nobu By The Beach
Best For: Foodies
When one of the world’s best restaurants wants to open its first beach club, the list of hotels able to meet such a challenge is small. Step forward Atlantis The Royal, Dubai’s superstar property on the Palm, which houses Nobu by the Beach, a minimalistic Japanese oceanfront house, which recently welcomed Kanye West. The restaurant is led by Belkacem Boubekeur – who’s worked at Nobu since 2018. The menu of Japanese and Peruvian small bites includes sandos, tacos, bento boxes and ceviche served in a coconut shell. To finish, try the kakigori – shaved ice flavoured with lychee and watermelon or coconut and macadamia. Keep your eyes peeled for the complimentary Nobu popsicles, too, and the helpful staff who offer ultrasonic jewellery and sunglasses cleaning. High rollers may fancy taking the Private Pool Cabana for up to ten guests that comes with a food platter, two bottles of champagne and a fridge filled with soft drinks. Prices start from AED 12,500 per day.
Best For: Switching Off
This mellow beach club on the Palm’s classy West Beach boardwalk is the ideal destination for those who want to spend the day horizontal. Describing itself as a ‘deep breath in the city of crossroads’, San Beach is home to a Mediterranean restaurant and beach club with soft sand, a submerged pool bar, an open kitchen and a scattering of sofas and cabanas offering stunning views of Dubai Marina. If the décor, food and drink don’t slow your heart rate, then perhaps the blissful DJ beats will.
Best For: Ibiza Bohemians
In recent years, Ibiza has been a hugely popular summer holiday haunt for chic Dubaians attracted to the luxury and glamour of the White Isle. Tagomago, a beach club and restaurant on the Palm, taps into residents’ fondness for the island by creating a laidback Balearic experience. Opened by the team behind La Cantine du Faubourg, Twiggy, Eugene Eugene and Mimi Kakushi, Tagomago greets guests with 1970s design influences and a retro colour scheme of magenta and orange. The restaurant and bar sit inside a former lighthouse, which is a peaceful spot to enjoy a sundowner or a lazy lunch of authentic paella.
Best For: Peace & Quiet
Whereas other beach clubs rely on music that hovers around the 110 bpm mark to create the perfect atmosphere, Summersalt lets the sound of the waves lull its guests into a state of total relaxation. With views of Burj Al Arab, this refined beach club inside the always-packed Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel has a secluded feel and houses two outstanding restaurants – one Peruvian and one Japanese. Bright and fresh plates of sushi, bowls of zesty ceviche, grilled seafood, colourful salads and a lobster roll are all must-orders.
Twiggy By La Cantine
Best For: The Fashion Set
Stroll into Twiggy by La Cantine and you’ll discover a clientele sporting swimwear, sandals, beach bags and sarongs from every major designer. This fashionable beach club at Park Hyatt Dubai is booked solid by a style-savvy crowd who come to sip, nibble and take selfies. Ralph Lauren hosted a pop-up here, as did Burberry, which tells you everything you need to know about this French Riviera-inspired beach club. A breezy al fresco restaurant is upstairs while beyond the white sand lies an infinity pool that looks out onto Dubai Creek and the city skyline.
Best For: Music Fans
Recently relaunched for the coming season with a new Mediterranean restaurant double the size of the previous eatery, White Beach has amped up its glamour rating. This luxury seaside club at the famous Atlantis resort on the Palm offers numerous spots for a sunset cocktail and two swimming pools although it’s unlikely anybody will be doing laps – these pools are purely for posing. For the true VIP experience, the AED 8,000 Pool Island Cabana is a fine way to spend a day on the weekend.
Best For: Interior Design Magpies
First opened in Saint Tropez, Verde Beach is now pulling in a cool crowd at Jumeirah Beach Hotel next to the iconic Burj Al Arab. Wander along the boardwalk to the beach and slump on a rustic driftwood cabana or pick a circular day bed underneath a crochet parasol. On the beach club deck, you’ll find a calming mix of cane furniture, rattan side tables, jute canopies, patterned rugs and straw light shades. Truffle pizza is one of the bestselling dishes on the upmarket Mediterranean menu from chef Julien Lee Thibault.
Mare by Bussola
Best For: Friday Night
Unpretentious and charmingly Italian, Mare by Bussola is the well-executed beach club spin-off of Bussola restaurant, a Dubai institution. Nestled on the beachfront of The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Mare by Bussola recreates a slice of the Italian Riviera with dappled shade, friendly bar staff and an enticing menu of dishes that are perfect for sharing. The venue’s Friday night brunch – Notte by Mare from 8pm to 11pm – serves oysters, sea bass, herb crusted lamb racks, pasta plates and truffle pizzas.
Best For: Kids
Perhaps the only thing that’ll tear children away from the splash pad at Twiggy Family are the ice creams topped with rainbow sprinkles. This stylish, kids-friendly beach club at Park Hyatt Dubai sits on the Al Porto lagoon that runs alongside the marina filled with shiny yachts. Following on from the huge success of the adults-only Twiggy beach club around the corner, Twiggy Family has a shallow pool, beach games, the aforementioned splash pad and an excellent kid’s menu that steers away from the ubiquitous deep fried dishes and instead features a burger, pizzas fresh from the oven, hearty pasta dishes, chicken strips and a grilled cheese sandwich that parents may want to steal a bite of when their children’s heads are turned.
Best For: Parties
Having successfully opened beach clubs in places such as Marbella, Miami Beach, Saint Tropez, Monte Carlo and Ibiza, it made perfect sense for Nikki Beach to take its luxurious lifestyle to Dubai. This immaculate beach club within the Nikki Beach resort on the coastline of Pearl Jumeirah brings the music and energy found in its other global beach clubs to Dubai where party lovers recline on alluring day beds around a figure of eight pool in their high-end bikinis. Nikki Beach enlists top DJs to create a club sound at this lively location that also contains the hot restaurant Bungalo34.