Summer is upon us, and consequently, so is the beach-club season. With its stylish and luxurious offering, Abu Dhabi is teeming with hot spots perfect for a lazy afternoon sprawl or a fun day out. From private stretches of untouched sand to poolside views of the glistening Arabian Gulf, there is something for everyone; families and singles, locals, and expats alike. Whether you’re looking to party with friends or unwind in solitude, here are six of the best beach clubs in Abu Dhabi.
Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl
Boasting a 50-meter infinity pool, 70 sunbeds, 10 private cabanas, and a fully-equipped outdoor gym, there is something for everyone at the Grand Hyatt Beach Club. Open from dawn to dusk, the temperature-controlled pool provides the perfect spot to take in views of the pristine Arabian Gulf, all while being provided a seemingly endless supply of pool snacks and Shirley Temples à la the attentive staff on deck
Nation Riviera Beach Club
Home to its very own 200 meter stretch of shore and sand, the Nation Riviera Beach Club at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to rest and unwind. Offering a wide array of health and recreational services, visitors can choose to partake in circuit-training classes led by the in-house personal trainers or make use of the swim-up bar offering a lively Friday scene. With views of the Marina Mall breakwater and the mesmerizing Lulu Island, the club is also fully equipped for younger guests; boasting a Treasure Island Children’s Club housed in a mock pirate ship.
Saadiyat Beach Club
A standalone club, housed upon the shores of the only natural beach in the city, the Saadiyat Beach Club offers as much luxury as it does simplicity. Boasting three restaurants and lounges including Safina, La Salle, Cabana9, and the Library Lounge, the club also hosts a highly acclaimed Friday Brunch known for its extensive set menu featuring starters, sushi, signature mains, and desserts. In addition to its infinity pool, overlooking breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, the club also houses a men’s grooming facility and a fully equipped gym.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers
An idyllic setting to relax and unwind in, the Jumeirah at Etihad Towers hotel is otherwise known as the jewel in the crown of the Corniche – and for good reason. With its beach club comprising an infinity pool, poolside bar, and swim-up bar, visitors can choose between lounging by the sun or dipping their toes in the sand. Pro tip: look out for the friendly pool staff who will occasionally come around with frozen treats to help beat the heat.
Founded in 1962 by a small group of British expats, The Club – formerly known as the British Club – has been a hit amongst locals and expats ever since. With a sizeable stretch of private beach, divided into family and adults-only areas, a 25-meter temperature-controlled pool, and a beach hut-style cafe, The Club is a serene, family-oriented getaway for beachgoers of all ages. While entry is limited to members only, interested parties can tag along with members, or try out a one day or one month trial period.
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Another Jumeirah group classic, the beach club at Jumeirah’s Saadiyat Island Resort boasts pristine pools and a private beach. With the intention of cohabitating with the local flora and fauna, the latter of which includes mangroves, turtles and dolphins, the club is an eco-friendly haven where the natural elements come in contact with that of the man-made. Comprising a kids club and poolside restaurant, the club is perfect for a family day out, or a relaxing afternoon in solitude.