Top 5 beach clubs in Abu Dhabi
Where to head for the best poolside cabanas and swim-up bars in the UAE capital.Peter Iantorno September 9, 2015
Everyone knows that to get the best out of going to the beach in Abu Dhabi, a beach club is the way to go.
With poolside cabanas, swim-up bars and a whole host of other facilities and activities on offer, they beat the plain old public beach hands down.
Here are five beach clubs in Abu Dhabi that you need to try.
Saadiyat Beach Club
Best for: VIP treatment.
Formerly known as the Monte Carlo Beach Club, this peaceful resort on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Beach is about as luxurious as beach clubs get.
A stunning infinity pool lined with spacious floating cabanas dominates the main area, beyond which lies 9km of natural white beach, which is accessed via a boardwalk over the sand-dune homes of local Hawksbill turtles.
There is plenty in terms of dining, too, as the club is home to Mediterranean restaurant Safina, chic indoor lounge De La Costa, chilled-out pool bar Cabana9 and the peaceful hideaway of the Library Lounge.
A day pass gets you access to the beach, swimming pool and loungers from opening right up until sunset, as well as access to the spa facilities including sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and workout room until 8pm.
Details: Weekdays: AED250 couples, AED150 single, AED75 children aged 13-17. Weekends/public holidays: AED500 couples, AED290 single, AED145 children aged 13-17. Children under 13 free. Visit saadiyatbeachclub.ae
Bayshore Beach Club
Best for: A good all-rounder.
A relatively new arrival on the Abu Dhabi beach club scene having opened in the second half of 2014, Bayshore Beach Club strikes a perfect balance between relaxation and activity.
Located in the InterContinental Abu Dhabi, the club boasts a 300-metre sandy natural beach, an infinity pool with swim-up bar, a shaded children’s pool, large outdoor Jacuzzi and a spa.
When it comes to activities, the club is certainly not short in that department either, as there’s a fully equipped gym with strength and cardio areas as well as squash and tennis courts.
Plus there’s the added bonus of money off (AED30 for kids, AED75 for singles and AED100 for couples) food and drinks at the club’s Bayshore Restaurant included in the day pass price.
Details: Weekdays: AED350 couples, AED200 single, AED100 children. Weekends/public holidays: AED400 couples, AED250 single, AED125 children. Visit dining-intercontinental-ad.ae
Nation Riviera Beach Club
Best for: Keeping kids entertained.
The perfect chill-out location, a 33m temperature-controlled lap pool serviced by a swim-up bar and surrounded by shady cabanas is the stunning centerpiece of this picturesque beach club.
While you’re relaxing, there are plenty of activities on offer for the kids too – from wakeboarding and donut rides, to kayaking and scuba diving – plus the option of a dedicated nanny service.
Until September 30, there’s a summer offer on day passes, meaning that it costs just AED80 on weekdays and AED100 on weekends and public holidays.
And don’t be put off by the lack of parking; the best way to get there is to drop the car off at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi and walk through a private air-conditioned tunnel under Corniche Road.
Details: Weekdays: AED200 adults, AED70 children aged 4-16. Weekends/public holidays: AED250 per person, AED70 children aged 4-16. Children under 4 free. Visit nationrivierabeachclub.com
Shangri-La Beach Club
Best for: THAT view.
Imagine reclining on a plush lounger at the side of an infinity pool and looking out over the glistening water at the stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: welcome to the Shangri-La Beach Club.
While the club is relatively small compared to most, the excellent service and the fact that it caters mostly to hotel guests means that it never feels cramped or overcrowded.
If you can drag yourself away from the view for long enough, CHI The Spa offers a good range of treatments and the Pool Bar & Restaurant is handy to grab a bite to eat.
Top tip if you’re going on a Saturday: Until November 20, the hotel is offering a Saturday Global Brunch including free access to the beach and pool at just AED195 with house beverages and AED159 food only.
Details: AED250 adults, AED125 children. Visit shangri-la.com
Best for: Fun on a budget.
A world away from the ultimate peace and serenity of somewhere like the Saadiyat Beach Club, Yas Beach is the ideal place for those who are easily bored at the beach.
Located on a stretch of beach opposite the Crown Plaza, the busy beach club is open from 10am-7pm during the week and from 10am-10pm at weekends.
The beach bar serves up a selection of freshly grilled meat and fish, all washed down with a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
However, the main selling point of Yas Beach is its activities, which include kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, catamaran rides, beach volleyball and even an outdoor gym.
Details: Weekdays: AED50 adults, AED25 children aged 8-16. Weekends/public holidays: AED100 adults, AED50 children aged 8-16. Children under 8 free. Visit yasbeach.ae