Updated: March 2023
As the weather heats up in Dubai, we naturally tend to head towards the water. Enjoying the beautiful Dubai beach and pool club season is a must-do activity while you can. For those seeking the best beach clubs in Dubai, Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 pool and beach clubs, ranging from tranquil to trendy, where you can unwind and relax.
1. SĀN Beach, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah
The newly opened San restaurant and beach club is one of the best beach clubs in Dubai 2023, and it is part of The Club, which will eventually comprise nine beach clubs at Palm West Beach. The venue takes its name from the San, Africa’s first indigenous tribal group. Guests can pick between the sandy beach, infinity pool or alfresco seating area that features a swim-up pool bar as well as the indoor restaurant. San serves food throughout the day starting with breakfast, the menu draws from the Mediterranean with extensive options to suit every taste. Interior design has been inspired by the elements while thoughtful art and sculptural works add to the ambience throughout. During the weekends the atmosphere is kept lively with live musicians and the in-house DJ. San overlooks Bluewaters, Dubai Marina and the JBR skyline – perfect for those Insta shots!
2. Drift Beach Club, One and Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh
Drift Beach Club proposes panoramic views, airy light cabanas and easy-breezy beachside dining. Guests can pick between a huge infinity pool that has an excellent Insta-worthy view of the Dubai Marina skyline, or the sandy beach that has options including luxurious island beds, private cabanas as well as sun loungers. Stay for sundowners and take in those golden hour views. Drift’s restaurant serves up Provence-inspired dishes while an innovative cocktail list.
3. Aura Skypool, Palm Tower, Palm Jumeirah
At 200m above ground level, Aura Skypool takes the title of the world’s highest suspended infinity pool. The ideal backdrop for those poolside selfies, take in 360-degree views. The venue overlooks Dubai Marina, JBR, Ain Dubai, Palm Jumeirah Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa as well as the surrounding seas. Aura Skypool is perched among lush greenery making for a relaxing setting. Guests can dine from a poolside menu of pan-Asian bites.
4. Sal, Burj Al Arab
Sal translates to “salt” in both Portuguese and Spanish and makes reference to the salt of the sea. This exclusive club is part of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel which offers the ultimate Instagram backdrop. The 100m infinity pool gazes out towards the sea. Sal’s airy white interiors contribute to a setting that is relaxed and sophisticated. Aside from the striking Burj Al Arab and sea views, the club’s restaurant offers a European menu served from the alfresco terrace.
5. Twiggy by La Cantine, Dubai Creek
This venue takes its name from 1960s pop culture heroine – English model, singer and actress ‘Twiggy’. Twiggy by La Cantine’s impressive infinity lagoon pool has become a Dubai Instagram icon. In addition to the pool, there is a sandy beach for guests to enjoy. Take in views of the Dubai Creek and downtown Dubai skyline while you swim and dine. Twiggy Dubai serves up an excellent Mediterranean menu from a lively and boho-chic setting, offering laid-back Riviera vibes by day that get increasingly energetic towards the evening. For those looking for a recommendation for sundowners with a view, Twiggy Dubai is a must-visit spot.
6. Kyma, Palm West Beach
Kyma, located on the shores of Palm West Beach, offers a chic and contemporary setting with low-key vibes and an elegant clientele. The name “Kyma” translates to “wave” in Greek and promises stunning views of JBR, Dubai Marina, and Ain Dubai. Enjoy flavorful Greek cuisine as you recline and dine in this peaceful atmosphere, which is a refreshing change from some of the more party-centric beach clubs nearby.
7. Nammos, Four Seasons, Jumeirah
A Mykonos-favourite among celebrities and jet setters, Nammos Dubai is the second outpost of the Greek restaurant and beach club. It’s one for party-goers that like to see and be seen. The restaurant, fitted out with light natural materials, serves up Greek favourites with a fine dining accent. The private beach is a go-to for relaxation on sun loungers, sundowners and shisha.
8. Verde Beach
Verde Beach is a popular beach club restaurant in Dubai that brings the elegance and glamour of St Tropez to the city. The venue faces the iconic Burj Al Arab and offers stunning seaside views. The menu by Chef Julien Lee Thibault features gourmet Mediterranean flavors, while the luxurious cabanas and live entertainment create a vibrant atmosphere. For a picture-perfect beach day, choose a sunbed or driftwood cabana facing the Burj Al Arab and experience the unique party vibes that Verde Beach is known for.
9. Summersalt, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel
Head to Summersalt for that all-important Burj Al Arab Instagram backdrop. Spend your day on the private beach or head to the pool. Live beats play out from the resident DJs creating an energetic atmosphere that goes on into the evening. The menu spans international favourites including sushi and ceviche as well as more filling dishes such as Linguini Lobster.
10. Nikki Beach Club at the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah
The internationally famous Nikki Beach draws in those looking for a good time. The DJ and live musicians keep crowds, that are often dancing in the venue’s large central pool, entertained. The pool also features a swim-up bar with bar stools and sunloungers submerged in the water. The sandy beach is also lined with sun loungers and VIP cabanas. Nikki Beach’s restaurant serves up a healthy menu of salads, sandwiches and sushi, there’s also an impressive 4-tier shisha terrace. In addition to its lively atmosphere, Nikki Beach offers guests superb sunset views.