With the holiday festivities and New Year’s parties behind us, a new start to the year also means a new start to the annual global travel circuit. This means hitting all the global hot spots for the most legendary parties, exclusive events, and stunning hotels. So, before you start, we wanted to give you a guide to the best beach clubs and hangouts of 2018.
Winter has become a tricky season to navigate if you still want to catch plenty of warmth and sun. While some have decided to retreat to skiing resorts like Courchevel and Gstaad, Dubai has become the new “it” place from December to February. And why not? It is packed with celebrities, the insta-famous, and some of the best restaurants, clubs, and hotels in the world.
Dubai also has a sprawling scene of beach clubs that would even make Steve McQueen’s head spin. Many world-famous beach clubs such as Nikki Beach and Blue Marlin have already opened a location in Dubai, however, there are a few other well-kept urban secrets of the rich and famous. Here is our list of exclusive beach clubs and rooftop bars, that will bring out your inner Gatsby, in a world where you can Break the Rules in Style 😉
Nikki Beach Dubai: The Place To Be Seen
The global beach club phenomenon arrived in Dubai a few years ago with its signature gold standard of what a beach club should be: cabanas, DJ’s with a good beat, an extensive bottle menu with table service, and events every day of the week. Combine all of these and you have one of the best day parties in Dubai.
Nikki Beach Dubai also operates as a resort, located on the Pearl Jumeirah peninsula (10 min from the Dubai city center), so if you decide to stay late into the night you can stay right at Nikki Beach and start all over again the next day – just make sure not to skip their signature brunch to start off the day right (and make it bottomless).
This is absolutely one of the places to be seen at in Dubai, so if you go make sure you go dressed for the part. No need for a full on suit (it is a pool party after all), but make sure to impress by wearing your 209 Beach Blazer with a pair of Persol sunglasses and maybe a Rolex GMT-Master II.
Burj Al Arab – The Terrace: The Most Luxurious Beach Club
The Burj Al Arab, the icon of Dubai, recently expanded its location by building out what it calls “The Terrace” in its back yard. Except it is not a terrace and definitely not a backyard. This 7-star hotel built a 100-meter platform out into the Arabian Gulf that is home to what they call the “5-star beach club experience”.
The Terrace houses 2 gigantic infinity pools (perfect for showing off that new pair of Italian-made Swim Shorts) that stretch the width of the platform, as well as 24 private cabanas. Each private cabana is 8 m2 and comes with dining and spa service, a fully stocked mini bar, fresh fruit, bottle service and a Bang and Olufsen sound system. For those looking for the signature ultra-exclusive Burj Al Arab experience, there are also 8 Royal Cabanas that are a whopping 75 m2 and come with a private bathroom, shower area, and veranda. As can be expected from the Burj Al Arab, all cabanas offer spotless butler service for guests. Prices for these cabanas range from €400-€850 depending on the type of cabana.
While the Burj Al Arab is more secluded and private than other beach clubs (don’t expect to see a DJ with bumping music or girls in bikinis dancing around the pool), it will definitely be the most luxurious beach club experience you can find in Dubai.
Check out the video below to see how the Burj Al Arab built it’s Terrace all the way in Finland and shipped it to Dubai for installation.
El Chiringuito: Balearic Vibes in the Emirates
El Chiringuito, Spanish for “small get together”, started in Ibiza as a laid-back and understated beach club that was one of the White Island’s best-kept secrets. Now, the secret is out, and El Chiringuito has opened its second location at the Rixos Hotel at The Palm, Dubai, and it has brought its signature Balearic flair to the Middle East.
Come here and you will be transcended to Ibiza as its white furnishings, floral decorations, palm trees and pool, as well as massive dream catchers hanging from the open air ceilings, will make you feel like you’ve left Dubai for a Spanish vacation. Pool-side loungers overlook the beach where you can soak up the sun as you sip on one of the signature cocktails from El Chiringuito.
This laissez-faire location is known to host some great DJ’s on the weekend that play house beats for a great day-party vibe. On Saturdays and Sundays indulge in their bottomless brunch (ranging from €90 to €150). One of the best parts of El Chiringuito is that, unlike some other beach clubs, it stays open year-round. This is because in the summer when it gets too hot they install glass panels that will keep the air conditioning in and the good times going.
Summersalt Beach Club: An Oasis of Serenity
If you’re looking for something that has a bit more of a Bali-esque vibe to whisk you away to serenity, then go check out Summersalt Beach Club. Located at the Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, this beach club looks directly at Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel.
Summersalt is a retreat from the Dubai scene thanks to its impeccable decorations that include plenty of palm trees, white linens (and white furniture in general), oversized cabanas, and open air Indonesian-inspired gazebos. While this may be an oasis in the middle of Dubai, it is by no means mellow. Lounge pool-side in one of the cabanas, or by the beach, while a DJ plays upbeat vibes and you are catered to all day-long by butlers that will keep the drinks coming.
Once hunger hits, Summersalt is the place you want to be as their Mediterranean cuisine will satisfy any appetitite you have. Just make sure to order a glass of rosé wine for lunch, and combined with a 209 Beach Blazer you will feel like you’re in St. Tropez. After lunch dip into the perfectly climate controlled pool or head to the beach as you watch the Arabian sunset over the majestic Burj Al Arab.
Zero Gravity: The Ultimate Day to Night Spot
This is one beach club you want to make sure you are at during the day because it has a unique attraction: Zero Gravity is right by the drop zone of Sky Dive Dubai. This means that as you are lounging by their 39-meter long glass walled infinity pool you can periodically see people plunging down from airplanes 5000 feet above you.
Zero Gravity has an ultra-chill vibe during the day, with DJ’s that play mellow house music for you to relax as you are tanning on one of the white leather cabanas by the pool. However, when the sun sets over the Arabian Gulf you want to make sure you stay around as Zero Gravity turns into a nightlife scene with DJ’s and live bands playing after dark. Zero Gravity is also known to be a major music concert venue with DXBeach hosting a few events here and Zero Gravity hosting its own concert called One Big Friday with the likes of Martin Solveig having played here in the past.
Since opening, Zero Gravity has become one of the favorite beach clubs in Dubai thanks to its unique location, but also because of the celebrities it attracts. Justin Bieber has been spotted here on multiple occasions – unfortunately without his 209 Beach Blazer (so far). Entrance for a couple at Zero Gravity costs €55 during the week and €150 during the weekend.