There aren’t many bars we’d show up to without shoes on in Dubai – especially if that bar is a romantic candlelit destination with unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf. But that’s exactly what we do at the laid-back Beach Lounge. Just a few steps in front of Villa Beach Restaurant, it’s best to go barefoot as soon as you hop off the buggy, because sand will instantly get between your toes. There are also stools up on the deck by the bar, perfect for casual sundowners. Wicker chairs in pairs around small tables offer a more intimate setting and there are back-to-back sofas for groups of friends who prefer to mingle. You may even want a post-dinner nap on one of the beds if you dare to venture away from the lit-up wooden platform. Drinks here go from Dhs45 for hops to Dhs195 for a glass of bubbly, so it’s worth popping in, even if it’s not a special occasion. So take a seat and soak up the spectacular views of the Burj Al Arab at this chilled-out venue.