Time Out profiles Dubai beach clubs with a penchant for a party, including Nasimi, Nikki, Barasti, Eden, Purobeach, Blue Marlin, World Islands and more
By Matt Fortune17 March 2016
From the pristine white sandy beach of Nikki Beach to the pristine white sofas of Eden Beach Club, Dubai has become a world hub for those glamorous seaside spots that pump bass more than they do pages of a book.
With the opening of its brand-new, 39-metre, glass-fronted infinity pool, Zero Gravity is over the identity crisis that has not so much held it back, but more made it a place to tentatively approach in the daytime. It has, until now, been best loved for its late-night shindigs that happen under a variety of names – DXBeach, Velocity and so on – but now there is a real push to become a weekend day hub.
Set on 400 metres of private beach on the as yet unfinished Pearl Jumeirah (right next to Four Seasons Resort Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road), when complete, the entire resort will be one tenth of the size of The Dubai Mall. Featuring 117 rooms and suites, 15 villas, 61 residences, three restaurants, an ESPA spa, Tone Fitness Centre, one beach club, and possibly a partridge in a pear tree, this opening has been anticipated since word first dropped in early 2015. The partridge would certainly fit in. White is very much the colour of choice; beds, chairs, walkways, and, of course, white sandy beaches.
Sure, hailing from the party capital of the world means this out-of-town spot does fine business in luring some of the planet's biggest DJs. But its food offering is not to be overlooked. On Saturdays, the “dancefloor” becomes a super-chilled restaurant serving a range of platters, fresh barbecued fish, sushi and other healthy assortments to ensure you won’t burst out of the bikini by the time it comes to slip onto the beach and enjoy the rest of the evening. Food can also be served to the beach beds.
Price: Dhs265, Dhs295 on the beach/sofas.
Describing itself as an “oasis of happiness”, you come to Purobeach to get away from it all. Just 20 minutes – and a world away – from Dubai Marina, it opened at the turn of the year and has already become a beautiful place for beautiful people. High heels appear mandatory footwear for the ladies, while chaps chill in shirts when they’re not in and out of the central pool – the signature installation of the whole complex, made with black Balinese lava stone.
As close to the iconic pool parties of Las Vegas as you can get. Big-name DJs like Steve Aoki and Ferry Corsten take over at night, but that doesn't stop the party getting started before the sun goes down. Cabanas with private plunge pools encircle the main swim-up bar, while down on the beach there are beds big enough to fit eight.
Price: From Dhs100.
From the adjoining Sophie’s Café with its “Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well” and organic salads, juices and sweet treats, to the bustling beach shack-style bar, it really is a place to bed down for an entire day. Set up camp on one of the 300 beds on the private Palm beach, or nab prime spot around the pool. Overhanging trees, landscaped pathways, views of the Burj Al Arab and an uplifting soundtrack make it a gorgeous little spot. For the more active, wakeboarding lessons, paddleboards and beach spots are available at an additional cost.
Price: From Dhs115.
Renowned for the parties it has thrown either under the umbrella of Nasimi Sessions and more, there’s actually much to admire about the more laid-back side of life. And quite frankly, anywhere that rolls out a live saxophonist at sunset is deserving of your time. For the rest, the beach is loaded with loungers and large cabanas, a vast upper level flanked by two bars, and in front of the DJ booth, there are large sofas with enough space for a party of ten to chill comfortably without treading on the toes of other groups. And, of course, who can argue with that view all the way back to the Marina?
Price: From Dhs150.
Progress is finally being made on the rest of The World islands, but for now, Lebanon remains the only place open to the public. Taking cabanas up a notch, its collection of beach chalets offer a level of privacy to make the island almost feel like your own. There are two beaches – one with more of a party vibe than the other – both accessed by the main pontoon, shuttling people in by boat or plane. Breaking up the day on a desert island isn’t easy, but The Royal Island offers kayaking hire should you wish to explore the network of waterways that link the archipelago. Just don’t try and make it back to the mainland – it’s further than you think. At night, the venue morphs into Toro Blanco, a Mediterranean barbecue restaurant with live entertainment until midnight.
Price: From Dhs200 (including transport).
It may not be your primary reason to visit, but Barasti is none-too-shabby as a place to get to early and while away the day. It has a deep enough beach to make you feel totally removed from the boisterousness of an afternoon’s sport on the television.