XL Beach Club

Time Out visits the outdoor/indoor pool bar 18 Reviews

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In Dubai, bigger means better, which is probably why the Habtoor Grand’s beach club is called XL. Not S, M or L, but XL. The biggest size there is without looking like a series of kisses at the end of an email.

Why XL resembles a medieval jousting venue is unclear. But as fun as a Dubai-based jousting competition would be, XL instead houses a sizeable courtyard punctuated by low white sofas, and features a DJ stage and pool. The area is surrounded by private cabanas, complete with their own Jacuzzi, lounge and bathroom. For big events, large cabanas can be hired out for a mere Dhs15,000 (housing up to 20 guests, whose entry fee is discounted from the overall cost), while smaller cabanas cost Dhs10,000.

Judging from the events that have taken place here thus far (the Nikki Beach Party being the prime example), it would appear that XL is positioning itself as Dubai’s answer to Plastic – all-day pool parties attended by bikini-clad lovelies and preening hunks.

And the party doesn’t stop when the temperature soars - in true Dubai style, the Habtoor has built a roof on the outdoor venue, ensuring air conditioned partying throughout the hot months.

By Time Out Dubai staff
Time Out Dubai,

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Details

  • Location: The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 056 640 6161
  • Travel: Al Sufouh Road
  • Website

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  • Users voted this bar/club most suitable for: VIP areas

User reviews:

Posted by: Jen on 19 Feb ' 14 at 08:38
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

rude staff

Posted by: Belle on 01 Dec ' 13 at 09:47
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

They have rude staffs and customer service is very poor which you will see right from the entrance. They call it XL but the place is S - small. They call it beach club but funny- there is no beach in this club but a small swimming pool! They try to lure the ladies to come to their “beach” club by offering 3 free drinks and strawberries and the result – most girls going there are jobless or those who do not want to spend money on drinks! It’s just disgusting and pretentious place. It’s almost empty the last time we were there.

Posted by: Sasi on 13 Jul ' 12 at 08:05
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Nice place on weekend but music is depend on DJ mood if you can put new music is will be great!

Posted by: Stu Laurie on 14 Jun ' 12 at 01:59
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

I went to XL for the first time in the day which was nice, gd friendly staff.. Nice deep house vibes and decent pint... Then tonight i visited and it seemed like a totally different place. Ok the tent has gone up and ok they play the euro's like everywhere else.... But the music was shocking, place was half empty and it sounded like some 1 was playing through a laptop in the bottom of the craned canyon..... Totally killed my buzz of the place which i gained from the first visit. Why is it called xl beach "Club" When it is a sports bar with a party dj who is playing radio hits pressing play and pause... I don't usually write reviews unless i am very impressed or very disappointed... Oh and the main reason was the reaction of staff when it shut.. basically was told its shut get out.. But hey i will visit back when the tent has gone and see if its as gd as first..

Posted by: Daniel on 26 May ' 12 at 02:21
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

I went to the brunch on Friday and was disappointed. The service was very slow. I got a grand total of 3 drinks in 3 hours. The food was ok but nothing special. You could get the same for 40 - 50 dhs at any decent cafe. This brunch is worth about 120 dhs maximum. No way can they justify 350 dhs, it is simply a rip off. They need to double the number of waiting staff for a start.

Posted by: Mark Marly on 15 Apr ' 12 at 07:54
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

The worst experience I have ever had. a bunch of stupid Security guyards who will not let you in un less it is a couple, eventhough it is not written anywhere. The same security guards were allowing many single guys to enter because they were their friends. they let in front of me more than 50 Single guys to enter since they know them and they are their friends. This was really ridiculous and they were really rude trating us. As if I am getting in for free and they are not charging AED150 for the entrance !!!!!!!!
The hell with such place, Will never go again and I will file a complaint to the department of tourism for the behaviour of the staff and their bad attitude.

Posted by: Almas on 18 Dec ' 11 at 10:00
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

super awsme plce....

Posted by: fidelio cavalli on 10 Oct ' 11 at 15:49
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  • Best for: Live music
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Stash on 10 Oct ' 11 at 10:46
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

A club to match the Monte Carlo, St Topez scene best beach club in Dubai !

Posted by: Lee on 04 Sep ' 11 at 10:20
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Love XL, good work putting the roof for summer

Posted by: Jason on 05 Jul ' 11 at 09:02
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Awesome place.......The Fridays are the best party in Dubai.

Posted by: saif on 20 Jun ' 11 at 08:30
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

can you please explain me for what we should pay 100DHS by the enterance??i think we pay enough money for drinks. Before was our favorit club and now we go another place.

Posted by: Roland on 01 Jun ' 11 at 18:25
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? No

Disappointing! Tried the to do list for the Russian tunes. Until 9:30 no single russion tune, chillout music from tape, 8 customers, 8 waiters. I wonder who'll pay 50AED entrance fee to get bored with stupid sport TV.
Never again.

Posted by: Camille Amor on 30 May ' 11 at 11:42
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Cristina on 30 May ' 11 at 11:15
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Absolutelly Amazing......You fell that you are in South of France, Miami or Vegas , This Beach Club is Amazing

Posted by: Cristina on 30 May ' 11 at 11:12
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  • Best for: VIP areas
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Posted by: Ross Dunlevy on 18 Apr ' 11 at 09:58
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  • Best for: DJ
  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

AAAMMAAAZZZiinnngg

Posted by: sita on 17 Apr ' 11 at 06:50
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  • Would you go back to this bar/club? Yes

Amazing place, amazing music, amazing people. This is Dubai.

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