Time Out picks 10 of its favourite beach hotels in Dubai. Browse our gallery to see the finest sunbathing spots in the city.
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Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa:One of the best beach resorts in Dubai for families looking for fun and value for money. The wide spectrum of leisure and sporting facilities available qualify Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa as the only true resort in the area. They include a 90-berth marina, a championship-standard 9-hole golf course boasting floodlit practice greens and a golf academy with PGA instructors, and a shooting club provided with the latest technology and top facilities for clay, pistol and target simulated shoots. Call 04 883 6000 for more information.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel:
The ultimate Dubai beach spot and a real family favourite. In the shadow of its arching blue glass walls there’s a decent children’s club and a family adventure playground; just across the road lies the Wild Wadi flume park, home to aquatic tomfoolery on an epic scale. The hotel’s beach hosts Beit Al Bahar, a series of luxury villas that offer an idyllic Gulf-side retreat, overlooked by the lowering hulk of the Burj. Whether you decide to stay in the spacious, colourful rooms of the main hotel or in the refined chic of Beit Al Bahar, we recommend you tool up at the hotel’s dive centre and pay a visit to the man-made coral reef just off shore. Call 04 348 0000 for more information.
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa: One of the smaller beach-based hotels boasting peace and tranquility away from the construction hub of Dubai Marina. The resort’s great location, small but attractive beach, lush gardens and two swimming pools make it an ideal leisure venue, while its proximity to the city gives it the edge for beach-loving business travellers. Call 04 346 1111 for more information.
The Ritz Carlton: One of the few hotels which seems to have grasped the concept of adult-friendly pool etiquette. A separate adults-only pool offers peace for couples, and even the family dip-pit is large and languid. There are even sun loungers big enough for two if a romantic break is on the cards. Too traditional for those who get off on Arabian chic, the hotel is all about European formality with luxury gently woven into its core. Call 04 399 4000 for more information.
Atlantis, The Palm: Dubai’s own version of the aquatic megabrand boasts its own beach and is one of the city’s hottest new hotels. Outside the hotel, Atlantis’ Aquaventure waterpark and Dolphin Bay are what attracts most guests to the resort with the opportunity to swim with dolphins and enjoy some of the park’s scariest rides. If you prefer to stay dry, explore the series of tunnels which make up the underground maze known as The Lost Chambers. Call 04 426 0000 for more information.
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa: Certainly not the cheapest of beach options, but a good choice for fitness fans. The beach is a good size, as are the winter-friendly outdoor tennis courts and high-tech indoor gym. The rooms aren’t massive but they are impressive so if it’s a Dubai Marina spot that you’re after it’s a good enough option for a few days rest and recuperation. Call 04 399 5000 for more information.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah: One of Dubai’s more established beach spots but still a popular choice. Pleasant terraced gardens lead down to the white sandy beach where a number of water sports are available, and a decent health club and gym add to the list of facilities on offer. While being family friendly, the hotel is also a great spot for couples, with sophisticated restaurants and one of the best bars in Dubai in Bice. Call 04 399 1111 for more information.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina: If it’s value for money you’re looking for and a beach is the top of your list, Mina Seyahi is a good place to start your search. With over 850m (2,800ft) of golden sands, the hotel boasts more beach than any other in Dubai. And it utilises every inch of it with excellent water sport facilities (including a PADI-certified dive centre), a stunning pool area, and one of the best beach bars in Barasti. Call 04 399 3333 for more information.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort: Balancing on what feels like the very tip of Dubai – although not for long – The Sheraton is almost an out of town resort. It’s a stylish resort property with a good stretch of sand, decent beach club, spacious gardens and a fine swimming pool, not to mention great value for money – if you don’t factor in the sizeable taxi fair into town. Call 04 399 5533 for more information.
Al Qasr Hotel: More stately and ostentatious than its sister Mina A’Salam, Al Qasr was designed to reflect the royal summer residence while providing the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Madinat resort. What makes Al Qasr stand out is its 2km of private beach and its proximity to the Talise Spa, one of the most sensational spas in the Gulf. There are club executive (kid-free) lounges and a kids’ club as well as a separate pool, so although Al Qasr is family friendly, you can also have an adults-only break without much intrusion. Call 04 366 8888 for more information.