Al Shalal Beach Club Situated on the Palm Jumeirah, Al Shalal shares the island’s same gutsy ambition. Aiming to be the city’s most personalised boutique club, it offers special events for members, where they can ‘meet and receive guidance from celebrity and lifestyle gurus’ – joining Al Shalal, it seems, could make you a new and improved human being. The infinity pool is pretty awesome too. What’s more, Gusto, its Mediterranean restaurant, is also pretty good. Weekly and monthly passes are available for Dhs500 and Dhs1,600 respectively, and access to the pool bar is free. Non-members' day pass: Dhs150 (includes gym access); Dhs100 (excludes gym access). Open daily 11am-10pm. Between Shoreline Apartment buildings Al Nabat and Al Haseer (buildings 7 and 8), Palm Jumeirah, www.ifahotelsresorts.com (04 430 9466). Club Joumana @ Jebel Ali Make sure you get to Joumana early at the weekends – they sometimes have to turn people away by 10am. Thanks to the exclusive family beach membership, Jebel Ali Hotel is a great place for families; the membership affords complimentary access to the pristine 800m beach and three pools, as well as discounts on all restaurants in the resort, free use of the gym, tennis and squash courts and preferential rates for golf. Watersports include windsurfing (Dhs100 per hour), waterskiing (Dhs120 per hour), catamaran (Dhs120 per hour), laser (Dhs100 per hour) and kayaking (Dhs80 per hour). Annual memberships are available, with prices from Dhs8,500 for a single member. Day pass Dhs120 (Sun-Thu); Dhs220 (Fri-Sat); Dhs300 (Fri-Sat including lunch); Dhs90 (child). Open daily 9am-6pm. Jebel Ali Hotel, www.jebelali-international.com (04 814 5555). Club Mina @ Le Méridien Mina Seyahi The club boasts five pools, a 500m beach, gym, sauna and volleyball courts. Membership includes a number of complimentary nights at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi and The Westin, plus 15 per cent discount on food and beverages. Club Mina also organises a generous number of watersports activities, including banana boating (Dhs50 per person for 15 minutes), boat trips (Dhs700 for one hour, maximum six people), windsurfing (Dhs140 for one hour), water skiing (Dhs150 for 15 minutes), and sailing (Dhs230 for one hour).The resort also offers beach volleyball, table tennis, golf, aerobics classes and a jogging circuit. Annual memberships start at Dhs25,000 per person. Day pass Dhs175 (Sun-Thu); Dhs250 (Fri-Sat and public holidays). Open daily 9am-7pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah, www.starwoodhotels.com (04 399 3333). Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa Annual memberships start at Dhs11,800; members have access to all the facilities and enjoy discounts at the club’s restaurants. Daily guests only have access to the private beach and pools. Day pass Dhs175 (Sat-Thu), Dhs220 (Fri). Open daily 7am-7pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111). Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa This busy beach club features a pool, slide and beach bar, and guests also have full access to a host of watersports activities provided by the Habtoor Grand’s privately managed marina and boat charter company, Nautica 1992. Activities include windsurfing (Dhs200 for a lesson), waterskiing (Dhs200 for 20 minutes), wakeboarding (Dhs200 for 20 minutes), banana boating (Dhs250 for a 20-minute ride), and parasailing (Dhs250 for 10-minute flight). Fishing charters are also available. Other outdoor sports on offer include beach football and beach volleyball. Annual memberships are available for Dhs20,000, including 20 per cent discount on treatments at Elixis Spa). Day pass Dhs150 (Sun-Wed); Dhs225 (Thu-Sat). Open daily 8.30am-7.30pm. Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.com (04 399 5000). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Watersports include banana boating (Dhs65 per person for 15 minutes), and cruises (Dhs200 per person for 30 minutes). Day pass Dhs180 (Sun-Wed); Dhs250 (Thu-Sat). Open daily 9am-6pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, www.hilton.com (04 399 1111). Nasimi Beach For a minimum spend at Nasimi restaurant, guests can lounge on the beach and use the shower facilities. While the management plans to introduce watersports, Nasimi currently doesn’t have any on offer. Beach access free, subject to Dhs150 minimum spend at the restaurant. Open Sun-Thu noon-midnight. Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0000). One&Only Royal Mirage Non-hotel guests can purchase day passes for the pool and beach facilities. There's also an array of watersports, including waterskiing (Dhs195 for 15 minutes), wakeboarding (Dhs140 for 15 minutes), banana boating (Dhs140 for 15 minutes), speed boating for (Dhs325 for 30 minutes) and windsurfing (Dhs130 for a 50-minute lesson). Day passes Dhs250 (in advance); Dhs300 (at the door). Open daily 9.30pm-6.30pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, Jumeirah, www.oneandonlyresorts.com (04 399 9999). One&Only The Palm Beach and pool access for non-guests is available providing a reservation is made (and subject to availability). The cost includes towels and changing facilities, but no lockers. Guests can also hire kayaks for Dhs55 (45 minutes) or pedalos for Dhs60 (30 minutes). Dhs350 (Sun-Thu); Dhs500 (Fri, Sat, and public holidays). Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010). Ritz-Carlton Beach Club While the Ritz-Carlton doesn’t offer any watersports facilities, its private beach is fantastic – as you’d expect it to be for the price you’re paying to access it. Annual memberships start at a Dhs22,000 per person or Dhs29,000 for couples. Dhs500 (adult day pass); Dhs300 (child day pass). Open daily 9am-6pm. Ritz-Carlton, Dubai Marina, www.ritzcarlton.com (04 399 4000). Sheraton Jumeirah Health & Beach Club While the Sheraton may be one of the older resorts in the Marina area, the beach club is also one of the cheapest in Dubai. Watersports are provided by Sky & Sea Adventures, offering activities including windsurfing (Dhs300 per hour), sailing lessons (Dhs500 per hour), parasailing (Dhs250 per ride), sport fishing (Dhs450 for two hours; minimum group of four people), waterskiing (Dhs200 for 15 minutes), and many more. Day pass Dhs100 for adults, Dhs60 for kids (Sun-Thu); Dhs180 for adults, Dhs100 for kids (Fri-Sat). Open daily 8am-6pm. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers, Dubai Marina, www.starwoodhotels.com (04 399 5533). The Pavilion Marina & Sports Club The Pavilion boasts a well-equipped gym and access to the white-sanded private beach of Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Watersports on offer include scuba diving (Dhs2,050 for a PADI open-water course), banana boating (Dhs50 for 20 minutes), waterskiing (Dhs150 for 20 minutes), wakeboarding, boat trips (Dhs300 for half an hour), and windsurfing (Dhs140 for one hour). Members get 50 per cent discount on watersports. There’s also Sinbad’s Kids Club to keep children entertained. Membership applications accepted during peak season; a waiting list is available for off-peak applications. Day pass Dhs250 for adults, Dhs150 for under 16s (Sun-Thu). Open daily 8am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah (04 348 0000).