One&Only The Palm
We consider the beach club at the Palm Jumeirah’s Western Crescent’s outermost tip to be one of the most romantic locations in Dubai. We’ve seen enough Dubai hotels not to be easily wowed but slip into the enormous 850 square metre pool surrounded by palm trees and it is hard not to be ever so slightly blown away. Choosing between this and the still waters is going to be your hardest decision if you allow yourself the luxury of visiting here. For total seclusion and to pretend you are on a honeymoon, this is the beach club of choice. Especially if you arrive by water taxi from the facing One&Only Royal Mirage.
Sun-Thu: Dhs350 (adults), Dhs250 (kids); Fri-Sat: Dhs500 (adults); Dhs350 (kids). One&OnlyThe Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 440 1010).
Rixos The Palm Dubai
There is a very convincing reason why you should make the trek out to the furthest end of the Eastern Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah. The distant location means, according to the hotel, this is the only Palm Dubai club permitted to offer motorised watersports on the beach perimeter. So come here for jet ski, banana boat, wakeboarding and Seabreacher rides. Look out for yoga and aerobic sessions as well, but don’t feel obliged to be active. Rixos has some of the best cabanas in town so if you just want to chill out this is a good spot for doing so, Sun-Thu Dhs175; Fri-Sat Dhs250; Kids half price.
Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).
Riva Beach Club
There is something homely and welcoming about this Palm Shoreline beach club. Without the enormity of some more established spots and the pounding tunes of the more party-orientated clubs, Riva offers good facilities at actually reasonable prices. If you want the exclusivity, facilities and service of a private beach club without breaking the bank this is a sensible option.
Sun-Thu Dhs100 (adults); Dhs50 (kids); Fri-Sat Dhs175 (adults); Dhs85 (kids); Dhs50 extra for gym access. Shoreline Apartments Building 8, Palm Jumeirah (04 430 9466).
Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Finding a beach club that offers something unique is tough, with most falling into either Ibiza-style or activity-packed categories. This falls into the latter but does have something no other beach club can boast. The eco-golf driving range is an area where you can drive up to 100 balls of fish food into the sea beyond. Other activities include scuba diving, water-skiing, water polo, windsurfing and more of the usual aquatic activities. The service is excellent (cooling fruit slices and drinks are dished out) making the sand feel somehow softer on the 500m stretch of beach.
Sun-Thu Dhs250, Fri-Sat Dhs300. Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 6677).
Waldorf Astoria The Palm
Fans of the legendary New York hotel should forget what they know about the Waldorf name. Yes, it has the amazing service but the vibe here is all about sedentary sun tanning rather than inner city hustle and bustle. We love that the sun loungers are so spaced out and give a genuine sense of privacy lacking in more compact beach clubs. With 200m of sands there is space enough, and we get a vague sense of a Bahamas resort here. We're also and are confident parents will appreciate the on-site kids club and basic watersports provisions as well as the chance to just relax in the properly stylish setting.
Daily Dhs300 (adults). Dhs100 (children). Waldorf Astoria The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Fairmont The Palm
It boasts 640 sun loungers, 450 metres of private beach, 30 lifeguards and 18 cabanas. The numbers stack up impressively in this Palm beach club’s favour. Access also means use of the pools and beach soccer and volleyball. Excellent for families, the Fairmont has well thought-out extras such as a kids’ club and yoga lessons on the sand. Views from the Palm back to the shoreline can be enjoyed by relaxing parents, safe in the knowledge children are being well entertained.
Sun-Thu: Dhs200 (adults), Dhs150 (kids), Fri-Sat: Dhs250 (adults), Dhs150 (kids). Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).
Access is free but there is a minimum spend on food and drinks at the Atlantis hotel’s Ibiza-style beach lounge. Balearic beats drift across the dozens of tanned and muscled beach boys and girls that hang out here all day and night most weekends. If you’ve ever wondered where all the perfectly sculpted people you see around the city’s VIP rooms hang out during the day, this is your answer. If you’re not bothered about watersports, facilities for kids or quiet reflection, this party beach is the place for you to do your paddling.
Sun-Thu Dhs150 per person minimum spend on sun loungers and sofas, Dhs800 minimum spend for three person cabanas. Fri-Sat Dhs250 per person minimum spend per person on sun loungers and sofas and Dhs1,000 minimum spend for cabanas. Atlantis, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
The opulence and romance of this Palm Jumeirah property is well-known and it should come as no surprise that the luxury extends to the sand. Our tip is to take a lounger on the beach, they’re more spaced out than the pool area and look out towards the still and waveless Palm waters. Don’t leave, however, without dipping in the stunning 59-metre infinity pool. Don’t trivialise the vibe with watersports or club beats – just be still and be happy.
Daily. Dhs350 (adults) Dhs150 (kids). Jumeirah ZabeelSaray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
An ideal beach club for watersports enthusiasts, the club offers paddleboarding, kayaking, pedalo rental and many more activities at an extra charge. There’s even a Thai longtail boat to take you to and from the resort’s East Crescent location. All very impressive but, truth be told, we’re happy to come and just chill. One of the quieter resorts (in a good way) the Asian architecture and over-water villas are something of a rarity in Dubai and sitting out on the comfy loungers and sauntering away for a dip in one of the large lagoon pools is just fine by us.
Daily Dhs250 (adults), Dhs100 (kids). Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort, Palm Jumeirah, www.dubai-palm.anantara.com (04 567 8888).