Top Beach Clubs

  • Dubai is gradually ousting Las Vegas from its throne as the world's king of parties. So it's no surprise that Las Vegas beach club brand, Drai's, has pitched a flag in Dubai. A must-do beach club, Drai's lures the world's hottest musicians, DJs and performers to its stage. A cut above the rest, the super club promises private and communal pools and luxurious cabanas. Put your dancing bikini and swim trunks on because Drai's is all about raising the roof.

    Good to know: Drai's hosts a glam ladies' night until 1 AM.

  • Azure's pool and beach combo hits the right spot. Sink your toes in the sand, lounge in a private island cabana or take a stroll down the shore at this placid seaside escape. After grabbing a selfie with Ain Dubai and splashing around at the beach, refuel with Asian fusion fare at Azure's restaurant and lounge. Chow down on Asian streetfood-style dishes like peking duck wraps, firecracker chicken wings and veggie tempura or opt for a classic Mediterranean lunch of pizza and wholesome salads. Kids get to tuck into a special menu loaded with Asian and European delights. recommends: Sushi pizza platter, prawn tacos and the Azure club sandwich.

    Good to know: Weekend entrance comes with an AED 100 food and drinks gift voucher.

  • Sculpt your stuff at Riva's gym and then strut it at the pool. This Italian beach club brings la dolce vita to the sun-bleached shores of Dubai. Sip a cocktail in the shade, splash about in a temperature-controled pool or go diving for treasure in the Arabian Gulf at Riva. The award-winning beach club enjoys a central address on the Palm; boasting views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Al Arab. Its recently revamped menu features Mediterranean classics with a focus on fresh meat and seafood. recommends: Grilled tiger prawns, jerk chicken and the brownie cheesecake.

    Good to know: Passes come with a welcome drink – AED 100 on weekdays and AED 150 on weekends. Couple passes, kid's passes and long-term memberships are also available.

  • A gorgeous fusion of traditional Arabian aesthetics with a modern Dubai vibe, Drift is the perfect place to drift away from reality. Soak up stunning views of Dubai's skyline while reveling in world class food and service. A sun-kissed postcard from paradise, Drift's restaurant and cocktail bar serves provençal nibbles alongside award-winning cocktails curated by mixologist Eric Ballard. recommends: Le poulet roti to share, tartine chevre and the Just Drift cocktail.

    Good to know: Swap your blazer for a bathing suit – Drift does a business lunch from AED 140.

  • A shrine to beachside parties, Barasti is so popular that it looks like human soup on most days. Whether you're in the mood to shake a leg under the stars or unwind over some big-screen sports with a pint, Barasti has a little something for everyone. One of Dubai's favorite beach clubs, Barasti knows how to show its guests a good time. Barasti's menu is designed for people with a roaring apptetite – tuck into a feast of supersized hotdogs, monster burgers and delicious desserts. It also serves light bar bites, salads and grilled meat for guests on a New Year health kick. recommends: Cajun calamari, Barasti burger and the Los Angeles sandwich.

    Good to know: Barasti is loved for a lot of things, one of them being its all-week free entry.

  • The go-to place to make the most of your local leave, Nikki Beach is a portal to paradise. Let the gentle sound of sweeping waves and the fragrance of tanning lotion and tropical fruits lull you into a relaxing daze. The beach club's immaculate all-white aesthetic will help you master the art of dunking your fries in ketchup without staining your sunbed. The expansive space is dotted with regal cabanas, a shisha terrace, a swim-up bar and a pool big enough to fit you and your extended family that's on vacation in Dubai. Nikki Beach's menu is inspired by seafood – from blackened salmon tacos and crusted calamari to grilled Spanish octopus and fresh sushi. recommends: Salmon tacos, sushi, Nikki Beach's flatbread and the dessert boat.

    Good to know: Kick back with your girlfriends every Tuesday. AED 130 gets you six selected drinks and a complimentary day bed. Remember it's Nikki Beach, so advance booking is a no brainer!

  • Summersalt is proof that the desert isn't just sand dunes and date palms. In the heart of one of Dubai's oldest districts, Summersalt is where Arabian hospitality meets Emirati luxury. Choose from swimming laps in its glamorous pools, taking a leisurely stroll along the coast or sampling its bespoke menu. With more than just beach burgers and poolside pizza on offer, Summersalt's serves Japanese fusion. Its menu is a goldmine of pan-Asian delights including okonimiyaki, miso black cod, wagyu beef tataki, tempura, yuzu-drizzled salads and more. Complement your meal with Summersalt's craft cocktails infused with shochu, sake, pisco and Japanese whisky. recommends: Pisco sour, okonimiyaki, miso eggplant and anticucho lamp chops.

    Good to know: If you're spoiled for choice and can't decide what to order, opt for Summersalt's sharing three-course tasting menu with a side dish per person. It's AED 420 for two.

  • An oldie but a goldie, Nasimi Beach is every old school weekend warrior's first love. Still one of the hottest beach clubs in Dubai, roll in for music on the sand or cocktails under a palm tree. Nasimi Beach is decked out with the classic beach club spoils of cabanas, sunbeds and a menu teeming with fresh seafood and craft drinks. Its restaurant and lounge welcomes families. recommends: Lobster and crab Vietnamese rolls, Nasimi chipotle chicken burger, charcoal-smoked spicy king prawn skewers and the Malaysian chicken curry.

    Good to know: Parking at Nasimi Beach is on the house.

  • Stretches of golden sand and deep blue waters await at Cove Beach. Customize your relaxation session by choosing from a selection of luxurious sunbeds, grand cabanas decked out with private jacuzzis and relaxing single beds. Boasting its own signature rosé, order a glass whilst indulging in the gentle sizzle of the Arabian sun. Take in the finer things in life with a priceless view of Ain Dubai while shucking fresh oysters and sipping on an ice-cold cocktail. recommends: French oysters, Argentinian rib eye steak and Cove's own rosé.

    Good to know: Cant get enough? Join Cove Beach's membership program.

  • A sunshine-soaked bubble of rest and relaxation, Playa Nomade looks like an urban interpretation of a natural oasis. Indulge in life's little pleasures of eating, drinking and being outdoors here. This beach club's thick tropical greenery that surrounds its expansive pool gives it a magical air. Taking it easy is the law here so make sure that's the only thing on your to-do list. Playa Nomade's menu is light and bright; making sure there's room for a post-meal splash in its shimmering azure pool. Wait until the stars come out for a taste of its epic evening parties. recommends: Mediterranean platter, salmon burger and beef carpaccio.

    Good to know: Restaurant food and drinks are excluded from the Ultra-All-Inclusive package.

  • In true Ibiza meets Dubai fashion, guests can choose to arrive at Blue Marlin by helicopter or yacht if a car isn't glam enough  for their standards. Tucked away on Al Jazira Island, immerse yourself in a surreal daze of booze, breeze and bespoke bites at Blue Marlin. This award-winning beach club combines chilling and raving in that effortless Mediterranean way. Blue Marlin's menu offers a classic spread of sushi platters, vibrant sandwiches and luscious salads. recommends: Vegan burger, Blue Marlin Ibiza sushi platter and the Asian Smash.

    Good to know: Treat yourself to a weekend of pampering at Blue Marlin's Saturday brunch.

  • If you've stumbled upon a picture that's got more people than pool in it, chances are it was taken at Zero Gravity. This insanely popular beach club has plunged into many a Dubai party animal's weekend roster. A buzzing hive of over-the-top fun, there's always something going down from award-winning musicians setting the stage on fire to clowns juggling while burger patties sizzle on an outdoor barbecue. Unwind at Zero Gravity's pool, beach or garden – although we'd recommend a pilgrimage to the transparent infinity pool for Instagram gold. The menu features international dishes from butter chicken and shawarma to ceviche and satay. recommends: 36-hour angus shortrib, wagyu slider and the unicorn milkshake.

    Good to know: Dive into the weekend at Zero Gravity's Friday and Saturday AED 295 brunch.