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12 of the best beach day passes in Dubai

Tue, January 19, 2021

Did you know most beach hotels and clubs in Dubai offer exclusive day passes? Here are 12 of the best places to enjoy a day in the sun.

Did you know most beach hotels and clubs in Dubai offer exclusive day passes? Here are 12 of the best places to enjoy a day in the sun.

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Chic dreams are made of DRIFT

Taking pride of place at Al Sufouh, the expansive One&Only Royal Mirage is one of Dubai’s most opulent hotels, with extensive grounds and a long stretch of private beach. Buying a day pass to its DRIFT beach club gives you access to sun-loungers and several different pools, with lots and lots of space to find your perfect spot. This club is also one of the city's most photographed thanks to its seafresh design and sparkling views.

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Budget best at RIVA Beach

Riva is a private beach club on the Palm Jumeirah’s trunk, and regularly voted a Dubai favourite. With a licensed restaurant and chilled gazebo area, a temperature-controlled pool, and plenty of sun-loungers and parasols, Riva has everything you need for a day at the beach. While it might not be as flashy as some of Dubai’s resorts, it’s also much more friendly on the wallet.

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Creek twists at The Lagoon

The Lagoon at Park Hyatt promises a cool creekside 'beach day', with a twist. The only entry in this list not on Dubai’s coast, visitors can make the most of the 100 metre-long pool with 150m of sandy shore – all right next to Dubai Creek. Described by locals as feeling like a “secret oasis”, and with luxury private cabanas optionally available to hire for the day, this is a wonderful alternative beach spot. It also gives you the chance to see one of the city's most beautiful hotels from a new perspective.

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Inclusive luxury at Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah

The Waldorf Astoria name is synonymous with luxury, and the brand’s Palm Jumeirah property does not disappoint. The hotel’s beach and pool day pass can also offer great value, with access to not only the 200m beach and two pools, but also an outdoor Jacuzzi, a baby pool and an hour’s access to Coco’s Kids Club – a supervised club for children aged three to 12, it offers a chance for mum and dad to relax in peace on the beach.

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Beach and brunch at Summersalt

Located on the other side of the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab at Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel, Summersalt presents a combined beach club and gourmet dining experience. There are regular Ladies’ and Gents’ Days with discounted access by gender – or spend a bit more, and have an all-inclusive luxury brunch on the beach with splendid views, inclusive of access to the venue's perfect pool and beach.

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Royal fun at Caesars Palace Bluewaters

The Caesars Palace at Bluewaters Island actually has several options if you're looking for day access to its beach and massive pools. First through Caesars Palace itself, you can pay for a day at its Neptune or Fortuna pools or beach, with handy access to Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen restaurant nearby. Or through the resort’s dedicated Cove Beach club, you can enjoy a day at a popular Mediterranean-style pool and beach retreat like no other.

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Family day out at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is justifiably famous and a great choice for a family vacation. Fortunately, a day pass to its beach and pools lets anyone enjoy the same experience, for less. The hotel's extensive beach has plenty of room for everyone to have a good time, with one of the best views around of the Burj Al Arab’s billowing sail. There are also plenty of dining and refreshment options right on the sand.

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Luxe lounging at Anantara The Palm

Anantara The Palm’s pool is one of its main features, with the resort's villas and rooms leading directly into the water. A day pass gets you a taste of this luxury poolside life, with waiter service directly to your sun-lounger – and of course, access to Anantara’s beautiful beach with scenic views across the Palm Jumeirah. A selfie by the 50m infinity pool is a must and, if you want to kick up the pace, book in for a range of watersports at the activity centre.

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Relaxed vibes at Azure Beach

Based in the heart of Dubai’s popular Jumeirah Beach Residence, Azure Beach is generally a chilled out spot, aimed more at having relaxed fun than all-out thrills. The beach is reasonably-sized but the pool is huge, and prices are quite reasonable. Renowned for their great service, Azure’s staff will also serve food and drinks directly to your preferred pool or beach spot. If you book well enough in advance, you can also secure one of the coveted 'VIP pool islands'.

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All-in-one value at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi

Based conveniently close to the bright lights of Dubai Marina, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi’s beach also overlooks one of the city’s yacht marinas, making it a great place to spot some glamorous-looking boats. A day pass covers not only access to the beach and lagoon-style pool, but also to the hotel’s gym – great if you want to include a workout. Mina Seyahi is also home to Barasti, a classic Dubai beach hangout spot, where you can enjoy beach access for free, but it does get very busy at peak times.

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Iconic luxury at WHITE Beach

WHITE Beach is Atlantis, The Palm’s main beach club offering, and is perfect for spending the day at Palm Jumeirah’s most famous resort. WHITE Beach offers plenty of amenities and a great stretch of sand that lights up the 'gram. However, the club is not the only way to enjoy Atlantis’ beach – a ticket to Aquaventure Waterpark also includes beach access, if you’re keen on some more active fun with the family.

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All-star entertainment at Zero Gravity

Located right next to Skydive Dubai’s Marina base – meaning you get a great view of their planes taking off and skydivers coming in to land – Zero Gravity is an independent beach club renowned for its lively atmosphere and music. This is a great place to enjoy a fun day at the beach or pool, especially if you want to carry on the fun with friends after the sun sets.

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...and a little extra to dip your toes in

Aside from an incredible variety of beach passes, you can also choose to dive into some offshore fun in the city. Dubai hotels away from the coastline offer spectacular day passes to their pools – great if you’re not a big fan of sand, but still want some sun and a dip. There are plenty of options to choose from but here are five of our favourites to get you started.

Lapita Hotel: Part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, Lapita is a Polynesian-style resort that may be miles from the sea but has that irresistible beachside vibe. Enjoy a day by its many pools.

The Burj Club at Burj Khalifa: For maximum bragging rights, why not have your pool day right at the foot of the tallest building in the world? A must-try Dubai holiday treat.

The Palace Downtown: On the other side of the Burj Khalifa Lake is The Palace, built in traditional Arabian style. A great spot for a sunny pool day with a view.

Raffles Dubai: One of Dubai’s most stylish hotels, a day pass to the Raffles’ luxurious pool is a fantastic way to escape while still staying within the city.

Aloft City Centre Deira: For a budget-friendly pool day with friends, try Aloft’s rooftop pool that offers cool cabanas, tasty snacks and great city vistas.

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