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21 of the best beach day passes in Dubai

Mon, February 6, 2023

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

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


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 – which costs from AED150 on weekdays and AED200 on weekends – to its DRIFT beach club gives you access to sun-loungers and an Instagram-worthy pool, with a pristine beach and Provencal menu adding to the draw. This adults-only spot is also one of the city's most photographed thanks to its chic French Riviera-inspired decor and sparkling views.


Budget best at RIVA Beach


Riva is a private beach club on the Palm Jumeirah’s trunk, and regularly voted a Dubai family favourite. With a relaxed restaurant and gazebo area, a temperature-controlled pool, and plenty of sun-loungers and parasols, Riva has everything you need for a day by the sea. While it might not be as luxurious as some of Dubai’s resorts, it’s also much more friendly on the wallet, with prices for pool-only access starting from AED95 per adult on weekdays and AED125 on weekends, fully redeemable on food and drink consumed on the day.


French vibes at Twiggy by La Cantine

The Lagoon at Park Hyatt Dubai has been given a chic French accent thanks to Twiggy by La Cantine. With prices starting at AED200 per person, it's one of the few entries on this list that's not on Dubai's coast, but visitors can make the most of the adults-only 100m-long pool with 150m of sandy shore, that seems to slip seamlessly into the Dubai Creek. The delicious waterside fare offered up by the Twiggy chefs, featuring everything from fresh sushi rolls to light salads and more substantial pastas and mains, elevates the whole experience for the culinary crowd too.

Inclusive luxury at Waldorf Astoria

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, which starts at AED250 per adult with AED150 of that redeemable on the day, offers 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 area for children aged three to 12, offering a chance for mum and dad to relax.


Instagram-worthy moments at Ginger Moon

Ginger Moon

An azure infinity pool overlooking sweeping views of the city skyline greets visitors at this all-day, adults-only hotspot that's sure to impress. For AED250 per person on weekdays (AED300 on weekends), you can start off the day perched under a parasol on a sun lounger, then move on to the terrace for dinner as live entertainment adds to the upbeat atmosphere. There's a bohemian theme throughout, from the show to the decor that delights with bamboo, rattan furnishings, terracotta and turquoise accents blending seamlessly.


Royal fun at Caesars Palace Bluewaters

Caesar Palace Bluewaters

Dubai's Bluewaters Island actually has several options if you're looking for day access to its beach and massive pools. At Caesars Palace itself, you can pay from AED290 per adult with AED145 redeemable on weekdays, for a day at its Neptune or Fortuna pools and 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. The most recent seaside spot to spill out onto the Caesar's sands is Venus Ristorante & Beach Clubboasting stunning Ain Dubai views, palm trees and strategically-strewn hammocks providing the perfect frame for that all-important Instagram photo.


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 sample a slice of the same experience. 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 with South of France's Verde Beach a popular, lively choice and Nuska Beach offering Mediterranean flavours.


Luxe lounging at Anantara The Palm

This Thai-inspired resort is designed around a meandering waterway, with its huge pool one of its primary features. A day pass costing from AED250 per adult on weekdays (with AED150 of that redeemable) gives you a taste of the Far Eastern hospitality on offer. You'll feel pampered thanks to waiter service directly to your sun-lounger – and of course, you'll get 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.


Relaxed vibes at Azure Beach

Azure Beach Dubai

Based in the heart of Dubai’s popular Jumeirah Beach Residences, Azure Beach offers daily live entertainment with a trumpeter, dancers, contemporary violinists and saxophonists that add to the upbeat vibe. The adults-only main pool is huge, and you can gain access by opting for their AED300 weekday pass – and AED100 of that is redeemable. On weekends prices go up to AED300 per person (with AED150 redeemable) but given the popularity of the venue and the slick service, you'll feel its worth splashing out on. Book well enough in advance and you may even secure one of the venue's coveted 'VIP pool islands'.


All-in-one value at Club Mina


The Mina Seyahi beach also overlooks one of the city’s yacht marinas, making it a great place to spot some glamorous-looking boats. A day pass, from AED200 per adult on weekdays, offers access to the beach and lagoon-style pool, as well as the hotel’s gym – great if you want to include a workout. An added attraction is the Jungle Bay Waterpark which has plenty of thrills for all ages, though access to that incurs an additional charge. 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.


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. With prices starting at AED200, this adults-only spot offers plenty of amenities along a great stretch of pristine sand. 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.


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 upbeat atmosphere and music. This is a great place to enjoy a lively day at the beach or pool, especially if you want to carry on the fun with friends after the sun sets. And, with entry free for ladies Monday to Thursday and AED150 for gents (with AED100 redeemable), this spot's easy on the wallet too.


Swim sky high at AURA Skypool

the best beach

Stunning sunsets and Instagram-worthy shots are guaranteed at AURA SkyPool, which soars 50 floors above the Palm Jumeirah. The world's highest 360 degree infinity pool wraps around the deck, giving you vantage points across the city's skyline. Prices start from AED250 and there are three different time-based packages to choose from, including an all-day option, and plenty of gourmet bites to keep you satisfied in the sunshine.


Catch up at Bla Bla

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An ideal day-to-night option, Bla Bla is a one-stop social destination that comes complete with a beach club, pool area, twenty lounges and three restaurants guaranteeing you won't want to leave. Book one of the coveted orange private cabanas or take in the rays while lounging on a plush sun bed, which start at AED200 per person (with AED100 redeemable) on weekdays. The eateries at this adults-only location serve up Japanese, Italian and Texas smokehouse specials so there's plenty to satisfy.

Join the party at Wet Deck

With chic white pods, shaded cabanas, in-water loungers that help you keep cool, and multi-layered pools, the Wet Deck at W Dubai - The Palm has a spot for everyone to perch. But that's not all – this Palm Jumeirah property, which costs from AED200 on weekdays, also has a soft sand seafront with stunning views of the city skyline in the distance. There's usually a DJ that ensures this pool area has an upbeat vibe and party atmosphere, and you'll need to book ahead as it gets very popular, especially on weekends.

Have a fashionable day at Palazzo Versace

Located on the creek at the Jaddaf Waterfront, this designer hotel has fully redeemable passes that give you access to its three pools. Whether you are going with the family and want to frolic in the Central or West Pool, or head straight for the East pool that has a lively DJ on weekends, the five-star resort pampers with its trademark Versace print subtly showing up in all your photographs. Friendly service and an Italian-flavoured menu add to the allure, as does the price tag which comes in at AED200 per person, fully redeemable.


Sink into five star luxury at Ritz-Carlton Dubai

Buy a day pass for AED295 per adult on weekdays (with AED175 redeemable) at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai – one of the most popular resorts along the Jumeirah Beach Residences shoreline – and you'll have access to the resort's pristine beach, multiple pools and excellent service. La Baie provides an upbeat cabana-surrounded experience that's ideal for couples, while the children's pool has an adjacent sandy playground, waterfall, lazy river, slide and fully covered shallow area.


Kite Beach thrills at Sole Mio

Soak up some shoreside fun at Kite Beach with a day pass from Sole Mio from AED120 per adult, with kids under 12 enjoying facilities for free. While away the day on comfortable sun loungers with the breeze in your hair and stunning views of Burj Khalifa in the distance, or up the ante with watersports like paddleboarding. You can also order your favourites from the beach's foodie hotspots, and have them delivered to you at no extra charge.

Refined relaxation at The Club

Playa Beach Club

Elevate your list of seaside retreats by adding in The Club, a new beachside lifestyle destination that includes a selection of beach clubs. Nestled on a prime stretch along Palm West Beach, The Club is home to SĀN, an African themed spot where you can stretch out for a day in a villa, floating cabana or a sun lounger. Alternatively, head to Peruvian-themed Playa Beach Club for a boho-chic vibe, stunning infinity pool and impeccable-presented Nikkei plates, or Tulum-inspired Eva for chic surroundings and artisanal bites. Prices on weekdays start at AED150 per person, rising to AED200 on weekends.


Unbeatable beachside charm at ULA


ULA – which means 'sea jewel' – lives up to its name. Located next to DUKES The Palm, the shoreside spot is a great place to escape for a beach day and a bite to eat. From AED100 per person (AED50 redeemable), head over and choose from the inviting lounge areas, pool and beach seating or indoor dining, before settling in to discover a Mediterranean-inspired menu that celebrates the freshest ingredients. The vibe is laidback with upbeat tunes and families and couples enjoying sunshine by the shore.


Soak up the rays at Soul Beach

Set over a 3,000sqm waterside oasis at JA The Resort, Soul Beach features an array of indoor and outdoor spaces on the edge of the resort's marinaAt the centre, there’s a shimmering infinity pool, lined by a luxurious lounging area leading down to the pristine sands below. For seaside bites as the sun goes down, Estrella and other lounge areas offer relaxed beanbag seating and a selection of flatbreads and dips. The cost of a day pass here starts from AED150, while private cabanas are available with a minimum spend.
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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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