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Food & Drink

Dine and swim at these idyllic poolside restaurants

Tue, September 26, 2023

Eat, swim, lounge and repeat at Dubai's iconic pools and beach clubs.

Eat, swim, lounge and repeat at Dubai's iconic pools and beach clubs.

Nikki Beach Dubai


One of Dubai's hottest places to see and be seen in, Nikki Beach is a sun-seeker's dream come true. The Dubai outpost of the world-famous beach club sits beside Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, home to uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf from its Pearl Jumeira location. Experience a roster of fashion shows and themed parties that are the talk of the town. Or simply avail luxury facilities such as VIP cabanas, oversized leisure pools and gourmet food menus to amp up the relaxation factor on every holiday.

The Penthouse

One of the most popular luxury hotels on Palm Jumeirah, FIVE Palm Jumeirah is home to The Penthouse. The adults-only venue is a laidback café-style experience throughout the day, with a glass-walled pool where you can cool off between rounds of sushi and other light bites. When the night falls, hundreds of guests head into the terrace lounge to sample the delectable menu and snap pics with the stunning Dubai Marina skyline in the background.

Summersalt Beach Club

Summersalt Restaurant Dubai

Admire stunning views of Burj Al Arab, relax at a private cabana in front of the exclusive infinity pool and revel in pure luxury at Summersalt Beach Club in Madinat Jumeirah. With direct access to the Arabian Gulf, spend your day getting sun-soaked or floating in the calm sea, serenaded by a zen soundtrack played by the beachside DJ. As the sun sets, take a table directly on the sands to enjoy an international menu of bestsellers such as crispy flatbreads, truffled octopus and the Summersalt wagyu burger on a soft brioche.


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah Sal Restaurant Dubai

Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s most famous hotels, and this restaurant makes it all the more accessible to diners. Guest have the option of booking a meal, taking a table in the nautical-inspired poolside terrace or opting for the complete beach and pool package. SAL’s menu boasts fresh fish and seafood dishes inspired by the Iberian Peninsula in Spain and Portugal. One of the most popular dishes is the restaurant’s catch of the day, served baked in sea salt and unveiled with a flourish. Why not try the wild crab while you’re there, or choose the prawns in roasted tomato sauce?

WHITE Beach Dubai


WHITE Beach makes a great spot to unwind under crisp blue skies, and its accompanying restaurant is worth checking out too. Party-goers flock to its two Instagram-worthy pools – including a newer one shaped like a diamond – and breezy open-air terrace, offering stunning shoreside views of Atlantis, The Palm and beyond. Revellers who work up an appetite will be dazzled by the restaurant's menu, featuring many signature dishes with sensibly-sourced ingredients and Mediterranean flavours, presented in a calming, nature-inspired setting.

Twiggy by La Cantine

A sunshine-filled spot that will brighten your day, Twiggy by La Cantine is a refreshing beach club and restaurant at Park Hyatt Dubai. Dine by the 100m-long infinity pool, which has its own menu complete with small plates such as poke bowls, lobster rolls, sushi and caviar, or swap the sun beds for a table on the terrace because the a la carte menu is more than worth it, filled with delectable Mediterranean dishes. Start with the wagyu beef carpaccio, burrata pizza with truffle and marinated salmon with zingy yuzu, before delving into the many sushi choices.

AURA Skypool

Fireworks from AURA Skypool in Dubai
Bask under open skies like never before at AURA Skypool. As the world’s first and highest 360-degree infinity pool, the elegant destination evokes an ‘oasis in the sky’ feel thanks to its nature-inspired décor. The air-conditioned restaurant takes centrestage, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows to drink in the view. The menu, curated by chef Craig Best, features sharing-style dishes with a focus on pan-Asian flavours.

Playa Beach Club

Playa Beach Club

Playa has all the elements that draw a crowd: a prime perch on the pristine Palm West Beach complete with an infinity pool, views of the Dubai Marina skyline and bold boho-chic interiors. And it's all complemented by a creative menu featuring Japanese and Peruvian favourites. The beach club has something for everybody. Foodies looking for delicious, impeccably-presented Nikkei plates covet seats by the open kitchen or secure one of the cosy booths. While those looking to soak in the sunshine can lounge outside, alongside tasselled parasols, palm trees and a temperature-controlled infinity pool.

Nobu by the Beach

nobu by the beach sushi platter

Combining contemporary luxury with a minimalist Japanese aesthetic, Nobu by the Beach is acclaimed chef Nobu Matsuhisa's first beach club. Situated in the magnificent Atlantis The Royal, this exclusive destination features an expansive lagoon pool and a signature Nobu restaurant, complete with an outdoor terrace. The menu showcases the eatery's renowned fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, now with a beach-inspired twist. Diners can also take in the live robatayaki counter, witness the fresh fish and meat display, and savour everything from maki and ceviche to Nobu’s famous black cod.

SĀN Beach

san beach lobster pasta
Situated within The Club at Palm West Beach, SĀN Beach oozes luxury. From the Maldives-imported sand to premium sun loungers and marble pool bar, guests are in for a treat at this chic location on Palm Jumeirah. Inside the restaurant, marble archways lead to a minimalist open plan space, with a large open kitchen serving fresh fish from the counter. Other dishes include various types of sushi, steaks, seafood risotto, beef short ribs and lamb chops.
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