If you’re looking for some luxurious fun in the sun, then Abu Dhabi has you well looked after with 30+ beach clubs and pool resorts across the city.
In this post, we’re going to take you through our 13 Abu Dhabi Beach Club favourites.
Most of Abu Dhabi’s glorious beach clubs are connected to luxury resort hotels, but there are a number of stand-alone beach club facilities too, ranging from luxury beach loungers with refreshment services through to full club facilities. including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gyms.
Day passes vary greatly in price, and often it can be cheaper to sign up for an overnight package for the best value. Beach club passes in Abu Dhabi are usually significantly more on weekends (Friday and Saturday) than on weekdays so nab yourself a bargain by coming mid-week, or join the party crowd on the weekend.
Another option if you are longer-term in Abu Dhabi is to nab yourself a Privilee Membership which grants you multiple access to many of the city’s best beach clubs (and in Dubai too), plus discounts on food and beverages. We highlight below those clubs that participate in Privilee.
Prices have been updated to best of our knowledge for winter 2021/22. They should all include VAT, & tourism taxes where applicable.
The 13 Best Beach Clubs in Abu Dhabi to try
1. Saadiyat Beach Club
From the breathtaking infinity pool to the stunning cabanas, enjoy the best of Saadiyat Islands remote luxury without the price tag attached to most of the islands luxury hotels.
Saadiyat Beach Club is a full-service club including spa and gym facilities, in addition to all-day dining restaurant Safina, intimate evening dining at the intimate La Salle and casual dining at Cabana 9.
Beach open hours: 8:00 am to sunset
- Single: 250 AED
- Couple: 350 AED
- Junior (7 – 17 years old): 100 AED
- Under 6-years-old FREE
- Monday Ladies Day: 120 AED
- Tuesday ladies Day: 199 AED
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Learn more at saadiytabeachclub.ae or call +971 56 219 2699
2. Nation Riviera Beach Club
Sitting along the city’s Corniche beachfront, Nation Riviera occupies its own 200m stretch of private beach. With a distinctively Mediterranean feel, it is part of the 5* St Regis Abu Dhabi hotel in Nation Towers, attached via a luxurious underground tunnel to take you safely under the Corniche Road.
As well of offering a sensational temperature-controlled pool, flanked by sunbeds and cabanas, there is an outdoor jacuzzi on offer and toddler pool with slide connected to Treasure Island kids club.
The club also has a gym and steam room facilities in the clubhouse , with beachfront drinks and dining provided at Cabana Beach Bar & Grill. Those who love a swim-up bar will also be well looked after!
- Pool open hours: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Kids Pool: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Beach open hours: 8:00 am to sunset
- Gym open hours: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Nation Riviera Day Rates
Weekday / Weekend (Friday-Saturday)
- Single: 160 AED / 230 AED
- Couple: 265 AED / 345 AED
- Family: (2 adults, 2 children) 370 AED / 465 AED
- Additional child (4 to 16 years): 75 AED / 85 AED
- Under 4 years old FREE
- Private 2-person Cabana: Hotel Guest/Members 420 AED, non-member 630 AED
NB Day Passes exclude use of Gym & Kids Club.
Privilee: Day rate passes and Privilee access are only available on weekdays (Sunday through Thursday), weekends are reserved exclusively for hotel guest at The St Regis Abu Dhabi. Free access for up to 3 children 4 to 16 years.
Learn more at nationrivierabeachclub.com or call +971 2 694 4780
3. Yas Beach
Located on the soft white sands of Yas Island, Yas Beach offers stunning mangrove views in a hip and relaxed beachfront setting with water sports on offer, dining options and simple relaxation. There is also a family swimming pool flanked by cabanas on offer, along with five luxurious beachfront chalets for rent if you like a cool escape during your day at the beach.
Yas Beach Club is equally popular with the family crowd as it is with singles and couples, though weekends at the infinity pool is reserved for adults only.
There’s plenty on offer nearby for water sports lovers from kayaking to windsurfing, sailing, paddle boarding and great volleyball facilities. Meanwhile, kids can enjoy an activity centre and kids splash pool.
The grown-ups are well taken care of in the refreshments department with The Hops Bar, Tiki Bar, Mixed Drinks Bar and The Lounge – all open from morning to the early hours who want to kick on from their day at the beach well into the evening.
Yas Beach Day Rates
- Weekday Pass: 60 AED
- Weekend Pass:120 AED
- Free for children under 12 years of age with a parent
NB Sun loungers and parasols are subject to availability. Guests staying at Yas Island Hotels have free access and free lockers with a hotel voucher.
Yas Beach Cabana & Chalet Charges
- Beach Cabana Weekdays: 210 AED (incl. 2 entrance fees)
- Beach Cabana Weekends: 420 AED (incl. 2 entrance fees)
- Beach Double Beds Weekdays: 55 AED
- Beach Double Beds Weekends: 50 AED
- Pool Double Beds Weekdays: 100 AED
- Pool Double Beds Weekends: 120 AED
- Pool Cabana Weekdays: 420 AED (incl. 2 entrance fees)
- Pool Cabana Weekends: 630 AED (incl. 2 entrance fees)
- Chalet Weekdays: 550 AED (incl. 2 entrance fees)
- Chalet Weekends: 900 AED (incl. 2 entrance fees)
Learn more at yasbeach.ae or call +971 2 565 1100
4. Bayshore Beach Club
This Al Bateen beachfront has become somewhat overlooked in recent years as flashy alternatives open nearby and on Saadiyat Island, but should is still very worthy of a mention as a great all-rounder beach club with a superbly relaxed setting in one of Abu Dhabi’s classic hotels, the Intercontinental.
The main features include a 300m long sand beach, infinity pool with swim-up bar, children’s pool with spa and jacuzzi & spa, in a wonderful garden setting.
For those who love activities at your beach club, you won’t be disappointed with an extensive offering from a fully equipped gym with cardio and weight range, to squash and tennis courts.
Bayshore Beach Club Day Rates
- Weekday adults: 100 AED
- Weekday Couples: 160 AED
- Weekend Adults: 130 AED
- Weekend Couples: 220 AED
- Kids/ Nanny Weekday: 50 AED
- Kids/Nanny Weekend: 60 AED
Privilee: Free access for up to 3 children between 3 to 16 years old.
Learn more at abudhabi.intercontinental.com/the-bayshore-offers or call +971 2 697 2317
5. Zaya Nurai Island
For a truly exclusive treat in Abu Dhabi, you need to get yourself across to Zaya Nurai Island.
Just a 10-minute boat-ride from Mina Port will get you to Abu Dhabi’s most exclusive resort address. Day passes are possible as well as overnight stays in the exclusive beach resort, sitting in glistening white sand and surrounding by the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.
There’s a large range of sports and activities on offer from snorkelling and paddle boats to sea kayaks. On the beach enjoy volleyball, table tennis, Badminton and football.
For kids, there’s the Petit Z kids club with a packed schedule 9:00am to 8:00 pm daily, along with a cool little kids water playground, with slides, splash bucket and splash pool.
Zaya Nurai Day Pass Rates
- Day rates including transfers 480 AED (420 AED redeemable on F&B)
- Friday Brunch Soft 450 AED (non-alcoholic)
- Friday Brunch Standard 550 AED (alcoholic)
- Friday Brunch Champagne 650 AED (alcoholic + bubbles)
Visitors must embark from the Zaya Narui Welcome Centre, arriving 15 minutes before the hourly boat transfers to the island.
Learn more at zayanuraiisland.com or call +971 2 506 6222
6. West Bay Beach Club
Located at the western end of the Corniche, just before the marina Breakwater you will find the extensive facilities of West Bay Beach Club (attached to the Radisson Blue Hotel, formally known as the Hiltonia, then the Blu Beach Blub, then the Cover at West Bay – we think the name has settled as at September 2021!).
One of Abu Dhabi’s original hotel beach clubs dating back decades, it’s had many face lifts over the years! West Bay brings with it a fun new vibe from the beach resort to the spa, fitness club and water sports, alongside Mediterranean dining.
At this giant beach club spread out over 12,000 sq foot of lush grounds, expect a wave pool, slides, kids and adult pools, a swim up bar, play areas and plenty of activities going on.
Day rates (as at October 2021)
- Day pass only weekdays 150 AED (with 100 AED F&B voucher)
- Day pass only weekends 200 AED (with 100 AED F&B voucher)
Pivilee: Free access for up to 3 children aged 5 to 17 years, free access to the Kids Club.
Learn more at westbayabudhabi.com or call +971 2 692 4375
7. Emirates Palace Beach Club
One of Abu Dhabi’s most luxurious beachfront settings, Emirates Palace enjoys it’s own stunning 1.3km long beachfront, two fitness centres, two lavish resort pools, tennis and padel courts along with a water sports centre, or you can make use of their complimentary bikes to enjoy the 6km+ of internal bike tracks.
Emirates Palace Week Day Rates (as at October 2021)
- Adults: 320 AED (100 AED in F&B credit)
- Couples: 575 AED (200 AED in F&B credits)
- Kids (4 to 17): 160 AED (50 AED in F&B credits)
- 3 and under FREE
- Family group discounts available
- Adults: 425 AED
- Couples: 760 AED
- Kids (4 to 17): 210 AED
- 3 and under FREE
- Family group discounts available
Learn more at mandarinoriental.com or call +971 2 690 7311
8. Shangri-La Beach Club
One of the smaller and lesser-known beach clubs of Abu Dhabi, but also, for this reason, one of the more peaceful. The small beach frontage at the Shangri-La Qayrat al Beri overlooks the Grand Canal and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, providing one of the city’s best sunset views.
There’s also an infinity pool to enjoy, the Spa CHI and plenty of spots to grab a drink or a bite – with deals inclusive of Food and Beverage vouchers.
- Outdoor Pool: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Children’s Pool: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Lap Pool: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Sauna: 6:00 am to 11:00 pm
- Spa: 10:00 am to midnight
Steam room and whirlpool bath remain closed due to COVID
Shnagri La Day Rates (as at October 2021)
- Every day 250 AED per adult (fully redeemable on F&B)
- Children 100 AED (fully redeemable on F&B)
Learn more at Shangri-La.com or call +971 2 509 8555
9. Fairmont Bab al Bahr
Whilst the beach frontage at the Fairmont isn’t huge, it does provide one of the city’s longest temperature-controlled swimming pools. Flanked by cabanas and sunbeds there’s plenty of room for relaxation, along with a kids splash pool and jacuzzi.
Beach open hours: 9:00 am to sunset.
Fairmont Day Rates (as at October 2021)
- Weekdays 99 AED (fully redeemable on F&B)
- Children below 12 enjoy free access with an adult
- Weekends 149 AED (100 AED redeemable on F&B)
Privilee: Free access for up to 3 children aged 5 to 17 years.
NB it was a super busy place over pandemic times when it was one of only a few beach clubs fully open and with kids entering free, social distancing needing to be applied to number in the pool. This has vastly improved by all reports in 2021 and they have since lowered their day rates.
Learn more at Fairmont.com or call +971 2 654 3160
10. Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
This is a real surprise packet sitting in the Al Ras al Akhdar corner of the city, across the road from Emirates Palace. Formerly known as Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, same deal, different name.
Their Daycation Packages offer outside guests complete access to their beach frontage looking towards Al Bateen as well as access to their three hotel pools.
- Weekdays: 9:00am to 7:30 pm
- Weekends: 8:00am to 7:30pm
Conrad Day rates (TBC)
These rates include access to a deluxe room for day use:
- Weekdays 350 AED for two adults
- Weekends 450 AED for two adults
- Children 12 to 16 years old 75 AED
- Children 4 to 11 years 50 AED
- Children 3 and under FREE
Learn more at hilton.com or call +971 2 811 5888
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11. Eden Health Club and Spa – Le Meridien
This oldie but a goldie in al Zahiyah (Tourist Club Area) of Abu Dhabi has been a stalwart of entertainment and relaxation in the city for decades. The hotel itself has recently gone through some major upgrade work, and the leisure club continues to deliver as one of the best value options in the city.
The health club facilities include Hamman pools, aquamedics pool, tennis squash and volleyball courts, a fitness centre, private beach and pool.
It is certainly not as fancy and modern as most we have listed here but it does provide patrons with a wonderful urban oasis at Avery affordable rate.
Le Meridien Day Rates (TBC)
- One week pass 490 AED (with 200 AED back on F&B)
- Day pass weekdays 55AED
- Day pass weekends 85 AED
- Day access with room 315 AED (with 150 back on F&B)
Learn more at marriott.com or call +971 2 644 6666
12. Cove Beach Abu Dhabi
One of the newer kids on the block, Cove Beach at Makers District on Reem Island is making a name for itself as one of the hottest places to be seen with a small beach, infinity pool and cityscape views of Reem island.
Open Daily 11:00 am to sunset (restaurant and lounge open until late)
Cove Beach Day Rates
- Weekdays: 200 AED (fully redeemable F&B)
- Weekends 300 AED (fully redeemable F&B)
Learn more at covebeachabudhabi.com or +971 56 398 7895
13. Soul Beach
A recent addition to the Abu Dhabi beach line up, this is a simple but elegant affair.
Situated within the new Mamsha Al Saadiyat community, at the heart of Saadiyat Island’s cultural district, Soul Beach is a wonderfully pristine 1km stretch of white sandy beach offering uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf.
Soul Beach includes a lifeguard patrolled 400m strip of swimming beach as well as 400 parasol-covered sunbeds – socially distanced, of course. Refreshments are available to order by Whatsapp and are delivered to your sunbed by golf buggy.
Soul Beach Day Rates
- Weekdays Adults 50 AED
- Weekdays Child 25 AED
- Weekends Adult 75 AED
- Weekends Child 40 AED
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