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Editor’s Picks: 11 of the best beach clubs in Abu Dhabi

Beat the heat with the city’s best pool passes this summer.

Get away from the heat and dive into excitement as Abu Dhabi becomes your refuge from the high temperatures. FACT’s carefully chosen assortment of beach clubs in Abu Dhabi aims to assist you in conquering the heat while enjoying a day of leisure and amusement.

Café del Mar Abu Dhabi

Nestled along the Yas Bay Waterfront, Café del Mar Abu Dhabi encourages revellers to immerse themselves in the rhythms spun by International DJs. This exclusive enclave is dedicated to adults seeking carefree amusement, where positive vibes and ambient tunes intertwine to form a haven of revelry. Whether lounging by the infinity-style pool astride a flamingo float, indulging in beachside cocktails, or relishing Mediterranean delights, Café del Mar introduces a touch of Balearic charm to the heart of Abu Dhabi.

GO: Visit https://cafedelmarabudhabi.com for more information.

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Cyan Beach

Cyan Beach provides a tranquil escape from the vibrant energy of Yas Island’s thrilling attractions. Set against the backdrop of white sands, crystal-clear waters, and untouched mangroves, this beach offers an enchanting retreat on the paraxial island. From exploring the mangroves to engaging in water sports, savouring delightful dining experiences, and luxuriating in the expansive infinity pool, the allure of Cyan Beach (formally known as Yas Beach) promises an unending array of joyful pursuits.

GO: Visit https://visitabudhabi.ae for more information.

Yas Beach

Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi

If the idea of plunging into the pool at Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental or spending a leisurely afternoon drifting along the lazy river has been on your mind, your wishes can now come true. The Emirates Palace Beach Club is a haven of enjoyment for everyone, with a dedicated family pool, an exclusive adults-only pool featuring in-water hammocks, and an expansive 1.2-kilometer stretch of private beach. Should you desire a touch of luxury, private cabanas await, or you can embrace the thrill of various water sports.

GO: Visit www.mandarinoriental.com for more information.

Emirates Palace

Kai Beach

Discover Kai Beach, the epitome of barefoot luxury in Abu Dhabi. Stretching 500 meters along the Saadiyat Island shoreline, the draw here is the turquoise waters and powder white sand. Meaning  ocean, recovery and shell in Japanese ‘Kai’ seamlessly blends the invigorating essence of nature with the utmost comfort and convenience.

GO: Visit www.kaibeachsaadiyat.com for more information.

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Nation Riviera Beach Club

Nestled within The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Riviera Beach Club boasts a 200-meter private beach that grazes the Arabian Gulf. Spend leisurely moments on the inviting sun beds or engage in an array of water activities and wellness offerings. A delightful suggestion is to unwind in a cabana beside the exquisite pool, taking full advantage of the convenience of the swim-up bar. To elevate your relaxation, indulge in culinary delights and beverages from Cabana Bar & Grill.

GO: Visit www.nationrivierabeachclub.com for more information.

Nation Riviera

Nurai Island

Experience the essence of the Maldives within Abu Dhabi with a journey to Nurai Island. Make your way to the enchanting Smokin’ Pineapple, where seats are suspended by ropes, inviting beanbags, and plush floor cushions exude a boho-chic island atmosphere. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, this opulent locale boasts a surf pool and an enticing culinary selection. Indulge in an artisanal pizza, meticulously prepared within the confines of a pineapple-shaped wooden pizza oven, while perusing through an extensive array of both classic and signature cocktails on offer.

GO: Visit www.nuraiisland.com for more information.

Nurai Island

Saadiyat Beach Club

For a splendid pool day, the FACT Award winning Saadiyat Beach Club offers beachfront bliss in the heart of the capital. Positioned on Saadiyat Island, this picturesque infinity pool, adorned with graceful palm trees, expansive cabanas, and sparkling waters, creates an Insta-worthy setting that extends seamlessly to the sandy shoreline. Visit for poolside relaxation or an indulgent weekend brunch.

GO: Visit www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae for more information.

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SAL Saadiyat

SAL has expanded from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. The first venue is in the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and the second is now open at Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort. SAL Saadiyat Island is a sophisticated spot that draws inspiration from Capri, Mykonos, and Saint-Tropez. Bringing barefoot luxury to Abu Dhabi, diners can experience the infinity pool, laze along the pristine white beach and dig into a Mediterranean-inspired menu. 

GO: Visit www.jumeirah.com for reservations and more information.

SAL Saadiyat Island

Soho Beach Abu Dhabi (Coming Soon)

Beach bums and party enthusiasts, it’s time to mark your calendars because the beach scene in Abu Dhabi is about to get a whole lot hotter. Soho Beach, the ultimate party destination from Dubai, is gearing up to unveil its brand-new location at Yas Beach. The grand opening is coming this November, coinciding with the adrenaline-pumping Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend. Embodying their mantra of “life is a party,” the beach hotspot is all set to offer a thrilling combination of sun-soaked relaxation and electrifying festivities, all year round.

GO: Follow @sohobeach.yasisland on Instagram for more information.

Soho Beach Abu Dhabi

Soul Beach

Saadiyat Island has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. It is now home to not only the Louvre Abu Dhabi but also several five-star resorts. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting Saadiyat, then you will already know that its palm-flanked beaches characterise the area. From long strolls on the powder white sands to calming swims amidst turquoise waters, Soul Beach at Mamsha Al Saadiyat is ideal for those looking to spend a day topping up the tan.

GO: Call 056 538 9037 for reservations and more information.

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West Bay Abu Dhabi

Nestled along the shores of Abu Dhabi’s Corniche at Radisson Blu Abu Dhabi, West Bay emerges as a dynamic beachfront lounge. Operating from sunrise to sunset, West Bay unveils a culinary fusion, presenting a Mediterranean-infused menu that spans oysters and sushi to succulent skewers and expertly grilled seafood. Beyond the shoreline, West Bay encompasses a wave pool, zip-line, and adventure park, creating a comprehensive beach club experience perfect for the entire family.

GO: Visit www.westbayabudhabi.com for more information.

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As editor-in-chief of the region’s most fiercely local lifestyle publication, David is a self-proclaimed hip-hop aficionado, championing all things food, travel, street art, and streetwear across the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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