One of the many aspects I love about holidays is going to beach clubs, which combines the beauty of the beach with little luxuries such as gourmet food, classy cocktails and warm showers. I was lucky enough to visit four incredible venues over the summer all with very distinct character and clientele and with the sun still shining in Dubai, here is my round-up of my favourite beach clubs.
Try The Incredible Saturday Brunch At Blue Marlin
The Saturday feast at Blue Marlin is the perfect alternative to a gluttonous Friday brunch . We arrived to the picturesque bay at around 2pm and were shown to our sun beds. There is definitely where the beautiful twenty-somethings go to relax, the fashion stakes are seriously high with the latest Victoria Secrets swimsuits and designer sunglasses on parade.
The food itself is worth the 100 DHS taxi ride from Dubai with a mixture of sushi, salads and meaty goodness. The brunch is completed with pitchers of Sangria, which make this the best way to pass a Saturday afternoon. As the sun sets the music turns up and you can dance the night away and be home before midnight. Incredible!
The Most Exclusive Family Beach Club
At the moment my family lives across two continents, so when we take our summer holiday we like to go all out. My sister had spent the last year perfecting her French in Nante and so we decided to visit Saint Tropez for a few weeks.
My father was keen to visit Le Club 55, which Jay-Z and Beyonce had visited only the week before. When we went to book, we received the only free table available for the next three weeks. There is an incredible atmosphere in the restaurant with a band traipsing round the tables asking for requests, whilst my sister said it was the best Moules Frites she’d had all year.
The Best Beach Club In Ibiza
I felt very smug seeing lots of pictures of Ocean Beach Club in the British tabloids, attended by many a celeb, knowing that I’d been there for the opening party. This place is seriously sleek with cabanas and champagnes and yet it was only 10 euros to enter. I would seriously recommend booking as it sold out most days.
Entertainment is provided with a DJ and dancers. At one point the dancers are even flown up in a harness to dance above the pool. Be warned though, the water is freezing and the most hilarious part of our day was when the sprinklers came on and everyone ran out of the pool.
A Little Slice Of Heaven
Riva is a relatively unknown beach club, hidden on one of the alcoves on the trunk on the Palm Jumeriah. With white cabanas, cool blue towels and chilled beats you could easily be anywhere in the world. What is clear is that Riva is for those who want to relax and get away, as there is a distinct tranquil atmosphere.
What I love about Riva is you have the choice between the beach and pool, the restaurant or sun-bed service. Recently they have also added the option of paddle boarding and scuba diving making this beach club one of the best in Dubai. I love having one of their signature mocktails and just watching the waves.