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Best Beach Clubs / Dayclubs in Dubai 2019

Whether you’re a local to Dubai or just visiting for the weekend – check out our list of the hottest beach clubs and pool parties in Dubai!  From family friendly pools, to sunbathing spots, to high energy ragers, we’ve got a little bit of something for everyone.

Drai’s Beach Club Dubai (DXB)

Although not by a beach, Drai’s Beach Club Dubai deserves a mention for being one of the city’s best spots for a big party by the pool. Open on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the pool club features beds, cabanas and even private jacuzzi’s, with each day is dedicated to a different activation. On Tuesdays, head down for 11am to enjoy their ‘Hot Mess’ ladies day, while on Friday, expect a day-to-night champagne spray party complete with spray countdown, urban setlist and an A list star or two. Saturdays are their weekly party brunch, where UK brand LoveJuice takes over for five hours of free flowing food and drink.

Drai’s Beach Club, Gate B, Meydan, Dubai, 11am to 9pm, Tues, Fri and Sat, ladies entry from Dhs100, guys entry from Dhs200. Tel: (052) 388 8857. draisdxb.com

Nikki Beach Dubai

The luxury beachside destination features in-water loungers, Jacuzzis, inflatables and spans across an impressive site on the Pearl Jumeirah that leads out onto the beach. If you’re hungry, you can order one of their signature sushi and ceviche boats, which arrives, as you’d expect, on a wooden boat. It’s a bold swimwear affair, with dancer, musicians and resident DJs.

Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, daily 11am to 9pm, Dhs150 per person (with a Dhs100 food voucher) weekdays, Dhs300 per person (with a Dhs250 food voucher) weekends. Tel: (04) 376 6162. nikkibeach.com

Cove Beach Dubai

Now open in a new location, you’ll find an upgraded Cove Beach at the new Caesar’s Palace Bluewaters Dubai. Inside there are three pools and two restaurants across split levels, as well as a shisha terrace and access to a private beach. There’s a new rotation of weekly day and evening events including live music from local band Cubache on a Monday from 2pm, and ladies’ day every Wednesday. Entry is free but comes with a minimum spend of Dhs150 through the week, and Dhs300 on weekends.

Cove Beach, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, off JBR, daily 10am to late, min spend Dhs150 weekdays, Dhs300 weekends. Tel: (050) 454 6920. covebeach.com

Soho Beach

Again not found by the beach, but this sleek new party spot is equally worthy of a shoutout. Like it’s neighbouring Drai’s, Soho Beach opens for its ladies’ day on a Tuesday, as well as on Fridays and Saturdays for two poolside brunches. Keep your eye on social media with this place, Soho Beach transforms into a huge events space for festivals several times a year – and they’re some of the city’s most unmissable parties.

Soho Beach, Meydan, Dubai, 12pm to 11pm, Tues, Fri and Sat. Tel: (052) 433 3375. sohobeach.com

Azure Beach Dubai

Perfectly positioned on the JBR beachfront is Azure. It’s got an expansive pool at the centre, as well as an adjacent lounge for enjoying a relaxing lunch. All guests are given access to the beach in the entry price, which has been discounted over the festive season to Dhs100 from Sunday to Thursday, and Dhs200 on Friday and Saturday.

Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR, Dubai Marina, daily pool 10am to 7pm, weekdays Dhs100, weekends Dhs200. Tel: (052) 777 9472. azure-beach.com

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

Blue Marlin is a stalwart among Dubai’s party hard beach clubs. Opening on Fridays and Saturdays each week, entry is free if you’re either dining, or on guestlist for their Friday day-to-night party, which regularly flies in international acts to headline. On Saturdays, Blue Marlin hosts a weekly brunch where there’s two sittings in the restaurant of Mediterranean sharing dishes, as well as a slightly longer option if you choose to brunch beachside.

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday. Tel: (056) 113 3400. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

Summersalt Dubai

The only way that you could beat this beach club’s view of the Burj Al Arab is if you hopped on a boat. The Jumeirah Al Naseem spot is quite literally under the shadow of the Burj, but don’t worry, it’ won’t stop your tan game. The luxury club has a white sand beach, infinity pool and music that’s just loud enough to add atmosphere. Go in the morning if you want to read a book, or head there in the afternoon if you’re after a livelier vibe. The food is a Mediterranean mix with a heavy Italian influence, and it’s only steps away from your lounger if you’re wanting to tuck in midway through your tanning session.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, daily 9am to 6pm, Dhs577 with Dhs250 food credit back. Tel: (04) 366 7680. jumeirah.com

Playa Nomade Dubai

Bringing a Nomadic vibe to the Palm Jumeirah is Playa Nomade. The stripped back beach club serves up a more chilled out vibe during the week, with a lively vibe taking over with regular house DJs and party brunches dominating the shores every Friday and Saturday.

Playa Nomade, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 11am to 8pm, Weds to Sun, 11am to 12am, Fri. reservations@playanomade.com

Drift Beach Club, One & Only Royal Mirage

We love a good sunbathing spot in Dubai, and this new luxury beach club is a total treat. Located in the swanky One&Only Royal Mirage, DRIFT is described as a destination where “luxury beach chic meets casual simplicity”. There’s an infinity pool, 1km of prime beachfront real estate, and a restaurant and bar serving up Provencal cuisine and interesting cocktails. Don’t mind if we do…

DRIFT, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh. Pool and beach open daily 10.30am to 7pm, restaurant open daily 12.30pm to 7pm. Packages start from Dhs250 for sunlounger with beach and pool access Sun to Thurs, Dhs300 Fri and Sat. Tel: (04) 315 2200. driftbeachdubai.com.

Zero Gravity

Zero Gravity is one of the best for a party crowd: a host of DJs spin decks every weekend, and the pool itself is huge. The glass side that looks out to the beach is perfect for the snap-happy. There aren’t many single loungers by the pool, but cabanas are available with minimum spends for a VIP experience. Weekday rates start from Dhs160 including a Dhs50 food and drink voucher, with free entry for ladies on their Tuesday ladies’ day, while weekend access is included in their Friday and Saturday brunch packages.

Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Sun, Mon and Weds 10am to 9pm, Tues 9am to 3am, Thurs 10am to 3am, Fri and Sat 8am to 3am. Tel:04 399 0009. More info on 0-gravity.ae.

Barasti Dubai

Big, brash and boisterous, Barasti is a Brit expat favourite, and quickly packs out with people. The giant top deck screens football and rugby, live bands perform at sunset, and there’s a daily happy hour from 4pm to 7pm. Plus, they’ve just opened a brand new pool. Did we mention that entry is free for everyone?

Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach resort and Marina, Sat to Weds 11am to 1.30am, Thurs and Fri 11am to 3am, pool and sea access until sunset. Tel: (04) 318 1313. barastibeach.com.

Andreeas Dubai

On the edge of the beach in Dubai Marina you’ll find Andreeas. It’s undergone a couple of extensive refurbs recently, and boasts a split level pool with swim-up bar, in-water loungers and access to a pristine JBR beachfront. It’s a more chilled spot for topping up your tan, with two value ladies’ day deals every

Andreeas, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, daily 9am to sunset. Tel: (04) 408 4400. andreeas.ae

Best Rooftop Pools in LA – Summer 2018

It’s no secret that LA has some of the best summer hotspots. From beautiful beaches to splashy pools, there are ample Instagraming opportunities. Here, we’re rounding up five of the hottest rooftop pools in the city all boasting luxe amenities and dreamy views.

London West Hollywood

The London just unveiled its summer rooftop programming, Boxwood on the Roof, and it’s a good one. The series includes Ice Cream Sundays serving up exotic flavors (think popcorn and cookie monster oreo cookies), Tuesday Crystal Cocktails featuring drinks inspired by different stones, and live music Wednesdays. Executive chef Anthony Keene has also crafted a fun summer menu that includes oysters, hand rolled sushi, miso brass crostini, ginger chicken meatballs, grilled salmon fillet, and avocado toast.

SLS Beverly Hills

The SLS Beverly Hills’ Altitude Pool is a gorgeous oasis that will quickly become a go-to favorite spot during the summer. The plush vibe is so LA and the elevated fare by chef José Andrés such as Pacific ahi tuna ceviche and crab cake sliders is the icing on the cake. Weekends are especially lively on the rooftop pool with a DJ spinning beats on the deck. For the ultimate pool lounging experience, we suggest opting for a cabana.

W Hollywood

If you’re in the mood to get your party on, the W Hollywood’s rooftop pool and bar is definitely the spot for you. You and your squad can book a cabana or a daybed and enjoy the sunshine, views, and upbeat vibe for the day. Friday through Sunday from 1pm-5pm is when the DJ starts spinning and the party gets started. Book tables for Wet Hollywood on the Discotech app!

Montage Beverly Hills

Private poolside cabanas, lush landscaping, and awe-inspiring views of the city are just some of the reasons the Montage Beverly Hills’ rooftop pool stands out. Cabanas feature flat screen TVs, magazines, complimentary wifi, a fresh fruit bowl, drinks, and appetizers from The Rooftop Grill, which is perfect if you’re celebrating a birthday or a bachelor/bachelorette party. If you’re looking for a more relaxed rooftop pool experience, go for the Tranquility package, which includes a discount for a spa treatment, a crudite starter, and a cold-pressed juice sampler.

Peninsula Beverly Hills

Have your phone ready because the Peninsula Beverly Hills’ rooftop pool is definitely a scene you’re going to want to Instagram. The Century City skyline serves as the backdrop and the sparkling pool beckons on a hot LA day. Meet your friends here and together you can sit back in plush lounge chairs, sip cocktails or a smoothie, and enjoy a light bite.

Skybar at the Mondrian

Boasting some of the finest views of Los Angeles, Skybar is an open air, ivy covered pavilion perched above the pool at Mondrian LA.

Having been the spot for the hottest nightlife and bar scenes from the day it opened, Skybar’s newly re-imagined design brings a fresh approach to this iconic space. A chic poolside lounge by day, Skybar provides an idyllic oasis to take in the sun and enjoy impeccably fresh cocktails. When the sun sets, the pulse of Skybar beats even louder, stirring a seductive energy, aroused by world-class DJ’s and Hollywood glamour. Book tables and see upcoming DJs at Skybar!

Skybar is private to hotel guests everyday until 1PM.

Best South Beach Pool Parties / Dayclubs 2017

Catching rays in our designer bikinis, sippin’ juicy umbrella drinks, and chillin’ by the pool. This is one case where the stereotype is true: Miami knows how to have fun in the sun.

A lot of it has to do with that whole carefree vibe you get from living in Miami, but the reason we’re always walking around half-naked and tan is because

of all the kick-ass pool parties we’re able to crash — especially in South Beach. Yes, it’s a bit of a tourist trap, but every Miamian has a soft spot for South Beach even if they won’t admit it.

So next time you feel like crossing the bridge and getting wet, keep in mind these ten best pool party spots on SoBe. Now go get your splash on.

1. The Standard Spa – 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-1717

The beach is one of Miami’s greatest treasures, but every trip there ends with grains of sand stuck in places we didn’t even know existed. At the Standard’s pool, though, relaxing on one of the many lounge chairs or on the makeshift beach — sans sand, of course — is like spending a day on South Beach. That’s because the infinity pool, equipped with an underwater sound system, is so close to the water that if you stand at just the right angle, it seems to disappear into the bay. Being that the Standard is a spa within itself, you know there’s bound to be lots of pampering, like the Arctic Plunge, a 50-degree minipool that claims to “increase your heart rate and kickstart your circulation.” If sitting in an ice box for the recommended minute isn’t your thing, the Roman waterfall hot tub will warm your insides with eight feet of 103-degree water to “alleviate pain and detoxify” the body. With a waterfront wooden deck, the Standard also offers paddleboarding lessons. All of this fun comes with a pretty hefty price tag — $75 for a day pass Monday through Thursday and $150 Friday through Sunday and holidays or the equivalent in spa spending — but at least you won’t have sand glued to your body for days.

2. The Freehand Miami – 2727 Indian Creek Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-2727

The Freehand Miami gained popularity thanks to Gabriel Orta and the rest of the mixologists at the Broken Shaker, but Miami Beach’s first upscale hostel has also made a name for itself with its intimate pool parties. With a Ping-Pong table, colorful decor, tasty cocktails, and themed splash bashes that present some of the best underground DJs in the 305, the Freehand is a welcome escape from reality. The party continues ’round the clock at this millennial tourist hub, but the monthly Full Moon Night Swims are particularly special and provide a rare opportunity for visitors to mix with the locals. During the monthly events, Miami-based artisans showcase their creations beneath the glow of lanterns and a breathtaking full moon.

3. 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop – 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1000

There’s no more beautiful view than a Miami sunset, and a rooftop view is even better. The 1 Hotel South Beach Rooftop pool makes it easy to take in the orange, lilac, and pink afterglow of a hot Miami day. Take a dip at dusk for a refreshing respite from the humidity and stress of rush-hour traffic. The rooftop pool is open to nonguests after 6 p.m., DJs begin spinning as early as 3 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. After a long day at work and a stressful commute, you’ll fall in love with the city you call home when you view it from poolside heaven.

4. Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel – 1701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-674-1701

A ten-foot, 700-pound rubber ducky is not something you would expect to find at a swanky boutique hotel. At Hyde Beach at the SLS Hotel, however, a giant silver statue of a rubber ducky sits on the east end of the hotel guest pool, right before the garden and beach pool. Designer Philippe Stark imagined both swimming pools to resemble a bath tub, hence the ducky. In other words, he wanted to make all of your childhood fantasies come true. Pool access for nonguests depends upon availability Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the entrance fee is at the doorman’s discretion.

5. Raleigh Hotel – 1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-6300

The wow factor at the Raleigh is its 1940s-era crest-shaped swimming pool. Named one of 12 over-the-top Pools by Forbes, the two-tiered pool with a vintage diving board has made the Raleigh the highlight of Chanel fashion shows, the cover of magazine spreads, and the talk of some of the hottest pool parties around town. Lined with lounge chairs, curtain-covered canopies, and striped umbrellas, the pool prioritizes hotel guests, but passes are available for nonguests while space allows. Passes cost $30 Monday through Thursday and $60 Friday through Sunday. A poolside chair, towels, and Wi-Fi access are included, along with DJs playing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

6. Clevelander South Beach Hotel & Bar – 1020 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-532-4006

You’ve driven by the Clevelander when showing visitors around town, but maybe you thought you were too cool to hit up a South Beach tourist staple. Admit it: Bouncing beach balls in the pool and playing tourist for the day looks pretty fun. The folks at the Clevelander want you to play with the out-of-towners; their pool is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. Memorial Day crowds were heavy, but try this spot on an off-weekend for drinks with new friends you’ll never see again.

7. Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-672-2000

Surrounded by chaise longues, freestanding linen umbrellas, and canopied daybeds, the pool at the iconic Delano is as posh as the decor. Take a stroll through the Alice in Wonderland-themed garden path to behold its 7,000 square feet of refreshing, clear cure for the summertime blues. Access to the pool is available with a cabana rental, but non-guests are better off attending Delano Beach Club after 7 p.m., when live entertainment heats up as the night cools down. And when hunger strikes, you can always grab a tasty bite at Bianca, the Delano’s indoor/outdoor restaurant which happens to be steps away from the pool.

8. Mondrian South Beach – 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500

The Mondrian does things differently, even when it comes to its pool. Named Miami’s best hotel by New Times, the modern yet whimsical hotel extends its eclectic and detail-oriented style outside to its pool area. It’s open to anyone on a first-come, first-served basis, but hotel guests get priority, and nonguests must spend at least $50 on food and drinks. For $500, you can get a day bed for up to six people, or fork over $800 for a cabana to accommodate more guests. DJs spin tunes poolside every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m., so choose a special occasion, split the cost among friends, and take a daycation.

9. Shore Club Hotel – 1901 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-695-3100

One of the biggest dilemmas you’ll encounter at the Shore Club is deciding which of the two elevated-edge infinity pools to dive into first. Well, the answer is based on the type of person you are. If you’re more of a laid-back lounger, you’ll likely pick the pool that’s closest to the hotel. With lounge chairs and colorful, Moroccan-inspired beds, the vibe whispers relaxation. If you’re more adventuresome, chances are you’ll dip your toes into the pool that overlooks the beach. Feet away from the shore, you’ll spot banana boats and Jet Skis zooming across the horizon. Located between the pools and draped with sheer curtains is Rumbar, where you’ll get the best of both worlds. The pool is strictly for hotel guests only, so you’ll have to book a room (or get sneaky).

10. Highbar at Dream Hotel South Beach – 1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-4747

South Beach’s luxurious pools can seem out of reach for the average partygoer in Miami, but Highbar at Dream Hotel in South Beach offers the perfect staycation option for those who are “broke with expensive taste.” The infinity pool area, adorned in white retro decor with golden accents, stands 70 feet above the ocean, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the Atlantic. Highbar’s Naked Taco offers topnotch Mexican cuisine, and unlike most SoBe hotel pools, Highbar is open to the public and there’s no cover. It’s like getting the Cancun experience without having to pay for the getaway.