After months indoors are you itching for a family day out? If an overnight resort stay is not in your budget, then why not try a day pass to one of Dubai’s exclusive beachside resorts or beach clubs?
What to expect from beach clubs in Dubai – are they family-friendly?
Not all of Dubai’s beach clubs are created equal. Some very much specialise more in the party crowd, which is great when your mates are in town (or you want to feel severely depressed how frumpy your butt looks in bathers) – there’s a good guide here on party beach clubs in Dubai if that’s your thing.
Our aim here though is to seek out the most relaxing family-friendly spots where you can pull up a sun lounger for the day, splash and lay back while the kids are entertained and appreciated – not just tolerated on a pool & beach day pass.
Note: This post has been updated to reflect the current situation after Covid-19 re-openings. The situation is continuing to change daily so please check with each club/resort when booking to avoid any disappointments on open facilities.
Fairmont the Palm
The Fairmont has long been known as one of the most family-friendly offerings on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah. You will find exceptional family facilities here including four swimming pools, a beautiful wide 800m long beach and the Fairmont Falcons Kids’ Club which includes a splash park, toddlers playhouse and climbing walls.
Beach Club Day Passes: Start at a quite reasonable 150 AED per adult on weekdays and 250 AED on weekends, which includes a 150 AED food and beverage voucher. Kids 6 to 12 years are half price and under 6’s free. Kids club costs 65 AED extra per hour.
Looking to stay the night? Check out summer staycation deals for Fairmont the Palm here
JA Beach Hotel
Sitting slightly further out of town and often slightly forgotten when weighing up your Dubai options, it is only about 15 minutes further towards Abu Dhabi down the Sheikh Zayed Freeways to this award-winning family-friendly beach club.
The hotel offers separate kids clubs for toddler and teens, two baby pools, a floating Wibit Water park (similar to what you’ll see on the shores of JBR and Al Bahar on the Abu Dhabi Corniche) and an absolute tonne of facilities on site including mini-golf, horse riding, croquet, camel rides table tennis water polo (some are seasonal check with the hotel before booking).
Daycation offers: Include pool and beach access. Free access for infants and up to 2 children ages 4 to 16 year.
With exceptional good value Staycation packages, this is one we recommend you make your daycation into an overnighter.
Looking to stay the night? Check out the current staycation deals for JA Beach Hotel
Riva Beach Club
One of Dubai’s first independent beach clubs, RIVA enjoys its own stretch of exclusive private beach frontage along the Palm Jumeirah shoreline. A nautical-inspired favourite, only a minimal entrance fee will score you a sun lounger and all-day access to the pools and beach frontage along with great facilities including a steam room.
Beach & pool day passes: Weekday pricing starts from 75 AED per person, 120 AED per couple and 55 AED per child (4 to 12 years). Weekends are 100 AED/ 175 AED / 75 AED. Below 4’s are free.
RIVA also offers 6 month and annual memeberships – learn more here
Club Mina – The Mina Seyahi
Club Mina’s is a top spot for families looking for a little something to suit everyone. If you’ve come before for one of the famous family brunches at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi before you will know exactly what we’re talking about!
Club Mina offers the choice of five beachside pools (two of them are completed covered for kiddies) as well as 500m of uninterrupted beach frontage. If you are seeking out some parent time then the Penguin Club is a great option – there’s always plenty of fun activities going on inside and out with the Club Mina entertainment team.
(Please note, the Penguin Kids Club currently remains closed).
Day passes on weekdays are 220 AED per adult and 125 AED for children (4 to 12 years old). On weekends and public holidays, adults 310 AED and children 150 AED. Adults get 100 AED in F&B credits and kids 50 AED. Cabanas can be rented on the ebac front for an additional 100 AED / 150 AED on weekends for groups up to 4.
Mamas! Keep your eye out for Sunday Ladies Days for 150 AED and kids go free on Tuesdays (under 12’s)
Looking to stay the night? Check out pricing here for a night at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Sofitel Dubai the Palm
Of all the resorts on the Palm, this is one of our luxury favourites for all seasons with its indoor and outdoor recreation programs kids can enjoy the Amura Kids club, and there’s even a dedicated kids cinema!
Current Summer Daycation packages running until 31 July 2020 – for 550 AED on a weekend, two adults can enjoy all-day access, including use of a Luxury Sea View Room and 150 AED to spend on food and drinks. Weekday prices are 150 AED per adults and 80 AED for kids 3 to 12 years (100/50 AED respectively can be spent on F&B).
Looking to stay the night? Check out current staycation packages with Sofitel Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa
Azure Beach – Rixos Premium
Situated in JBR, Azure Beach is a beautiful and affordable family option with weekday access starting 100AED per person and weekend access from 200AED per person – entry is redeemable on F&B vouchers. Kids under 13 pay half price and under 4’s are free (MUCH more reasonable than most).
There is a complimentary supervised kids club for Azure Beach guests aged 4 to 12 years old (under 4’s can attend with adult supervision only). (June 2020 – kids club remains closed)
Mamas – keep your eye out for ladies days on Mondays & Tuesdays!
Looking to stay the night? Check out the current staycation deals for Rixos Premium
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
This classic family resort on the west crescent of the Palm is still going strong. The stunning infinity pool and bubbling jacuzzis are big draw cards, and for families, the Sinbad’s KiDS Club can bring a tranquil break for parents.
There is a current summer offer for a “Daily Splash Pass” for only 250AED which includes 250 AED back in F&B vouchers.
Regular pricing: External guest can expect to pay 350 AED per adult and 250 AED per child for unlimited use of the pool and beach facilities at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.
(Note the kids club remains closed under current government regulations)
Looking to stay the night? Check out pricing for current staycation deals at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Jumierah Zabeel Saray also has large, 5-bedroom villas with private pools.
One of the newest kids on the block, Cove Beach offers the choice of three pools with extensive beach frontage too. Set on Bluewaters Island with stunning views back to JBR, enjoy lunch at contemporary restaurant Two.0 or dinner with unforgettable sunset views as the pools close.
Enjoy a Single Sunbed on the beach for AED200 per person, which is fully redeemable on F&B on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, AED100 will be redeemable. Alternatively, relax above the ground in a suspended Swinging Bed which caters to up to 2 people. Swinging Beds can be reserved with a minimum spend of AED500 on F&B
The most luxurious option available at the moment is the beautiful large Beach Cabana which caters to up to 4 people. Beach Cabanas can be booked with a minimum spend of AED1,500 on F&B.
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Looking to stay the night? Check out the current staycation deals for Caesars Resort Bluewaters
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