The Best Hotels With Private Beaches to Book in Dubai

Dance barefoot in the sand at Atlantis, the Palm
Dance barefoot in the sand at Atlantis, the Palm | Courtesy of Atlantis, the Palm / Expedia
Photo of Judy Cogan
24 October 2021

Private beaches glisten around every corner in this United Arab Emirates city. Whether you’re looking for live DJ sets on the sands at FIVE Palm Jumeirah or water sports at Anantara the Palm, these glitzy resorts in Dubai have you covered – and are easily bookable via Culture Trip.

Caesars Palace Dubai, for a glamorous stay

Caesars Palace Dubai
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Welcome to the first Caesars Palace outside of Las Vegas. It’s a glitzy non-gaming resort with a trendy private beach club, a Pantheon-style theatre, a cutting-edge spa and a restaurant by Gordon Ramsay. The 500m (1,650ft) pristine private beach edges the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Gulf. Dive in for a swim, hire a jet ski or kick back in a private cabana. The hotel is on the manmade Bluewaters Island next to Ain Dubai, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, for a tranquil escape

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
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The best thing about staying at a resort is the feeling of being cocooned from reality. At this Waldorf Astoria outpost, you’ll find one of the most serene private beaches in Dubai. It’s a 200m (650ft) curve of silky sand, not far from the two hotel swimming pools. Mornings are quieter, with sun loungers filling up as the day gets going. Stay hydrated on the unlimited hotel-branded bottled water or treat yourself to a cocktail in between swims.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, for a party scene

Nikki Beach Resort and Spa Dubai
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You may have experienced the chic Nikki Beach vibes in one of its exotic outposts in Ibiza, St-Tropez or Koh Samui. Here, in Dubai, you’ll find the same snow-white furnishings and pristine desert island sands on its private beach. Pop champagne in swanky cabanas, while you spot celebrities and VIPs dancing on the stage in the main pool. The resort has four restaurants and lounges, as well as Nikki Spa and Tone Gym. It’s all about the balance.

The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, for top lounger service

Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort
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A beautiful stretch of sugary white sand with umbrella-topped loungers? Sounds good to us. Want a mojito or club sandwich while you sunbathe? Just send a WhatsApp message to the friendly staff and – hey presto – you’ve got it. This five-star hotel is linked to Le Méridien Mina Seyahi hotel’s beach club next door, so you can use all five swimming pools, in-water sunbeds and outdoor workout sessions between the two resorts.

Atlantis, the Palm, for live music and cocktails

Atlantis, The Palm
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Laze around all day under the silhouette of one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, Atlantis, the Palm, a near identical counterpart to the original incarnation in the Bahamas. The private beach here attracts a mix of tourists, celebrities and influencers but never feels overcrowded. Friendly staff are on hand to tend to your needs – whether that is cleaning your sunglasses or delivering your third cocktail. Dance barefoot in the sand to live music acts and international DJs, smoke shisha or take on some adrenaline-fuelled water sports.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, for a hidden locals’ retreat

Jumeirah Al Naseem
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Summersalt beach club is a tranquil, hidden away spot, favoured by low-key locals. The pool is flanked by swaying palm trees, with DJs playing ambient tunes and staff serving up a menu of fresh seafood, juicy burgers and salads. It’s the perfect spot for a romantic beach day with uninterrupted views of Burj Al Arab and its surrounding calm turquoise waters. It’s a small and intimate set-up, so it’s well worth making a reservation in advance.

One&Only the Palm, for a spa day by the sand

One and Only The Palm
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How does this sound as the perfect day? A skincare treatment in the Guerlain Spa in the morning before heading out for a blissful afternoon on a secluded stretch of sand in an oversized cabana. You won’t be in view of any other resorts either, thanks to the hotel’s position at the very end of Dubai’s famous palm-shaped Jumeirah outcrop. Arrive in style by using a boat service from Dubai Media City and book some water sports and sea fishing while you’re here.

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai, for sunset DJ sets

FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai
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This super hip hotel attracts a young bouji crowd to its 150m (500ft) private beach. There are plenty of sun loungers and cabanas under a luxurious outdoor chandelier. The fun never stops here, thanks to a slew of restaurants, bars and a beachside nightclub. Put your wine glass down long enough to enjoy a Mediterranean menu, including healthy wraps and salads, tacos and truffle mac and cheese. Get in early for a laid-back post-workout brunch and stay until DJs start spinning house disco tunes as the sun sinks.

Dukes the Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel for a luxe family-friendly stay

Dukes The Palm
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This is all about five-star luxury with panoramic ocean views. The sight of Dubai’s skyscrapers will remind you this isn’t a tropical island. The private beach attracts a more muted crowd than other lively beach clubs in the city. It’s popular with families and couples, as well as frazzled party people in search of tranquility. If you’re feeling energised, water sports are available, or you can just bask in the nearby infinity pool overlooking the Arabian Gulf.

Anantara the Palm Dubai Resort, for water sports

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort
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If beaches bring out your active side, this stretch of silky sand could be the perfect launch pad for some seaside escapades. Located on the Palm Jumeirah, this five-star Thai-inspired resort boasts 400m (1,300ft) of private beach and a network of swimming lagoons that lead to the shore. Embrace new adventures such as fishing or diving, water-skiing or wakeboarding, kayaking or beach volley. Afterwards, kick back with a cold beer to close the day.

Not quite what you had in mind? Try an all-inclusive holiday at one of the best resorts in Dubai, all bookable on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on October 24, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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