10 Abu Dhabi Brunches with Pool and Beach Access


Say goodbye to the beautiful beach season…

To earn your brunch custom, venues across the city are constantly looking for new ways to improve their weekend offerings. And as far as dining double acts go, brunch and dip is a pretty tough collaboration to whip up. It’s an expression of pure indulgence – gourmet grazing, lazing, swimming and soaking up the sun’s tanning rays, available all year round thanks to Abu Dhabi’s cloudless skies.

Totally agree? These are just a few of the best brunch and party deals in Abu Dhabi, offering pool and beach access…

Al Maya Island and Resort

Ok, so not technically a brunch, which we admit – is a rough start, but bear with us – we have our reason. The popular pool parties at Abu Dhabi’s Al Maya Island & Resort have made a triumphant return, and we’re thrilled – because there’s no rave, like a rave where you can swim. Going down every Saturday between 10am and 8.30pm, tickets are priced at Dhs 250, which includes Dhs 100 credit for food and drink and your boat transfers. Although women can enter for free before noon, also on Saturdays, there is a strict policy that all-day guests must be over 21 years old. Ferry service to Al Maya Island departs from a mooring space located near the presidential palace. The duration of the boat transfer is between 10 and 15 minutes (depending on the ship and the conditions. The cost of the trip is included in your day pass.

Al Maya Island & Resort, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tel: (02) 667 7777, @almayaisland

Cafe Del Mar

The UAE outpost of the rave enclave, Cafe Del Mar is only a few months old, but it seems to have built all of the following already. The lagoon pool, boutique beach and big Ibiza beats are a rare but very welcome combination for Abu Dhabi’s vibe-hunter scores and one of the most popular weekly fixtures is the BBQ night at the Saturday. This aquatic fiesta takes place between 1pm and 5pm every Saturday, the price of 499 Dhs includes a selection of unlimited drinks, unlimited plates from the barbecue, access to the swimming pool, towels and a deck chair.

Cafe Del Mar, Yas Bay Waterfront, pool party BBQ every Saturday, 1-4pm, Dhs499. Tel: (050) 402 2283, @cafedelmarabudhabi

Cove Beach

A little slice of paradise on Reem Island, Cove Beach is armed to the teeth with incredible promotions, almost every night of the week. And they just moved their brunch indoors for the summer season. You’ll still have access to the same selection of seafood, sushi and assorted buffets, plus the freedom to take a dip after brunch in the pool – it’s just now that the dining element comes with the air conditioning sanctuary.

Reem Island, Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., soft 249 Dhs, house 299 Dhs, bubbles 449 Dhs. Tel: (056) 39 87895, @covebeachabudhabi

Las Brisas

Brand new to the beach brunch scene and bristling with bohemian glamour, the Emirates Palace Saturday Sunset Brunch at Las Brisas looks like a very special affair indeed. Taking place between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., the fiesta includes food and drink, a beachside bonfire, and access to the expansive pool complex. We’re told the drinks will be Latin-inspired and the bites will take the shape of a ‘master menu‘.The food offering is built on a mix of wild opulence and more tried and tested brunch classics. Expect oysters and caviar to appear alongside fish and chips, wagyu burgers, sushi, shrimp tacos and a collection of live grilled dishes.

Emirates Palace, W Cornich Road, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., 495 Dhs. Tel: (02) 690 9000, @emiratespalace


Sometimes not always, but sometimes the hype is right. And for us, Nahaam more than lives up to the fan-sung celebrations. It stands out for its style, the food offering is vast, it’s as strong inside as it is out, and the cart circuits add great finesse to that finishing touch. One of the best and one of our favorites.

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 370 Dhs with soft drinks, 495 Dhs with house drinks. Tel: (0)2 8115555. @conradetihadtowers

PJ O’Reilly’s

Hog fest 2.0 will see an assortment of free-flowing platters and signature dishes served straight from the kitchen and food trucks while you enjoy the music and sunshine on the patio and in the pool.

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street Al Markaziyah Area, Friday from 1pm to 4pm, soft Dhs149, house Dhs225 and premium Dhs275. Tel: (02) 695 0515, @pjsabudhabi

Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi

The extravagant brunch buffet at Sofra Bld features all-time international favorites, including grilled seafood and prime grilled cuts. There’s pizza, sushi and dishes from all over Arabic, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine as well as a selection of creative concoctions from the “Shangri-Lab” brunch bar. The dessert island dazzles with a chocolate fountain, ice cream and fresh pastries. After brunch, head to the Beach Lounge where drink offerings and entertainment accompany the sunset hours. And, by way of a cheeky little value-added bolt, all packages include beach access.

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi, Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 298 Dhs with soft drinks, 378 Dhs with house drinks, 498 Dhs bubbles. Tel: (0)2 509 8555. shangri-la.com/abudhabi


La Dolce Vita (meaning “the good life”) brunch offers an abundance of homemade traditional Italian recipes full of flavor and flavor. There are traditional antipasti that include Black Angus beef carpaccio, slow-cooked lamb shank over creamy polenta, grilled organic chicken with honey-glazed roots and more. Bring your bathing suit to take advantage of the free access to the swimming pool.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences, Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi, Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 250 Dhs with soft drinks, 340 Dhs for house drinks. Tel: (02) 510 234. back.ae

West Bay Lounge

Head to West Bay and enjoy the gastronomic delights of a Saturday brunch by the water (from Dhs249); on the complex there is a health club and a spa; a recently opened wave pool and lazy river combo; and an all-new sparkling adventure playground with an elevated assault course. Access to West Bay’s leisure facilities is complimentary with West Bay Loung premium house and brunch packages. But you can also enter with day passes. During the week, adults can access the facilities for 150 Dhs, but recover 100 Dhs on food. On weekends, it’s 200 Dhs but you always get the 100 Dhs back in credit.

West Bay Lounge at West Bay Abu Dhabi, Corniche Rd, Al Bateen, Saturday 1-4pm, Dhs249 for soft, Dhs379 house, Dhs479 bubbles. Tel: (02) 692 4375, @westbayabudhabi

Wet deck

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is an utterly key vibe, it follows that their pool complex would be the preferred poolside lounging space for savvy connoisseurs of the capital. Their Sunday to Friday “Daydream at Wet Deck” deals are only Dhs 150 per adult and you get the full amount back to deposit on food and drink. Relax in sublime lying position between noon and 8 p.m., with a Wet Deck welcome pack that includes a bottle of water, popsicles and access to those luxurious purple cushions. Pulse is their Thursday night session with big beats and submerged seating and comes with a three hour drinks package (ladies Dhs150, gents Dhs200). And ‘Soak it Up Saturdays’ also has its own daytime drink deals (ladies Dhs 160, gentlemen Dhs 220 for three hours).

W Lounge, W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island. Tel: (02) 656 0000, @WAbuDhabi

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