10 Abu Dhabi brunches with pool and beach access

Say goodbye to the beach season with a bang…

To win your brunch use, locations across the city are constantly looking for new ways to improve their weekend deals. And like double act dining, brunch and a dip is a pretty tough collaboration to pimp. It is an expression of pure indulgence – gourmet grazing, lounging, bathing and soaking up the bronzing rays of the sun, available year round in the cloud-free skies of Abu Dhabi.

Strongly agree? These are just some of the best brunch and party deals in Abu Dhabi, which include access to the pool and beach…

Al Maya Island and Resort

Ok so technically no brunch, which we confess – is a rough start, but stick with us – we have our reasons. The popular pool parties at Abu Dhabi’s Al Maya Island & Resort have returned in triumph, and we’re excited – because there’s no rave like a rave where you can bathe. Every Saturday between 10am and 8.30pm, tickets are priced at Dhs250 which includes Dhs100 in food and drink credit and your boat transfers. While ladies can enter for free before noon, including Saturdays, there is a strict policy that all-day guests must be over 21. The ferry service to Al Maya Island departs from a dock near the Presidential Palace. The duration of the boat transfer is between 10 and 15 minutes (depending on the ship and 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. Phone: (02) 667 7777, @almayaisland

Cafe Del Mar

Cafe Del Mar, the outpost of the rave enclave in the UAE, is only a few months old, but it already seems to have built up quite a bit. Ibiza’s lagoon pool, boutique beach and big beats are a rare but very welcome combination for Abu Dhabi’s many vibe-hunters and one of the most popular weekly appointments is the Saturday BBQ pool party. This water party takes place every Saturday between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. The price of Dhs499 includes free-flow select drinks, unlimited barbecue plates, access to the pool, towels and a sun lounger.

Cafe Del Mar, Yas Bay Waterfront, Pool Party BBQ every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm, Dhs499. Phone: (050) 402 2283@cafedelmarabudhabi

cove beach

Cove Beach, Reem Island’s little paradise, is armed to the veneer with great deals almost every night of the week. And they just moved their brunch in for the summer season. You’ll still have access to the same selection of seafood, sushi, and assorted treats, along with the freedom to take a dip in the pool after brunch – it’s just now that the dining area comes with the sanctuary of air con.

Reem Island, Saturday from 1 pm to 4 pm, soft Dhs249, house Dhs299, bubbles Dhs449. Tel: (056) 39 87895, @covebeachabudhabi


Brand new to the beach brunch scene and brimming with bohemian glamour, the Emirates Palace Saturday Sunset brunch in Las Brisas looks like a very special affair indeed. The party takes place between 5:30 PM and 10:00 PM and includes food and drinks, a beachside campfire, and access to the expansive pool complex. We were told that the drinks will be Latin inspired and the appetizers will take the shape of a ‘pass-through menu† The food offerings are built on a mix of wild opulence and more tested brunch classics. Expect oysters and caviar alongside fish and chips, wagyu burgers, sushi, shrimp tacos and a collection of live grilled dishes.

Emirates Palace, W Cornich Road, 5.30pm to 10pm, Dhs495. Phone: (02) 690 9000, @emiratespalace


Sometimes, not always, but sometimes the hype is justified. And for us, Naama more than lives up to the fan-sung celebrations. It scores high on flair, the food on offer is huge, it’s just as strong on the inside as it is on the outside, and the trolley circuits add a lot of finesse to that finishing touch. One of the best and one of our favorites.

Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Sat 12:30pm to 4:00pm, Dhs 370 with soft drinks, Dhs495 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 banging tunes and soaking up the sun on the patio and pool.

Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, Khalifa Street Al Markaziyah Area, Fri 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, soft Dhs149, house Dhs225 and premium Dhs275. Tel: (02) 695 0515, @pjsabudhabi

Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi

Sofra Bld’s lavish buffet brunch features all-time international favorites, including grilled seafood and premium grilled cuts. There are pizzas, sushi and main courses from Arab, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, as well as a selection of creative concoctions from the brunch bar “Shangri-Lab”. The dessert island shines with a chocolate fountain, ice cream and fresh pastries. After brunch, head to the beach lounge where drinks and entertainment are served during the sunset. And, as a cheeky, added value, all packages include beach access.

Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri Abu Dhabi, Sat from 1pm to 4pm, Dhs298 with soft drinks, Dhs378 with house drinks, Dhs498 bubbly. 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 brimming with flavor and flavour. There are traditional antipasti, including Black Angus beef carpaccio, slow-cooked lamb shank on creamy polenta, grilled organic chicken with honey-glazed carrots, and more. Bring your swimsuit to enjoy the free access to the pool.

Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences, Emirates Pearl, Abu Dhabi, Fri 12:30pm to 4:00pm, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs340 for house drinks. Phone: (02) 510 234. verso.ae

West Bay Lounge

Head to West Bay and enjoy the gastronomic revelry of a Saturday waterfront brunch (priced from Dhs249); on the complex there is a health club and a spa; a recently opened wave pool and lazy river combination; and a brand new adventure playground with an elevated ropes course. Access to West Bay leisure facilities is free at the house and premium West Bay Loung brunch packages. But you can also enter with day passes. On weekdays adults can access the facilities for Dhs 150 but get Dhs 100 back on food. On weekends it’s Dhs200, but you still get the Dhs100 back as credit.

West Bay Lounge in West Bay Abu Dhabi, Corniche Rd, Al Bateen, Sat from 1pm to 4pm, Dhs249 for soft, Dhs379 house, Dhs479 bubbly. Tel: (02) 692 4375, @westbayabudhabi

wet deck

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is a very on-key vibe, so it follows that their pool complex would be the poolside lounge area of ​​choice for the capital’s discerning dive connoisseurs. Their Sunday to Friday deal ‘Daydream at Wet Deck’ deal is only 150 Dhs per adult and you get full refund for food and drinks. Relax in sublime supine position between noon and 8pm, with a Wet Deck welcome pack that includes a bottle of water, popsicles and access to those luxurious purple pillows. Pulse is their Thursday night session with fat beats and submerged seats and comes with a three hour drinks package (ladies Dhs150, gents Dhs200). And ‘Soak it Up Saturdays’ also have their own drinks during the day (ladies Dhs 160, gentlemen Dhs 220 for three hours).

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

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