Situated on Saadiyat Island, and located just a short 70 minute drive is Saadiyat Beach Club. A charming non residential beach club where you can hang out for the whole day and enjoy the facilities, pool, beach, gym and leisure club (sauna, steam and jacuzzi) for a day rate. If you are fortunate to live close then of course you can enjoy club membership which gives you a few additional perks.
We arrived after an effortless journey and whilst my guest went to check out the gym facilities and have a full workout (huh ??) I checked into the spa area for a relaxing signature massage. Emerging an hour later, smothered in oil and fully relaxed we then headed to the pool where we managed to bag a cabana next to the pool (these are additional to the admission price but the sun beds around the pool are included in the price). We passed the time relaxing with nothing much to do than order a drink or two (the coffee is very good) and to relax.
The pool is an infinity one overlooking the beach and long enough so that you can swim some decent laps yet shallow enough so that you can lounge around and relax if that’s what you have scheduled for your days’ activities. Service at the pool is swift and the staff bring an ice bucket without being prompted which is a nice touch and draft Peroni is served which hits the spot just perfectly on a hot pool day. The resort is quite quiet on the day that we visit, but I’m told on the weekend it can be quite busy – but the management limit numbers so that it’s never over crowed. Lounge music plays in the background lulling us into a deeper state of relaxation. There’s also a separate pool for kids and a lovely grassy play area to keep the little ones occupied.
Leaving our cabana some time later, we make our way to the outdoor terrace of Safina which also plays host to a popular Friday Brunch. Lobster pots on the ceiling indoors and lots of fish carvings, driftwood and large wooden tables give the whole place a beach chic feel and I imagine dining in would be every bit as nice as eating out on the terrace. For starters : Smoked Salmon on Cereal Bread with Sour cream & chives, a lovely light starter with crispy cereal bread, a little difficult to eat as the bread was so thin and it kept snapping and I don’t think the salmon was that tasty to be honest. We shared a Beetroot Flavored Organic Quinoa Salad with shrimps, vegetable & orange dressing which was tasty and sweet and also tried the Carrot & Ginger soup which can be served hot or cold – a nice touch given the climate.
Mains were served swiftly, probably a little too early for me if I’m honest, but I understand there is a balance between pool time v’s restaurant time, but I recommend you ask for a longer gap between courses if that’s what you prefer.I choose Grilled Jumbo Prawns with Sautéed broccoli & lemon aioli (these were substituted with cauliflower and mashed potato) the prawns were sweet and meaty and cooked perfectly, my guest choose an extremely tasty, tender and succulent Pan Seared Chicken Breast with Mashed potato & french Beans. Whilst he enjoyed it, I would describe the portions as ‘pool size lunch appropriate’ rather than ‘man size filling’ and he was still hungry as we went to the pool (having said that he did quite a big workout before lunch). We ended off our meal with a healthy dessert of Fresh Fruits with Raspberry Sorbet
The afternoon was spent relaxing and basking in the sun before taking a stroll over the boardwalk to visit the beach. Just a short walk away from the main pool and building there’s a small beach bar, a beach with loungers or beach cabanas and a life guard to watch over you.
The beach has a blue flag and eco label and the dunes are protected so no walking amounst the dunes as they are a protected habitat where Hawksbill turtles nest. The shore is also protected as so no noisy jet skis or boats zipping past you to wake you from your afternoon snooze which can only be good news as far as I’m concerned. If you’re lucky you might see some dolphins playing in the bay or even turtles.
All too soon the day came to an end as we enjoyed clicking a few photos of the beautiful sunset with the Abu Dhabi city skyline in the distance (ignore the cracked phone screen I was trying to be creative).
Walking around the resort just before we leave, we spot plenty of other dining locations, bars and places to hang out with friends both indoor and outdoor. We also discover that the Club regularly hosts various live music nights, ladies day discounts and other functions, as well as some lovely happy hour promotions – I just wish I lived closer as I would pop in more often – until then Saadiyat Beach Club will remain a once in a while treat #DayCation trip – we both agree that we are driving home feeling rested and relaxed and would return again.
If you are lucky and visit at the right time, you just might get to see some wildlife at the resort. The photos below are of Gazelles, Dolphins and Ducks all seen at the Beach Club (images courtesy of Saadiyat PR team). Good Luck x
Further details : http://www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae/
Disclaimer : I was a guest of Saadiyat Beach Club, however all opinions and views are my own. All images (except those of the wildlife) are my own taken on the day of the visit.