Located on the west trunk of Palm Jumeirah with views over Dubai Marina and JBR, Palm West Beach is one of the city’s newest and most vibrant dining and leisure destinations. Offering more than 1.6 kilometres of walkable promenade lined with beachfront restaurants, beach clubs and luxury hotels, it’s one of Dubai’s ultimate lunch and sundowner spots. Here is the ultimate guide to Palm West Beach.
The follow-up to their supermodel debut beach club, Twiggy By La Cantine, Rikas Hospitality Group opened Kyma Beach in late 2022 in collaboration with the St. Regis Dubai The Palm hotel (located in the nearby Palm Tower). While Twiggy transports you to the French Riviera, Kyma takes you to the Greek Islands and Athenian Riviera, with a slick of soft white sand (the softest and whitest on West Beach) striped loungers, rope umbrellas, a beautiful blue pool and a menu of summery Aegean dishes and crisp Greek wine. Dine alfresco in the restaurant as you enjoy fresh seafood and magnums of Assyrtiko or order Greek burgers, wraps and dips straight to your bed, all while enjoying beats from Rikas’ signature roster of world-class DJs.
Swimming pools are a rather recent addition to West Beach, kicked off by the creation of The Club – a collection of three super chic beach clubs and restaurants by Nakheel. Located at the northern end or the strip and accessed by golf buggies – Playa, Eva Beach House and San Beach all bring something different to the super-premium development. Bright, breezy and white-washed, SĀN Beach offers a Mediterranean Riviera-inspired experience and has earthy tones and an organic, laid-back feel, while Eva Beach House transports guests to Mexico’s Bohemian Tulum. Finally, Playa brings the flavours and feelings of Latin America and Peru to West Beach with a restaurant and beach house serving like zingy ceviche and fresh Pisco Sours. All boast their own beautiful swimming pools.
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Perched atop SĀN Beach, Loren is one of the latest restaurants to be added to Palm West Beach, serving Italian-Mediterranean dishes in a chic, neutral dining space with ocean views. The space harks back to the Italian Riviera glamour of the Sixties and Seventies (think Sophia Loren, the restaurant’s namesake), and serves classics like pizza and pasts on the terrace or airy dining room with open kitchen.
One of West Beach’s most beloved, and oldest, hangouts, Koko Bay opened in 2020 bringing the beauty of Bali’s beaches to Dubai. As one of the first restaurants to open on the development, it set the standard with its large soft-sand beachfront, laid-back seating and indoor restaurant with swinging rattan lamps and tiki-style torches. Grab a sofa or swinging loveseat on the beach for toes-in-the-sand feasting complemented by sunset DJs and ocean views, or hide away in the restaurant to savour the Asian and European dishes with everything from sushi to pizza. A bonus for pet owners – four-legged friends are welcome at Koko Bay and plenty bring their furry friends to play. For those wishing to bask in a sun-soaked beach day, sea-facing wicker loungers with a minimum spend of AED100 are available on weekdays and AED150 on weekends.
Bright and breezy Surf Club is a California-meets-the-Hamptons-style hangout in the middle of the promenade. All white and blue with beachy wooden touches, it has restaurants and lounge seating served by a menu of Riviera-inspired dishes like lobster linguine and sautéed carabinero prawns, along with fresh pizzas, pasta and meats over the charcoal grill. Daytime guests looking for some sun can also take advantage of the private beach, cabanas and plenty of plush loungers, with packages available from just AED 100.
Jones The Grocer
Coffee lovers will be familiar with Jones The Grocer: the Aussie cafe and coffee shop being a household name across the UAE with branches across the Emirates. The Palm West Beach is easily one of the most impressive outlets, where diners can sit on casual seating on the wooden terrace overlooking the beach and skyline or in the airy and modern indoor cafe and shop framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. As well as all Jones’ most loved dishes on the menu, there’s an authentic wood-fired pizza oven, a sandwich and pastry counter, artisan cheese and charcuterie wall and a range of gourmet groceries. Serving up the ultimate sundowners, the bar serves up bespoke cocktails and a curated wine list that celebrate the brand’s Aussie roots.
Lucky Fish is a Mediterranean restaurant and beachfront that opened in early 2021 and is still a firm favourite with West Beach visitors. The vibe is coastal and rustic yet chic and elevated: white walls, pops of bougainvillaea, white drapes and blue seating. There’s an indoor-outdoor restaurant along with a slick of beach with sun loungers and daybeds shaded with linen curtains. The menu is inspired by the flavours of the ocean and the Mediterranean, highlighting Italian, French and Spanish cuisine with fresh seafood, pasta and meat dishes and European wine.
Beirut-born February 30 stands out against the white-washed, Riviera-inspired outlets of West Beach with its candy red umbrellas and lounge seating and pumping circular beach bar. The lounge, restaurant and bar (three bars, in fact) is the perfect day-to-night setting thanks to its menu of Mediterranean and Japanese dishes perfect for grazing in the sun, along with tacos and Italian favourites like pasta and risotto. Sip on fruity cocktails as you listen to DJ beats before partying the night away until 2 am. On Tuesdays from 12 pm to 4 pm, the beach club and bar also offers a great deal of AED199 for unlimited drinks and beach access.
Five Beach, Palm Jumeirah
The epitome of five-star hedonism on West Beach, Five Beach belongs to the famed Five Palm Jumeirah hotel. Spanning 150 metres of pristine private beach, Five Beach boasts double-width sun loungers for ultimate relaxation, cabanas for a VIP experience and a glass-walled swimming pool and jacuzzis lit by a super-sized chandelier. It’s got a more laid-back – but still pretty lively – vibe during the week, that picks up on weekends with a regular rotation of events, kicking off with a ladies’ day on Thursday, followed by a beach festival on Fridays during the cooler months.
The penumbral foil to its high gloss neighbours, bar and lounge Orange Chameleon is perfect for a quick walk-in bite or drink or a casual catch-up with friends. All white and playful orange, the contemporary venue offers both indoor and outdoor seating along with beach beds dotted across the shore. The menu is a fusion of international flavours, seafood, sushi and light bites included, and shisha is available on the beach.
Señor Pico is a celebration of colourful Mexican flavours fused with effortless California cool. An export from San Francisco which first opened back in 1964, it’s a kaleidoscopically hued spot masterminded by Victor Bergeron, also behind the Trader Vic’s concept. Señor Pico is a celebration of Bergeron’s travels to Mexico and the rich flavours, vivid dishes and vibrant culture he discovered there, but the menu isn’t exclusively Mexican, with influences of Californian cuisine littered throughout. Rainbow-hued walls, rainbow fish hanging from the ceiling and neon signs ensure this is a spot designed to be photographed, while a lively open kitchen serves as the restaurants beating heart, allowing diners to watch fresh tortillas, tacos and burritos appear before their eyes.
Coming soon: One at Palm Jumeirah Beach Club
Palm West Beach has plenty of swanky beach clubs, and another new addition is landing this year at One at Palm Jumeirah by Dorchester Collection. Located at the southern end of Palm West Beach, just past Five Palm Jumeirah, La Vita – the new concept by Mine & Yours Group – will complement the new development’s luxurious residences with an expected Italian theme. If the group’s recent openings like Chic Nonna and L’Amo Bistro Del Mare are anything to go by, we expect this to be one of the chicest beach clubs in Dubai.