Did you know that the average rate for beach / pool access for a day at some of the best hotels and beach clubs on Dubai’s Palm Jumeriah on a Saturday is currently 300 AED – YET – the average cost for brunch at the same places (with pool / beach access included) is 350 AED or less…?!
I had to learn this the hard way last weekend. A group of friends coming to holiday in Dubai asked me to book the best ‘Saturday beach brunch’. With Friday brunch a calendar staple, brunch on Saturday was new to me. After spending 300 AED on a chilled afternoon at the beach / pool at Fairmont the Palm the previous Saturday with a friend, I booked myself and the holidaymakers in to try a 350 AED Saturday brunch at Sofitel the Palm. For 50 AED more we had access to the hotel’s excellent leisure facilities plus all we could eat and drink at one of its restaurants – literally having a taste of everything on the set menu. Fairmont also has a Saturday brunch option, starting from 288 AED. If I had known this – I would certainly have taken them up on the offer – and felt like I’d had more value for money.
Sofitel’s Saturday brunch was great value and a different take on the Friday brunch – it was quiet, chilled out, and I would recommend it to anyone looking to do a beach / pool day at one of Dubai’s fabulous hotel resorts. Saturday brunch is definitely something I’ll do with friends and family coming to stay in future – Sofitel, Fairmont or Waldorf Astoria will be a touch of luxury for my parents – while more lively options like Nasimi Beach and Eden Beach Club would be great to experience with friends.
My research has not extended further than the Palm for ‘Saturday beach brunch’ package options as of yet – but I will keep the blog posted with other reviews and tips for spending your leisure time over the weekend when living here in the UAE. If you have any additional Saturday brunch options you would like to share, please do so in the comments below.