You probably saw me hanging around in all different hotels & beach clubs lately and thought I won the lottery but NO that was just Privilee! Many of you asked me what was that Privilee card all about, so here is my review & all details about it. Privilee members this is for you too, I hope this will help you decide where to go next.
Imagine if your only problem was to chose which five-star hotel & pool to go to on the weekend or when you get a day off? That’s what Privilee is all about!
If you love to go to the beach club or pool regularly, on weekends or even after work, school & you like some comfort, this is for you!
Privilee is a membership with VIP access to over 20 five-star hotels, beach clubs, resorts and over 100 restaurants in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Privilee regularly adds new hotels to their network and notify their members with an email when they do. Like the amazing new ZAYA NURAI ISLAND! (420 aed min spent though) but WOW! I want to go!
From 499aed/month with a yearly membership, Privilee is pretty good considering that most beach clubs entries costs around 200-300 aed, with the Privilee card you get your money back in only a couple of times! I added the normal prices below just so you can see and do the maths. And you can also pay by month if you wish too.
If you are a couple with children and both have the Privilee card, you can bring 2 kids for free which is amazing as usually there is a fee for kids in those beach clubs.
If you come with a friend or family you can get a discount for them at the entry or you can even buy the Privilee guest card available at 249 aed/ week.
With Privilee you DO feel like a VIP. All of the hotels have easy access, you get free valet parking, towels, sometimes water and usually you get 20 % discount on food & drinks as well. You also get a discount if you want to use their spa facilities, gyms, tennis or squash courts, not bad!
You sign up with your Privilee card when you arrive, usually at their gym or spa, they give you a hotel card while you're enjoying their facilities which will get you the discount on food & drinks. When you leave, you just give it back & get your privilee card back.
Because I am a beach bum but VIP of course, I nearly tried them all & that was A-MAZ-ING! Making the most of my maternity break for sure. Babies enter for free by the way :)
I can say that Privilee Hotels & beach clubs are all VERY VERY good but here is my opinion & details on each of them, the little plus :)
This might help you decide on where to go next!
THE ADRESS DUBAI MARINA
Normal price: 300 aed / Privilee guest: 200 aed
Opened from 7am to 8pm.
My favourite one. An infinite pool with an amazing view on the Marina & Pier 7. This place is luxurious with lovely little cabanons in the shades. Quiet with lounge music in the background. Lovely sunbeds and food. Try the quesadillas :)
THE BEST: the view, the peaceful atmosphere & the music
FAIRMONT THE PALM
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 250aed during the week & 300aed on the weekend / Privilee guest: -20%
A few different pools and the beach which has an amazing view on the Marina skyline. Come around 9 AM to get a lovely big double sunbed. I loved it there! The location is great too, on the Palm Jumeirah but not too far :)
THE BEST: The view from the beach + free water
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 140 aed / Privilee guest: 140 aed
Lots of shade and we loved the pool bar. Not as luxurious as some others but green and shady under the trees which was amazing as we went in October and it was still very hot but we could have easily stayed the whole day at Sheraton. The water was a little cold but refreshing when we went & some constructions were going on the beach.
THE BEST: The pool bar & the shade
SOFITEL THE PALM
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 300 aed / Privilee guest: 240 aed
A huge hotel, green with a big pool in the middle and a lovely beach. Privilee Cards have to be registered at Sofit the gym upstairs on the right side of the entrance, which is not so convenient. Cabanons need to be booked & I found the sunbeds a bit too close from each other. Avoid the weekend, It's too busy! We were staying next to the baby pool & the bar and that was lovely as the water was warm enough for my baby girl Charlie, she absolutely loved it! A must try: the fresh coconut
THE BEST: the little baby pool
DOUBLE TREE HILTON JBR
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 175 aed during weekends 125 aed during the week/ Privilee Guest: same
A nice garden with lots of sunbeds, an infiniti swimming-pool and a pool bar, some more sunbeds in the pool towards the beach. Located at the end of the walk JBR, you get a great view on the big wheel. Busy on the week-end, Come early !
THE BEST: the sun loungers in the pool
THE WESTIN DUBAI MINA SEYAHI
Normal price: 225 aed during the week, 250 aed on weekends / Privilee Guest: same
The Mina Club is Two hotels in one: Westin Mina Seyahi+ Méridien with lots of sunbeds and pools, a free parking on the left side of the Méridien (no valet for Privilee). This place is green, has a lovely beach, a river pool and pool bars. Try the restaurant Fish Dubai if you spend the day there, you will love the Greek feeling and white/blue decor. At sunset it’s amazing with the teepee on the beach.
THE BEST: The beach chairs, the space & comfort on the beach & the cute cafes
RIXOS THE PALM
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 250 aed / Privilee Guest: -20%
A little far at the East Branch of the Palm, this place is really nice with a great pool bar, lots of activities like water-polo or aquagym, organised activities for kids, hammocks & lots of shade under the trees. Love the mini burgers & funny Turkish ice-cream seller. Cabanon have a minimum spent of 500 aed.
THE BEST: the sport Activities (for kids as well) & the pool bar
Normal Price: 150 aed on weekdays/200aed on weekends. / Privilee Guest: -20%
Opened from 6am to 8pm
Puro beach is like a hidden garden located on the 6th floor of the hotel, just like a tropical forest with a beautiful waterfall in the middle. The sunbeds are taken quite quickly so come early around 10am. And the bar/café opens at 11am.
THE BEST: the tropical jungle, the waterfall & the staff
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 190 aed on weekends 100 aed during the week
Lovely pool with a great beach located on the Palm Jumeira. Not so far on the Palm with an easy access and an underground carpark. Very busy with residents & kids on the weekend. We went on a Ladies day on a Wednesday and unfortunately the service was very very slow...
THE BEST: the kids pool. 3 free drinks on Wednesdays for Ladies
KEMPINSKI THE PALM
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 250aed with 150aed redeemable at the pool bar or Brunello
Kempinski is a luxurious and beautiful 5 stars hotel. The entry of the pool is so pretty. There is a jacuzzi in the pool & a bar! What else? The beach is beautiful with clear water and comfy sunbeds with a great view on Atlantis. The only down : the food is really expensive we paid 120 aed for 2 ice-creams and there is only 15% discount on food & drinks with Privilee.
THE BEST: The jacuzzi in the pool & the view on Atlantis
Normal price: 220 aed during the weekend 150 aed during the week / Privilee guest: same
On the 4th floor of the hotel this pool has the best view on Burj Khalifa. There is a pool bar as well and a jacuzzi. Quiet and chilled, I loved getting a tan there. Try the French toast with fruits, they are amazing!
THE BEST: the view, the jacuzzi in the pool, the pool bar & the French Toast.
THE PALACE DOWNTOWN
Normal price : 200aed / Privilee guest: 150aed
Nice pool with a great view on Burj Khalifa. Little private cabanon with air-con available when it’s too hot.
THE BEST: the view
BEACH & POOL
Normal price: 300aed or 350aed with a buffet lunch
Quiet & Luxurious this one of Privilee’s members’ favourite with 2 swimming-pools (a family one & an adult one with a jacuzzi) and a long beach. Not so crowded compare to the other Hotels on the Palm & you can have a lovely cabanon around the pool or on the beach too without minimum to spend.
THE BEST: The service, the peaceful atmosphere, the dining tables on the water, the comfort, free water & the helipad in case you need it :)
DUBAI POLO & EQUESTRIAN CLUB
IN ABU DHABI
SAADYAT BEACH CLUB ABU DHABI
POOL & BEACH
Normal price: 300 aed
Only 50 min from Dubai that place is the perfect place to break from the city. The beach is absolutely beautiful. There was so much wind and big waves when we went, it reminded me the Ocean back in France. There is a little cafe on the beach and it was just beautiful to have our breakfast there. So peaceful & quiet. The sand is the softest I saw in the UAE. The pool is beautiful too with a DJ from midday playing chilled house music. The toilets/changing room are so luxurious, I even use the jacuzzi and cold pool which I did and that was amazing!!
THE BEST: the breakfast with a view, the beach, the sand, the changing rooms & the free water
ST REGIS ABUDHABI
ZAYA NURAI ISLAND
LE MERIDIEN ABU DHABI
FAIRMONT BAB AL BAHR ABU DHABI