Nikki Beach Club
Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah
Some people will tell you that Dubai is akin to the Miami of the Middle East—like most comparisons, it's neither spot-on nor completely wrong. But if that's the vibe you're looking for, you'll find a version of it at Nikki Beach on Pearl Jumeirah island. The beachside pool is surrounded by lounge beds and private cabanas, outfitted in chic, all-white decor, with a gorgeous view of bright ocean just beyond it. As a bonus, the food at the indoor-outdoor on-site restaurant is good in its own right—particularly the sushi. Adjacent to the beach club is Nikki Beach's newly debuted resort and spa.
At the end of 2016, Nikki Beach opened a resort, spa, and a series of fifteen private villas on the Pearl Jumeirah property next to their pool club. In contrast to the overstated luxury that you'll find elsewhere in Dubai, Nikki Beach takes a minimalistic approach that is aesthetically very pleasing. Bright and modern, the expansive spaces are the artwork of Italian designer Gregory Gatserelia of Beirut-based Gatserelia Design. Everything is bright and modern, polished (but not coldly so). The multiple-floor beachside villas, which have their own pools, are hard to beat (shocker), but the resort rooms are lovely overall, and everything is lent an intimate, oasis feel.