SoulBeach Dubai is a new beach club destination at JA The Resort in Jebel Ali. A sprawling (3,000 square metre) oasis, you can expect to find azure waters, white sands, a vibrant beach and poolside sunbeds, an indoor and outdoor restaurant and lounge, distinct beverage bars, a rooftop event space and best of all, an infinity pool.
When you get to the location, before even reaching SoulBeach Dubai, you instantly feel an air of exclusivity. A golf cart picks you up and takes you on a short ride to the spectacular setting, perched at the edge of the dazzling marina within the manicured grounds of the resort.
What to expect?
Upon entering, a lively setting evocative of a coastal Ibiza party, greets you with upbeat music, colourful elements and acts featuring performers and fire dancers. As soon as we settled into our spacious cabana, we were served cold pink grape in a recyclable glass bottle, a refreshing welcome, especially as we enter the warm summer months.
The venue is vast, and right in the middle of the club between the pool and the beach is the DJ deck, where DJ and music producer Shehzad K, ensures a good time with a smooth and steady supply of vocal, tech, funky and progressive house tunes.
After working up an appetite with a dip or three, it was time for lunch. Imagined in the style of Southern French cuisine, chef Fredie Fouad’s à la carte menu offers a selection of delightful sustenance, with a special focus of seafood. Although you have the choice to dine at your cabana or lounge bed, we decided to change up the scene and feast at the outdoor restaurant overlooking the pool.
To begin, a tray of juicy pulled-beef sliders showed up. These winning, must-have four-bite buns packed with short rib, pickled red onion and melted aged Cheddar were sublime. The Lobster SoulBeach salad brimming with avocado, black cherry tomato, tarragon, baby gem and white balsamic vinaigrette, alongside a portion of French Riviera tuna salad adorned with roasted capsicum, potato, olive; and Sea bass ceviche with grapefruit, avocado, smoked almond and chilli, are cold appetizers perfect for a light poolside lunch. We then tucked into a soul- warming serving of Smoky wagyu beef meatballs in a tomato sauce with parsley pesto, parmesan. A wholesome dish you’d probably find at your grandma’s home, it’s perfect for two to share (or not). Ask for a side of crusty bread to mop up the leftover juices.
The main event called for two irresistible items off the grill, Jumbo tiger prawns with fresh salsa verde and grilled Octopus over almond picada. A feast for the eyes and your palate, the seafood spread was just what we needed to complete our blissful dip and dine pool day.
But not before satisfying our sweet tooth with an innovative Piña colada dessert featuring pineapple jelly, a sherbet of sugarcane distillate and coconut ice cream; and the timeless Peach melba with vanilla ice cream, raspberry coulis and caramelised almond. While the fruity flavours made me happy, my dining partner – you guessed it – requested a molten Chocolate fondant that was sinful and satisfying.
Daily from 10am-10pm. AED150 per person from Monday to Friday (inclusive of AED 100 redeemable on F&B) and AED200 on Saturday and Sunday (inclusive of AED150 redeemable on F&B). From AED500 minimum spend for the Cabana on weekdays. Call +9714 814 5126 or visit Instagram.