Although The Westin Mina Seyahi is located on one of Dubai’s busiest thoroughfares, you’d never know it from the tranquillity you feel upon entering the Club Mina beach club. Five (FIVE!) pools are dotted throughout Club Mina’s sprawling grounds, made up of The Westin Mina Seyahi and Le Méridien Mina Seyahi.
On Le Méridien’s grounds you’ll find a vast infinity pool which extends so far that you can’t distinguish where the pool ends and ocean begins. It features a swim-up pool bar serving refreshing beverages to those perched bar-side. There is also a children’s pool nearby – complete with a whirlpool – for families with active little ones.
LE MÉRIDIEN’S INFINITY POOL GREETS GUESTS UPON ENTERING CLUB MINA
The Westin offers a lap pool for those that want to spend the day exercising (not what our Fridays are for, TBH); a sizeable children’s pool complete with mini waterfall; and a lazy river-style pool that meanders for 140 meters around secluded sunbed spots and private cabanas. We opted for loungers in the lush garden area – one of many – and marvelled at the Dubai Marina skyline peeking overtop the hotels.
The Westin’s pools are flanked by two restaurants: Italian eatery Bussola and Le Méridien’s Mediterranean-inspired Fish Beach Taverna. Given the resortish feel (and because eating pizza in a bikini is a one-way ticket to insecuretown), we decided on Fish come lunchtime in the hopes of lighter, daytime-appropriate meals.
THE WESTIN’S MAIN POOL EXTENDS FOR 140 METRES
Spoiler alert: when eating said meals, it defeats the purpose if you consume the amount we did. Opting to share multiple starters rather than individual mains (when the menu is that delicious, why just have one thing?), we tucked into crispy calamari; rice-stuffed mussels [Gemista Mydia]; Deniz Ezme (a Greek ceviche, if you will) with seabass, octopus, calamari and tangy orange gems; perfectly grilled octopus with olive oil drizzle [Chtapodi]; and a shrimp and tomato stifado. If you’d prefer to stay poolside, there’s an extensive beach menu complete with all the classics that can be served to your lounger by beaming staff (who asked our names upon entrance and never once forgot).
Once the sun began to dip into the ocean, we moseyed over to the beach to catch the last of its rays. Dotted with loungers and private cabanas, the 500-metre stretch is totally pristine and perfect for a sunset stroll or sandcastle-building competition. Whichever takes your fancy.
Overall, it’s not difficult to see why Club Mina is one of the most-loved beach clubs in the city. It appeals to families and singles alike with facilities for everyone to enjoy. The only thing we didn’t like? Leaving.
- Club Mina access is Dhs200 for adults on weekdays, Dhs250 on weekends with Dhs100 F&B credit to spend at Horizon and the Westin Pool Bar. Children’s prices are Dhs75 on weekdays, Dhs125 on weekends with Dhs50 F&B credit BOOK HERE