Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, to open September 1st


The exclusive Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, announced it will open on September 1st, 2011, making it the first property to become fully operational on Saadiyat Beach – the tourism hotspot of the island. Based on the luxury Monte-Carlo Beach on the French Riviera, the venue is now fully built and is set to offer its members a range of exclusive privileges.

Monte-Carlo Beach Club, SaadiyatToday, images of the exclusive venue were released and membership details were made available. Preparations are now underway for a launch event that will be held a few weeks after the September 1 opening.

Patrick Nayrolles, General Manager of the Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, said, “This is an important moment for us, for Saadiyat, and also Abu Dhabi, as we are providing a club with a level of luxury and exclusivity that has not been experienced in the region to date. We are delighted that we have reached this stage and have a confirmed opening date and we believe our venue will be an integral part of the Saadiyat story.”

The Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, which covers an area of 39,500m2, is designed to celebrate fine living, culture, wellbeing and health, reflecting the values and heritage of Monte-Carlo sister hotels and clubs in Europe.

The beach club is operated by SBM (Société des Bains de Mer), who have managed the Monte-Carlo Beach in Monaco for around 90 years. Since the 1920s, the Riviera venue has become synonymous with luxury and impeccable service, and is frequented by some of the world’s richest and most influential people.

Members of the Saadiyat venue will experience the chic ‘Monte-Carlo lifestyle’, which is built around lounging in cabanas, swimming in luxurious pools, indulging in spa treatment and enjoying some of the world’s finest cuisine.

There are four food and beverage venues at the club, two of which – the Sea Lounge and Le Deck – have been exported from the original Monte-Carlo Beach. Bubbles, an intimate boat-styled venue, and the Library Lounge, a quiet and homely members-only retreat, will ensure all moods and tastes are catered for.

In the evenings, the club will become a meeting place for Abu Dhabi’s social elite, with activity mostly centering around the vibrant Sea Lounge. There will also be a kids’ club, state-of-the-art fitness facility, and various function areas. Non-members will be able to visit at the price of a daily cover.

Mr Nayrolles explained that SBM carefully considered the potential before embarking on the Abu Dhabi venture, which will be the first Monte-Carlo Beach Club to be set up outside its original venue.

“We believe that Abu Dhabi has many synergies with Monte-Carlo,” he said. “We looked at Saadiyat and where it is going to be in 10 years, and it promises to be an affluent district of Abu Dhabi, home to many of the capital’s well-off community. We can see that happening now and we will be supplying a service and a concept that will definitely be in demand as more of the developments come on line.”

The opening of the Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, is a significant milestone for the island, which is also the future home of Zayed National museum, Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, as well as a number of high-end leisure facilities, residences and hotels.

For many visitors, the opening of the club in September will offer the first opportunity to see Saadiyat Beach’s nine-kilometre arc of pristine white sand, which is also the hatching ground for the protected hawksbill turtle. A number of luxury hotels and private residences will also come on line in 2011, including The St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, and the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas, which is being developed by Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH).

Simon Venison, TDIC Director of Operations, said, “The Monte-Carlo Beach Club, Saadiyat, will kick start the exciting openings we have this year on Saadiyat Beach. The Monte-Carlo brand is synonymous with luxury and impeccable service, and we believe it will bring an air of exclusivity to Saadiyat Beach, which is set to be the island’s tourism hotspot. TDIC has worked hard to bring the world’s most renowned premium brands and partners to this beautiful beach, and we’re looking forward to providing unforgettable experiences to both visitors and residents.”

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