News from Abu Dhabi: Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer will no longer operate the Saadiyat Beach Club. In announcing that it wouldn’t renew its contract, Monte-Carlo SBM declared that it was a mutual agreement with the Tourism Development & Investment Company. The beach club was the first international property for Monte-Carlo SBM and Managing Director Luca Allegri has expressed the company’s continued interest in international expansion.
Effective September 1, the property is now known as Saadiyat Beach Club. Current members will find that there is no change to the benefits they enjoy with their respective packages. For more information, visit www.saadiyatbeachclub.ae
Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island is being developed as a leisure destination and tourism hub with world-class museums (like the Louvre) and a number of high-profile resorts (like St Regis and the Park Hyatt).
The beach club first launched in 2011, and upon our visit in 2012, we found a beautifully-designed members-only club facing the beach (a protected nature area) and the turquoise sea, where dolphins can be seen offshore. Monte-Carlo SBM had imported Riviera glamour to the club, with a fabulous resident DJ, a gym, and a pool surrounded by daybeds covered in signature yellow striped towels. The restaurant served one of the best meals we had on our trip.