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The Business of Private Beaches

Here’s one sector that hasn’t suffered through the downturn. Often secluded, always carefully chosen, private beaches offer security and exclusivity to the affluent.

July 13, 2010 6:16 by


While westerners may bristle at the idea of paying an entry fee for an afternoon at the seaside, private beaches offer special amenities and services that you just don’t get when packing your own picnic. For a $20 entry fee to the St. George Hotel pool resort in Beirut, visitors can enjoy an up close and personal view of yachts in port, enjoy a leisurely swim in the enormous and immaculate pools, order from full menus, offering cocktails and argelieh, or opt for more expensive and lavish chaise lounges and tents.

If an afternoon just won’t satisfy your summer designs, why not check in for the night? The UAE’s Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa is a 5 star hotel option, where you can enjoy private beach access with room rates from $165. A night at the 5 star Atlantis The Palm offers clients access to the Aquaventure water park and private beach, beginning at $240.


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