The World's Best Beach Clubs
The irresistible mix of colours – azure blue seas, shiny white sands and luscious green palm trees – is topped off by excellent culinary art, refreshing drinks and great music. We present the hottest beach clubs of the season between Mauritius, Spain and the Caribbean.
July 14, 2022
GRAND BAIE, MAURITIUS
A champagne fountain in the pool ensures that you’ll stay extra cool, while those that have ventured down south in pursuit of the ultimate tan are sipping gin and tonics as they lounge by the bar. The red and white sunbeds are reminiscent of the French Riviera, but the crystal clear waters and the white sandy beach is an unmistakable sign that you have indeed arrived on the dreamy island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The new Beach Rouge club at the trendy LUX* Grand Baie hotel is the place to be: a veritable highlight for sun worshippers, party people and culinary connoisseurs – with all the qualities of a first-class restaurant and the cool vibe of a club, you get the best of both worlds. At the hip beach club, you can indulge in tasty tapas, delicious plantain snacks and steaming hot pizzas while swaying to the modern beats on the DJ’s rotation. As the sun is setting, the party is just getting started. Foodie highlight: At Beach Rouge, La Boucherie serves delicious meat dishes, while Keen specializes in vegan, vegetarian and freshly harvested food.
LUX* Grand Baie
Coastal Road, Grand Baie 30510, Mauritius
Tel: +230 209 2200
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €363
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
Surrounded by 60 other islands, Koh Samui is located in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand. The magnificent Thai island is home to an exceptional five star resort that is sure to trigger your wanderlust: the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is world-famous for its legendary beach club that is said to be the “sexiest place on earth.” Lo and behold, the pristinely white cushions on dark wooden furniture, the brightly orange pops of colour that contrast the remarkably turqoise waters, and the sizzling hot beach vibes make a strong case for that assertion. Its 300 square metre private beachfront villa is the ultimate hideaway for up to four adults. The menu took inspiration from all over the world – after all, a global hotspot like this aims to cater to every palate. Delicious Japanese sushi is equally popular among guests as the creamy gnocchi curratina with fresh tomatoes and heavenly burrata. The culinary highlight, however, is definitely the organic roast chicken in herbal brine. Our favorite spot: while the chic and comfortable area by the pool is always a good place to lounge, the canopy beds are undoubtedly the most gorgeous hangout spots.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa
Lipa Noi 96, Amphoe Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Tel: +66 98 284 6981
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €130
Antasia Beach Club
Hotspot Cyprus: the stunning country will instantly reel you in with its marvelous appeal and the calming sound of the waves. And if you’re lucky, you might just find a special spot to watch the diamond-studded billows from all day long. Antasia Beach Club, a designer gem with a futuristic feel on Cyprus’ west coast, is one such spot. Enjoy a slow morning with a cappuccino and a light breakfast served directly to your private sunbed on the beach, indulge in Mediterranean cuisine and Japanese omakase at lunchtime and dine on delicious fish and seafood dishes in the evening – a true paradise for self-proclaimed foodies. How about a glass of Vasilissa wine? Fruit or ice cream variations for dessert? A tropical cocktail at the bar? At Antasia, every day is a culinary delight! Great atmosphere: At this trendy beach club with its high ceilings and modern interiors, famously casual Cypriot lifestyle meets excellent cuisine and vibrant warm summer evenings with live DJ sets and impeccable vibes. Whatever your vision of beachside bliss, Antasia is the place to be from sun-up to way past sun-down.
Antasia Beach Club
Poseidonos Ave. 28, Paphos 8042, Cyprus
Tel: +35 7268 88002
Is there a better place for partying into the early hours of the morning than Ibiza? The luxurious Balearic island is legendary for its elegant parties and atmospheric soirees. Those in search of sunshine, style and a high-spirited scene should direct their attention to Aiyanna in the dreamlike Cala Nova Bay. The famed beach club boasts an exciting marriage of designs with Ibizan wood elements and an abundance of elegant whites and vibrant colours that will make you feel alive. Lovers of laidback luxury will appreciate the modern yet comfortable furnishings, but the happening beach club also has plenty of substance on top of its impeccable style: In addition to Mediterranean à la carte cuisine with fresh seafood and organic produce, a stylish food truck provides tapas and fresh juices for small bites throughout the day. In the mood for a workout? From Monday through Friday, guests at the Aiyanna are not only treated to a generous breakfast, but also to invigorating yoga sessions at dawn. Start your morning right and live your best, well-balanced life at this Balearic paradise.
Playa de Avenida Cala Nova, Eivissa 07850, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 971 330 456
At this five-star resort in Boka Bay in Portonovi , One&Only fans can expect absolute decadence at the renowned chain’s stellar Montenegran entry. Those who’ve been there already know that an undeniable highlight is the Tapasake Club with a pool and a magnificent view of the beach. Under the warm Mediterranean sun, with lots of open space, good music and contemporary Japanese bites that delight the palate, this is Montenegro’s place to be! By the pool, you can chill out and soak up the modern zen chic atmosphere while you feast on light tapas – from sushi and sashimi to ceviche and carpaccio. Every now and then, people scurry to the pool to cool off or dive head first into the gentle waves of the sea. Hot beats: in the evenings, the club becomes the resort’s most happening venue. People sip cocktails, make new friends and get down on the dancefloor as the DJ plays their tunes and the sun drenches the scene in delicate pastel shades.
Portonovi, Herceg Novi 85340, Montenegro
Tel: +38 231 691 000
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €495
A mere 15 minutes by car from the island capital of Eivissa lies the Cala Jondal, a wildy beautiful bay covered in pine groves. With the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the powdery sands of the beach, this place is one of Ibiza’s undisputed hotspots. Casa Jondal, which has taken the place of the trendy former Particular, is without a doubt one of the most happening beach clubs in the area, if not the entire island: opened in 2020, the finca stuns with whitewashed walls, stylish shade-giving awnings in soft shades of beige and handpicked designer furniture. The aesthetic of the place is all about boho meets the Balearicsby the beach. The Jondal is a delight for the taste buds as well: fresh fish, clams and mussels, Iberian ham, and a mouth-watering dessert menu leave nothing to be desired. Cool, calm & collected: instead of loud parties and large gatherings, the Jondal epitomizes on relaxed coolness to the sound of chill tunes, the mild breeze and the waves crashing in at the shore. If you seek the blissful allure of island life amid a stylish backdrop, this is the place for you.
Cala Jondal, Es Cubells 07839, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain
Tel: +34 699 184 954
Things had gotten pretty quiet around the southwestern Turkish peninsula, but in recent years, Bodrum has made quite the comeback. That resurgence isn’t just due to its magnificent location on the icy blue shores of the Aegean Sea – the Maçakızı certainly played a part in the peninsula’s renewed popularity as well. The five-star hotel, opened in 1977, is Bodrum’s place to be: with ultimate luxury and elegance, a prime location, and a trendy beach club, the hotel is the talk of the town. Walk along the glittering turquoise sea as you make your way to the dark wooden terrace and lounge on the comfortable sunbeds with a refreshing drink in hand. After a boat trip, reconvene here for a sundowner amid fairy lights – if only this summer could last forever. Gourmet bites galore: yet another reason to stay – Chef Carlo Bernardini serves up the best of Mediterranean cuisine, from finely prepared seafood specialities to classics such as pasta – his creations are delicious comfort food with an impressive haute cuisine approach.
Göltürkbükü, Narçiçeği Sokak, Göltürkbükü 48400, Bodrum, Turkey
Tel: +90 252 311 2400
Price: doubles incl. half board from €570
The southern tip of Mykonos-basedis the perfect place to celebrate the sweet life with upbeat music and delicious food. Scorpios – a name whose reputation precedes it far beyond the borders of Greece – is the place where the jet set, sunseekers, music lovers and gourmets meet to enjoy the pleasures of summer. The club with its white-washed walls, chic wooden furnishings and an open air terrace overlooks the white sandy beach, where a music ritual sees off the sun every night. The Mediterranean kitchen reinterprets iconic recipes from regional ingredients in a wholly modern way; events such as bazaars with handcrafted art from Yucatán, various workshops and parties also take place at Scorpios. At this beach club, you should listen up closely: the club’s own record label SC Music immortalizes the sounds of scorpions in a musical way and turns them into a multi-sensory electronic-acoustic experience.
Paraga, Mykonos 84600, Greece
Tel: +30 228 902 9250
Escape the mundane and embrace extravagance: anything that stems from the Mykonos-based chain NAMMOS is bound to offer a first-class experience – as is the case with their newly opened beach club in Dubai, which has swiftly become the chicest of its kind in the entire Middle East. It goes without saying that impeccable service as well as style-conscious design on the beach are to be expected at the gallant Jumeirah hotel. After all, the NAMMOS Dubai comes with a high fashion brand attached: the loungers and umbrellas on the beach gleam in the style of Dioriviera, the new summer capsule collection by Dior. But before you head off to lounge in luxury, you should direct your attention to the restaurant: the refined gourmet creations take inspiration from classic Mediterranean cuisine. Don't miss out on the white and gold caviar! The magic of mixology: spirits, herbs and spices – the NAMMOS’s mixologists are skillful masters of their craft. In addition to chic cocktails and rare champagnes, guests enjoy a typical Middle Eastern pastime: the shisha.
Four Seasons Resort, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 434 01002
Le Sereno al Mare
ST. BARTHS, LESSER ANTILLES
©Le Sereno al Mare
On the Caribbean island of St. Barts, the Grand Cul de Sac isn’t a dead end at all – it’s where ultimate indulgence begins! The famed beach is the epitome of effortless cool, modern ambience and excellent cuisine. It’s all in the hands of the trendy restaurant Le Sereno Al Mare, which is part of the exclusive boutique hotel Le Sereno right by the turquoise sea. With its open-air concept that allows guests enjoy a marvelous view of the sea and the wildly beautiful nature of St. Barts, exclusive furnishings and convivial ambience, Le Sereno Al Mare is the perfect place to linger and watch the waves roll in. The bar in the heart of the beach locale serves delectable craft cocktails and light wellness and detox juices. Epicurean delights: enjoy a taste of summer by the Caribbean Sea. Chef Raffaele Lenzi’s culinary concept has made the restaurant an absolute gourmet hotspot on the island. His modern Italian creations made from fresh, local and seasonal produce – from spaghetti all’aragosta to vitello tonnato – are as memorable as they are delicious.
Le Sereno Al Mare
Grand Cul de Sac BP 19, 97133 Saint Barthélemy
Tel.: +590 590 298 354
Price: doubles incl. breakfast from €850
La Réserve à la Plage
All roads lead to ... Ramatuelle! The municipality on the French Riviera is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Saint-Tropez and can easily keep up with the elegance and opulence of the iconic jet set destination. Right up front: the beach club La Réserve à la Plage on the famous Pampelonne beach. The cuisine is an utter delights for gourmets – Nicolas Cantrel’s Mediterranean à la carte creations are just as delicious as the fine tapas, which are served all day long. On the most beautiful sandy beach of the Côte d’Azur, as the French call it, travellers lay back and relax in the shade of the large, white-covered parasols, as the reeds sway softly in the wind and the blue of the Mediterranean stretches out before their feet. Gourmet recommendation: for lunch, try the sea bream ceviche with truffle and ponzu dressing at the restaurant. The bar also serves brilliant drinks and tasty snacks, so don’t miss out on the delicious truffle churros before you move on to Saint-Tropez.
La Réserve à la Plage
Chem. de l'EPI, Ramatuelle 83350, France
Tel: +33 785 147 290
Marbella Beach Club
©Marbella Beach Club
The idyllic Costa del Sol is where you’ll find the Marbella Club Hotel, a dreamlike refuge for sun worshippers, families and all those that like to swing a golf club. With its gentle micro climate, sea air and mountain views, the storied finca named Santa Margarita has stood the test of time by poignantly blending heritage and innovation all while retaining its original charm. From the luxury hotel and its tropical garden to the wide pier of the Marbella Beach Club, you’ll experience the best that Spain has to offer. Embrace the Andalusian spirit and move at a slower pace to focus on the essential things in life. Dine on classics from the regional repertoire of delicacies under charming palapas and enjoy a delectable selection of wines and tapas as you sway to the sound of live music. The perfect spot: the pier leads you right to the vast sandy beach of Marbella, where you’ll find comfortable sund beds and chic straw parasols.
Marbella Club Hotel - Golf Resort & Spa
Bulevar Príncipe Alfonso de Hohenlohe, Marbella 29602, Málaga, Spain
Tel: +34 952 82 22 11
Price: suite incl. breakfast from €560
This article appeared in the Falstaff TRAVEL issue Summer 2022.