Unleash the sun goddess that you truly are with our picks of some of the best beach clubs to visit
August 11, 2019
You have conquered Asia’s best beaches and its now time to venture further, as you unleash the sun goddess that you truly are with that sun-kissed glow. With the height of summer in Europe and the US upon us, make a trip over there in search for some tranquility and of course to party under the sun in your bikini with a glass of Aperol Spritz in one hand no less. Beach clubs are the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or two as you lounge on a sun bed with some even offering a pool on stand by when you need to cool off.
Scroll through the gallery below for our picks of some of the best beach clubs to visit from the likes of Ibiza, Colombia, Mexico and more.
Palma was the first outpost of Purobeach – before siblings sprang up in Barcelona, Vilamoura, Marbella and beyond – when it opened its cabanas in Mallorca in 2005. This seaside sanctuary on a rocky peninsula just outside of the Balearic capital has live DJs, a spa, a series of sunloungers and Balinese beds set around an infinity pool, and a terrace for peak Med views. The restaurant serves up dishes from all over the world, from tagliata to tiradito, and the cocktails are potent – just as well that an all-white sunbed will be waiting for you after lunch. It’s open until midnight during the summer, so you can keep the party going long after the sun sets.
At Hotel Esencia on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Mistura is the beach club for you if dealbreakers are huge palapas (towering thatched dwellings), an open-fire grill, nautical-striped cushions and 180-degree ocean views. It’s mostly sea-to-table fare coming off the beachside grill: crab and lobster croquetas, shrimp brochetas and the catch of the day in a traditional Yucatecan marinade, with some things from the farm allowed (Wagyu tacos, rib-eye with chimichurri, and pulled pork with black beans). The Xpu-Ha beach setting is perfectly placed between Tulum and Playa del Carmen.
Towards the northernmost stretch of Miami Beach, the Surf Club at the Four Seasons hotel offers excellent surf, quieter beaches and, most importantly, a branch of the legendary Le Sirenuse restaurant imported from Positano. The Surf Club’s hallowed halls have hosted several legendary parties during Prohibition and beyond since the hotel opened on New Year’s Eve in 1930, with famous attendees including Elizabeth Taylor. Winston Churchill liked it so much, he kept a cabana here where he would come and paint.
On a stretch of the Salento in southern Italy, Coccaro Beach Club lets you choose between sunbathing on a sandy beach, massages in a palm-fringed pavilion or trips out in the yacht with the skipper to the caves around Polignano a Mare or the historic port of Monopoli. And if you’ve got any energy left, stroll along the beach to the fishing village of Savelletri, where even more fish restaurants await (this is Puglia and the seafood is probably why you’re here). There’s a kids’ club to relieve parents, so they can enjoy sublime sushi platters, fresh fish and the wares from the oyster bar in peace.
This Ibiza institution, set above Sol Den Serra beach, near Santa Eularia, hosts starlit film nights every Tuesday during the summer, yoga breakfasts and regular events – intimate Ed Sheeran gigs and Kylie meet and greets are not unheard of. The beautiful bay is a prime spot for watching one of the island’s legendary sunsets, and you’ll be able to enjoy dishes such as burrata with basil cream, chargrilled Formentera squid and lobster risotto as you do so. If you can’t get a table, you’ll be pleased to hear that Amante has a little sister: Aiyanna, at the northern end of Cala Nova on the east coast.
Nikki Beach is practically synonymous with beach clubs, so it’s no surprise that the group is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, having expanded its portfolio to reach Koh Samui, Santorini and Barbados. The Marbella edition opened in 2003. The pristine white sunloungers and parasols of this palm-tree-lined paradise are neatly arranged around the pool, with the sparkling Mediterranean Sea a few steps away. There’s an outdoor restaurant, sea-facing terrace and, if simply being there isn’t exclusive enough for you, a VIP lounge area in the the form of Nikki Privé.
This chic French concept, previously only seen in Cannes – where it has been attracting stylish sun-worshippers since 1935 – and St Barths, has made its way to Marmaris in Turkey and its D Maris Bay. Expect delicious sharing plates, masterful mixology and resident DJs providing the soundtrack to your sunset. And if you want to do more than eat, drink and dance, there’s a whole host of watersports, from windsurfing to wakeboarding, on offer.
On an island a 30-minute boat ride from Cartagena in Colombia, Blue Apple Beach House is surrounded by coconut groves, sandy beaches and forests. Along with yoga, kayaking, volleyball and paddle-boarding, guests can trek on horseback to the deserted Playa Linda, where your guide will produce a woodfire oven and proceed to cook you lunch. Snoozing in one of the hammocks back at the main club is also an acceptable activity.