Wondering where to live it up on this summer’s big break? Whether you’re partying in Ibiza, keeping it chic on the French Riviera or chilling in Marrakech, here’s SL’s pick of the top beach clubs to try for some serious poolside action.
Amante, Sol Den Serra
Set on a cliff overlooking the Sol Den Serra bay, Amante is worth a visit for the surroundings alone. Unwind at a table flanked by dramatic rocks and lush greenery and watch the sun go down.
Beach House, Playa d’en Bossa
Bask, bathe and unwind at Beachouse, an elegant spot on the Ibiza coastline, which offers attentive waiter service direct to your daybed or sofa. The dappled waters of the Mediterranean provide the perfect backdrop for a long, lazy day of lounging and relaxation, and if you get peckish their kitchen serves authentic Italian cuisine.
Blue Marlin, Cala Jondal
Set on the beautiful pebbly beach of Cala Jondal, Blue Marlin’s outdoor areas are the place to live it up VIP-style. Hosting some of the best beach parties of the summer season, head there on the weekend to party and in the week for a more chilled vibe.
Cotton Beach Club, Cala Tarida
This luxurious club on the White Isle is making Ibiza’s southwest coast the destination du jour for islanders and jetsetters. With an all-white colour palette, chic furnishings and stylish daybeds, the club has its own private sandy beach and boasts stunning views across the Med. There are changing cabins and private showers on hand so you can move comfortably from lounging to dining, before tucking into delectable sushi and fresh seafood salads.
Experimental Beach Ibiza, Cap des Falcó
With a more laid-back vibe than many of its rivals, you won’t be surrounded by the super-yacht crowd at Experimental Beach. Located on Ibiza’s south coast, get stuck in to the impressive cocktail list (think The Cocolito, a delicious blend of vodka, lime and passion fruit with pineapple and mango granite) as you recline on one of the signature pale blue sunbeds, before feasting on traditional tapas and enjoying a spot of shopping at the boho-luxe, on-site boutique.
Harbour Club, Carrer Platja Talamanca
Discerning foodies as well as beach-lovers are fast becoming fans of this sexy, city-style destination overlooking Talamanca Beach.
Nassau, Playa d’en Bossa
This beach club in Playa d’en Bossa has the kind of laid-back atmosphere you can’t help but revel in. The setting combines Ibiza charm with the modern beach chic of somewhere like Miami and it’s the perfect place for a late lunch (crab salad/seafood linguine kind of menu) and copious amounts of rosé.
The Jockey Club, Playa Salinas
If escaping the rays of the sun is not what you are looking for then make camp in front of the Jockey Club, where they have a huge number of beach beds and parasols for hire. They don't take bookings though, so make sure you get there early.
Bonj Les Bains Hvar
This architectural jewel from 1927 exudes retro-Mediterranean style and has been dubbed one of the hottest beach clubs in Europe. It’s easy to see why – its white-stone colonnade offers private sea pontoons where you can relax, sunbathe and enjoy a cold cocktail or two.
Mulini Beach Bar, Rovinj
Never been to the medieval town of Rovinj? The Mulini bar is just the excuse you need. Its modernist, white promenade is set right on a yacht-filled harbour and even has its own lido for quick dips. During the day waiters serve mango Caipirinhas and jar-food – think octopus with minty couscous and capers – and when night falls, DJs get in on the action, playing electronica that perfectly suits the old-meets-new surroundings.
Club 55, St. Tropez
This A-list hotspot is loved for its simplicity and authenticity, with a rustic-chic ‘beach bazaar’ style and a setting right on the St. Tropez coastline. Pull out a chair, order an chilled Côtes de Provence and settle in for some celeb-spotting.
La Plage At Domaine De Murtoli, Corsica
If you hate crowds then head to this beachfront bar and restaurant instead. Accessible only to guests renting one of Domaine de Murtoli’s 11 villas, the setting is quaint, quiet and effortlessly chic with beachside furniture, textural accents gathered from local markets, stellar views and plates of spaghetti and clams, best drunk with a glass of Lillet.
Nikki Beach, St Tropez
Since opening in 2002, Nikki Beach has quickly become the go-to hot spot for international jet-setters and celebrities. Make like the fash pack and head there for chilled champagne, innovative dining, live DJs and a summer-long calendar of events.
Nammos, Psarou Beach
This prime party spot on Psarou beach is pure heaven. Have fresh, high-quality sushi platters delivered direct to your sunbed, while sipping your champagne cocktail and enjoying the smooth sounds of some of the world’s best DJs.
Greek island entertainment grows up with sophisticated Scorpios Mykonos – a recent new opening on the island that’s already drawing a discerning crowd. Head to the sunset lounge for uninterrupted views of the sea, the eastern terrace to see the sunset or try out the food at the on-site restaurant, based in a weather-beaten stone house.
PuroBeach Pala Mallorca, Palma
Head to PuroBeach to chill in luxury surroundings, dine on fresh salads and lobster by the pool, and sip on classic cocktails in style. With a restaurant, bar, spa and boutique, plus regular all-day DJ-led events, this is one of Mallorca’s top beachside venues.
Zhero Beach Club, Palma
Chilled-out vibes, delicious small plates and a swimming pool with views across the bay of Palma are the USP of Zhero. Take your pick from sun loungers and day beds and have your G&T served to you as and when you like.