You don’t need us to tell you that life is better in a bikini. That’s an undisputable fact. But beautiful swimwear calls for beautiful beach clubs; breezy, sun-drenched and white-sand destinations where the bronzed beau monde convene to lounge their summers away.
That’s why we’ve put together our list of hottest beach clubs this Summer 2019, to make picking out your season’s cabana just that little bit easier.
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Cotton Beach, Ibiza
A fully white-washed cliff-side piece of perfection, Cotton Beach Club on Ibiza’s southwest coast has a rather divine island vibe. If you come for lunch, you can look forward to some fine Mediterranean-meets-LatAm and Asia fare, as well as an extensive sushi menu for those who like their sunsets accompanied with a roll or two.
Just looking to chill? You’ll find swish sunbed rentals with towels perfect for long lingering afternoons in the warm Mediterranean sun – ft. jaw-dropping views across the sea and the sandy beach below. And all white everything makes the backdrop even more impossibly blue.
El Chiringuito, Marbella
An Ibiza favourite, El Chiringuito’s Marbella outpost at the Puente Romano Hotel is the kind of barefoot-boho tented situation that calls for big sunglasses, raffia bags and straw hats. Kick off your espadrilles and slip your toes into warm sands, or rather, put your feet up on the club’s comfy sun loungers for a glorious day of sunshine, sea views and of course plenty of people watching.
When it comes to lunch, you’ll find the likes of lobster risotto, melt in the mouth seared tuna, salt-crusted sea bass and many more Mediterranean seafood bites best washed down with a mojito or two. Spanish summers don’t get better than this.
Think luxury is best enjoyed in flip flops? If that’s a hell yes, you’d do well to strut your Havaianas over to Nammos for a taste of the lavish Mykonos beach life. Designed to recreate the atmosphere of life aboard a luxurious yacht, here is the place to be if you’re beached and in search of the next best alternative to cruising the coastline.
You can enjoy the ocean breeze without the salt spray from one of the club’s Riviera sunbeds complete with soft, squishy Loro Piana mattresses and cocktail service at the snap of a finger. Otherwise, sashay your way across the golden sands into perfectly blue waters and embrace the ultimate indulgence of having nothing more to do that lounge care-free in the picturesque Aegean.
Bagatelle, St Tropez
Looking for a glamourous setting for a Riviera lunch with the gang? Bagatelle might be that international jet set vibe you’re after. With outposts in just about every major party hotspot on the globe, the brand has earned itself a reputation as a magnet for the rich and famous, and understandably so.
Whether you’re boozy brunching or casually lunching, Bagatelle, in all its blues and whites, is quintessentially French, and its authentic personality is what sets it apart from neighbouring clubs on the Pampelonne strip. That means you can order in some chilled vin blanc and sip it slowly, knowing you’re doing Riviera chic just as it supposed to be done.
Coccaro Beach Club, Puglia
Not at all a stranger to the many lists of the Mediterranean’s best beach clubs, the exclusive Coccaro gets plenty of press for its low key and beautifully Italian atmosphere. Set on a long stretch of private sandy beach beside the sparkling Salento sea, there’s really nowhere else you’d rather lounge when in Puglia – and you’ve got beach beds, private gazeboes and plenty of other options to choose from.
Find a shady spot under the palms; book a massage at one of Coccaro’s tented treatment pavilions; dine on fresh fish and oysters; pick out some new summer pieces at the club’s boutique; play beach volleyball or take to the waters by canoe. The reasons to stay all day are many!
La Brisa, Bali
When in Canggu, La Brisa is where it’s at – especially if you’re all about the rustic, tropical island scene. Built using reclaimed wood from more than 500 old fisherman boats and decorated with everything from seashells and sand to antique buoys and fishing nets, the club is a bit of a mishmash, but it all kind of works under the trendy sustainable label.
To cool off, there’s a beachfront pool shaded by jungle flora, and to fuel up, La Brisa offers a lip-smacking menu of tasty fresh seafood. But for the real Bali beach experience – bean bags and all, you’ll want to secure your spot on the sand for many a golden hour to remember.
Branded as “The Oasis of Happiness”, Purobeach is a place to drift away to Mediterranean beats and siesta all day long on Balinese beds. With both a rooftop sun deck and lower level poolside lounge, you can choose your view and your vibe, or swap the sun all together for some self-care in the shade.
Book a massage at Purobeach’s Wellness Zone, or join a yoga class to get a stretch on. And when it’s time for lunch, you can taste your way through the club’s diverse, healthy menu of global cuisine taking inspiration from flavours, colours and spices of Miami to Marrakech and Melbourne. After all, happiness is only ever as good as your last meal.
Roxxy Beach, St Maarten
Located in Simpson Bay, Roxxy Beach is all you could ever hope for in an island beach club. Think sand, sea, amazing sounds and some quality rum cocktails. Daybeds set the scene for soaking up the sweet Caribbean sun but it’s not all about chill time here. There’s some serious fun to be had too if you’re up for taking to the water.
We’re talking wave runner tours, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and sea bobs, all offered directly by Roxxy Beach Watersports. And to cool off, you’ll find two chic zones to relax until sundown: The Loft and The Lounge.
One of Hotel Esencia’s divine little eateries, beachfront Mistura is all about refined and authentic Mexican gastronomy. The restaurant-cum-beach club sits under a breezy palapa, offering a delectable sea-to-table experience served up against a palette of whites, blues and reds, and a backdrop of spectacular ocean views.
Days here are well spent savouring crab meat guac, langoustine croquettes and Sichuan-spiced ceviche, just as they are hammocking in the shade in true Latin fashion. You might also be tempted to pull up a chair at the bar for a tangy margarita or two – ¡salud!
Anhinga, Kaplankaya, Turkey
Nuzzled away in the sandy bay of Civit Koyu (Indigo Bay), part of the undiscovered Turkish resort of Kapalankaya, Anhinga is a far cry from the crowded beach hotspots of Bodrum across the water. A boho beachfront hideaway dotted with palms and king sized loungers shaded by canvas canopies, low key lux Anhinga is a sweet spot for afternoon cocktails and a breezy escape from the intense Turkish summer sun.
It’s also a pretty fabulous lunchtime location for pizza, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on the club’s tasty Italian menu alongside plenty of high end seafood and pastas. So if that’s your flavour and rustic-chic neutrals are your vibe, Anhinga might just be your new favourite South Aegean sanctuary.
Nikki Beach, Dubai, UAE
Set on Pearl Jumeirah, a reclaimed island off the coast of Dubai, this hip retreat is the first Nikki Beach resort to open in the Middle East. It’s got a ‘stop you in your tracks’ kind of view surrounded with private cabanas and beds that sit alongside a huge swimming pool and mammoth DJ booth.
It’s not quiet and it’s not peaceful, but it is rather fun if you like that type of thing. And if you tire of all of that, there’s nothing like a “Live the Vibes. Love the Recovery” facial in NikkiSpa. Sure its a list for Summer, but miss it by September, catch this spot all year round.
Maçakizi, Bodrum, Turkey
Could this be the most elite of them all? The leader of the beach club culture in Bodrum, this four-decade old beach club regularly hosts Hollywood elite and boasts a luxe bar and restaurant serving up racks of lamb and sea bass. Part of Maçakizi hotel, this beach club is located in Bodrum’s most exclusive bay.
Maçakizi literally means Queen of Spades, the nickname given to Ayla Emiroglu, the owner of the original Maçakizi and the mother of Sahir Erozan, the current owner of this hotel. Starting at the beginning of May, you can reach Macakizi Hotel by seaplane from Istanbul. The seaplane will 4 times a week depart from the centre of Istanbul and touch down at Macakizi beach. Party with the jet set, arrive like the jet set.