Dance, drink and dream the day away at the world’s best beach clubs.
A one-stop oasis where waiters cater to your every whim, infinity pools roll into ethereal sunsets and the warm summer breeze carries chill house beats; beach clubs capture the epitome of oceanfront luxe from day to dusk.
Drawing crowds to their enviable addresses along the world’s top coastlines, these social havens are a synergy of convenience and glamour – with trendsetting cuisine, cocktail service and direct ocean access all within reach of your lavish cabana.
From Goa’s fairytale beachfront sprinkled with neon lights and golden thrones, to big-name DJs spinning sundrenched soundtracks late into Bali’s balmy nights: here is our pick of the world’s best beach clubs.
Floating in Fiji’s turquoise waters, just a 40-minute boat ride from Port Denarau, Cloud 9 is a two-story platform paradise that features a relaxing sun terrace, woodfired pizzeria and surround sound system pumping chill house tunes into the ocean breeze.
Laidback, with an air of natural class, this fun-filled pontoon’s unpretentious atmosphere attracts families, couples and groups looking to indulge in an island experience without the price tag. Jump off the deck and snorkel the surrounding Roro Reef, dry off with a drink from the fully stocked bar or carve through Cloud 9’s 360-degree ocean vistas on a jet ski safari. With a tight roster of international underground DJs, this beach club is anything but mainstream.
Please note that advanced watersport reservations are required at least 48 hours prior.
Embrace community vibes at Scorpios, a contemporary beachside haven set on the sun-drenched southern tip of Mykonos.
Designed around the Ancient Greek concept of agora – a meeting place for the artistic and spiritual – this holistic venue features ample open-air sandy terraces and swinging hammocks strewn in the flickering shade of wicker cabanas, all spilling onto the Cycladic coastline.
Savour Mediterranean fare at the open-air restaurant, where family-style dishes are designed to be shared, or head to the terrace for a chilled glass of wine and unrivalled lagoon views. As the sun sets, a soulful fusion of electro-acoustic tunes is spun by in-house DJs, who ignite the island’s nocturnal energy with ritualistic performances held on custom-built stages.
Don’t miss out – Mykonos best beach club requires advanced reservations.
Base your Grecian escape at Casa Del Mar Mykonos Seaside Resort, just a 20-minute drive from Scorpios.
Stroll through Rock Pool’s eclectic setting and be lulled into a soul-stirring trance enhanced by fire dancers, playful design and hypnotic beats.
Lighting up Chapora Fort’s shadow on South India’s West Coast, this trendsetting beachfront venue is layered with sprawling lawns, an eye-popping blue lagoon and a scattering of beanbags, hot-pink boho seats and teepee cabanas landscaped into Goa’s ochre cliffs.
At dusk, pull up a golden throne and admire the fluorescent Goan sunset. Sink your teeth into a fragrant feast of sizzling meats from Spice Traders, then watch the fairytale landscape ignite as a sprinkling of lights glitter like pixies through swaying coconut palms, and world-famous DJs spin tracks into the night.
Make Rock Pool cocktails a daily ritual when you stay at W Goa.
Embrace Mediterranean energy at Purobeach Illetas, where Mallorca’snature and history merge to offer an authentic Spanish experience.
Framed by panoramic Palma Bay views and marbled shores, this oceanfront escape invites you to enjoy Mallorca in all its sun and glory while you unwind across a multitude of unique open-air spaces scattered by the striking blue seafront. Let your tastebuds tour the cuisines of Miami, Marrakech and Melbourne at the alfresco restaurant or hydrate with fruity cocktails at the bar terrace.
Step from your sunbed straight into the sea and let crystalline waters lap your toes or allow the gentle breeze and expert therapists to soothe you with a luxurious massage in the Wellness Zone.
Mediterranean vibes extend to Ocean Drive Port Portals, a designer resort just a 10-minutes drive from Purobeach Illetas.
Like a string of priceless pearls, glitz and glam is strewn across Dubai’s shoreline – and nowhere does Arabian luxe better than Nikki Beach Club.
Claiming prime real estate on the Pearl Jumeira waterfront, this lavish oasis offers an all-access pass to the Gulf’s blue waters and dazzling cityscape views, including the Burj Khalifa.
There’s no shortage of luxury here; framed by cutting-edge architecture with stylish, tribal influences, Nikki Beach Club facilities include an oversized lagoon pool, swim-up bar and a four-tier shisha terrace. Treat yourself to an ultimate VIP cabana at one of the world’s best beach clubs with bottle service or enjoy lunch from a plush sun bed. The menu showcases global cuisine, from healthful salads and creative sushi rolls to freshly caught seafood and signature cocktails designed to elevate taste sensations.
Book your cabana at Nikki Beach Club, open from Tuesday to Saturday.
Beach club luxe is at your fingertips when you book a stay at the adjacent Nikki Beach Resort & Spa.
An all-day hangout on the powder-white shores of arguably the Maldives’coolest resort, Kandima Beach Club promises nothing short of a good time for families and couples alike.
“Beach More! Worry Less!” is their motto, and you’re invited to do just that; stroll across the boardwalk that stretches out into the ocean and relax in one of the impressive UFO-style cabanas perched above the turquoise waters. Chilled house beats set the tone for this laidback oasis; stick around for fruity cocktails at Happy Hour or kickstart the party with a delicious shot.
Watch the sun set across the island as DJs entertain you with their party tunes, then shimmy across to Breeze Bar, open 10pm ‘til late. Here, good vibes and silky sands flow from the poolside to the indoor bar and funky tunes reverberate through one of the longest outdoor pools in the Maldives.
Ready to escape? Book your stunning overwater villa at Kandima Maldives.
If it’s good enough for Fat Boy Slim, it’s good enough for us. Potato Head is one of Bali’s hottest destinations and one of the world’s best beach clubs – home to a poolside oceanfront stage playing host to a packed calendar of world-renowned DJs, from Mark Ronson to Grace Jones. This open-air, amphitheatre-style beach club is the epicentre of the island’s creative scene, regularly hosting film screenings, international acts and cultural performances that channel Balinese energy.
Crowning the sunset-famous shores of Seminyak, Potato Head prides itself on its all-are-welcome environment and sustainability focus, with community projects and eco-art installations taking focus in recent years – including a recent piece created from salvaged flipflops!
Potato Head is not shy on high-end features: three restaurants, a swim-up bar, jacuzzi and sprawling emerald lawns framing two infinity pools. Enjoy tribal dining at KAUM! Or savour the day’s catch at seafood eatery, Ijen – built from recycled materials.
Our tip? Book a beachfront day bed and order a Bali Boat pitcher for you and your friends. Showcasing native ingredients and locally distilled strawberry-infused arak, this delicious concoction will go down smoother than a Seminyak sunset.
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Dedicate an entire day to Balearic bliss at El Chiringuito. This is one of the world’s best beach clubs thanks to its intimate beachfront locale claiming a private stretch of Platja des Cavallet on Ibiza’s southern coast.
Backed by sand dunes and sandwiched between vistas of Ibiza Old Townand Formentera, this beach club’s sun-kissed setting features a scattering of sophisticated cream cabanas divided by a timber catwalk that leads to dazzling blue seas.
Here, the restaurant is the star; chef Jérome Palayer jam-packs the island’s rich flavours into fresh dishes with a French twist. Satiate summer appetites with lobster rolls and a charcuterie of Iberian hams or refuel with a club sandwich and your toes tucked in the sand.
Accompanied by the blazing sun and a laidback soundtrack mixed by resident DJs, roll back into your lounger and take advantage of the excellent service – order an El Chiringuito cocktail, blended with rosé and summer berries, or go full Español and share a carafe of sangria with friends.
After an indulgent day, retreat to Hotel La Torre del Canónigo, a 20-minute drive from El Chiringuito.