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The best of Marbella's beach clubs

The best of Marbella’s beach clubs

July 13, 2017

Whilst the beaches of the Costa del Sol are lined with many chiringuitos and beach bars offering everything from traditional freshly caught seafood to fine international cuisine, the beach clubs in Mijas and Marbella offer something extra. Forget the plastic sunbeds under a parasol and think swimming pools next to the beach, huge luxury sun loungers, extensive wine, champagne and cocktail menu’s, delicious international fine dining and live entertainment.

From hedonistic pool parties with international DJ’s to relaxing in luxury, here’s our pick of the best beach clubs the Costa del Sol has to offer…

Max Beach Sun Club in Mijas Costa
Max Beach Sun Club, Mijas Costa

One of the more recent additions to the list of beach clubs on the Costa del Sol, Max Beach Sun Club opened in 2016 following a tasteful refurbishment and the addition of a pool offering unbeatable views over the Mediterranean sea. The pool is average in size but more than ample for cooling down with a drink.

Having served food and drinks on the beach in Riviera del Sol for well over 10 years, Max Beach also have a sports bar to enjoy a few sundowners following a tiring day by the pool. There are also plans to open a fitness club overlooking the sea this year.

Orange Beach Club in Elviria Marbella

Orange Beach Club, east Marbella

Part of the five star Don Carlos Hotel resort in Elviria, the impeccably designed and stylish Orange Beach Club is open to non-hotel guests and is open from Easter through to October. The club boasts an infinity pool with views to the Mediterranean and direct access to the beach where you will find more sun loungers and fabulous Balinese beds.

Throughout the summer there is live music after dark in the form of jazz bands, swing groups and female vocalists to keep you entertained while enjoying a cocktail or two.


Nikki Beach Club in Elviria MarbellaNikki Beach, east Marbella

The beach club that started it all, Nikki Beach Marbella is located directly on the beach at the Don Carlos Hotel in Elviria and can be easily accessed by car, or for those arriving by boat, there is even a dedicated boat transfer service.

With branches in luxury locations including St Tropez, St Barths, Hollywood, Miami and Ibiza, the reputation of this hugely successful worldwide brand needs little or no introduction. Boasting a large open air restaurant, a chiringuito, bars, boutiques, pool and ample oversized beds poolside and on the beach, the entire place has an air of extravagance and jet-set luxury.

Don’t miss their amazing events including champagne parties, white parties and full moon parties with live music, entertainment, dancers, musicians, DJ’s and acrobats.

Estrella del Mar Beach Club in Elviria MarbellaEstrella del Mar, east Marbella

More a place to soak up the sun whilst relaxing on a Bali bed rather than partying until dawn, the beach club at Hotel Vincci Estrella del Mar is open all year round to be enjoyed by both hotel guests and private members (annual and daily memberships available).

Located right on the beach in Elviria, the club not only boasts a fabulous infinity pool surrounded by lawned areas, but also an indoor pool, gymnasium, spa and wellness centre,  waterspouts activities, restaurant, bar and lounge.


La Cabane Beach Club in Los Monteros MarbellaLa Cabana, east Marbella

Part of the Los Monteros Hotel in the exclusive urbanisation of the same name, the atmosphere at La Cabane Beach Club is very much of chilled out luxury, a glamorous but chic option to lounge by the sea.

Guests can choose from individual beds by the pool or the larger day bed option for a more VIP experience, the welcome package includes fruit skewers, towels and waiter service. The restaurant offers table service or, for a more low key affair, the option to dine on your bed with a snack menu. On weekends the restaurant lays on a fabulous seafood buffet serving up the freshest of ingredients.


Funky Buddha Beach Club MarbellaFunky Budha, Marbella

Re-opened in 2017, Funky Buddha Beach generally attracts a younger clientele and is home to one of the livelier party scenes. Located on the beach between Rio Real and the eastern entrance to Marbella town the club offers DJ’s with live poolside entertainment and dancers, bars and a boutique.

A variety of sun bed options are available from various sized day beds overlooking the beach and surrounding the pool, to larger four poster beds set slightly further from the poolside action.


Ocean Club MarbellaOcean Club, west Marbella

One of the largest beach clubs in Europe, Ocean Club boasts a 1,000m2 swimming pool in a luxurious setting next to the beach in Puerto Banús. Surrounding the pool the decked terrace is adorned with overside circular sun loungers that mirror the shape of the pool. Within the club you will also find a range of exclusive shops, spa and massage, restaurant, four bars and chill out zone.

During the day the atmosphere is relaxed then, as the sun sets, the party atmosphere gets going until the early hours. Nothing is too over the top as the music pumps out over the Mediterranean and the pool parties complete with theatrical performances begin. Look out for specific party nights when the pool is transformed into a stage and international DJs and performers entertain the crowds who queue to get in.

La Sala beach club MarbellaLa Sala by the Sea, west Marbella

Part of the La Sala group, the relatively small but no less exclusive La Sala by the Sea sits on the beach near Puerto Banús. Open in 2012 the club offers a small yet enticing pool, spa and massage, three bars, an Asian inspired restaurant along with sun lounger service with snack menu throughout the day. There are a variety of different sun loungers available including cabana beds large enough for six people plus a VIP area with rock-pool jacuzzi.

As the sun goes down you can enjoy drinks on the sun terrace with live DJ’s and entertainment throughout the summer months with the likes of Alexander O’Neil, Imagination, Rose Royce and Soul II Soul all having performed here in the past.


Puro Beach club in EsteponaPuro Beach, Estepona

Offering views to Gibraltar and the north African coast of Morocco, Puro Beach Marbella is actually located within the Laguna Village complex near Estepona. Offering a mix of daytime relaxation and a part atmosphere at night, the club includes a magnificent infinity pool, restaurant, bar and lounge area plus a spa and yoga studio.

For those that don’t rise early enough for the sunrise meditation, yoga or tai chi it’s a day of relaxing by the pool and in the spa. In the evenings the party gets going with a mix of resident and guest DJ’s plus monthly live acts.


NAO pool club in MarbellaNAÔ Pool Club, Nueva Andalucía

Okay, so NAÔ Pool Club doesn’t really qualify as a beach club, for the simple reason that it is nowhere near a beach, however it has a vibe which is still very much in keeping with the whole idea so we have included it.

Opened in July 2016 the club is a new concept pool club and restaurant near Puerto Banus in Nueva Andalucía by the renowned Olivia Valere, the club enjoyed a short but successful first season and already looks to continue with a large inviting pool, surrounded by oversized day beds and cabana’s, a restaurant and poolside waiter service, valet parking and even a pop-up barbers.

Attracting a younger glamorous clientele, the club has already established itself as a staple on the Marbella summer party scene.