With its year-round sunshine and reputation for the great parties, Marbella boasts some of the best beach clubs in southern Europe. From classics to newbies, they rank among the places to see and be seen during the summer months. In our round-up, we’ve included a select ten of the best beach clubs in Marbella together with information about what makes them unique (their USP). Plus, the vibe you can expect to find when you visit.
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Dress code at beach clubs in Marbella
Beach wear is obviously acceptable at all the clubs, but you’ll need to cover up when eating at the restaurants. If you’re going to one of the parties, check the dress code – it could be formal or themed, for example by region (Caribbean), vibe (tropical) or colour (usually white or red).
Best for tranquil chilling – El Ancla
Not all beach clubs in Marbella are about all-day partying. El Ancla is almost the opposite and a favourite with couples and families looking for life in the slow lane. Flanked by woods to the north and the sandy beach to the south, this beach club has two highlights. The first is the large pool, so close to the Mediterranean it could almost be part of it. And then there’s the restaurant whose terrace has sweeping ocean views.
Location: west end of San Pedro beach.
Beach club USP: the restaurant terrace over the beach.
Vibe: smart-casual and family friendly.
Best for bubbles – Ocean Club
A classic on the beach club scene in Puerto Banús, Ocean Club sits around a giant saltwater pool complete with catwalk. Open from April to October, the venue is famous for its themed parties particularly the champagne celebrations. Visitors can chill to the sounds of resident DJs during the day and start the party proper when the sun goes down. And of course, being in Puerto Banús, Ocean Club regularly hosts celebrities.
Location: on the beach at the heart of Puerto Banús.
Beach club USP: champagne parties
Vibe: young and partygoing
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Best for gourmet dining – Spiler Beach Club
Cabana beds and sun loungers await you among palm trees and tropical gardens on the beach at the east end of Estepona. Part of the 5-star Kempinski Bahia Hotel, this beach club does things in style – there’s valet parking, a gym to work up an appetite for lunch and a spa for extra relaxation. The restaurant takes centre stage with specialities such as charcoal-grilled meat and fish plus paella and seafood.
Location: on the beach at the Kempinski Bahia Hotel in Estepona.
Beach club USP: beach club entrance includes lots of extras.
Vibe: luxury chill
Best for entertainment – Nikki Beach
A must-visit for fans of beach clubs in Marbella, Nikki Beach has formed part of the summer party scene on the Costa del Sol since 2003. It has one of the best locations in town too – its pool and bar areas sit in lush tropical gardens on the finest beach in Marbella. Open from April to October, this beach club is most famous for its themed parties and entertainment that never fails to surprise.
Location: Don Carlos Hotel beach to the east of Marbella.
Beach club USP: white opening and red closing parties.
Vibe: decadent chill
Best for seafront dining – Seasoul
This beach club lives up to its name with both lounging and dining right on the sands. And if you don’t want to be on the beach, the stunning turquoise pool has loungers and tables around it. House specials on the menu include three types of paella plus freshly caught fish and seafood. The cocktail menu is also well worth a browse and comes into its own at sunset.
Location: Oasis Beach at the west end of the Golden Mile in Marbella
Beach club USP: paella at a table on the beach.
Best for Andalusian fare – Alabardero Beach Club
The beach clubbing bit almost comes second at Alabardero where fine wining and dining takes precedent. It does have a pool and gardens for pre or post lunch relaxation plus there’s a terrace on the boardwalk for an evening sundowner. But you’re here mostly to lunch or dine – Andalusian cuisine reigns supreme with local fried fish at the top of the menu. But oysters and a long, long list of rice dishes come a very close second.
Location: at the east end of San Pedro beach.
Beach club USP: Andalusian cuisine
Vibe: casually relaxed
Best for choice of sunbeds – La Sala by the Sea
A firm favourite among British residents and tourists, La Sala by the Sea does sun loungers like no other beach club in Marbella. With a choice of seven types that include swim-up lounge beds, this is all about relaxing by the pool. DJs provide the sound track all day and evening and there are themed parties every day of the week in the summer. Thai cuisine is available at the restaurant.
Location: on Nueva Andalucía beach at the west end of Puerto Banús.
Beach club USP: sunbed menu
Vibe: young and decadent
Best for mountain views – Nao Pool Club
This is the only one of our choice of beach clubs in Marbella not on the beach. But Nao makes up for the lack of sands with some great views of the Sierra Blanca mountains with their iconic peak La Concha. Set in tropical gardens with plenty of palms, this club has a large pool, plenty of sun loungers and a party vibe. Food comes with a Japanese-Mediterranean mix and the champagne and cocktail menus run long.
Location: in the heart of Nueva Andalucía.
Beach club USP: beach club atmosphere without the sand.
Vibe: party chill
Best for central Marbella – Amare Beach Club
If you’re based in Marbella, this beach club is a perfect venue to walk to. Situated on Marbella’s emblematic seafront promenade, Amare makes the most of the Mediterranean in the views, vibe and cuisine. Choose from sun loungers or cabana beds on the decks and then dine Mediterranean style on fish, pasta or salad before finishing with a healthy ice lolly. DJ and live music form your afternoon soundtrack.
Location: on the beach in the heart of Marbella between La Bajadilla and Venus beaches.
Beach club USP: central Marbella location
Vibe: casual and relaxed
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Best for little extras – Estrella del Mar Beach Club
On the sands at Elviria and the best beach in Marbella, Estrella del Mar offers pool side and seaside loungers and cabana beds. For extra luxury, go for the VIP extras that include daily newspapers, giant towels, waiter-call services and a welcome drink. Visitors also have access to the gym and personal trainers if the infinity pool and Mediterranean views are too relaxing. Plus there’s a spa and lunchtime menus to eat at the restaurant or from your lounger.
Location: Golden Beach in Elviria to the east of Marbella.
Beach club USP: the easy sun extras
Vibe: casual and family friendly
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