From iconic venues in the French Riviera to happening hangouts in Ibiza, the Mediterranean is home to some of the world’s hottest beach clubs. Read on to discover the top oceanfront offerings to visit when on a private yacht charter in the region.
Transforming a trip to the beach into an exclusive VIP experience, beach clubs make the perfect shore-side retreat for yacht-goers. Arrive at midday for an afternoon of sunning, swimming and sipping cocktails, feast on gourmet cuisine at sundown and party into the small hours as big name DJs take to the decks.
As most beach clubs come complete with their own private jetty, charterers can effortlessly pull up in their superyacht tender and step straight into the idyllic surrounds, capturing the attention of all those on shore. Make sure you plan a stop-off at one of these beach clubs on your next Mediterranean charter vacation.
Nammos, Mykonos, Greece
Since its inception in 2003, Nammos has been redefining opulent beach life. Nestled in the soft golden sands of Psarou beach, this trendy Mykonos establishment is a firm favourite among fashionable locals and the international glitterati who flock here for its lavish lifestyle offerings.
Luxurious sunloungers invite patrons to lay back and unwind in the blazing Greek sunshine with an extensive champagne menu and tasty cocktails providing the ultimate in refreshments. The indulgence continues in the shisha lounge as well as the beach bar which, by dusk, will be teaming with revellers.
All white wood, bamboo and palm trees, the open-air Nammos restaurant is worth a trip ashore alone for its tantalising fish dishes and sumptuous cuts of Wagyu and kobe grilled to perfection on the beef bar.
10 Punto 7, Formentera, Spain
Seemingly a world away from the glitzier beach clubs on Formentera’s north coast, 10 Punto 7 overlooks a near-deserted stretch of Playa Migjorn in the south of the Spanish island. Attracting a dashing crowd, the elegantly simple styling of whitewashed wood, director's chairs and rattan lets the views do the talking.
Bag a spot on the roof terrace and kick back with a signature cocktail of vodka and watermelon. A soundtrack of laidback beats accompanies the sun as it sets behind the Cap de Barberia and the tunes rev up as the party-goers come out to play.
A foodie haven, the 10 Punto 7 menu is a mix of traditional Mediterranean fare and Asian influences. Pick from dishes such as Catalan lobster, homemade ravioli and classic spaghetti pesto or share a platter of succulent sushi.
Maçakizi, Bodrum, Turkey
A regal hotel and classic beach club, Maçakizi is hidden within the enclosed bay of Türkbükü, Bodrum’s most exclusive spot. Amidst a riot of hot pink bougainvillaea, wooden decks meander down the hillside to the sea having hosted A-Listers and the superyacht set for nearly 40 years.
Flop on a sun lounger with an icy mojito just inches away from the turquoise Aegean and, when hunger calls, try out the ocean-fresh seabass or roast rack of lamb in the top-notch restaurant. The atmosphere then kicks up a notch as DJs take to the decks and music and drinks flow well into the night.
Carpe Diem Beach, Hvar, Croatia
Set atop a rocky cove and backed by luscious pine trees on Marinkovacoff Island, Carpe Diem Beach screams exclusivity. Only reached by boat, this venue is just a 10-minute ride away from Hvar Town and has been attracting Croatia’s hip crowd for nearly three decades.
During the day, bronze on giant cushions, take a dip in the pool, dine on seared tuna and lobster linguine, or sip mojitos in the lounge bar accompanied by mellow beats. There’s even beach volley ball and a massage pavilion offering seaweed wraps and lemon-lavender skin scrubs.
As night falls, Carpe Diem Beach morphs into the ultimate party spot, perfect for those looking for long summer nights. The full-moon parties are legendary with big-name DJs such as Pete Tong and Roger Sanchez flying in from Europe’s top clubs.
Le Club 55, St Tropez, France
St Tropez’s original and most iconic beach club, Le Club 55, was born in 1955 when Brigitte Bardot was filming And God Created Women on the then-deserted Pampelonne Beach.
Bernard and Geneviève De Colmont dished up family-style lunches to the crew from their fisherman’s hut and, before long, this transformed in Cinquante Cinque, a hangout for rock stars, models and government bigwigs to sip rosé undisturbed.
Today, a terracotta terrace enclosed by tamarisk trees and shaded with woven reeds and white canvases creates a laid-back atmosphere in which A-listers and locals alike continue to feast on grilled fish with ratatouille and delicious wedges of tarte tropezienne.
The open-air eatery even has its own jetty, ensuring those arriving by superyacht tender make the most impressive entrance.
Phi Beach, Sardinia
Looked over by 18th century Forte Cappellini, Phi Beach benefits from a truly magical setting made even more enchanting by the sunsets over the La Maddalena archipelago opposite. After hitting the Costa Smeralda scene in 2005, the venue is now the hottest beach club in Sardinia.
Spread across golden sands washed by translucent waters, day beds draped in white canopies entice guests to unwind as they sip signature Havana cocktails leaving only to sample the delicious Mediterranean menu in the water-side Chiri Sur restaurant.
There is also a spectacular VIP terrace hidden among the granite rocks. Known as the Rock Club, this is where the elite come to chink champagne and indulge in intimate dining, with international DJs and beautiful light shows ensuring all are kept entertained through to the early hours.
Fortelina, Capri, Italy
The only beach club where you can laze on a sun lounger opposite Capri’s famous Faraglioni rock formations, Foretelina has been seducing Italy’s elite since Lucia Fiorentino and Peppino Arcucci opened a little restaurant on this idyllic rocky outcrop in 1949.
Bathe in the sun with a glass of legendary white wine sangria in hand and listen to the hypnotic sound of waves lapping against the rocks before filling up in the Fontelina restaurant under the shade of a pretty pergola.
All-time favourites such as spaghetti with clams, fried paranza and seafood salad are never missing from the seafood-dominated menu and, only accessible by foot or boot, the venue is perfect for arriving by superyacht tender.
Ushuaïa Beach Club, Ibiza, Spain
At Ushuaïa Beach Club, a grown-up playground of pleasure on Ibiza’s Playa d’en Bossa, guests can lay back listening to chill-out house music as waiters bring cocktails or smoothies straight to their daybed.
Share beach snacks directly from the sun loungers or take respite on the shaded terrace and sample Ibiza’s lushest cuts of meat fresh from the grill or lobster plucked straight from the tank.
But Ushuaïa hasn’t secured its status as one of the top open-air clubs on the planet for nothing. Come late-afternoon, the action revs up with international DJs spinning the decks and good-looking revellers hitting the dancefloor to party as the sun sets over the island.
Scorpios, Mykonos, Greece
On a sun-drenched southern tip of Mykonos sits Scorpios, one of the newest additions to the Greek island’s 24-hour party scene. With its wild charm, rustic luxury and in-tune-with-nature ambience, this boho-luxe slice of paradise is where the cool cats hang out.
Driftwood cabanas and sunbeds blend in with their natural surroundings and privacy reigns supreme until sunset when the musical antics of top DJs ignite the beach’s nocturnal energies.
Completing the scene is a weatherworn club house, meandering terraces and a beachfront restaurant where Chef Alexis Zopas presents holistic, locally-grown, gourmet dishes infused with Greek and Mediterranean influences.
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