A deep blue sky spans over high palm trees set around a spectacular swimming pool with huge white sunbeds. Only a few steps away, the Mediterranean Sea glistens in the sun all the way to the mountain range that borders the North African coast. What a pleasure it is, to relax in the warm water or lazily stretch out in the sun. Enjoy champagne, mojitos and other cool drinks, exotic fruit pyramids or the finest delicacies from the trendiest cuisine in the world while the DJ plays the latest chillout music.
The most fashionable beach clubs in Marbella are similar in structure and design, but quite different in performances, shows and parties. So make sure, you are up-to-date before the high season starts and always look at the latest events on social media. At weekends, all beach clubs are packed with locals and tourists and some even fly in from abroad just to experience the amazing vibe you can only find at the beach clubs of Marbella. The choice has grown bigger now, but there is only space here to name a few.
Legendary Nikki Beach
Marbella was privileged enough to open Spain’s first Nikki Beach 16 years ago. The franchise was launched back in 1998 by Jack Penrod in Miami, and the name can now be seen in the most exclusive enclaves of international tourism. The brand is built on the foundations of luxury, lifestyle, fashion, music, fine dining and art, and all of this is can be found at the Elviria club all summer long with spectacular themed festivals and epic parties. The most spectacular are the White Party which this year paid tribute to the greatest fashion designers of all time, and the Red Party when the summer is over.
There are many other services such as different kinds of massage, boat transfer for yachts anchored at sea, Bali-style beach beds, individual service and an extensive car park.
Anyone attending the White Party this year had to fork out almost 160 euros, although this did include a drink. A day on a Bali bed for three people including a bottle of Taittinger brut would cost you 260 euros, a poolside bed with the same number of users and the same champagne is 495 euros and a bed on the sand for six people and two bottles of champagne costs 350 euros.
Bubbling Ocean Club
The town of Marbella is also known for its eleven-year-old Ocean Club next to Puerto Banús. Whatever the discerning sun worshipper needs is available at this elegantly designed 9,000-square-metre club surrounded by high, whitewashed walls. The place is dominated by a huge saltwater pool with individual sunbeds and comfortable zones for small groups and offers an exclusive, personalised service. If you happen to pass by chance, you can dress the part thanks to several boutiques with beachwear and other outfits, and next to them there are spa facilities inviting you to relaxing massages and beauty treatments. At the Amaï Restaurant, Swedish chef Andreas Nygren prepares fine Mediterranean and international cuisine.
Ocean Club enjoys great popularity mainly due to its extensive and varied summer programme featuring live music, famous international DJs, spectacular light shows and fireworks; and its iconic champagne festivals should definitely be reserved well in advance. One of their Super VIP beds for twelve people is about 1,500 euros, but this amount includes three bottles of Dom Perignon. The champagne flows more at weekends, because from Monday to Thursday, Ocean Club is popular with young parents and their kids. Even so, the club serves more champagne every summer than any other beach club in the world.
Opium Beach Club
For many years, a giant Coca Cola can next to the main towards Malaga drew attention to a beach that was very popular with families with children, having a large go-kart track and other facilities. Now the can has turned white and turquoise and carries the name of Opium Beach Club Marbella.
The recently inaugurated party hotspot is now owned by a former manager of FC Barcelona and one of his brothers and features a giant pool, bars and a restaurant. The new owners run quite a number of very successful nightclubs and restaurants in Barcelona and now intend to implement this concept in a similar way in Marbella where they plan to open up a series of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs.