A day, or three, at one of the full-service beach clubs on the Costa del Sol is a quintessential experience on a visit to this sun-baked region. These pay-per-day clubs vary from luxurious places with spas and restaurants to simpler ones that rent sun beds and umbrellas. Each has a different personality, so here is our rundown of the ones we like best.
This beach club on the main promenade in Marbella, close to the Puerto Banús marina, is best known for its bars and restaurants. These include an attractive sit-down restaurant with a white canvas roof, rattan chairs and white-cloth-dressed tables. Though there are hammocks on the beach below the restaurant, most people come here for a long, leisurely seaside meal. The crowd is dressier than it is at beach clubs with sun beds and umbrellas.
Besaya Beach Club
Tel. (34) 952-777-299
Marbella’s La Cabane was the Costa del Sol’s first beach club, and it remains popular with Spanish notables and members of the aristocracy. A full-service club, it offers direct access to the beach, a fine restaurant, a VIP area (book in advance), hammocks and private cabins.
Tel. (34) 952-771-700
This club is popular with locals for its good service, beautiful views of the Mediterranean and excellent restaurant. The menu offers classics like croquetas, fried anchovies, paella and espetos (skewered sardines grilled over a wood fire).
Tel. (34) 951-562-887
Located 3 miles east of Marbella and open year-round, this beach club has a commendable restaurant that serves Mediterranean cuisine with international touches, including dishes such as lobster sashimi and tiger shrimps with pil pil sauce, as well as local classics like fritura Malagueña and espetos.
Tel. (34) 952-865-579