There are times when you need to just sit on a beach and chill. After all, you’ve earned that rosé-fueled lunch, waving your napkin in the air like you just don’t care. Well, we have the spots for that around the world. You’ll know you have done well for yourself if you make it to every one of these top beach clubs on the summer circuit.
It doesn’t get much more hedonistic than a day at a beach club. And that’s exactly what we love about them. These are places where you’re not doing anything but enjoying yourself, and how could you not get behind that? Think of our list of the best beach clubs as your travel bucket list for the upcoming vacation season. If you spend the warmer months hitting every one of these, you’ll have accomplished quite the R&R–forward summer.
La Réserve à La Plage
Location: St. Tropez
We could only choose one beach club for St. Tropez, but you know that St. Tropez itself is where there are too many top beach clubs, to count. After all, it’s St. Tropez, so you can expect to get your party on. Whether you’re charging up for a big night out or recovering from one– this is the place to do it. La Réserve à la Plage, St Tropez’s resident beach club, sits on Pampelonne Beach. The club goes all in on the French minimalist style, highlighting the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean. Snag a cabana right on the sand or a table at the family-style restaurant– both come with sparkling ocean views.
The super power of La Reserve is their food. Caviar mashed potatoes, simple yet beautifully executed large grilled fish filleted at your table and an extensive crudo selection are a few things on the menu. Also of note is the truffle churros, which should be a new food group. The food is excellent at La Reserve’s beach club, and it’s no surprise because international Chef Nicolas Cantrel is in the kitchen.
Fontelina is widely regarded as the most exclusive beach club in Capri. Framed by the iconic faraglioni– coastal rock formations eroded by waves– it’s the Italian beach setting of your dreams. Kick back on a sun lounger and watch some super yachts float by, sip on a glass of sangria, or take a dip in the Mediterranean sea. However you spend your day here, it’ll be one to remember.
When lobster and champagne get delivered to you at your ocean-side sunbed, you know you’re in Ibiza. Located on Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza’s longest beach, the vibe at Nassau is always on. DJs and entertainers bring the party during the day, and a sophisticated, clubby environment takes over after sundown. As vibrant as the energy may be, you’re still at a beach club, so relaxation is paramount. Nassau has that covered too. Mediterranean culture is in full swing here, with a holistic culinary program full of local ingredients and innovative cocktails.
We featured Scorpios on our 2023 travel bucket list– so you know it’s good. As a Soho House establishment, it’s about as seen-and-be-seen of an environment as you’d imagine. Expect to see supermodels basking in the beachfront cabanas, and a balanced scene of sunset meditations and clubby dance parties. Locally-informed Mediterranean cuisine gets served at seaside communal tables, while private wooden cabanas and sunbeds sport uninterrupted ocean views.
This is the beach club that is in season, long after you’ve done your summer in Europe. Located on Jumeirah Beach, Nammos is an extension of Four Seasons Dubai. Considering the beach club originated in Mykonos, it only makes sense that the Dubai location emulates that laidback Greecian aesthetic. Bright white linens, rustic wood structures, and aqua accents might just make you forget you’re in the Middle East. The atmosphere is lively and festive, with the city framing your view of the Arabian sea. Food-wise, Nammos sticks with the Mykonos theme. The cuisine is distinctly Mediterranean, and highlights luxurious offerings like their caviar menu and a selection of fresh seafood, caught daily.