The best beach clubs in Marbella

Marbella. The place where boutique hotels and outrageously fancy yachts meet quaint plazas,
windy streets and white-washed buildings; typical to this region of Spain. Renown for its glorious
Mediterranean weather, tourists flock to this part of the southern Spanish coast during the
spring and summer months to hit the beach, bask in the sunshine, and taste freshly caught fish,
cooked by means of the traditional ‘espeto’, on the beach. Naturally, pairing any meal with an
ice cold ‘caña’, which is the Spanish word for a half pint of beer, or a refreshing glass of
fruit-filled sangria.

Perfectly poised on the Costa del Sol, which literally means ‘Coast of the Sun’, Marbella makes
a divine spot for beach clubs, with its gorgeous sandy beaches, cerulean sea and the nearby
mountain, called ‘La Concha’, creating a beautifully bold backdrop.

The coast has seen a number of beach clubs pop up over recent years, and Marbella has
become renown for its extravagant beach club and champagne parties, drawing in all sorts of
celebrities and socialites to its idyllic beach-side pools. I mean, who could resist sipping an ice
cold Hendricks on the water’s edge, as Hawaiian Tropic wafts through the warm, ocean air and
house music ripples over the turquoise pool? Sounds like a good version of paradise to us.

Different beach clubs in Marbella have different things to offer – some simple, some
sophisticated, some with a serene ambience, and some more party-centered. We have put
together a list below of our favourite beach clubs in Marbella, where the location, service, food
and drink, we consider to be top-notch.

First of all, we can’t not mention the infamous Nikki Beach Club – well known for its champagne
spray parties, tropical gardens and deluxe, white sunloungers topped with luxuriously soft white
towels. People can be found lounging the day away here, sipping vintage champagnes and
dining in the open air restaurant on various gastronomic delights, created by chefs from around
the world. It’s fair to say that this very exclusive Marbella beach club never disappoints.

Ocean Club Marbella provides a very stylish beach club spot, right next to Puerto Banús. Also a
Marbella beach club famous for champagne spray parties, it has become one of Spain’s

favourites for both relaxing and partying, where the daytimes see people lapping up the chilled
atmosphere, enjoying massages, shisha and cocktails around its beautiful saltwater pool. The
evenings are for some pretty lively and glamourous parties where you’ll find live music, dancers,
and DJs getting the party going.

For a slightly higher end affair and a sophisticated crowd, La Plage Casanis is the spot.
Whether your’re just stopping by for lunch – and we definitely recommend the salted sea bass –
or spending the day on one of their beachside loungers overlooking the Mediterrean waves, its
beautiful beach club location, paired with a fantastic wine list, is the perfect place to relax.

When it comes to summer beach club parties, Opium Beach Club Marbella knows how to
deliver. Its huge decking area and swimming pool is frequently the venue for performances and
big name DJs, with sunloungers scattered about the pool for you to bask on and soak in the
buzzing atmosphere. Think music, think lights, think champagne and cocktails… think Opium
Beach Club.

Last, but by no means the least, is Plaza Beach Club, Puerto Banús. People visiting are usually
found bubbling in one of their jacuzzis set into the decking, and sipping on some Belvedere or a
jug of their tasty classic sangria, of course. If that sun beating down gets a little too warm, you
also have the option of cooling off in the sea, which is just a few steps away. The lunch menu is
simple but delicious, although you can end up paying port prices with it being so closeby. The
weekends make way for lively parties and events, hosting DJs from across the world for you to
party the day away to, before perhaps heading to some of the nearby bars that skirt the edges
of the port.

Golf courses in Marbella that should not be missed

When it comes to playing golf, what better setting is there, than to be teeing off on immaculately
kept grass, whilst overlooking the lapping waves of the Mediterranean Sea under the blissful
Spanish sun? That’s why Marbella has turned into somewhat of a global hotspot for golf players.

Now, with the added fact that there’s a fair bit of money floating around here – where you’ve got
riches, you’ve probably got some pretty sublime courses around, too. Most of the courses along
this stretch of coast rank highly amongst the best in Europe, some having been designed by
iconic players both back in history and more recently. With golf being a popular sport here, there
is, of course, plenty of choice – perhaps too much – which is why we’ve sniffed out the best golf
courses and listed them here, you know, to save you the hassle scouring the internet for what’s
worthwhile visiting.

First up, and notably one of Marbella’s more challenging golf courses, we have Los Arqueros
Golf & Country Club. It was the first to be designed by infamous Spanish golfer, Seve
Ballesteros, in 1991, and makes for a fantastic 18 hole, par 71 Parkland golf course. Visitors
can expect stunning views of the coastline, whilst the hills of Ronda roll around its exquisitely
manicured greens. The fairway can be tight and hilly, with plenty of obstacles, such as water
hazards, uphill and downhill approaches, trees and tiered greens – it will be a good test of
accuracy and imagination for any player.

Villa Padierna Golf Club Marbella has gained a strong reputation for having the most
spectacular golf courses in the area, and its clubhouse is something to behold, too. The resort
has three courses: Flamingos Golf, Alferini Golf and Tramores Golf; all with their own
distinguishing attributes.

To give a little more detail, the Flamingos Golf has 18 holes, par 71. It was designed by renown
architect Antonio Garcia, and has been the home of a handful of prestigious tournaments,
including the European Seniors Championship, several years running.

The Alferini Golf is another 18 hole golf course, designed by Cristobal Guerrero, and is
beautifully integrated into the surrounding landscape. The tranquility found here is quite apart
from any other other on the coast. It is also one of the few par 73 courses in the Marbella area.

The Tramores golf course, also designed by Cristobal Guerrero, is an 18 hole course, par 63,
and wonderfully nestled between two valleys. It’s described as a fast and accurate course
requiring prowess, and provides a great opportunity for anybody to improve their short game.

Playing golf at Villa Padierna, amidst the surrounding nature and mountains, the lake, and with
that spectacular view of the coast, is indeed something memorable.

Now, we cannot forget El Paraíso Golf Club Marbella. Dubbed a Mecca of golf, El Paraíso is
one of the oldest and most established courses along this stretch of coast. It makes for a
wonderful, 18 hole, par 71 course, suitable for all players, regardless of level. It was designed
by Gary Player in 1973, and sits neatly in the foothills of the Sierra Bermeja mountains, so get
ready to take in those heavenly vistas as you drive down the fairway.

With views across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa, the Marbella Club Golf Resort is not one to
be missed. Located in the spectacular hills of Benahavis, it was designed by Dave Thomas.
What he created was a beautiful 18 hole, par 73 course, where players don’t need to worry
about overcrowded runs, due to the limited number of hotel guests allowed to play at any one
time. The course itself is pretty hilly, so we definitely recommend taking a buggy. Its immaculate
greens and dreamy surrounds, make it a golf course that needs to be on your list. Truly.

Sat right in Capanes del Golf, in the dusky, undulating hills of Benahavis, we have the gorgeous
El Higueral golf course. A little hidden gem, it has nine holes, par 36, and you won’t need a
buggy – walking is part of the experience with this one. Visitors frequently praise El Higueral for
its modern set up, where designer, Roderick Bastard, has managed to balance difficulty,
aesthetic and entertainment levels pretty perfectly – another one that should be on your itinerary
of golf courses in Marbella to visit.