Not into fighting for a sliver of sand on a packed beach? Opt for a beach club, where you can splash in the Mediterranean Sea before making your way to a pristine sun lounger (no soggy, sandy towels in sight) and ordering a refreshing adult beverage. Marbella is home to plenty of seaside establishments that will make your Spanish beach adventures both relaxing and refreshing.
Situated on Playa de Nagüeles, La Milla is a sophisticated beach club with a focus on seafood and wine. You can enjoy views of the sparkling Mediterranean from relax sun loungers under the shade of palm-leaf umbrellas. If you don’t feel like moving (we don’t blame you), you can order up a delicious feast of king prawns or charcoal grilled sardines delivered straight to you. Or follow the wooden pathway to the restaurant where you can enjoy their full menu, which focuses on products from the Andalusian coast.
Fifty shades of blue meet you at El Ancla, located a few kilometers from Marbella in San Pedro de Alcantara. A large saltwater pool in soft turquoise hues sits on one side of the boho-style restaurant, and the Mediterranean Sea on the other. Sunbeds can be rented facing either the beach or the pool. No matter which you choose, don’t overlook the restaurant, which offers delicious seafood dishes (think whole seabass baked in salt, tuna tartare that melts in your mouth, clams and sushi). For a special treat, dine under the dappled canopy as you watch the sun set over the water.
La Plage Casanis
The relatively new La Plage Casanis, on the Estrella de Mar beach in Elviria, knows how to throw a party — the restaurant and club can host up to 250 guests in the summer. You can book wood-frame double sunbeds or choose hammocks to swing the afternoon away. The restaurant is beautiful, with soft wooden touches and a rustic charm. The menu is extensive, offering a variety of local dishes and an extensive wine list.
Playa Padre — in the centre of Marbella on Playa del Cable — serves a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, with a focus on vegetarian dishes. But don’t just come for the food; the setting is equally appealing, with frothy palm tree umbrellas and a sophisticated, relaxed ambiance. By night, this place turns into a party, hosting DJs, artists and dancers to help you soak up the atmosphere.
If you’re looking for a beachfront club to take you from dawn to dusk, look no further than Chiringuito Puente Romano. The beachfront haven serves healthy breakfasts with fresh juices right through to al fresco lunches and dinners. Once night falls, a DJ provides the music for you to dance under the palms, cocktail in hand.
Trocadero Petit Playa
Located on Marbella’s famed Golden Mile is Trocadero Petit Playa. It has everything you could want for a day of relaxing by the beach: great location, sun loungers, relaxed al fresco dining space and delicious cocktails. Fresh fish is cooked al espeto and when the sun goes down, lanterns glow softly around the tables.
Step into Naô, where poolside beds, big bottles and non-stop music transport you to another world. Enjoy the privacy of a cabana suite or soak up the atmosphere from a pool floatie as magnums of champagne are served trailing plumes of colourful smoke. Located just a kilometre inland from Puerto Banus, Naô offers fresh food both in the restaurant and by the pool. And the fun doesn’t stop at sunset: At night, the club hosts festival parties throughout the high season. If you want to experience all the beach clubs of Marbella, consider owning a turnkey holiday home in Spain. With Pacaso, you can co-own the home of your dreams.