You may be quite happy rocking up to the beach, spreading your towel on the sand and basking in the sun with the minimum of fuss. All well and good. On the other hand you might, from time to time, crave a little luxury and a more sophisticated visit to the beach. In that respect the beach club experience wins hands down and can provide the facilities to make a pleasant day at the beach a great day at the beach. Here are five options on the wonderful island of Mallorca.
Grand Follies, Cala Lamp
The Grand Follies is situated in a natural bay with steep sided cliffs surrounding and embracing the club, giving it a cosy ambience. It’s a beautiful setting and is hard to beat if you like the spectacular. The luxury pads set into the cliffs are feats of engineering that have you marvelling at the skill of the builders.
The views from these vertiginous properties must be pretty awesome. There isn’t any sand here, it’s more a rocky cove but you can swim in the sea or in the pool on site. Yachts moor out at sea and a quick call to the club will see a launch set out to ferry the passengers ashore for lunch in the shaded dining areas provided. The food is good and the service is excellent. There are comfortable sunbeds for hire and you can even book a massage. My one gripe is that there’s only one toilet. If you don’t mind queuing when it’s busy then it will suffice. Other than that, a day here is a day well spent.
This lovely beach club recently changed owners and had a superb makeover. There are three dining areas to enjoy the varied menu. You wouldn’t want to eat on the outside terrace on a hot day but there is plenty of room inside the light and airy bar area or a shaded terrace area to the side of the club.
You’ll find the sunbeds for hire on the beach with easy access to the sea. Assasona is the polar opposite to Grand Follies, in that it’s situated on the sand and there isn’t a cliff in sight. There are views off to the right of Palma Cathedral and the distant mountains beyond. Assasona is sandwiched between the sea and the cycle path that runs from Palma port to Arenal. It’s easy access means it gets very busy so booking is essential.
Puro Beach, Illetas
Illetas beach is a gorgeous setting to host a beach club, the natural bay is a little on the small side perhaps but cosy and welcoming all the same. The Puro Beach club management certainly knew a great spot when they saw one, they opened for business here in 2017.
Puro Beach boasts two bars, one on the outdoors terrace and one interior bar along with an exterior restaurant. There are approx 109 sunbeds here, all with sea view and 4 Balinese beds. There’s a wellness spa too where you can be pampered to death if you so desire. There’s even a shop selling Puro branded goods, including the Puro Beach music CD’s along with fashion and accessories. There are changing rooms with showers, a handy feature. Puro Beach comprises of a multitude of unique spaces, combining nature, the open air and the Mediterranean. Arabian influenced fountains and arches, Mallorcan olive and pine trees, natural wood and crystal blue water which crashes against the rocks is a pretty inspirational day at the beach in a place where you can enjoy the Mediterranean sun in all its glory.
Mhares Sea Club, Llucmajor
Mhares Sea Club is located in the old marine quarry, the stone taken from this site built the Cathedral of Mallorca. Mhares Sea Club emanates a very special energy that envelops and seduces the visitor upon arrival. All the spaces of Mhares Sea Club are carefully thought out and induce the feel good factor.
The pool is surrounded by an exclusive sun terrace with hammocks and Balinese beds with spectacular views from which you can access the sea. The magic of the infinite horizon of the Bay of Palma, the salty breeze, the sound of the waves crashing on the rocks make this place the perfect setting to experience a whole world of relaxing sensations. The bustle of the city is far away from this oasis of calm and tranquility set in the middle of nature. At night the candlelight and torches engender a seductive atmosphere that invites intimacy. The restaurant and snack area offer the delicious specialties throughout the day. The chill-out area invites you to enjoy the sunsets and the post sunset atmospheres enhanced by the music and the special magic of the Mediterranean moon. The club also has a space for therapeutic and relaxation massages.
Nicky Beach, Magaluf
The strap line on the Nicky Beach website states that “Nikki Beach Mallorca is the epitome of everything that is chic and glamorous about a day at the beach”. I would agree, I think they pretty much nailed it with that claim. Nikki Beach is a 20-minute drive from central Palma.
The chilled atmosphere and the style of the venue makes for a pretty special day out at the beach. An enthusiastic, energetic and young team exude passion for hospitality and do their best to relax and welcome you. Set overlooking the Isla de sa Porrassa on Calvia Beach, it’s a fantastic place to relax. The food served is what you would expect from an established brand that tries to be the best at everything it does. The music is chilled and sets the tone for a relaxing day in fabulous surroundings.
Danny Frith is Director at SkiBoutique. SkiBoutique is a luxury ski chalet agency based in Switzerland.