Beach club chic: Where to make a splash

We’re all about dreaming of long, lazy afternoons lost to sun, sea and sand this year


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There’s nothing better than a day out on the beach, except maybe in the luxury of one of our beach clubs. Forget sand in your sandwiches this is about great food, delicious drinks and an atmosphere to remember. So, prepare for a day of beachside indulgence, with pampering and private dining in some of the most amazing locations in the world.


The Terrace, Burj Al Arab

As an absolute icon of Arabian luxury, you can expect only the very best of the best at this luxury beach club at Burj Al Arab. A visual feast for the influencing generation, this is a hotel which prides itself on being cutting-edge – and stretching 100 metres out into the Arabian Gulf, there’s no denying that The Terrace is what Instagram dreams are made of. Whether it’s shaded swim-up pool bars, air-conditioned day beds or a more private cabana haven that’s first priority, this overwater beach space has pretty much everything covered. Water-wise, there’s a dazzling white sand beach for toes-in-the-sand relaxation or two tantalising terrace pools to unwind in style. Sun beds are everywhere – lap up the views with a lounger right by the water or upgrade to a luxury air-conditioned day bed for a dedicated butler service. Go straight for the ultimate VIP treatment and opt for a Royal Cabana – prepare to be unapologetically pampered with a private bathroom, spa menu and luxury dining. If and when hunger comes calling, there are plenty of choices dotted around the hotel – the Californian palette of the Scape Restaurant and Lounge are standout, or this season there’s a sophisticated new pop-up set to be the summer dining hotspot for a taste of the Med, SAL.

The Terrace Beach Club Burj Al Arab


Il Riccio Beach Club, Capri Palace

Tucked away in the sleepy village of Anacapri is the only beach club in the world with a Michelin star. Clinging to the cliffs of Capri’s chicest hotel, Capri Palace, the Il Riccio Restaurant and Beach Club is set like a little jewel on the northern shore of the island – just above the electric waters of the famous Blue Grotto. In addition to a gorgeous mosaic pool, split-level terraces provide maximum tan perfecting opportunities and there’s even direct sea access too, with a private staircase that zigzags all the way down to the water. Any hunger cravings should be directed to the gorgeous cliff-side restaurant. Holding a Michelin star to its name, the seafood specialities and top Italian wines are the perfect pairing to satiate any tummy rumbling appetites.

Capri Palace Il Riccio Beach Club


Summersalt Beach Club, Jumeirah Al Naseem

There’s plenty of indulgence at this glamorous beachfront area of the luxurious Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel. Style-wise, it’s the Cote D’Azur come to Dubai – sleek outdoor seating with resident DJs set that perfect beachside ambience, and as a 21-and-above only setting, plenty of expert mixology and signature drinks are on hand, too. Lose the longest of afternoons slowly soaking up that sun by the pool or on the beautiful private beach – with views looking out to the Burj Al Arab, it’s absolute beachside bliss to spend a stylish day in the sun here.

Jumeirah private Beach Aeiral Shot