Gran Folies Beach Club, Cala Llamp
There is no beach at Cala Llamp, but Gran Folies is built into the rocks above the sea – it has a saltwater pool with spectacular views over the turquoise waters of the rocky cove and cliffs on either side. High-end but relaxed, this beach club has a large restaurant serving excellent food, including a particularly good lobster paella, and there is waiter service to some (but not all) of the sunbeds. Loungers can be reserved in different areas of the club, with varying levels of service and costs – there is a VIP area with chill-out music, a free glass of champagne and luxury loungers, plus a Bali-bed zone set in lawns. If you tire of the beautiful pool, you can jump off the rocks into the crystal-clear waters. Equally attractive at night, this restaurant makes a great location for a special occasion.
Cala Llamp, Calle Tintorera, Puerto Andratx, Spain, +34 971 67 10 94
Gleaming white loungers and umbrellas surround a large swimming pool at Purobeach, which features an elevated position above the water on a small peninsula. There is a small beach right next to it if you are desperate for sand, but really it is all about the pool, the sunbeds, and the comfy seating on the terrace. During the day, this adults-only beach club is super laid-back – in the mornings there’s yoga and breakfast on the terrace, and a spa where you can have a massage with sea views, and later on DJs play chill-out music until evening descends. As the sun sets, with fantastic views from the terrace, the party atmosphere starts to ramp up and carries on until the early hours. Reservations are recommended, whether you are lounging or eating, particularly for Sunday brunch. Drinks are good, with an excellent range of cocktails, and the food menu is extensive, with Puro burgers always a firm favourite.
Carrer Pagell, 1, Cala Estancia, Spain, +34 971 74 47 44
Nassau Beach, Palma
Nassau Beach Club is within easy walk of the city centre, but also has a jetty for boat arrivals, and boasts views of Portixol harbour on one side and Palma’s magnificent cathedral on the other. The food is excellent, if a tad pricey, and the vibe relaxed but chic, with plush loungers on the sand, a decked terrace with seating, and a chichi restaurant and bar area inside. The service is great, even from the sunbeds (which you can reserve in advance), the music is chill, and they also host fantastic full moon barbecues – everything you could want from an urban beach club (at least minus a pool).
Passeig Portitxol, s/n, Palma, Spain, +34 664 44 90 53
Nikki Beach, Calvia
The marketing for Nikki Beach tends to skirt around the issue of its location, but the setting of this global brand is undoubtedly the infamous resort of Magaluf. Not that this matters, as despite its reputation, the resort has a truly spectacular beach, and the club is right on the sand at the quieter end of the bay. Synonymous with a glamorous pool party aesthetic, Nikki Beach has a large pool area set in decking with numerous white, oversized sun-loungers and cabanas. There are more sunbeds on the sand in front of the club, dining tables on the deck, and a lounge area for private parties. Music plays throughout the day, and the chilled out pool-party vibe of the daytime turns to full-on party mode in the evening with guest DJs and entertainment. Popular with well-heeled locals, tourists and the occasional celebrity, this beach club is the place to see and be seen, and their closing party at the end of the season is always a spectacular event.
Av. Notari Alemany, 1, Magaluf, Spain, +34 971 12 39 62
Mood Beach, Portals Nous
In a prime position overlooking the harbour at Portal Nous, Mood Beach is the perfect place to relax around the pool, or wine and dine whilst looking out over the sea at the yachts bobbing below. Open all year, the club serves excellent food with a focus on fresh fish, and offers a range of packages, whether you just want to rent a sun-lounger for the day or have breakfast and lunch included in the price. At night the mood shifts with cocktails and salsa, and flamenco nights, as well as guest DJs and live music. Mood Beach is also one of the few beach clubs in Mallorca that is child-friendly.
Ctra Palma-Andratx, Km 11, Costa d’en Blanes, Spain, +34 971 67 64 56
Mhares Sea Club, Palma
A fantastic place to relax by day and then watch the sun go down, Mhares Sea Club is only a 25-minute drive from Palma and located in the former seafront quarry whose stone was used to build the famous cathedral. With a stunning pool and clear seas to swim in, sun-loungers and Bali-beds, a restaurant, a small boutique and chill-out lounge area, the club has everything you need for a relaxing day by the water. As the day draws to a close and the sun sets, guest DJs play in the club’s chill-out zone with spectacular views over the bay of Palma.
Carrer Milana, s/n, Lluc Major, Spain, +34 871 11 62 37