Everyone knows that sun, sea and sand are the perfect ingredients for a successful getaway, but for those looking to take their escape up a notch, there are a host of cool coastal spots for an extra spot of beachside luxury. Some are DJ-led party extravaganzas, while others a more feet-in-the-sand, long and lazy lunch affair. Like a siren call, though, all will draw you in and keep you in their warm embrace, long after a sensible time to go home has passed. Read on to discover our top ocean front picks. >>
An offshoot of the island’s famous ‘agrotourismo’ Atzaro hotel, which has long been a favourite of boho chic types, the new beach club sits near the pretty shores of Cala Nova and offers breakfast, plus fresh fish, tapas, grilled squid, lobster, crayfish and the restaurant’s popular traditional seafood rice, paella and more. It’s a big space – with room for around 500 people – and when the sun sets it morphs into a livelier affair with live bands and DJs appearing. Keep your ears open for cheeky after-parties here too.
The destination of choice for those seeking to escape the hedonistic excess of the party capital, its aquamarine seas, powder-white sands and tranquil feel has seen it used as a stand-in for a tropical location over the years, and it does feel unlike any other Spanish destination. There are few cars on the island, a handful of hotels and several very good restaurants and bars. The best of these, Juan Y Andrea, is traditionally reached by boat – the restaurant will send out a tender to your yacht to collect you – and serves fabulous lobster, grilled fish and paella. The white-suited waiters walk barefoot and the clientele comprises everyone from movie stars to top DJs to partygoers in need of some R&R.
A series of cascaded terraces overlooking the sea, plus 650m of private blue-flagged bay, is the setting for this lively bar. Traditionally, the day begins at a slower pace, with visitors enjoying locally sourced produce and pizzas from the wood-fired oven. But as the sun sets, the music ramps up with a number of top international DJs dropping in to get the party started, while the cocktail mixologists are kept busy by one of coolest crowds in Bodrum. Little wonder that this characterful hotel has already won a stack of a travel awards.
The luxury nautical resort of Porto Montenegro is no slouch when it comes to great bars and restaurants but the opening of nightclub Platinum in 2015 took things to the next level. Located at the newly refurbished Lido Pool complex, it offers breath-taking views over Tivat bay and the 64m designer infinity pool. It’s already picked up a ‘World’s Finest Club’ award and plays host to a number of top international DJs, making it one of the must-visit venues on the Adriatic. Expect beautiful people and an energetic vibe.
Nikki Beach has branches all over the world – including Monte Carlo, Dubai and Barbados to name a few – but St.Tropez is the one to beat. Kick back and relax to a idyllic backdrop of blue skies, palm trees and ocean, while you tuck into a menu featuring of signature tastes and spices representative of all the countries Nikki Beach is located. A myriad of salads, sushi rolls and seafood are on offer, making it the perfect stop for lunch.