From the party island of Ibiza to the glamorous shores of Miami, we look at the World’s beach club culture and why celebrities are flocking to them
The summer of 2012 has seen the rise of the glamorous Beach Club on celebrity holidays, exclusive hang-outs designed to offer the great and good the glitziest of settings for lazy days by the beach. Whether its hanging out on beach-side beds or sipping on the finest champagne, the beach club is the new place to be seen on holiday. The good news? Its not exclusive to the A-list. From the party island of Ibiza to the glamorous shores of Miami, we look at the Worlds beach club culture and why celebrities are flocking to them. Heres how to swap your bucket and spade for designer bags and shades...
Club Coccaro Beach Club is the epitome of laid back luxury, with picture postcard like views and an extensive list of celebrity style facilities for guests to enjoy. Set in the beautiful coastal town of Puglia, the beach club effortlessly blends into its rural beach setting and is perfect for those looking to relax in style. Facilities include a private beach, exclusive lounge area and cookery school, whilst there is a mini club for those travelling with children.
A slightly more reserved guest list reflects the laid back luxury of Coccaro Beach Club. Helen Mirren, Jamie Oliver and Micky Rourke have recently bought property in Puglia.
Marrakech is one of ten cities to play host to a Nikki Beach Club, but the decadent inner city club is one of the brand?s flagship clubs. Set in the heart of Marrakech, the club is a sophisticated oasis under the sun of North Africa. Marrakech is a city that provides equal measures of tranquillity and thrill for its visitors, and the Nikki Beach Club is no different. Centred around an inviting pool (Marrakech is not a coastal town), palm trees and an abundance of beds and cabanas, the club is perfect for conversing and eating with friends. With the imposing Atlas Mountains as your backdrop, the beach club is a mirage in the middle of the dessert.
Marrakech has a host of the celebrity fans. The Red City was used as the filming location for Sex and the City 2, with Sarah Jessica Parker known to love the unique appeal of Morocco?s capital.
Spain?s most popular beach side city needs little introduction. Barcelona is famous for unique architecture, exceptional weather, outstanding cuisine and a world beating football team. Sat on the shores of the Mediterranean the city?s beaches are some of the best in Europe. Mac Arena Mar on the north side of the beach offers an ubercool but chilled venue for a true beach club. Themed to take on the ?essence of Ibiza? with an ?Asian spirit?, Mac Arena Mar serves fantastic food and backs itself up with an impressive music program.
The clubs? music heritage attracts headline DJ?s from around the world, with a sighting almost guaranteed. The parties that take place throughout the year attract some of Barcelona?s most high profile residents with famous faces from the footballing world known to be seen.
The Nikki Beach Club brand is synonymous throughout the beach club world, with glamorous clubs adorning the shores of the world?s most glamorous resorts. It is in Miami where the brand made its name, though, with the beach club being claiming to be the sexiest place on earth. With a prime location on Miami?s south beach, the beautiful premises are the party playground for international jetsetters, and a collection of international celebrities. Rejuvenate under the Miami sun and relax on the gorgeous white beds, and then take it up a notch and party when the sun falls.
Stateside megastars such as Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell are regulars at Nikki Beach Club, enjoying the VIP Cabanas that come with lobster, seafood and champagne.
Marbella has long been a port of call for the world?s aristocrats, but it?s the cast of TOWIE that have made the beautiful resort in the south of Spain even more popular. The Thai themed Sala Beach Club sits in the centre of bustling celebrity hangout Puerto Banus, and is one of the resorts most popular beach clubs. Kick back and relax on decadently designed sun loungers, enjoy the popular al-fresco dining and celebrate with fantastic views of the outstretching Mediterranean.
Marbella has been the go to destination in 2012. Expect to see various members of the cast of TOWIE, as well as many premiership footballers.
If Las Vegas celebrates the pool themed party, then Dubai is the epitome of beach side relaxation. Celebrating the limitless luxury in Dubai, The Club Mina has the largest stretch of private beach in Jumeirah, and is a luscious oasis under the heat of Dubai. With green gardens, five pools and health club, Club Mina is made for relaxation and rejuvenation. The only problem will be deciding which pool to adorn yourselves by.
Ne-yo, Leona Lewis, Taio Cruz and Jay Sean have all been snapped enjoying the laid back luxury of Dubai.
Majorca is slowly reclaiming its glamorous past, and at the forefront of this renaissance is cosmopolitan capital city, Palma. The coastal city offers the best of both worlds, with a selection of fantastic beaches and an indulgent city centre to explore. Highlighting the coastal beauty of the area is Puro Beach Club, which enjoys it?s very own peninsula. The stylish offering is a mix of cultures, with Marrakech meets Miami décor and a traditional Balearic feel throughout. Kick back and soak up the Balearic sunshine with cushioned sun beds, and enjoy the 180˚ views of Palma Bay.
Mallorca remains a favourite with celebrities, sportsmen and even politicians. David Cameron chose the Island for his summer holiday, whilst cycling hero Bradley Wiggins also holidays in the area.
As we'vr seen from Prince Harry?s recent escapades, Vegas is a town made for partying and its pool parties are usually at the centre of any celebrations. Mixing all the self-indulgence of a beach club with serious partying, Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel is the pool party to be seen at in Vegas. World famous DJ?s such as Calvin Harris and Pauly D play to crowds that party in an enormous tropical themed pool garden, adding to the party atmosphere and making it a day by the pool to remember.
England?s most famous footballing couples have been seen enjoying Rehab this summer, with Alex and Steven Gerrard and Coleen and Wayne letting their hair down in Vegas.
Marbella and beach clubs are a match made in heaven, with the southern coast of Spain a mecca for those looking to soak up the champagne lifestyle. Ocean Beach Club is another brand synonymous with the Beach Club lifestyle, with clubs across Europe and its largest club residing on the shores of Marbella. Famous for its champagne spray parties, the club sits around a stunning swimming pool and offers decadence in abundance. Rent out a specially designed beds or cabana, and wish the world away until the sun sets.
Marbella is at the centre of celebrity holidays. Tinchy Stryder, the Towie Cast and a host of other celebrities have been spotted at Ocean Beach Club Marbella this summer.
Ibiza has long been the clubbing capital of the world, but in recent years it has grown to offer luxurious days as well as hedonistic nights in the Balearics. At the forefront of new age Ibiza is the ultra-glam Ocean Beach Club. Opened in the summer of 2012, the beach club offers its guests the chance to rejuvenate and party with a premier location in the heart of the vibrant resort of San Antonio. Relax on beach beds and in cabanas, party in the pool with live music and then watch the famous Ibiza sunset on the specially designed sunset terrace.
Guests this summer have included Denise Van Outen, Mark Wright, Professor Green and MIC girlfriend Millie Mackintosh, and various members of the England football team.