The lazy days of summer bring long afternoons spent beachside. And as many Americans get back out in the world, heading to Europe without the crowds or visiting U.S. favorites, they’re (re)discovering one of the best parts of days by the sea: a fabulous beach club—whether it’s a see-and-be-seen hot spot or a laid-back hideaway. Read on for Indagare’s list of the world’s best beach clubs, from a lively newcomer in the Maldives to a Capri icon.
Maldives: Fari Beach Club
Accessible by boat from several luxury resorts on neighboring islands—and located on the same island as the just-opened Patina Maldives—Fari Beach Club is the newest seaside social hangout in the Maldives. What visitors can expect: a curvy, infinity-edge pool fronting 600 feet of powder-soft white sands, and a restaurant and bar serving fresh-from-the-sea dishes like reef fish ceviche and perfect-for-the-beach beachy cocktails.
Capri: La Fontelina Beach Club
Only accessible by boat or a steep cliffside path, La Fontelina is a secluded gem, where locals and high-profile Italians dive off of Capri’s limestone rocks into the dazzling Tyrrhenian Sea. La Fontelina, the beach club’s lunchtime restaurant, is even more popular, thanks to its stunning views and delicious Italian fare.
Mykonos: Scorpios Beach Club
A less flashy version of Nammos, Scorpios quickly became the hotspot in Mykonos upon opening in 2015. It has since spawned a global wave of copycat clubs around the world trying to imitate its at once easy-breezy and chic vibes—with little success. The luxurious beach lounge features a boutique and restaurant, where well-heeled patrons can enjoy refreshing Greek staples like arugula and watermelon salad and grilled octopus. Days are spent lounging on daybeds shaded by thatched roofs, while nights are a more lavish affair with DJs and dancing into the early hours.