Seven Days, Seven Beach Clubs (& A COCKTAIL COURSE) Where is best in Mallorca?

August 22, 2018

It’s fair to say amongst family, friends and work colleagues I have become somewhat of the ‘go to’ when it comes to travel.  I am frequently asked ‘which hotel is best for a romantic weekend’, ‘where is best to take the children on a family holiday?’ and ‘can you recommend any good bars and restaurants’ in a particular destination.

 

I am always happy to offer my advice and opinions and every couple of weeks I am lucky enough to continue my research when I visit a different location filming. When I was given the opportunity to test out seven Beach Clubs in seven days in Mallorca with a few friends, I was happy to oblige.  It’s not something I would usually get to do, especially because I am usually travelling with my children. Little did I realise, whilst some Beach Clubs are best avoided with children, some are actually family friendly! There are still a few weeks of the summer holidays left, so if you are thinking about visiting Mallorca then perhaps this review might come in handy…

 

 

 

To help compare each Beach Club, I thought it would be good to come up with a little rating system.  So, as well as a general review of what to expect in each place, the Beach Clubs are rated out of 5 (1 being the worst score) on; Food, Value for Money, whether they were Family Friendly, Atmosphere and Service.

 

First stop was Zhero Beach – Palma.  This is an intimate little place with just 20 beds around a lovely pool and a fantastic restaurant.  Situated in Cala Major, it’s the closest Beach Club to the city.  The setting itself is reasonably pretty but my advice would be to look OUT not UP.  The view over the ocean is nice, with steps down to a rocky platform into the sea. However, look up and you will see a residential apartment block.  It is down to this very reason there are restrictions on the volume levels of the music. In my opinion this means the club is a little lacking in atmosphere which is a bit of a shame, but it does make it suitable for small groups, couples who want a more relaxed vibe, individuals and possibly people with small babies as it’s not too noisy.  We did spot a couple with a young baby!  Zhero Beach Palma should have an exclusive feel but unfortunately the sunbeds around the pool are so close to each other and there is almost no space to walk around them without falling in the water.  We also spotted a few towels with holes in which was a tad disappointed.  At 35 euros for the bed for the day with nothing else included, a complimentary bottle of water would have been nice.  On the positive side, the food in the restaurant was superb.   With a reasonably priced Asian Fusion menu, the food was absolutely delicious and presented really nicely. All in all, Zhero Beach made for a nice relaxing day out and is probably best described as an ‘entry level’ Beach Club.

 

Zhero Beach – OVERALL SCORE 15

 

Food – 4

Value for Money – 3

Family Friendly – 2

Atmoshere and Setting – 2

Service – 4

BEST SUITED TO COUPLES, SMALL GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS

 

Zhero Beach does have a sister beach club that is situated in Magaluf. Zhero Boathouse in my opinion is actually better situated than Zhero Beach.  The pool isn’t huge but the setting on the beach totally makes up for it.  The food in this place is equally as good as Zhero Beach and as there aren’t any restrictions on the volume of music, I felt it had a better atmosphere.  The music wasn't over the top loud, it was just right!

 

Zhero Boathouse  – OVERALL SCORE 18 

 

Food – 4

Value for Money – 4

Family Friendly – 3

Atmoshere and Setting – 4

Service – 3

BEST SUITED TO GROUPS OF FRIENDS

 

The next two beach clubs we headed to were brand names that I had come across in other parts of the world.  Puro Beach and Nikki Beach.  Both of these clubs were on a larger scale but as I discovered, bigger isn’t always best… and I was extremely disappointed to conclude Puro Beach was distinctly average.

 

Puro Beach is in a residential setting close by to Palma airport.  If plane spotting is your thing, then booking a bed here for 55 euros per person for the day would be money well spent! We actually booked 5 beds but as only 4 of us turned up, I found it honourable for the staff to give us a credit of 55 euros towards what we would be spending that day.  The 55 euro fee included a sunbed, a towel, a welcome drink (bottle of water) and a fruit platter.  Don’t get over excited – it’s literally 4 grapes, a small slice of melon and some pineapple chunks.  It should perhaps be described as a ‘fruit snack’.  We were shown to our beds and had to remind the staff 45 minutes later we were still yet to receive our welcome drink and fruit. ‘Oh sorry we forgot’, the waiter informed us.

 

As lunch time approached the food menu looked appetising with a nice selection of reasonably priced salads and a tasty sounding burrata dish.  We didn’t feel it needed the added extra, a long blonde hair (not mine!). When paying the bill, we overheard another guest saying they had found hair in their food too!  Needless to say, Puro Beach didn’t score too highly.

 

Puro Beach – OVERALL SCORE 12

 

Food – 1

Value for Money – 3

Family Friendly – 4

Atmosphere and Setting – 2

Service – 2

SUITED TO SMALL GROUPS

 

Nikki Beach on the other hand know exactly what they are doing when it comes to service.  Similar to Zhero Boathouse, Nikki Beach is situation in Magaluf.  Although the surrounding area isn’t the most upmarket, as soon as you step through the impressive entrance of this Beach Club you feel like you are in high end resort.  With Cabana (4 poster beds starting at 300 euros for the day) dotted around the pool, sofas and individual beds (starting at 35 euros a day)both around the pool and on the beach, this place is a ‘proper’ beach club!  We were shown to our sunbeds by Rex who introduced himself as our waiter for the day and were handed some drinks menu.   We were a little shocked to see the cost of a non-alcoholic jug of Pina Colada was the same as that with alcohol (90 euros), but clearly this place has some massive running costs to cover.  Non-alcoholic I hear you ask?  It was only 11 am when we arrived and as we had planned to spend the entire day there we didn’t want to start drinking before lunch! The live saxophonist and violist playing with the DJ was incredible.  The atmosphere was electric, with a handful of glamorous dancer’s parading the pool and delivering large bottles of champagne to those celebrating special occasions (only 1500 euros a pop!!!). The pool became more and more crowded throughout the day with lots of extremely merry people.  It’s needless to say this place isn’t really child friendly.  When I got up from my sunbed to see two small children in the pool with their parents I was  pretty shocked.  

 

I would say is if you are going to Nikki Beach you need to pack your tassle earrings, wedges and a fashion statement bikini.  Let’s not forget your selfie stick (as it is instagramer’s galore), oh and a credit card.  Although the entry price for a sunbed is 35 euros, you won’t see much change out of 45 euros for a sandwich and a glass of wine. When it comes to wanting to party at a beach club, this place really has no competition in Mallorca.

 

 Nikki Beach – OVERALL SCORE 16 

 

Food – 4

Value for Money – 2

Family Friendly – 1

Atmosphere and Setting – 5

Service – 4

SUITED TO GROUPS OF FRIENDS, HEN AND STAG DOOS AND PARTY ANIMALS

 

The next place to hit was Mood Beach in Portals.  This has to be my favourite all round Beach club, although saying that, it’s not actually set on a beach at all – the views down to the beach are beautiful and dining in the restaurant looking out to sea and watching the sun set is a lovely experience.  The setting is intimate,  and the vibe is upmarket yet relaxed.  This place felt very clean and well maintained, from the towels, to the toilets to the pool!  The Thai Green Prawn curry is fantastic and the cocktails are well priced.  Although it’s a 25 minute cab ride from Palma, its worth the journey.

 

 

Mood Beach Club - Portals– OVERALL SCORE 19  

 

Food – 4

Value for Money – 4

Family Friendly – 4

Atmosphere and Setting – 4

Service – 3

With an upmarket vibe this place is suited to Groups of Friends, Families with older children and Couples. 

 

 

Next door to Mood Beach Club you will fine La Calita - UM.  This is place is about as relaxed as Beach Clubs come. The bar reminded me somewhat of a safari lodge and there is a Boho vibe and atmosphere. It’s not at all showy and there is no pool.   There aren’t many sunbeds available in this place so if you do want to visit then I would recommend booking some beds in advance.  The large bed in the cove was my favourite. 

 

 

La Calita – UM – Portals – OVERALL SCORE 15

 

 

Food – 3

Value for Money – 3

Family Friendly – 3

Atmosphere and Setting – 3

Service – 3

BEST SUITED TO THOSE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A BOHO BEACH CLUB.

 

Our final stop was as Anima Beach Club in Palma.  Much like La Calita, Anima doesn’t have a pool.  However, the beach is immediately to the left as you look at it from the road, and it’s a busy road and beach at that.  This club is on the main road on the way back to Palma Airport and it was the perfect place to enjoy a few hours in a circular bed, with a glass of champagne (or two).  The food is simple but tasty and it’s not overpriced. At night this place comes alive with DJ’s but during the day at the time of our visit it was pretty low key and there were lots of tables with children.  

 

 

Anima, Palma – OVERALL SCORE 16 

 

Food – 3

Value for Money – 3

Family Friendly – 3

Atmosphere and Setting – 3

Service – 4

SUITED TO FRIENDS, FAMILIES & COUPLES WHO WANT SOMEWHERE TO STOP ON THE WAY TO THE AIRPORT

 

My reviews of the Beach Clubs I visited in Mallorca might seem a little on the harsh side but I feel like I have been honest.  

 

If you are looking for an afternoon of fun somewhere else other than a Beach Club, then a cocktail course at LAB in Palma needs to be at the top of your list.  You will learn how to make some amazing cocktails, whilst having a boogie in the private bar. The cocktails I was taught to make by Manuel Settimi were far superior than any of the cocktails I had in the beach clubs, and were a fraction of the price! You can find out more out LAB cocktail courses here http://www.barlabacademy.com/node/108

 

 

 

 

 

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