Puerto Banus located just 7km from Marbella is still the ultimate luxury holiday destination in Spain, and a firm favourite party destination. Banus attracts everyone from celebrities, stag and hen parties and of course the entire cast of TOWIE who make their annual descent on the famous beach parties and clubs.
So if you want to party with the rich and famous, read on to discover the ‘must visit’ places to go for the best champagne spray parties, beach clubs and a little bit of celeb spotting.
Banus by Day
Best Pool Party – Ocean Club
In the heart of Puerto Banus overlooking the beach and expertly designed around a swimming pool which is among the largest in Europe, Ocean Club is an impressive sight to be seen. Still a firm favourite among the TOWIE crew, Billie Faiers and sister Sam were spotted topping up their tans and showing off their bikini bodies here this summer.
Not just a pool party, Ocean Club offers guests a great dining menu by Belgian chef Stephane Brulyant where French cuisine fused with Mediterranean as well as Asian dishes are on the menu as well as a great wine and cocktail list to boot.
Ocean Club is open 7 days a week but ‘OC Saturdays’ where resident DJ’s up the tempo are a must and not forgetting their ‘Lazy Sundays’, still offering a great vibe but slightly more low key.
Prices are not cheap at OC ranging from 125€ for a VIP small round bed for 3, up to €1,250 for a super VIP square bed for 12 including 3 bottles of ‘Dom Pom’.
With an events list including, live music, fantastic dancers and of course the monthly champagne spray parties not to be missed from early May until the end of September, the Ocean Club has it all.
Best Beach Club on a Budget – Plaza Beach
At the entrance to the port next to the Benabola apartments, you can’t miss Plaza Beach’s prime spot.
Recently re-furbished to an impeccable standard the who’s who of Marbella and Banus are regular visitors to the weekly parties which take place here.
You may have seen an episode of TOWIE’s Gemma Collins, James Argent and Lydia Bright amongst other TOWIE cast members filming an episode here this summer?
Set on the beautiful beach front area overlooking Puerto Banus marina offering guests a choice of beds ranging from a modest 20€ for a single to 500€ for a super bed complete with private Jacuzzi.
If you really fancy splashing the cash, opt for one of the drinks packages ranging from 600€ including a Magnum of Belvedere and Moet.
Slightly lower key than Ocean Club and cheaper too, if you don’t fancy partying, pop in for a drink or a bite to eat in Plaza Beach’s restaurant instead.
Best Beach Club – Nikki Beach Amazing Sundays, Marbella
One of the original and still the best beach club in our opinion now in its second decade, Nikki Beach has recently undergone a huge renovation project which includes the addition of a fantastic pool.
Nikki beach is a world of luxury and glamour, attracting party goers from all over and if you can only come once…their ‘amazing Sundays’ are definitely not to be missed, every Sunday throughout the season.
A great place to go for lunch or evening meal with families and even children are made very welcome during the week but this place really comes into its own on Sundays. Attracting up to 1000 party goers in the height of summer, some rich and famous, others who have saved up all year to come to this spectacular beach party.
Resident and famous guest DJ’s play soulful house music from early afternoon before upping the tempo as night falls, while Nikki’s dancers provide the entertainment.
Prices are not for the faint hearted, with a chicken sandwich costing 19€ and the cheapest starter costing 15€ not to mention the drinks prices…but hey it’s a onetime thing (maybe) so push the boat out a bit and enjoy probably the best party you will go to all year!
Banus by Night
Best for Sundowners – La Sala By the Sea
A 5 minute walk from the main entrance to the port and you will arrive at La Sala Beach (formally Buddha Beach), La Sala is a gorgeous beach club with a cool and funky vibe, reserve a bed during the day or pop into one of their 3 bars overlooking the stunning beach for a cheeky cocktail or Cava, all priced at 12.50€.
Opt for one of their healthy and delicious fruit smoothies of you are T total and enjoy the sun setting out at sea.
Alternatively on the other side of the port, try Astral cocktail bar (http://www.astralmarbella.es/), this is a really fun and completely unique bar and cocktails happen to be their speciality.
The whole thing is made from a wooden galleon with fantastic high wooden bar stools on wheels, that you almost need a ladder to get up onto, serving the largest and fanciest cocktails I have ever seen, you’ve just got to see it for yourself. These cocktails pack more fruit than your local greengrocer!
Best for Dinner- La Sala
La Sala is one of those places that have got it just right; this place is buzzing every night all year round with both holidaymakers and locals of all ages coming to enjoy a meal or just a drink in the bar.
On a warm evening the terrace at La Sala is a great place to get together with friends and the adjoining club Aqwa Mist is a great post dinner hang out attracting some famous faces too.
La Sala’s excellent a la carte menu has something to suit all taste buds at very reasonable prices for Puerto Banus, even their salads are mouth watering, I recommend the following…
Crispy Beef Salad with Asian Vegetables served with Soy Chilli and Coriander Dressing
and for main course…
Pan Fried Cajun Swordfish on a bed of Sautéed New Potatoes topped with Guacamole and Crispy Onions…(this was to die for).
La Sala offer a high standard of evening entertainment most nights in the week either in the main bar and restaurant or in the piano bar. Located just a few minutes’ walk up from the port below the Nueva Andalucía bullring, or take advantage of their free valet parking and pull up right outside if you have a car, booking recommended.
NEW FOR SUMMER 2016 – La Sala in the Sky
You have to see it to believe it! La Sala are offering something completely unique to the Costa del Sol this summer with their ‘dinner in the sky’ experience.
Dine 50 metres up strapped into your seat and suspended from a crane while enjoying THE best panoramic views the coast has to offer. With seats for 22 diners, the platform complete with a chef and team of serving staff offer you the choice of a Cava & Canapes experience priced at €99pp or a 5 course sunset dinner priced at €250pp.
So if you are celebrating something this summer, La Sala in the Sky is definitely the way to impress your guests.
Best For Post Dinner Drinks – News Cafe
Situated on the front line overlooking the million pound yachts and sports cars, News Cafe is a glitzy and glam hot spot to have a few drinks before you hit the clubs.
On 3 levels, downstairs is a chill out bar great for quiet drinks and conversation, the 1st floor is where it’s all happening offering the best views over the port of Banus on their open air balcony, complete with dance floor and table service. On the 2nd floor is a fantastic new addition to News Cafe, the roof terrace which has an amazing sound system and is very comfortable with a very luxurious feel about it and of course table service is available here.
This bar or is it a club??… has a great party vibe playing the best in funky house music from their resident DJ’s, call ahead and let the staff arrange a VIP table if you feel like partying in style or are celebrating.
Best Club – Pangea
What’s not to like about Pangea, in the heart of Banus with the panoramic views of the port from its simply stunning open air roof terrace with DJ’s spinning some seriously nice tunes to get you in the mood. Inside the club is just as stunning as out, perfect for the slightly chillier evenings in early summer.
The club opens at 10pm but really starts to get busy around 12 or 1am so make sure you’ve had a siesta before coming out to party at Pangea as I guarantee you will not want to leave.
If you want to see and be seen then Pangea is the place and if you want VIP tables then you must book ahead in summer months as this place is the most popular club in Banus….not to be missed.
I’d love to know what your favorite hang out is in Puerto Banus, let me know in the comments section below!