The Gran Folies Beach Club, which opened 15 years ago, has a bit of everything: tropical décor, a brilliantly seductive fin de siècle French name and a salt-water pool, which more than makes up for the lack of a sandy beach. Most importantly, it also has a brilliant location overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of Cala Llamp near Port Andratx.
There is no cover charge though the use of one of the 190 sunloungers is €9. An average meal costs about €30, and there is seating for 130. The signature dishes are lobster paella, chateaubriand and salt-crusted fish. Reservations are advised for the restaurant run by head chef José Marín.
Regulars say the best way to enjoy a visit is by savouring it with either a strawberry daiquiri or a mojito, the two best cocktails in the house.
The crystalline waters of Cala Llamp, a beautiful enclosed cove with two cliffs on either side – acting almost as sentries – providing exclusivity, also offer a tempting diversion. So, too, does the rocky outcrop directly below the club. It has a natural sea pool and can be reached by a staircase. The lighting effects at night are dramatic.
Lowdown: No cover charge but sunbed with parasol cost €9, opens from 10am to midnight, May to October. There is parking and access is easy.
Verdict: The air of Pacific island, it boasts a salt-water pool and a dramatic location on Cala Llamp. As good by day as by night.
Beach Club Gran Folies
Calle de la Tintorera,
Tel: +34 971 671 094
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