Beach bars and restaurants have been a fixture on Illetas beach since 1958, when the first venue opened there. Famous black and white postcards showed the beach and terraces packed with orderly sunbathers. The current incarnation, the Balneario de Illetas, dates from 2003 and as beach clubs go, it is on the mega side, with a complex that covers more than 9,000 square metres.
There is seating for 300 and has 200 sun-loungers – and reservation is advised. Expect to pay about €25 for lunch and between €30-€40 for dinner. Head chef Miguel García’s paella is a big hit at lunchtime and his monkfish and tiger prawn skewers are highly recommended. The best cocktail in the house is the rather rare Chelsea Iced Tea, a tasty concoction made from vodka, gin, rum, passion fruit liqueur, lemon and lime juices balanced, topped off with Champagne.
The Balneario, also known Las Terrazas beach club, which is the lounge section, is constantly looking for ways to improve its already excellent offering. It has a boutique and Bodhana Wellness Centre offer a massage parlour on the beach level, and at night, lights up the venue with candles and torches.
Balneario Illetas beach club in Illetes close to Portals Nous – you will find chill-out lounge beds over looking the beach with a nice restaurant and bar. […] Balneario Illetas Beach Club
Bodhana Wellness Centre offer a range of massage treatments by experienced therapies in their various centres, or at your home or yacht, yoga classes, workshops and retreats. […] Bodhana Wellness Centre
It hosts parties every Sunday afternoon and this summer is branching out by hosting a Blue Market on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which will sell artisan products such as fleur de sal. It also has a Veuve Cliquot VIP Terrace, where oysters and sushi can be enjoyed as well as the views of Illetas beach and a Palma Bay.
Lowdown: No cover charge but sun-lounger with parasol costs €12, opens from 9am to 2am, March to mid-November. There are 50 parking spaces and there is a lift, making it wheelchair accessible.
Verdict: Everything you could want from a beach club: fine food, luxury surrounds, a big beach and great views.
Carretera Illetas, 52,
Tel: +34 971 401 031,
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