Whilst Santorini is definitely known for its high soaring cliffs that overlook the caldera, there is another side to the island that is equally as popular. The beaches of Perissa & Perivolos are popular with visitors looking for a beach club in Santorini, as well as those looking for a day away from the bustling crowds of Oia and Fira.
Whilst the range of beach clubs in Santorini may not be as extensive as those found in Ibiza or St Tropez, you’ll certainly find world-famous beach club names such as Nikki Beach Santorini on the island.
The beaches in Santorini are peculiar in the sense that you’ll find an array of colors throughout Santorini’s beaches. From the black sand beaches of Perissa to the red sand beach near Akrotiri, these are the remains of the volcano which once made up this island.
A day spent in one of the beach clubs in Santorini is a fantastic way to spend an afternoon enjoying views across the Aegean Sea, sipping on a well-crafted cocktail, and soaking up the superb Greek cuisine. It’s also the perfect time to plan your Santorini Sunset Catamaran Cruise for later on in the week. Which is something you can’t leave Santorini without doing.
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Nikki Beach Santorini
With its infamous ‘White Parties’, Nikki Beach Santorini is one of the world’s premier beach clubs and its branch in Santorini is no different. Located on the black beaches of Monolithos, Nikki Beach Santorini is also a resort and spa. Not only can you spend your days in one of the world’s most famous beach clubs but you can also enjoy fantastic spa treatments too.
You don’t need to be a guest staying in the resort to enjoy Nikki Beach Club, but it will set you back around €350 a day to rent a sunbed by the infamous party pool. With a wide range of events throughout the summer, from Rosè parties to world-famous DJs, Nikki Beach Santorini is one of the most luxurious beach clubs on the island.
Address: Monolithos Beach
Theros Wave Bar
Operational from May through to October, Theros Wave Bar is a stunning beach club in Santorini on Vlychada beach. It’s also a quick 15-minute stop from Fira, which makes Theros Wave Bar the perfect day out.
The dramatic landscape of the cliffs that seem to endlessly soar into the sky makes one of the most superb backdrops for this Santorini beach club. Perched high and overlooking the sunbeds and beach is where you’ll find the beach bar and restaurant.
Theros Wave Bar is an unmissable beach club in Santorini and it’s easy to see why it’s been voted by Tripadvisor as one of the best things to see and do in Santorini. With comfy bean bags, or sunbeds, what better place to spend an afternoon lounging in the Santorini sun and drinking fantastic cocktails.
Sun loungers start from €15 and include an umbrella.
Address: Theros Wave Bar, Vlyhada, Thira 847 00, Greece
Telephone: +30 22861 12015
Barebones and rustic, Yalos is a mixture of chic carpenter combined with a deserted island feel. It surprisingly works. The tagline on their Instagram page states that Yalos ‘engages all the senses’ and it’s hard to deny that when experiencing this otherworldly beach club in Santorini.
Some of the beach clubs in Santorini can verge on pretentious, but Yalos is that curious mix of charm and aloofness that draws a certain clientele. Its location on Exo Gialos beach is a short drive from Fira and part of the beach club has been carved into the rocks.
The big draw for Yalos is the superb, and really it is superb cuisine that is quite unusual for a beach club. The produce is locally sourced and the menu has been created with foodies in mind. You won’t find any frozen food here.
The former fisherman shack setting is spectacularly designed, with beach beds spread out across the sand, and dining on the sand crossed-legged is highly recommended.
Savor the ambiance and soak up the bohemian vibes.
Address: Exo Gialos Beach
Telephone: +30 22860 25816
Asides from having one of the best names of beach clubs in Santorini, it also happens to be one of the slickest beach clubs in the Cyclade islands.
Located on the black sands of Perivolos Beach, the unique sand color is a stark contrast to the crystal clear water.
Spend a day at Wet Stories nibbling on a fantastic Japanese-inspired menu, whilst ordering a variety of their signature cocktails.
Two sun loungers plus an umbrella are reasonably priced at €30 which is a steal compared to some of the other beach bars on the island.
Reservations are strongly recommended in advance.
Address: Perivolos Beach
Telephone: 00030 2286 082990
Seaside Santorini is one of those beach clubs that has a number of strings in its bow. Not only is it a popular beach club, but its restaurant and bar attract a lot of visitors from across the island.
Located on the black sands of Perivolos Beach, Seaside Santorini is a vibrant beach club no matter what time of the day you stumble upon it. Its restaurant won a prestigious award, ‘World Luxury Restaurant 2022’ that requires bookings, especially in the height of the summer months.
The beach club part of Seaside Santorini has an array of fabulous cabanas and sun loungers to choose from. Divide your time between dips in the sea and ordering delicious cocktails and small plates to your beach cabana.
Address: Perivolos Beach
Telephone: +30 22860 82801
Whether you decide to spend your days lounging by the beach in one of the many beach clubs in Santorini or dining in the many beach bars and restaurants, you’re going to have a wonderful time.
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