No.10 Full Moon Party
Location: Puro Beach, Palma, Mallorca
Date: June 7, 2009
Taking its cue from Thailand’s famed full moon parties, Puro Beach’s Full Moon Party draws a sexy bohemian crowd who sprawl on sun-loungers by day and sidle up against one another’s sweaty bodies by night. With a Philippe Starck-inspired interior and a gorgeous wooden terrace that houses an oversize swimming pool and overlooks the Mediterranean, Puro Beach allows guests to party until the small hours without getting sand in places they never knew they had. Unless, of course, they want to (in which case, the beach is only a stone’s throw away).
No.9 Club 55
Location: Club 55, Ramatuelle, France
Date: May to September, 2009
While it may be seriously overpriced, Club 55 in St. Tropez (or Ramatuelle, more precisely) is where the seriously underclothed gather. The ultimate all-day beach party for the ultimate playboy, Club 55 is perfect for long, languid lunches that turn into long, drunken dinners. Set beside the sea, you’ll be able to mingle with designer-clad bikini babes while quaffing champagne with the sun basking on your shoulders. It doesn’t get much better than this (or if it does, we don’t know about it!).
No.8 Benirras Beach
Location: Benirras Beach, Ibiza, Spain
Date: Every Sunday
Known as the party capital of the Mediterranean, it’s hardly surprising to find that one of the summer’s best beach parties can be found on the White Island of Ibiza. While model types can be spotted sipping overpriced cocktails at Las Salinas, Benirras Beach is where the real action takes place. Located on the underdeveloped north coast, Benirras Beach parties unfold each and every Sunday, complete with trendy bohemian types, drumming sessions and crackling bonfires.
No.7 – Super Paradise
Location: Super Paradise, Mykonos, Greece
Date: June to September, 2009
Mykonos is always named as one of the best places for beach parties in the world — for good reason. While many of its beaches may be more “boys, boys, boys” than “girls, girls, girls” (if you catch our drift), Paradise Beach doesn’t disappoint with exposed female flesh at every turn. Sip on ice-cold beer, sway to the beat and let the ladies know you’re definitely interested.
No.6 – Turquoise
Location: Turquoise Beach Club, Rimini, Italy
Date: Every day
A new hotel by design superstar Ron Arad and a glamorous overhaul of the Old Town has brought a whole new clientele to Rimini, meaning the beach parties are brimming with pretty spectacular-looking ladies. As the largest beach club in Italy, Turquoise is the place to get down with olive-skinned beachgoers. There’s more than enough room to throw some shapes (12,000 square feet, to be exact), with a huge open-air party unraveling every night of the week.
No.5 – New Year’s Eve Party at Bondi Beach
Location: Iceberg’s, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
Date: December 31, 2009
Positioned on a clifftop overlooking the beach, Iceberg’s has Australia’s most famous faces — including the likes of Nicole Kidman and Kylie Minogue — hooked. And it’s not hard to see why; here it’s all about understated glamour, with an effortlessly cool clientele coming for the astonishing views, gorgeous food and expertly mixed cocktails. Iceberg’s New Year’s Eve bash is the best beach party in Oz (just make sure you don’t end up in the club’s swimming pool fully clothed).
No.4 – The White Party@ East Hampton
Location: Diddy’s PlayStation 2 Estate, East Hampton, USA
Date: Labor Day weekend
Labor Day weekend officially marks the end of wearing white (or so say style gurus), so what better way to celebrate than with an event that honors the color? Each year, music mogul and king-of-bling Diddy hosts his annual White Party in East Hampton, attended by everyone from Mariah Carey to Tommy Lee Jones. Hosted at Diddy’s very own waterfront mansion, each party is more extravagant than the last, with Polynesian dancers entertaining guests, painted geishas patrolling the grounds, a jazz band playing out front ,and circus performers dazzling with their talents. The only thing the party is missing is a $100,000 fireworks display, which Diddy applied for but was denied by local authorities. Still, it’s pretty damn cool.
No.3 – Benicassim Festival
Location: Benicassim, Valencia, Spain
Date: July 16 to 19, 2009
With a stunning beach location wedged between Valencia and Barcelona, Benicassim is arguably one of Europe’s best-placed festivals. Fortunately for beach-party lovers, the last day of the four-day festival is always marked by an incredible beach party right on the sand, where suntanned youngsters grab their San Miguel beers and dance to the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Killers beside the shimmering Mediterranean. Este es la vida!
No.2 – White Party- Nikki Beach
Location: Nikki Beach, Marbella, Spain
Date: May 29, 2009
Club kids and scene queens descend on Spain’s glamorous Marbella each and every year for the main party on the resort’s crowded social calendar: the White Party. Hosted to mark the beginning of the summer season, the White Party takes place at Nikki Beach — a chain of upscale beach clubs frequented by the rich and famous, with locations in Miami and St. Tropez — and has a strict all-white dress code. With wooden decking underneath, crisp white parasols overhead and some of the best entertainment to be seen next to the warm waters of the Mediterranean, it really is a place to see and be seen. Sip on a mojito or a flute of champagne and watch Miami-style entertainment kick off on the beach at midnight, all finished off with an outrageously overpriced fireworks display.
No.1 – Full Moon Party
Location: Haad Rin, Koh Phangan, Thailand
Date: Multiple dates throughout 2009.
Frequented by ra-ras who like to pretend they’re backpacking while staying at the local five-star resort, Thailand’s full moon parties have developed something of a cult following in Koh Phangan and take place to mark every full moon (duh!). Unfolding on the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin (how fitting!), a full moon party attracts up to 30,000 flip-flopped revelers wanting to party on pristine white sand from dusk until dawn. DJs, jugglers, fire-eaters, dancers, and fireworks punctuate the evening as the moon is reflected in the shimmering water.